Tag: turned from idols
Scripture reading for December 4th: 1st Thessalonians 1-5
“They tell us how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us form the coming wrath.” (1st Thessalonians 1:9-10)
Every chapter of this short letter has a reference to Jesus Christ’s return. Believers are focused on the greatest event that can happen to them, the return of Jesus Christ! He rescues us from the coming wrath of God on sin.
“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” (1st Thessalonians 2:19)
Paul was expecting a reward when Jesus came back. We should too! Every soul who has been saved through our ministry or giving to the Lord will bring joy and a crown and glory!
“May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.” 1st Thessalonians 3:13
Paul prayed for strength and purity in believers’ hearts so that they would be able to stand before the Lord. It will be a glorious time for those who are ready.
“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will arise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Jesus is personally coming back for those who have trusted in Him. This will happen in an instant at the shout of the archangel and the trumpet call of God. It will catch many by surprise! True believers are watching!
“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.” (1st Thessalonians 5:23-24)
Thankfully, Paul prayed again for the Thessalonian and us as well. Thankfully, Jesus Christ is faithful and He will keep us blameless! Amen!
Scripture reading for October 9th: 1st Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
“Grace and peace to you. We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, you labor prompted by love, and you endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians 1:1b-3) Paul spent much of his time praying for the various churches that he founded. He always found something to thank God for concerning the church. The Thessalonian church was commended for their faith and works based on faith.
These believers had eagerly received and applied the Gospel message in their lives and according to Paul, were a model to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. (1st Thessalonians 1:7-8) In fact, many reports of the Thessalonians faith had come to Paul from other Christians there. “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1st Thessalonians 1:9b-10)
The Thessalonians were about fifty miles from the site of Mount Olympus in Greece. The Greek gods said to reside there were many and powerful. They were a big part of the culture of the country and were popular. These believers turned from these idols to the living and true God. Not only that, they chose to wait for the revelation of Jesus Christ from heaven. Jesus was raised from the dead and coming back for those waiting for Him. These Thessalonians simply trusted in Christ and the teaching of the second coming. They chose to believe that when Christ came back, he would pour out wrath on sin and sinner. This fear of God was a healthy motivator to live in patient expectation.
“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” (1st Thessalonians 2:8) The child-like faith of these people had touched Paul’s heart. They were such faithful and sincere believers that Paul wanted to share his life with them. The Gospel works best when love is flowing from the preacher as well as the people. Our living God is a God of love and will win out over all idols if given a chance!