Truth about Christ that is cemented in scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4)
- Jesus Christ came into the world (Luke 1:26-33; 2:7-11; 25-35).
- Deity took the form of a man (John 1:1-4; 14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:3).
- Jesus died for the benefit of humanity (John 10:7-18; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 3:18).
- He rose from the dead – eyewitness accounts:
- Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9; John 20:11-18).
- The other women (Matthew 28:9).
- Peter (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5).
- Two men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13ff).
- Ten men in the upper room (John 20:19ff).
- The same men with Thomas present (John 20:26-29).
- Above 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6).
- James (1 Corinthians 15:7).
- Seven men (John 21:2).
- The apostles on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:9-11).
- Paul (Acts 9:1-9; 1 Corinthians 15:8).
- Jesus ascended into heaven and is reigning at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 7:13-14; Acts 2:30; Romans 15:12; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26; 1 Peter 3:22).
- Jesus will come again (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- No one knows when Jesus will return (Mark 13:32-33; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 2 Peter 3:10-12).
- Faith is crucial to success:
- Walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).
- Live by faith (Romans 1:16-17).
- Justified by faith (Romans 5:1).
- Love the badge of discipleship:
- To love one another is commanded (John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 2:17).
- Expected from those who are in the light (1 John 2:8-11).
- Demonstrated in action (1 John 3:14-18).
- Hope is living in expectation:
- We are saved by hope (Romans 8:24-25).
- Hope is the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19).
- Hope brings joy to one’s life (Psalms 146:5).
- We have been begotten again to a lively hope (1 Peter 1:3).
- Attitude toward elders and all those who labour ardently for the cause of Christ. Love, know and respect the elders that must give an answer for the souls in their care (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:17). There are others who are not elders and deacons that labour for the Lord, and deserve our love and respect as well (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Corinthians 16:15).
- Be at peace among yourselves; “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (1 Thessalonians 5:13; Matthew 5:9).
- Warn the disorderly – those who are not living up to their Christian obligations (1 Thessalonians 5:14; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20).
- Comfort the feebleminded (fainthearted) – those who are easily discouraged need to be comforted (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
- Support the weak - the strong in the faith need to be mindful that there are members whose faith is not so strong, Romans 14; 1 Corinthians chapters 8 and 10 were written to that end.
- Be patient toward all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).
- Evil must not be responded to in kind – the way to overcome evil is through good (1 Thessalonians 5:15; Romans 12:18-21).
- There is a joy that accompanies Christianity (1 Thessalonians 5:16; 1 John 1:4; John 15:11; Jude 24).
- Have a prayerful attitude about you each and every day (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Psalms 55:17).
- Give thanks unto God for all that He has given us (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ecclesiastes 5:19; 1 Timothy 4:3; Colossians 3:15).
- The Spirit and His inspired message can be quenched (put out) from the life of a Christian, if worldly things smother the fire (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20; Jeremiah 23:29; 20:9).
- Prove all things – the Christian defense against error (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1).
- Abstain from the appearance of evil – be that constant light that shines in the world (1 Thessalonians 5:22; Matthew 5:13-16; Philippines 2:15).
- The God of peace sanctify you wholly until Jesus comes (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
- Inspired scripture needs to be read by faithful brethren (1 Thessalonians 5:27).
Christians encouraged and confident (1 Thessalonians 5:5-11)
Christians live a different life. Light and day are figurative terms descriptive of a way of life. Just so, night and darkness are figurative terms descriptive of the manner in which the world lives. The contrast is intended to be vivid, the differences vast and plain.
The children of God are spiritually equipped. The three things listed in 1 Corinthians 13:13, which were to continue after miraculous gifts had accomplished their purpose and were removed, serve to keep us steadfast and sure:
God has not appointed us to wrath – the God of heaven wants His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) to spent all eternity with Him. To that end, Jesus died for us and is our source of comfort and encouragement to be shared among us.
Duties that involve: Attitude, heart and mind (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)