God is faithful!

Scripture reading for September 18th:  1st Thessalonians 5

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  (1st Thessalonians 5:1-2)  Paul concluded his letter to the young believers with a final reminder about the coming of Jesus Christ.  He repeated the teaching of Jesus about no one knowing the day or the hour.  (Matthew 24:36, 43-44)  In fact, people would be thinking that everything was normal when the Lord would suddenly return like a thief in the night.  The return of Christ requires watchfulness and readiness on the part of His Church!

“So then, let us not be like others, who sleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.  But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1st Thessalonians 5:6-9)  God appointed His people for salvation from His coming wrath upon sinners who refuse repentance.  Those who continue to sin, live in darkness.  The Church lives in the light of Christ and His word.

“May God Himself, the god of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”  (1st Thessalonians 5:23-24)  Paul’s final prayer is for the believers complete sanctification.  Jesus will complete in us what He began!

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