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How to discern whether someone is from God.
1 John 4:1-6
Pursue wisdom with everything you have.
Proverbs 4:20-27
Encourage others with the implications of Jesus's resurrection.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Central idea Faith is the assurance and conviction, which is based on evidence, of specific things that we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1-3
Central Idea Since the law, through the sacrifices, is a shadow, it cannot make us perfect.
Hebrews 10:1-4
Central Idea We have a great and merciful high priest.
Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Central Idea Full revelation has come through the glorious Son   Explanations I think that verses 2b-4 are all referring to the Son.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Central idea From now on, true worshippers are those who worship in spirit and truth, not those who worship on a mountain or in Jerusalem.
John 4:21-23
Main Idea This account fulfilled scripture; thus, it is told so that you may believe.
John 19:31-37
Main Idea Since we have a great savior (the Son) and a great and reliable salvation, we should pay a...
Hebrews 2:1-4
Central Idea Know that gifts come from God, and don't be deceived into thinking they come from somewhere else.
James 1:16-18
Hebrews 1:5-14
Central Idea : A new kind of priest means a new covenant (source of perfection)   Flow of Argum...
Hebrews 7:11-14
Main Idea Christ's sacrifice is eternal and it changes us.
Hebrews 10:11-18
Main Idea Jesus came and did away with sacrifices, sanctifiying us by obeying God's will, which was ...
Hebrews 10:5-10
Central Idea Since we have confidence to enter the holy places and we have a high priest, let us dra...
Hebrews 10:19-25
Hebrews 10:26-31
Central Idea Continue to endure suffering so that you may be saved   Outline Remember how when ...
Hebrews 10:32-39
Main Idea To please God, we must live by faith, by believing that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:4-7
Main Idea Abraham and Sarah's actions by faith, which were grounded in belief, led to great things.
Hebrews 11:8-12
Central Idea Faith saves people and also leads people to do great things   Insights Faith led t...
Hebrews 11:29-31
Central Idea Besides the famous people who lived by faith, there are many others who lived by faith and suffered.
Hebrews 11:32-38
Central Idea Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us run the race with endu...
Hebrews 12:1-2
Central idea A series of commands and reasons.
Hebrews 13:1-6
Main idea Through Jesus Christ, God works good things into us so that we will do his will.
Hebrews 13:20-21
Main idea If you lack wisdom, ask God in faith for it.
James 1:5-8
Central idea Closing thoughts.
Hebrews 13:22-25
Trials are doing something good in you.
James 1:2-4
Central Idea Boast in God, not earthly circumstances (status).
James 1:9-11
Central Idea Remain steadfast under trial and temptation because temptation is dangerous.
James 1:12-15
Central Idea Be slow to speak, quick to hear, slow to anger by receiving the implanted word.
James 1:19-21
Central Idea Obey what you hear and be blessed.
James 1:22-25
Central Idea A truly religious person 1) bridles his tongue and does not deceive himself, 2) visits ...
James 1:26-27
Central Idea Don't show partiality.
James 2:1-7
Main idea: Do not show partiality so you don't sin and break the law.
James 2:8-13
Central Idea Love one another earnestly because of your imperishable rebirth.
1 Peter 1:22-25
1 Peter 2:1-3
Central Idea Refrain from sin and live a holy life among the Gentiles so that they will glorify God on the day of visitation (last day).
1 Peter 2:11-12
Central Idea Submit to every human institution.
1 Peter 2:13-17
Central Idea Servants: submit and endure suffering because Christ suffered.
1 Peter 2:18-25
Central Idea Wives, please God by being subject to your husbands.
1 Peter 3:1-6
Central Idea Husbands, live with understanding as you live with your wives.
1 Peter 3:7
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1 Thess 3:11-13
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
God, please help me and my fellow believers love others more, so that our hearts will be blameless and holy before you.
Published June 1st, 2020
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Paul asks God to make the Thessalonians love more, so that their hearts will be ready for the final judgment.
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Paul abounds in love for them.
Paul is interested in the condition of their hearts at the final judgment. He wants them to be prepared. This seems to point to chapters 4-5, where he teaches them about Christ’s second coming. What Paul says here implies that it is important that our hearts be blameless in holiness. If our hearts are blameless and holy, then we will be saved. We will escape judgment. It is amazing that we, as sinners, can have blameless and holy hearts through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Our hearts are established as blameless through our love for others. So, our love for one another and for others causes nonbelievers to take notice of the church, and it makes us holy, ready for the final judgment. God is responsible for establishing our hearts, and he does that through making us love one another and everyone. The way that God makes us ready for judgment is by making us love one another and others.
Paul uses three verbs/phrases that show that God is doing the action: direct, make you increase and abound, and establish. Paul is praying to God, asking him to work. What does it mean for our hearts to be “established”? James 5 tells us to “establish your hearts”.
In Ch. 5 Paul says “ to do good to one another and to everyone...”
This prayer comes right before Paul’s instructions about living and about the end times in Chapters 4-5. So, the order is that Paul asks God to do something, and then he instructs the Thessalonians (the beneficiary of his prayer), how to live and what to believe.
Now may w our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, x direct our way to you,
and may the Lord y make you increase and abound in love z for one another and for all,
as we do for you,
so that he may a establish your hearts blameless in holiness before w our God and Father,
at b the coming of our Lord Jesus c with all his saints.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.