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I Thessalonians

To the church of the Thessalonians   Faith, love, and patience   The Gospel delivered not only in word, but in power, and in the Holy Spirit   In much affliction, but with joy   The Thessalonians become examples to all   Waiting for Jesus from heaven   The wrath to come   Through much contention, (conflict or fighting), Paul, Silas, and Timothy preached the Word BOLDLY   No flattering words   Walk worthy of God   The Thessalonians suffered for following Christ   Again, Paul mentions the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ   Paul sends Timothy to check on the Thessalonians   Timothy returns with good news   If we stand fast in the Lord, we live   Again, the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ   Live a clean and moral life   The Lord is the Avenger   Paul describes where the dead are   Paul describes the second coming of Jesus Christ   The day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night   Peace and safety, then sudden destruction   Children of the light   Let us not sleep, but watch   Put on the Armor of God   God has not appointed us to wrath   Paul gives a list of do's and don'ts   Again, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

To the church of the Thessalonians

1 Th 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Part of Paul's second missionary journey.

Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

1 Th 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

Faith, love, and patience

1 Th 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

1 Th 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

The Gospel delivered not only in
word, but in power, and in the Holy Spirit

1 Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power[1], and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

1 "POWER": 1411. dunamis, doo'-nam-is; from G1410; force (lit. or fig.); spec. miraculous power (usually by impl. a miracle itself):--ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

There were great demonstrations of the Holy Spirit. Outright miracles.

In much affliction, but with joy

1 Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction[1], with joy of the Holy Ghost:

1 "AFFLICTION": 2347. thlipsis, thlip'-sis; from G2346; pressure (lit. or fig.):--afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

When you become a follower of Christ, don't expect all to be peaches and cream.

1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

The Thessalonians become examples to all

1 Th 1:7 So that ye were ensamples[1] to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

1 "ENSAMPLES": 5179. tupos, too'-pos; from G5180; a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. a statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning):--en- (ex-) ample, fashion, figure, form, manner, pattern, print.

1 Th 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

These people really took to the Word and spread it further.

1 Th 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

Waiting for Jesus from heaven
The wrath to come

1 Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Through much contention, (conflict or fighting),
Paul, Silas, and Timothy preached the Word BOLDLY

1 Th 2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

1 Th 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention[1].

1 "CONTENTION": 73. agon, ag-one'; from G71; prop. a place of assembly (as if led), i.e. (by impl.) a contest (held there); fig. an effort or anxiety:--conflict, contention, fight, race.

See Acts 16 and 17 to see how Paul and Silas were treated.

1 Th 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile[1]:

1 "GUILE": 1388. dolos, dol'-os; from an obs. prim. dello (prob. mean. to decoy; comp. G1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (fig.) wile:--craft, deceit, guile, subtilty.

1 Th 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing[1] men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1 "PLEASING": 700. aresko, ar-es'-ko; prob. from G142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); to be agreeable (or by impl. to seek to be so):--please.

Note, not as pleasing men, would mean, not through emotionalism. Don't even try to please others with God's word. Please God. Teach God's word and not your own.

 

No flattering words

1 Th 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering[1] words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

1 "FLATTERING": 2850. kolakeia, kol-ak-i'-ah; from a der. of kolax (a fawner); flattery:--X flattering.

Satan is the one who'll try to flatter you. See Daniel 11:21.

Dan 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

1 Th 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

1 Th 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse[1] cherisheth her children:

1 "NURSE": 5162. trophos, trof-os'; from G5142; a nourisher, i.e. nurse:--nurse.

5142. trepho, tref'-o; a prim. verb (prop. threpho; but perh. strength. from the base of G5157 through the idea of convolution); prop. to stiffen, i.e. fatten (by impl. to cherish [with food, etc.], pamper, rear):--bring up, feed, nourish.

A nursing mother.

1 Th 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

1 Th 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

They didn't take any pay for preaching or teaching God's word.

1 Th 2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

They were good examples.

1 Th 2:11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

Walk worthy of God

1 Th 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

1 Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

The Thessalonians suffered for following Christ

1 Th 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

You can expect to suffer somewhat for serving God.

1 Th 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

1 Th 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

1 Th 2:17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

1 Th 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

Again, Paul mentions the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

1 Th 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

The coming of Jesus.

1 Th 2:20 For ye are our glory and joy.

Paul sends Timothy to check on the Thessalonians

1 Th 3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

1 Th 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

1 Th 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

1 Th 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

1 Th 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

Timothy returns with good news

1 Th 3:6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:

1 Th 3:7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:

If we stand fast in the Lord, we live

1 Th 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

1 Th 3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

1 Th 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

1 Th 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

1 Th 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Again, the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

1 Th 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

This entire book is full of talk of the coming of Christ.

 Live a clean and moral life

1 Th 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound[1] more and more.

1 "ABOUND": 4052. perisseuo, per-is-syoo'-o; from G4053; to superabound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous; also (trans.) to cause to superabound or excel:--(make, more) abound, (have, have more) abundance, (be more) abundant, be the better, enough and to spare, exceed, excel, increase, be left, redound, remain (over and above).

