Stand Strong in the Faith

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

Hope is what enable endurance in the faith. Hope is what enables us to stand firm. And where do we find hope? 1 Thessalonians shows us that hope is found in the Lord. It is the hope of His promised return which believers have assurance of by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit brings conviction of the truth; freedom from fear in the knowledge that those in Christ are delivered from His coming wrath.  

Hope of the Thessalonians:

The Thessalonians had their hope through faith in the Gospel, which gave them assurance that the sufferings they were experiencing were only temporary. There hope was rooted in the truth that the Lord will return and Satan will not be able to hinder God’s faithful ones forever.

This hope led the Thessalonians to works of faith & labors of love as service to the living and true God. The Thessalonians were labeled as Paul’s hope of boasting before the Lord. He prayed for his hopes and desires for those under his discipleship; that they would be encouraged in faith, have hearts blameless before God and that he would be able to truth to continue teaching them. Paul had hope for the continued spread of the Gospel regardless of personal reception as a result of the Holy Spirit emboldening him in faith.

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

Hope for today:

Believers find hope in the truth that God will take those in Christ to heaven – both those dead and those alive. These chosen people of God will always be with Him. Children of light have obtained salvation. They can hope in the knowledge that God will complete their sanctification, making them pure blameless at coming of the Lord. He is faithful.

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. – 1 Thessalonian 5:23-24

Living in light of the hope:

How are believers to live in light of God’s promises and as they wait in the hope of the second coming? (From 1 Thessalonians 5:11-22):

– encourage one another and build one another up
– respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord
– be at peace among yourselves
– admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient all
– do not repay anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone
– rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances
– do not quench the Spirit
– abstain from every form of evil

 Hope is found in the Lord.
We will be freed from suffering and stand pure and blameless before Him.
He has redeemed us and will come and take us to be with Him forever.
Walk in the sanctification of the Spirit, encouraging one another.

And have hope in the Lord for He is faithful!

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