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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Paul's FIRST letter to the Thessalonians

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Frameworks: 1 Thessalonians 5

 

For preliminaries see chapter 1

      

[Chapter Synopsis: The focus is on being ready when Jesus returns, plus miscellaneous instructions about right attitudes towards leaders, living in peace and harmony, encouraging and building one another up]

 

v.1-11 Be ready for when Jesus returns
v.12-28 Final miscellaneous instructions

 

 

v.1-11 Be ready for when Jesus returns

 

[Passage Synopsis: don't be caught out when Jesus returns but live out your Christian life, full of faith, love and hope]

 

v.1,2 (Jesus will return without warning) Now, brothers and sisters, 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.

v.3 (Those who make excuses will be destroyed) While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety', destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

v.4 (but you shouldn't be caught by surprise) But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

v.5 (be belong in the light) You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

v.6 (so let's be awake and alert) So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

v.7 (the unrighteous are so in darkness) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.

v.8 (but we are different) But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

v.9 (we're appointed to receive salvation) For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

v.10 (with Jesus dying to save us) He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

v.11 (so keep on encouraging one another) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 

v.12-28 Final instructions

 

[Passage Synopsis: bless and be at peace with your leaders, live in harmony with one another, be open to the Spirit and be ready when Jesus returns]

 

v.12 (bless your leaders) Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.

v.13 (esteem them and live at peace with them) Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

v.14 (warn, encourage, help and be patient with one another) And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

v.15 (forgive and be at peace seeking the good of one another) Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

v.16-18 (rejoice, pray and give thanks) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

v.19 (don't put out the fire of the Spirit) Do not quench the Spirit.

v.20,21 (test and receive right prophecies, holding what is good, rejecting what is bad) Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

v.23 (may God purify you so you will be blameless at Jesus' coming) 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.

v.24 (God is faithful and keep you) The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

v.25 (pray for us) Brothers and sisters, pray for us.

v.26 (greet each other in love) Greet all God's people with a holy kiss.

v.27 (read this to all the church) I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

v.28 (and may you know Christ's grace) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.