1 Th 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

1 Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

1 Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

1 Th 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

The Lord is the Avenger

1 Th 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Deu 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

1 Th 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

1 Th 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

1 Th 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

This verse along with others show that the Thessalonians were doing pretty good.

1 Th 4:10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

Always room for improvement.

1 Th 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet[1], and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

1 "QUIET": 2270. hesuchazo, hay-soo-khad'-zo; from the same as G2272; to keep still (intrans.), i.e. refrain from labor, meddlesomeness or speech:--cease, hold peace, be quiet, rest. .... Refrain from being Meddlesome.

1 Th 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Paul describes where the dead are

1 Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep[1], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

1 "ASLEEP": 2837. koimao, koy-mah'-o; from G2749; to put to sleep, i.e. (pass. or reflex.) to slumber; fig. to decease:--(be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.

1 Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

If we truly believe that Jesus died and was raised, (resurrected), from the dead, we must believe those that have died are already raised, (resurrected), and with God. ECC 12:7, and 2CO 5:8.

Some people claim that we have to come back to earth to get our glorified body. How can Jesus bring them with Him, if they don't have a body.

Paul describes the second coming of Jesus Christ

1 Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent[1] them which are asleep.

1 "PREVENT": 5348. phthano, fthan'-o; appar. a prim. verb; to be beforehand, i.e. anticipate or precede, by extens. to have arrived at:--(already) attain, come, prevent.

1 Th 4:16 For the Lord himself[1] shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump[2] of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Note, descend, not hover overhead.

1 "HIMSELF": 846. autos, ow-tos'; from the particle au [perh. akin to the base of G109 through the idea of a baffling wind] (backward); the reflex. pron. self, used (alone or in the comp. G1438) of the third pers., and (with the prop. pers. pron.) of the other persons:--her, it (-self), one, the other, (mine) own, said, ([self-], the) same, ([him-, my-, thy-]) self, [your-] selves, she, that, their (-s), them ([-selves]), there [-at, -by, -in, -into, -of, -on, -with], they, (these) things, this (man), those, together, very, which. Comp. G848.

2 "TRUMP": 4536. salpigx, sal'-pinx; perh. from G4535 (through the idea of quavering or reverberation): a trumpet:--trump (-et).

1 Cor 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

In like manner? How was that? Jesus left the surface of the earth and ascended to heaven. He shall descend from heaven, to the earth. In like manner. At what speed? 186,000 miles per second.

Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Where will Jesus return to?

Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Isa 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

Mat 22:44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

The word ,enemies, is Greek word 2190. echthros, ekh-thros'; from a prim. echtho (to hate); hateful (pass. odious, or act. hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (espec. Satan):--enemy, foe.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Who is God's enemy number one? Satan and his angels. Jesus is not leaving from where He is now, before Satan is cast from heaven, to the earth, (God's footstool).

1 Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught[1] up together with them in the clouds, to meet[2] the Lord[3] in the air[4]: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1 "CAUGHT": 726. harpazo, har-pad'-zo; from a der. of G138; to seize (in various applications):--catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).

138. haireomai, hahee-reh'-om-ahee; prob. akin to G142; to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer:--choose. Some of the forms are borrowed from a cognate hellomai, hel'-lom-ahee; which is otherwise obsolete.

142. airo, ah'ee-ro; a prim. verb; to lift; by impl. to take up or away; fig. to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind); spec. to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Heb. [comp. H5375] to expiate sin:--away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).

2 "MEET": 529. apantesis, ap-an'tay-sis; from G528; a (friendly) encounter:--meet.

3 "LORD": 2962. kurios, koo'-ree-os; from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by impl. Mr. (as a respectful title):--God, Lord, master, Sir.

4 "AIR": 109. aer, ah-ayr'; from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by anal. to blow ); "air" (as naturally circumambient): --air. Comp. G5594. atha. See G3134

This is a good place to recall what Peter had to say of Paul's writings.

2 Pet 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

2 Pet 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Meet the Lord in the air? Who is the prince of the power of the air? Satan. In verse 16 it says the Lord shall descend, not hover overhead.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

The word air in Eph 2:2 is the same as here. See Rev 19:14 about the army, (I believe to the the clouds), He brings with Him. See Heb 12:1 where Paul describes a cloud as a group of people. We will meet the Lord in that spiritual body, and we will be as he is. See 1 Joh 3:2. See Joh 17:15 where Jesus is praying not to take us out of the world.

If people are taken out of this world to be with Jesus, call it a rapture if you want, that would have to be a resurrection. Note that in Rev. 20:1 thru 5 the first resurrection takes place not only after Satan is here on this earth, but when he is bound for a thousand years.

Here Paul is describing the return of Jesus to the Thessalonians. See 1Co. 15:52 where he is describing it to the people of Corinth.

Look at Matthew Henry's commentary. He did not mention any thing similar to what is called a rapture. He lived in the early 1700's and the rapture theory didn't come about till 1830. As great a scholar as he was, why didn't he see it? Because it doesn't exist. Note in late 1800's and early 1900's in Schofield's bible he makes mention of it. Two great scholars. One before Margaret McDonald and one after????

