By God's grace, be at peace
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
By God's grace, be at peace [draft sermon notes]
Published November 1st, 2018
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Final Instructions and Benediction 12 We ask you, brothers, m to respect those who labor among you and n are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. o Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish p the idle, 1 q encourage the fainthearted, r help the weak, s be patient with them all. 15 See that t no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always u seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 v Rejoice always, 17 w pray without ceasing, 18 x give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 y Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise z prophecies, 21 but a test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may b the God of peace himself c sanctify you completely, and may your d whole e spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at f the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 g He who calls you is faithful; h he will surely do it. 25 i Brothers, pray for us. 26 j Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27 I put you under oath before the Lord to have k this letter read to all the brothers. 28 l The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
12 Ἐρωτῶμεν δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, εἰδέναι τοὺς κοπιῶντας ἐν ὑμῖν καὶ προϊσταμένους ὑμῶν ἐν κυρίῳ καὶ νουθετοῦντας ὑμᾶς 13 καὶ ἡγεῖσθαι αὐτοὺς ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ ἐν ἀγάπῃ διὰ τὸ ἔργον αὐτῶν. εἰρηνεύετε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς. 14 Παρακαλοῦμεν δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, νουθετεῖτε τοὺς ἀτάκτους, παραμυθεῖσθε τοὺς ὀλιγοψύχους, ἀντέχεσθε τῶν ἀσθενῶν, μακροθυμεῖτε πρὸς πάντας. 15 ὁρᾶτε μή τις κακὸν ἀντὶ κακοῦ τινι ἀποδῷ, ἀλλὰ πάντοτε τὸ ἀγαθὸν διώκετε [καὶ] εἰς ἀλλήλους καὶ εἰς πάντας. 16 Πάντοτε χαίρετε, 17 ἀδιαλείπτως προσεύχεσθε, 18 ἐν παντὶ εὐχαριστεῖτε• τοῦτο γὰρ θέλημα θεοῦ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς ὑμᾶς. 19 τὸ πνεῦμα μὴ σβέννυτε, 20 προφητείας μὴ ἐξουθενεῖτε, 21 πάντα δὲ δοκιμάζετε, τὸ καλὸν κατέχετε, 22 ἀπὸ παντὸς εἴδους πονηροῦ ἀπέχεσθε. 23 Αὐτὸς δὲ ὁ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης ἁγιάσαι ὑμᾶς ὁλοτελεῖς, καὶ ὁλόκληρον ὑμῶν τὸ πνεῦμα καὶ ἡ ψυχὴ καὶ τὸ σῶμα ἀμέμπτως ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ τηρηθείη. 24 πιστὸς ὁ καλῶν ὑμᾶς, ὅς καὶ ποιήσει. 25 Ἀδελφοί, προσεύχεσθε [καὶ] περὶ ἡμῶν. 26 Ἀσπάσασθε τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς πάντας ἐν φιλήματι ἁγίῳ. 27 Ἐνορκίζω ὑμᾶς τὸν κύριον ἀναγνωσθῆναι τὴν ἐπιστολὴν πᾶσιν τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς. 28 Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μεθʼ ὑμῶν.
By God's grace, be at peace Introduction What is peace and where does it come from? Returning to a 'centre' [eg a pond returning to calm after ripples] God's church is a community of peace, made by a God of peace. The different ways we act and react are all to promote peace. Backdrop of 'shalom'. 1. Appreciate church leadership, and you'll promote love and peace (v12-13) v12 respect those who labour v12 in the Lord v12 admonish v13 esteem highly in love 'because' of their work v13 be at peace among yourselves 2. Act towards one another in ways that promote peace (v14-22) v14 admonish the idle v14 encourage the fainthearted v14 help the weak v14 be patient with them all v15 not evil for evil but do good v16 rejoice always v17 pray without ceasing v18 give thanks in all circumstances v19-21 do not quench the spirit or despise prophecies, but test everything v22 abstain from every form of evil 3. God is the ultimate source of peace (v23-27) v23 May the God of peace v23 Sanctify you 'completely'; 'spirit, soul, body' v23 blameless at the parousia v24 He is faithful, he will do it v26 Holy kiss v28 grace be with you glory of God: God of peace, committed to the wholeness and peace of His people. FCF: We don't want peace or pursue it. We choose disrespect and dishonour; division; thoughtlessness in how to relate to different people; paying back evil rather than good. Lack of thanksgiving. Person of Jesus: prince of peace. Blessed are the peacemakers. Bringer of wholeness, in different ways and directions according to our need. Work of Jesus: suffers the disintegration of crucifixion and death. The whole one is broken. The blameless one is blamed. Union with Jesus: in him I am blameless; all of me - body, soul, spirit. And I know that we are a community of peace. So in him I have the reason and the resources to maintain and express this peace. Wrap-up What is peace and where does it come from? Returning to a 'centre' [eg a pond returning to calm after ripples] God's church is a community of peace, made by a God of peace. The different ways we act and react are all to promote peace.