Main point summary
God has not destined His chosen for wrath
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
For God has not destined us for j wrath,
I cannot imagine this wrath, this just anger, how great, fearsome, awesome, terrifying it is.
For God did not destine us for wrath ( 11 snStudy NoteGod did not destine us for wrath. In context this refers to the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth in the day of the Lord 1 Thess 5:2-4 )
but k to obtain salvation
what encouragement and grace of God. The goal for why God chooses us (Rom 8:28).
but for gaining salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
this salvation is achieved because of Christ's work on the cross
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
l who died
The immortal goes through mortality
Christ died on our behalf, out of His love and grace and mercy, certainly not because we are so wonderful and deserve saving!
so tha t ...we might live with him.
not just salvation, not just settling a debt, but coming to such life and communion with God - how much more the cross is!!!
so that. . .we will come to life together with him.
...whether we are awake or asleep...
I took this phrase out as this clause was interrupting the purpose proposition above
. . .whether we are alert or asleep 13 [snStudy NoteThe phrases alert or asleepmay be understood (1) of moral alertness (living in faith, love, and hope as vv. 6, 8 call for, versus being unresponsive to God) or (2) of physical life and death (whether alive or dead). The first fits better with the context of 5:1-9, while the second returns to the point Paul started with in 4:13-18 (no disadvantage for the believing dead).]
Therefore encourage one another
What God wants me to do. Let me do so knowing this is His will and delight, and my joy. For His glory.
Therefore encourage one another
and build one another up,
I am also to work towards others growing in Christ!
and build up each other,
just as you are doing.
I confess sometimes I feel like this is such hard work. But let me rejoice that this is the work God has for me and for us!
just as you are in fact doing.
Study Questions 1. If the doctor diagnosed you with cancer tomorrow, where would you turn in the Bible for hope and comfort? This passage will certainly be one of the key ones from henceforth I particularly like all of Romans 8 also 2. When tragedy strikes us or a loved one, we are tempted to believe wrong things about God. What have you been tempted to believe about God in the past? How does 1 Thessalonians 5:9–11 undermine those false beliefs? I used to believe that God gave me bad things because He wanted to punish me, that He did not love me at all. The passage encourages me to that God's ultimate end is not wrath, but to be with Christ. That even if I had done wrong, ultimately in Christ, I am to be with Him. So encouraging! 3. Why does Paul say that Jesus died in 1 Thessalonians 5:10 ? Is this the reason you usually think of first? Paul says that Jesus died for our salvation, and to be with Him This is not the first reason I think of. But by the continual grace of God it is moving up the ladder of reasons. It's probably now my third or even second reason that comes to mind! I pray and work towards the goal that it is the first! Takeaway For the truth of the reason for Christ dying, for our salvation and to be with Him, be the first to come to my mind when bad news come To admit that on my own, I cannot have this happen, but to pray for this to be so, to trust this passage over my own warped thinking, to act accordingly and to give thanks to God for continually sanctifying me.