Bible Study Notes on 1 Thessalonians – 20160204

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Bible Study Notes

1 Thessalonians 1   No trumpets, no pun intended.  Paul gives greeting and shares how he remembers them in prayer and how their witness for Christ is known around.

1 Thessalonians 2   Paul expresses his love and concern for them and recalls how he acted among them.  He mentions how he has been persecuted by the Jews for speaking to Gentiles.  Thessalonians had apparently experienced similar persecution from their own countrymen.

1 Thessalonians 3:3  “…no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.”

1 Thessalonians 4:4  “…how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”
How to treat one’s own wife/spouse and not stoop to fornication by lusting after another’s spouse.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Concern over those who have already died who believed in Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4:13  “…them which are asleep…sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
1 Thessalonians 4:14  “…Jesus died and rose again…them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
1 Thessalonians 4:15  “…we which are alive…shall not prevent them which are asleep.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16  “…the dead in Christ shall rise first:”
1 Thessalonians 4:17  “…caught up together with them…”
Those who have died in Christ are not gone or lost, but are currently with Christ.  When He returns for all who are His, He will bring them with Him and they will be reunited with their bodies to rise as He did.  Any who are currently alive will be changed and will join them.  Then all will be caught up together to meet Christ and be with Him forever.  Therefore, we should not worry as those who don’t believe.
Those who died without Christ are lost.  They are presently in Hades in torment awaiting the end of the age when they will stand before Christ.  They will be reunited with their bodies and thrown into the lake of fire forever.  The second death.  How urgent the need to share the good saving news of Christ to all before it is too late.

1 Thessalonians 5:9  “…God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”

1 Thessalonians 5:22  “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
I have heard some quote this verse as saying to abstain from even the appearance of evil, as though we must stay away from anything that just looks like evil.  But that is not what it says.  Other translations use the word form instead of appearance which gives a better grasp of the idea.  Simply stated, stay away from what we know to be evil, whatever form or appearance it takes.

1 Thessalonians 5:24  “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

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