2 Thessalonians 1:1-5

(2 Thessalonians 1:1-5) - God's righteous judgment. Paul again writes to the exemplary church in Thessalonica, communicating his customary greeting with great thankfulness. Specifically, Paul shows gratitude to the Lord for the way He has grown their faith and their love for all people. He gave credit where credit was due. Sanctification is a divine …

1 Thessalonians 5:23-28

(1 Thessalonians 5:23-28) - "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass." God doesn't do a "calling" work without also doing a "completing" work. He finishes what he starts. "And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He …

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-22) - "For this is the will of God..." Sometimes the will of God can seem unclear. When I was younger, I had several misconceptions about the will of God. I thought it only related to future plans. People always talked about God's will as something to find for later. I thought it …

1 Thessalonians 5:9-15

(1 Thessalonians 5:9-15) - "God has not destined us for wrath..." The course of our lives is not marked by supernatural dissent. It is not characterized by divine opposition. Although (apart from Christ) we deserve to have God's hand laid heavy upon us, we have gotten something much better. Rather than being destined for the …

1 Thessalonians 5:1-8

(1 Thessalonians 5:1-8) - "Let us be sober..." As Paul begins to close this letter, there is a refocusing on life as a response to truth related to end times. And once again, as we see in many of Paul's writings, his appeal is to the believer's identity in Christ. It's a "who-I-am-compels-what-I-do" thought process. …

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) - "...so that you will not grieve..." Truth has an amazing way of aligning our emotions with the heart of God. It brings us to a place of seeing God's perspective. In this case, Paul desired for a few truths to bring comfort to the believers regarding those in Christ who had …

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

(1 Thessalonians 4:1-12) - "excel still more..." Earlier this morning, I was reminded of a verse by a good friend of mine. He read an expounded version of it that speaks to what Paul is encouraging the Thessalonians towards. "Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the …