• Waiting for the Clouds to Break

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  • Final Greetings and Requests

    1 Thessalonians 5:25–28

    We remain ever dependent on the grace of God to sustain and change us. None of us has arrived at full holiness, and we will make progress only as we seek to grow in the grace of the Lord. We ...Read More

  • Paul’s Closing Benediction

    1 Thessalonians 5:23–24

    Sanctification is usually a slow process, so at times we may think that God is not making us holy in practice or that He will not complete the good work begun in us. However, the Lord is perfectly faithful to ...Read More

  • Prophecies and Discernment

    1 Thessalonians 5:19–22

    John Calvin applies 1 Thessalonians 5:19–22 to our situation by noting that today, prophecy means “interpretation made suitable to present use.” Our only access to prophecy today is through the faithful exposition of the inscripturated Word of God, which appointed ...Read More

  • Unceasing Rejoicing, Prayer, and Thanksgiving

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Indeed, it is difficult to rejoice always, pray unceasingly, and give thanks in all circumstances. There is a way forward, however, and that is to remember what Christ has done for us and all the promises of God that He ...Read More

  • Doing Good in Response to Evil

    1 Thessalonians 5:15

    Christians are called to go out of their way to do good to all people, even those who plot against us. We do not need to bear with continual abuse, and we are to get the authorities involved when the ...Read More

  • God Is Spirit

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  • Dealing with Troubled People

    1 Thessalonians 5:14

    John Calvin comments that “severity must be tempered with some degree of [leniency], even in dealing with the unruly.” We must show patience to everyone, even those with whom it is hardest to be patient. After all, Christian growth is ...Read More

  • Respecting Church Leaders

    1 Thessalonians 5:12–13

    Respect for church elders is in view primarily in today’s passage, but Paul’s admonitions apply also to deacons and others who exercise leadership roles in the congregation. We must esteem our church leaders in love, not gossiping about them or ...Read More

  • Destined Not for Wrath but for Salvation

    1 Thessalonians 5:9–11

    Growing in holiness today prepares us for the time when we will be perfectly holy in our glorification. And when we pursue holiness, we prove that we belong to Christ and are destined for salvation. All this is grounded in ...Read More