Main point summary
Life of Christ in the soul of His redeemed people. How we should lead life of holiness personally, in the church and work of God in our sanctification
1 Thessalonians 5:14-24
And we urge you, brothers,
Dear brothers and sisters, we encourage you to build several traits in your relationships:
admonish p the idle, 1
1. Exhort those who are immoderate and lazy;
q encourage the fainthearted,
2. Console those who are frightened and coward;
r help the weak,
3. Strengthen those who are immature and feeble;
s be patient with them all.
Overall, be long-suffering with all of them (because God is very patient with you).
See that t no one repays anyone evil for evil,
Observe yourself and then others, so none of you pay back evil for evil (which is literally sin for sin),
but always u seek to do good t o one another and to everyone.
but instead pursue and constantly look how you can show grace (and forgive those who harm you in 15a) and fulfill needs of your brothers and sisters and your neighbors.
v Rejoice always,
In every situation find joy in Jesus Christ,
w pray without ceasing,
lead a life full of prayer and trusting God,
x give thanks in all circumstances;
and be grateful no matter what;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
because if you redeemed by precious blood of Jesus Christ - it is what pleases God the Father.
y Do not quench the Spirit .
Do not suppress the work of the Holy Spirit in your soul.
Do not despise z prophecies,
Do not neglect the work of the truth in your heart thought the hearing of the word of God,
but a test everything ; hold fast what is good.
but put to careful examination every word, thought and deed: pursue whatever is noble, true, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy and excellent (Phil. 4:8).
Abstain from every form of evil.
Keep yourself as far as possible from any kind of evil.
Now may b t he God of peace himself c sanctify you completely,
Do not resist God's work in your life - He is God of peace, holiness and righteousness - so He wants to make complete in these through work of Jesus Christ (18b),
and may your d whole e spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at f the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
and strive, pray, rejoice for being blameless in all you feel, think and do so when Jesus Christ comes you would supremely happy to see him without guilt (as you were not ready).
g He who calls you is faithful; h he will surely do it.
Our Lord, who called us His children, kingdom of priest is trustworthy and reliable - you can count on Him that He will definitely walk your through this life to the glorious future grace.
Command 1. Admonish the idle 14b 2. Encourage the fainthearted 14c 3. Help the weak 14d 4. Be patient with your brothers and sisters 14e 5. Be careful not to pay back with evil (yourself and others) 15a 6. Seek to do good to one another and everyone 15b 7. Always rejoice 16 8. Pray without ceasing 17 9. Be grateful in every situation 18a 10. Do not resist the Holy Spirit 19 11. Do not despise prophecies 20 12. Test everything and hold what is good 21 13. Abstain from every form of evil 22 14. Keep yourself blameless in spirit, body and soul before Jesus 23b 15. Love your neighbors as you love yourself - it is a summary of 14b to 15b. Motivation 1. There is urgency in life of holiness before coming of Jesus Christ 14a 2. God is very pleased with us when we obedient to Him. He love His Son with holy and pure love, so whatever He wills for us in Jesus and our obedience to bring Him great delight 18b (Mat. 3:17, 17:5) 3. If regeneration is a work of God in us, sanctification is a work of two - God and man. We work on our sanctification through love and obedience to God and God works in us via His word, Holy Spirit and His life itself in our soul 23a. And only God can complete this process. 4. Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ - sound alike urgency in 14a. Like a parable about master who went in far away country and not all of his household were ready for His return 23b 5. God has called us to life of holiness (24) and as Phil. 1:6 also states - He will surely makes us holy and finish His good work. It is God's promise Means 1. Close and trustworthy relationships between believers - so you could do 14b-15b. 2. Work of the Holy Spirit, fruits of the Spirit 19 (Gal. 5:20) 3. Word of God 20 (2 Tim. 3:15-17) 4. Testing, examination of everything 21 5. God of Peace is working in you soul 23a 6. Faithfulness of God to His Son and redeemed people 24 7. Treat others as you want them to treat you 15a-15b 8. All circumstances gives you various opportunities to pray go God, thank Him, rejoice in Him and ask for help 18a 9. God's calling is an assurance and security for Christian that He will finish what He started 24 Anchor 1. Sanctification is a will of God 18b (1 Thes. 4:3-6) 2. Fruits of life of Jesus Christ in Christian is a visible sign of a living faith 18b (James 2:14-26) 3. The work of Holy Spirit 19 4. Word of God preached 20 5. God of Peace - we have peace with him through Jesus Rom. 5:2, Phil. 4:7, John 16:33 6. Second coming of Jesus Christ 23b - one of the central themes of the whole epistle. 