Commands: let us not sleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober (v6) encourage one another and build one another up (v11) Means: having put on the breastplate of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation (v8) Motivations: You yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (v2) sudden destruction (v3) they (unbelievers) will not escape (v3) Anchors: Saved from wrath: For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (v9) Saved for communion with Christ: Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep, we might live with him (v10) Summary: Since judgment is coming, we have to live in such a way that 1) the church is strengthened to get the Gospel out 2) that unbelievers will see our conduct and hear our message so that many more might be saved How I will continue apply what I have learned in this course? I will study 2 Thessalonians I will use the study plan document template to plan the timeline for this project Since I'm a missionary in Germany with a Bible teaching radio ministry, I will be able to pass along what I have learned to many more. Thank you for this course! God bless you! Timo
Main point summary
The day of the Lord will come unexpected like a thief in the night. Even though we believers are saved from judgment, let us not be caught spiritually asleep on that day. Instead, put your faith into action, stay clear from the sinful ways of the world, encourage each other and build each other up in your faith.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Now concerning w the times and the seasons, brothers, 1 x you have no need to have anything written to you.
You already know everything regarding the exact timing of this event
For you yourselves are fully aware that y the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
because you know that the Lord will come unannounced and unexpected like a thief, who comes during the night when the owner is sleeping not expecting the house to be robbed.
While people are saying, “There is peace and security,”
In the same way , while everyone goes about their business as usual, not expecting any harm to come their way,
then z sudden destruction will come upon them
then the Lord's judgment will suddenly come over them without any prior signs of warning.
a as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman,
In order to illustrate this coming judgment, consider a pregnant woman: Her labor pains will come at a set time; they cannot be avoided . Her labor pains always begin unexpected and are very painful. Likewise, the coming judgment will surely come at a set time, it cannot be avoided, it will be painful and it will be suddenly and unexpected
and they will not escape.
so that they will have no chance of escaping from its destruction.
But you b are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
However , you know this is coming and thus it will not catch you by surprise
For you are all c children 1 of light, children of the day.
because you are born-again children of God, children of his kingdom.
We are not of the night or of the darkness.
Therefore , we are no longer children of the evil one and are no longer living in rebellion against God.
So then d l et us not sleep, as others do,
So then , let us not lead lives of spiritual indifference, sluggishness or laziness, as other people do,
but let us e keep awake and f be sober.
instead , be intentional about putting your faith into action and watch out to not get intoxicated with the sinful ways of this lost world.
For those who sleep, sleep at night,
Why do we have to live that way? Because the people of this world, who will be judged, sleep at night
and those who get drunk, g are drunk at night.
and get drunk at night;
But since we belong to the day,
but since we are not of this world but children of God's kingdom
let us be sober,
we must conduct ourselves according to God's will
h having put on the breastplate of i faith and love,
by walking through live with the armor of faith, love
and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
and hope of salvation.
For God has not destined us for j wrath,
After all , God is not planning on pouring out his wrath on us believers
but k to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
but rather to save us from his wrath through Jesus Christ.
l who died for us
That is the reason why Jesus died on the cross for us
so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
so that whether in live or death we have live with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,
Therefore , do not be afraid of the the day of the Lord; instead , encourage und build each other up in your faith
just as you are doing.
even though you have been already doing that.