In order to understand the meaning of the the word (air) Greek no. 109 one must know the meaning of the word (circumambient). According to Webster's dictionary, (English), it's actually 2 words , circum and ambient. Circum - around, about, surrounding. Ambient - around and surrounding. they both mean the same thing. Also the word ambience - an environment or it's distinct atmosphere. distinct - 1 not alike 2 separate 3 clearly marked off; plain 4 unmistakable.

Most all Christians, preachers, teachers, etc. will tell you that you must have a personal relationship with God. This is true. This is how it's going to be. It will be a one on one personal thing with Jesus when he returns. It will be so personal that for an individual it will be as close as the air that you breathe in and out, (exhale), while you're unconscious. That's very close and personal. I think this means it's his or her distinct or personal atmosphere. See Jeremiah 13:1 thru 14, for a good description.

Satan is the prince of the power of the air, (109). Just as God allowed Satan to test Job, (got real close in his air space), he allows Satan to be in your air space to. With one major difference of course, God invited Satan to trouble Job. Just hope God doesn't do that with you. In all cases that I have heard the word ambient used it has been in regard to temperature, ambient temperature meaning the temperature just around you or the ambient temperature of a room etc. Note Greek no. 5594.

109. aer, ah-ayr'; from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by anal. to blow ); "air" (as naturally circumambient): --air. Comp. G5594.

5594. psucho, psoo'-kho; a prim. verb; to breathe (voluntarily but gently; thus differing on the one hand from G4154, which denotes prop. a forcible respiration; and on the other from the base of G109, which refers prop. to an inanimate breeze), i.e. (by impl. of reduction of temperature by evaporation) to chill (fig.):--wax cold.

To breathe unconsciously. Look at this next verse where Jesus appeared to his disciples after His resurrection.

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

In the Strong's dictionary 109 mentions the word atha and states, see G3134.

3134. maran atha, mar'-an ath'-ah; of Chald. or. (mean. our Lord has come); maranatha, i.e. an exclamation of the approaching divine judgment:--Maran-atha.

1 Cor 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema[1] Maranatha[2].

1 "ANATHEMA": 331. anathema, an-ath'-em-ah; from G394; a (religious) ban or (concr.) excommunicated (thing or person):--accursed, anathema, curse, X great.

2 "MARANATHA": 3134. maran atha, mar'-an ath'-ah; of Chald. or. (mean. our Lord has come); maranatha, i.e. an exclamation of the approaching divine judgment:--Maran-atha.

The next two verses pertain to the two comings of Jesus. Not three.

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zec 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number[1] is Six hundred threescore and six.

[1] number 706. arithmos, ar-ith-mos'; from G142; a number (as reckoned up):--number.

142. airo, ah'ee-ro; a prim. verb; to lift; by impl. to take up or away; fig. to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind); spec. to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Heb. [comp. H5375] to expiate sin:--away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).

Compare the description of the word number in Revelation 13:18 to the word caught in 1st. Thessalonians 4:17. The word caught comes the word number.

Jesus talking:
John 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

1 Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night

1 Th 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

1 Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

When you least expect him.

Peace and safety, then sudden destruction

1 Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail[1] upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1 "TRAVAIL": 5604. odin, o-deen'; akin to G3601; a pang or throe, esp. of childbirth:--pain, sorrow, travail.

See Dan 8:24. He will destroy wonderfully.

Dan 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully[1], and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

1 "WONDERFULLY": 6381. pala', paw-law'; a prim. root; prop. perh. to separate, i.e. distinguish (lit. or fig.); by impl. to be (causat. make) great, difficult, wonderful:--accomplish, (arise . . . too, be too) hard, hidden, things too high, (be, do, do a, shew) marvelous (-ly, -els, things, work), miracles, perform, separate, make singular, (be, great, make) wonderful (-ers, -ly, things, works), wondrous (things, works, -ly).

1 Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Children of the light

1 Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Let us not sleep, but watch

1 Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Watch, watchmen watch. Mar 13:33-37.

1 Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

Put on the Armor of God

1 Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

See Eph. 6:13-17.

God has not appointed us to wrath

1 Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

God's not angry with us. Only His enemy.

1 Th 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Whether we are alive at Christ's return or have already joined Him.

1 Th 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Paul gives a list of do's and don'ts

1 Th 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

1 Th 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

1 Th 5:14 Now we exhort[1] you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

1 "EXHORT": 3870. parakaleo, par-ak-al-eh'-o; from G3844 and G2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):--beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.

Patience is a wonderful thing.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

1 Th 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

1 Th 5:16 Rejoice evermore.

1 Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Psa 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

1 Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Th 5:19 Quench[1] not the Spirit.

1 "QUENCH": 4570. sbennumi, sben'-noo-mee; a prol. form of an appar. prim. verb; to extinguish (lit. or fig.):--go out, quench.

See Luke 12:10. The un-forgivable sin.
Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

1 Th 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

1 Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

1 Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Again, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Th 5:24 Faithful[1] is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

1 "FAITHFUL": 4103. pistos, pis-tos'; from G3982; obj. trustworthy; subj. trustful;--believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.

1 Th 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

1 Th 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

1 Th 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

1 Th 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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