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Bible Pathways 12/07/2003

December 7

Read I Thessalonians 1 -- 5

In Today's Reading:

Paul's preaching; his appeal for purity; coming day of the Lord

The certainty of the believer's eternal life with Christ is based on the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:20-23). The Apostle Paul wrote: If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep (die) in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep (have died). For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort (encourage) one another with these words (I Thessalonians 4:14-18).

The return of Christ will be the greatest event since His ascension when, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight (Acts 1:9). His return was confirmed at the time of His ascension by two witnesses from heaven: This same Jesus, Who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven (1:11).

There are no words to adequately describe the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. All of history is reduced to just two ages: the present age that began with Adam, and the age to come. You know perfectly (full well) that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night (I Thessalonians 5:2). We are moving toward the appointed day of the Lord. This is the joyous anticipation of every Christian who is faithfully preparing and waiting for the triumphant return of our Redeemer.

Because of this assurance of Christ's return, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another (I Thessalonians 5:11).

Cross References:

For I Thessalonians 5:4: See Isaiah 35:4.

Word Studies:

2:2 entreated = mistreated; outrageously treated; 2:9 chargeable = a burden; 3:8 fast = firm; 4:4 possess his vessel = control his body; 5:14 unruly = the disorderly.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Joe Brashier and the Bible Pathway International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts on WHRI, South Bend IN · Government Officials: Sen. Thad Cochran (MS) and Sen. Susan Collins (ME) · Country: Ethiopia (60 million) in eastern Africa · Major languages: Amharic and Tigrinya · Unsettled after overthrow of communist regime · 41% Eastern Orthodox; 35% Muslim; 10% Protestant; 10% animist; .7% Roman Catholic · Prayer Suggestion: Sing praises to the Lord; tell others what He has done (Psalm 9:11).

Memory Verse for the Week: Ephesians 5:6

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