2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Answer the Challenge to Pray

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (KJV)
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is no foregone conclusion that those who have come to trust Christ as Saviour will:

  • Walk worthy of this calling 
  • Fulfill the good pleasure of His goodness
  • Fulfill the work of faith with power or
  • Glorify the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

Therefore, Paul said he “prayed always” for them that these would be the outcome of their faith. 

I’ve witnessed a lot of people who have: 

  • Made professions of faith, 
  • Gotten baptized, 
  • Taught Bible classes and even 
  • Served in the ministry as a pastor, missionary, or wife of one, 

who fall short of the ideal or sometimes turn away completely. 

With every profession of faith, with every baptism, and with every surrender to the Lord, the burden to “pray always for you” grows. 

May we answer the challenge and pray all the more. 

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2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Answer the Challenge to Pray

1 Thessalonians 5:6 Maybe Today

1 Thessalonians 5:6 (KJV)
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

The chapter begins by insisting the audience is perfectly aware that “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” It is in that context we find our passage. 

Some have fallen asleep 
They have left off watchfulness. They are no longer sober and mindful of the sudden and unannounced coming of Jesus. 

The Bible urges those who will hear to stay awake, stay watchful, stay sober
And it’s no small feat. There are so many “false alarms.” There are so many world history events that look to us to be perfect opportunities for the Lord’s return. But it hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps it won’t happen in our lifetimes? Maybe it won’t even happen in our children’s lifetimes? If that be the case, what value is there in watchfulness? Do we not look wild-eyed and even contribute to the slumber by preaching Jesus’s return?

The Bible gives us no leave for excuses. It merely points out that some have fallen asleep and that we must not. 

So, don’t. Let us not sleep, as do others. Let us watch, let us be sober, and let us preach passionately that Jesus Christ is coming. 

Maybe even today. 

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1 Thessalonians 5:6 Maybe Today

1 Thessalonians 4:8 At Odds With God

1 Thessalonians 4:8 (KJV)
He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

I see in this verse both a comfort and a warning, depending upon the audience. 

There is an encouraging word to the embracer and preacher of the Word of God, a comfort intended here. 
Those who reject your faith, your words, and you as a result of it have ultimately and realistically rejected not you but God. Isn’t it true that you would more likely agree with the despiser rather than the believer if it were not for God? Then it is God who has convinced you, and it is God with whom those that despise you have their problem. 

To the despiser, there is this warning here. 
You may take your despite flippantly. You may think yours to be simply one’s opinion against another’s. In matters of earthly affairs, this might be true. Opinions are as many as there are people. They can, therefore, very often hold no weight whatsoever. They are what they are to the holder, and that is all. 

Things of God take on a new level because, in this, we deal not with opinion but with the standard. God and His Word are the foundation and standard of truth. To despise His Word is to hate God Himself. It is to deny the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is to place one at odds with God. 

  • For the unsaved, this will result in ultimate doom. 
  • For the believer, this will result in the unrest of spirit and soul.

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1 Thessalonians 4:8 At Odds With God

1 Thessalonians 3:1 I Could No Longer Forebear

1 Thessalonians 3:1 (KJV)
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

1 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

The Apostle said twice, “when I could no longer forebear.”

That tells me he did forebear for a season 
For whatever reason, he did not send to know their faith at his first impulse. He waited. He held off. He endured what he would rather have not for some time. 

But then he could forebear no longer
Because we are looking into the inspired Word of God, I do not believe either his waiting or his finally sending of Timothy were of emotion or the flesh. This was the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

That which he could no longer forbear
Was to see their face and more specifically to perfect that which was lacking in their faith. 

  • He wanted to see them (either personally or through a representative).
  • He knew that the perfecting of their faith required contact (either personally or through a representative)

We face this same today. The COVID19 virus has left us separated for a time. We have been willing to forebear, to use technological means to attempt to minister to others. But we have about reached the end of this forbearance. We will of necessity have to find some means of real contact if we are to “perfect that which is lacking” in the faith of our congregation. 

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1 Thessalonians 4:2 People Need Them

1 Thessalonians 4:2 (KJV)
For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

Notice the faithfulness of the Apostle, he had so carefully instructed them that he was able to say they knew what commandments he had given them by the Lord Jesus.

People dislike commandments. 

  • Lessons are fine 
  • Inspirational talks are fine 
  • Encouraging stories are fine 

but commandments – people get upset about commandments. Still, the Apostle was faithful in carefully, diligently, clearly instructing them concerning the commandments.

And because he was faithful in teaching them the commandments, he was able to exhort them here to abound more and more.