7. God's calling of believers Rom. 8:28-29 8. Faithfulness of God Ps. 33:4, 2 Thes. 3:3, 2 Thim. 2:13 Meditation As we read this passage we can notice several themes which Apostle Paul is delivering in his message to the church: 1. Mark 12:30-31 - second part of Jesus's words Paul unpacks in few practical suggestions for Christians - admonish, encourage, help, patience, seek good for everybody. As I studied these words, honestly, I find it difficult for me. Just imagine how hard it is to build these kind of relationship with your brothers and sisters, who also could find it difficult to build one with you! More than that you should always seek to do good to them and everybody - it would be much easier just to come and go and not to get involved. Every body has problems and issues, and sometimes we may think why you do not take care of yourself - you also have God and Jesus as your Redeemer? And here come the first part of Jesus word - love your God with all your might! You can do that, because He loved you first! If you have these relationship with God your Savior - His love in you will just overflow your heart. You will persistently look for ways how to show and give it to somebody else. You will pursue others to seek this kind of love, desire and experience this love. As more people in our churches will have this relationship with God and others, that greater love of God in His Son Jesus Christ will be visible, touchable, knowledgeable to us and others. Faith becomes stronger, assurance of approaching of God's kingdom becomes greater. 2. Rejoice, pray, give thanks. All three paired with time and space -words: always, ceasing (non stop) and all circumstances (every time, every situation). Love of God surely makes us able to rejoice, pray and thank (RPT). The more we give it to others than more we can observe it and more reasons to RPT. But why God wants us to pray? Doesn't He know and ordain everything in advance? The Lord of heaven and earth is not “served by human hands, as though he needed anything” (Acts 17:24–25). He does not need Christians or anybody else to accomplish His purposes. But nevertheless prayer plays a key role in God's plan for this world. He has ordained that He will work through the prayers of redeemed ones, which prayers He has also ordained. We are told to pray for His kingdom to come in Lord's prayer (Matt. 6:10). The reason is because He has planned to advance His kingdom as His people ask in prayer for the fullness and coming of it. He has ordained every prayer of people in church, as well as His response, giving us an important place and role in His redemptive plan. We also pray to thank the Lord for His salvation. God works all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28), which means that in some sense, everything that happens to us is ordained to further the outworking of our salvation in our sanctification. We thank Him that He is working all things to complete our redemption in conforming us to Christ. This is God’s will in Christ Jesus for us (1 Thess. 5:16–18, 4:3-6, 5:23-24). 3. 1 Thess. 5:19-22 Paul gives some means how to work our our sanctification, since we are responsible for it. Do not quench the Spirit - look at your live and see how you can prevent work of the Spirit in your heart? Is it a sin which holds you back? Is it lack of prayer and private time with God? Is it laziness in studying and hearing God's word (v. 20)? Or, perhaps, so called Christian music you like listen to is not saturated with Christ-exulting and God-centered words (Col. 3:16)? Or you are among people in verses 14b-14e and do not pay attention to brothers and sisters who exhort you? So, put to test everything, especially concerning worship and obedience to God, find the best you can do to find joy and be thankful to the Lord and hold it very tight. 4. And in the long run - God is faithful and as a Christian you hold His precious promise that He surely will sanctify you and glorify you in Jesus Christ in new body and new creation. Future plans: 1. I study Exodus and preach once in a month or two in my church (I am a not full time minister). Surely this course along with others advanced my study. 2. On evenings every Sunday we study James - so this would be useful there too.