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Scripture reading for October 12th: 1st Thessalonians 5:3-28
A key truth of the Christian faith is the second coming of Christ. Christ will come in the air to meet believers who are living for him. They will be preceded by those who have died in faith, being instantly resurrected in a glorified body. Both groups, the living and those who have died, will be caught up to heaven. (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18) No one knows the day or hour this will happen. This means that Christians should live each day in holy anticipation!
“But you, bothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like the others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.” (1st Thessalonians 5:4-6) People of the night are usually asleep and not alert to Christ’s coming. People of the night are often doing deeds of darkness, such as getting drunk and carousing. Christians belong to the day and are people of light. They understand the times and the urgency to live self-controlled and moral lives. Through faith in Christ, they are obedient to God’s word and ready for Christ’s coming.
“Be joyful always; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire, do not treat prophesies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid all kind of evil.” (1st Thessalonians 5:16-22) Paul’s short summary of how to live pleasing God and ready would be good for all to memorize. Our attitude of joy and thanksgiving in continuous prayer kindles the Spirit’s fire to obey God. We are open to God’s leading, but test all things and avoid all evil.
“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. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” God was at work in the Thessalonians and is working in us today. He has called us to be holy and given us the Holy Spirit. Jesus is coming for His spotless Bride! Lord help me to be blameless!