Be faithful with the commandments. People need them.

  • They need them more than Bible lessons
  • They need them more than inspirational talks
  • They need them more than encouraging stories
  • They need the commandments because these are the will of God.

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1 Thessalonians 3:4 We Should Suffer

1 Thessalonians 3:4 (KJV)
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

I think it is because, in this country, things have been so comfortable for so long that it is considered: 

  • Ill advised, 
  • Inappropriate, perhaps even 
  • Radical 

to speak of suffering and tribulations as a part of the Christian experience. Those who do suffer are often considered to be unfavored of the Lord. Indeed, there are some who seem to provoke troubles for the purpose of proving their dedication and faith. 

On the other hand, the Bible makes it clear that there will be times, places and circumstances that lead to suffering. The Christian must not shrink from such suffering and tribulations. 

Now the preacher; he does his congregation no good to ignore these Biblical instructions. I know that same preacher will claim he does not ignore it. He will claim that he just does not emphasize it. But we have created a kind of Christianity that avoids tribulations at almost any cost. 

And in so doing we also have lost our savor. 

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1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering Without Ceasing

1 Thessalonians 1:3 (KJV)
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

This verse is closely tied to the previous, 1 Thessalonians 1:2
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 

Perhaps it is best to understand this as that he remembers them without ceasing in his prayers. On the other hand, it is an affectionate thing, a reassuring thing, a cheering thing, to think that someone such as Paul would remember them without ceasing. 

Through the thick of their oppression and persecution, as they stood fast for what they had received of God, Paul remembered them.
Regardless of the challenges he faced himself, and we know that Paul faced persecution of his own after leaving Thessalonica, he remembered them. 
Night and day, peacetime and pressure time, Paul remembered them, and that without ceasing. 

Someone wrote that this must not be taken literally, but as a common expression. I disagree. I know some souls who never leave my heart and my thoughts. It matters not what else I am doing; these souls are so near to my mind that they can be on the surface at a moment. 

  • My wife
  • My children
  • My parents
  • My grandchildren 

It would be accurate to say I remember them without ceasing. 

Besides them, there is: 

  • Mike Riggs, the man who first discipled me and 
  • Dave Brown, the pastor who loved and accepted me

There are a few souls I remember without ceasing, longing for them to return to grace and
There are some I remember without ceasing because I know they are suffering intensely just now.

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 Escaping Destruction

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 (KJV) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. The day of which Paul spoke will come as a thief in the night and those of the world will not escape it. But the Apostle says that these believers would escape.
  • They were not in darkness.
  • They were not asleep to the danger.
  • They would not be hurt by it.
The manner in which the believer escapes this sudden destruction is provided in the context immediately previous to this, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. The rapture of the believers, as described in 1 Thessalonians 4, takes place immediately before the sudden destruction. Pre-Tribulational Rapture of all believers is the doctrine of the Bible.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4300 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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1 Thessalonians 1:4 Their Place In God’s Plan

1 Thessalonians 1:4 KJV
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

The commentators are want to call this an election unto salvation. I think that is a preconceived notion. Protestant theology, both Calvinist and Arminian, view election as relating to salvation. The context, I believe, points otherwise. There are two key words Paul says motivates his prayers for them:

Remembering
This appears to be concerning their salvation.

  • The work of faith that had been wrought in them
  • The labor of love that God has accomplished in them and
  • Their patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ

Salvation is a work all of God and in the sight of God the Father.

Knowing
He knew of the election of God to:

  • Be followers of Paul’s afflictions
  • Be examples to others in Macedonia and Achaea and abroad

The election was not one to salvation. That had happened the moment they hoped in Christ. The election concerned their place in the plan of God to make known the gospel.

(I wrote another blog on this subject here.)

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1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 I Would Love to See You Again

1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 (KJV)
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:

Paul was a man, subject to like passions as we all. God used him in marvelous ways and blessed his work supernaturally. I am certain he was a man of God and, though not perfect, a perfect example for the preacher.

Paul’s ministry was attacked again and again in his day, yet he held firm that he preached, “not as pleasing men but God, which trieth our heart.” Still, he hurt when those he loved chose not to love him and he rejoiced whenever he learned that those he had preached to held on to their love for him. When he received word from Timothy that the church in Thessalonica “greatly desired” to see him his soul was lifted in joy. He too longed to see them.

I personally know a great many Christians that I would love to see again. Many of them I will likely not see this side of eternity. Some of them have no desire to see me and, in fact, avoid me. But those who, ever so often, communicate their love for me and that they miss me – those Christians rejoice my heart.

 

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