Main point summary
Encourage each other with the wonderful hope believers have, hope for those who have died and for those still alive at the coming of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,
Now that you know how to deal with the living, our brothers, let us now discuss a topic to "keep you in the know,"
about those who are asleep,
that is, let us discuss what happens to those who are dead who were believers,
g that you may not grieve as others do
so that you won't experience the same depth of grief as other people
h who have no hope.
who are not believers, those who have nothing to hope for after this life is over.
For i since we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
We, however, are those who have hope because we have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and because of that faith,
even so , through Jesus,
even so, through the same resurrection power that worked in Jesus who has come back to life,
God will bring with him j those who have fallen asleep.
God will use that same power to carry to heaven with him believers who have died.
For this we declare to you
And not only do we have hope concerning those who have already died in Christ, but we also share with you
k by a word from the Lord, 1
a truth from God himself, a truth that is trustworthy and that provides hope,
that l we who are alive,
that is, that believers who still live,
who are left until m the coming of the Lord,
who are alive on Earth until Christ's coming,
will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
will not be carried to heaven before those who are already dead.
For n the Lord himself will descend o from heaven p with a cry of command,
Because Christ in the flesh will come down from his throne in heaven with a shout that rings with authority,
with the voice of q an archangel,
with the voice of the highest angel,
and r with the sound of the trumpet of God.
with a voice that blasts and carries like a trumpet of God.
And s the dead in Christ will rise first.
And when this happens, the dead believers who are buried in the ground will be the first to rise and meet him.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
Then after this, we remaining believers who live
will be t caught up together with them u in the clouds
will meet up in the atmosphere with the risen dead
to meet the Lord in the air,
and we all together will make our appointment with Christ in the sky!
and so v we will always be with the Lord.
And after this? We will never be separated from his presence - we will be with Christ in heaven for all eternity.
Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Now that you know this, lift each other up, give each other a boost with these encouraging thoughts.
Motivation for the command in this paragraph - why do we encourage others? The truth contained in the encouragement will help the emotional grieving process for those who have lost others. And not only does it help others in their distress, but it sets us apart from nonbelievers in the way we grieve.
This is the one command in this paragraph, and so it stands out! We should not just absorb the truth and believe it - it should be expressed in words of encouragement to others. Truth should be internalized, yes, but it should also benefit others, particularly those who have lost a loved one.
From verse 14-17, the message here provides the anchor for the command to encourage others - this is the substance of what we say to encourage others.
My next steps after the paraphrasing course is to start studying Leviticus. I will use what I have learned from both paraphrasing and phrasing to enhance my study. I also look forward to starting the arcing course!