1 Thessalonians 4
-Sanctification (in the holiness, set apart, growth of the Christian sense) is Paul predominant theme as he writes in the first 2/3 of this chapter. He has instructed well and wants them to carry out the teaching of Christ in their spirits solemnly and devotedly, not disregarding God who gives the Holy Spirit, which empowers such Divinely inspired living (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8). Love is major emphasis and living a life that is quiet, minding your own calling and business, working hard with the talents and abilities God has ordained and given behaving properly toward outsiders, dependent on no one (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12). *Application* Living dependent of no one takes faith, perseverance, humility, and hard work. All of these are Christian traits by the way. Live a devoted life in Christ obeying His teachings with the right heart and attitude. Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit (Philippians 2:3).
-The coming of the Lord theme picks up again after this exhortation to live well in the power of Christ. Paul’s mantra is hope since we believe that Jesus died and rose again for our sake. We look forward expectantly for His return when the dead in Him will rise first and those who are alive will be caught up together with Him in the clouds at His command cry and the voice of the archangel. We will then always be with the Lord and we should encourage one another in love with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This is great information that Paul imparts with great eschatological implications. *Application* Christ Jesus is coming again. Make preparations, be alert and be ready (Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13)! Hallelujah! Maranatha (Come quickly)!
Verses to Memorize- 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, 16-18