1 Thessalonians 4

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Therefore comfort one another with these words.

– 1 Thessalonians 4:18

In this passage Paul presents teaching that gives us eschatological insight. Such topics are fascinating, and often solicit much interest. But his final word in chapter four has always stood out to me. Whatever we think we know, or come to believe about the future things God plans to one day accomplish, they ought (ultimately) to be a comfort to us.

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1 Thessalonians 3

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For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?

1 Thessalonians 3:9-10

One of the things that becomes clear, when reading Paul’s epistles, is that Paul frequently prayed for the churches he ministered to and loved. In this is an important example that we ought to emulate. Paul prayed exceedingly, night and day, for the believers he knew. May God stir in us a similar commitment and passion.

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1 Thessalonians 2

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For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.

– 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

John, in his final writings (2 & 3 John) would speak of his joy and rejoicing in the fact that those of the churches he oversaw, walked in the truth (2 John 1:4, and 3 John 1:4). Paul extends that joy and rejoicing on into our time in heaven. Aside from the fact that we will begin God’s presence (where there is fullness of joy) we will rejoice in the fact that others—perhaps even those whom we prayed for, and shared the gospel with—are there in God’s presence, at His appearing.

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1 Thessalonians 1

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We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

– 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Faith, hope, and love are essential evidences of the transforming work of God, in His church. Through faith in Christ, we have hope in God, and love by His Holy Spirit issuing forth from our lives. May we grow ever more in these three, recognizing (as Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 13) that “the greatest of these is love.”

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Colossians 4

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Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

– Colossians 4:5

This is an exhortation worth or consideration and implementation.

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Colossians 3

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Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

– Colossians 3:2

Some have been accused of being “so heavenly minded, that they are no earthly good.” I don’t believe this is an actual problem. But it is certainly true that you can be so earthly minded, you are virtually ineffective for the Kingdom of God.

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Colossians 2

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Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

– Colossians 2:8

Jesus had predicted that false teachers (“wolves in sheep’s clothing”) would find their way into the church. Paul warned the Ephesian elders of the same (Acts 20:29-30). It didn’t take long for this to become a reality, and it has been the reality Christians have faced ever since. We must beware. False teachers continue to cheat and spoil with their vain philosophies and empty deceits.

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Colossians 1

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And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

– Colossians 1:21

Jesus has brought us near to God, by His saving power. We were once afar off. We were aliens and foreigners. But now we are His children. As John would later write, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

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Philippians 4

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

– Philippians 4:13

This verse is a favorite for many people. It’s no wonder that it is. If you haven’t done so, you may want to memorize it, and once you do, take some time to think on it, today.

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Philippians 3

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Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

– Philippians 3:12

Jesus saved you for a purpose. He “laid hold of me” for a reason. Since that is the case, we ought to press on to lay hold of the very thing for which He saved us.

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