1 Thessalonians 5

(1-11) Paul continues to talk about Jesus’ return. Is it a surprise, or not? “The Lord will come as a thief in the night…the day will not overtake you as a thief.” Think of it this way: we can’t predict when it will be, but believers should always be looking for it!

(12-21) Paul gives some final congregational instructions (that we would do well to obey):

  • Honor and listen to your teachers.
  • Be at peace and care for one another.
  • Rejoice!
  • Pray.
  • Give thanks (in everything).

(23-28) Paul’s final prayer is for the spiritual maturity of the church. Our Christian walk is a journey – we don’t ever arrive in this life. We would do well to pray for ourselves and others concerning spiritual growth! He also asks for prayers, passes on his greetings to the rest of the church, and wants to make sure that his words are shared.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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