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But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:4-11

Introduction

Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians, is giving practical encouragement in chapters 4 and 5. At the end of Chapter 4, he is speaking about the coming rapture. Then at the beginning of chapter 5, he speaks to a different aspect of the coming rapture, and that is the need for Christians to live a watchful life. He writes, telling us that we do not know when this day will come and that it will be a surprise to us all, so this should encourage us to live a life that is prepared for the coming day.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I come to You today, asking You to meet me here as I spend time with you. I am open to You and what Your Word says. Help me to become more like you, as I seek You today.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • How does Paul describe the difference between the way of life of believers and unbelievers?
  • What is Paul’s encouragement of how we are to live our lives?
  • What word is with salvation to describe it?
  • Why did Jesus die for us? (see verse 10)

Applications from today’s reading:

  • Paul’s encouragement to us in 1 Thessalonians is for us to live as children of the light of the day.
    • He is encouraging us in this about the Lord’s return, for the Lord will come like a thief in the night, so we do not want to be caught sleeping.
  • Part of us being of the light is for us to live sober and awake.
    • Romans 13:12-13 instructs us to cast off the works of the darkness by putting away the works of darkness.
    • In putting off the works of the darkness, we are to put on the armor of light.
  • Paul gives us the armor of life in verse 8, faith and love as the breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
    • We do not receive the benefit of salvation only on earth, as we learned in Titus 2:10-14.
    • The helmet of salvation also gives us hope for future salvation. This is protection from the future wrath of the Lord. – This is a SURE hope, not a wishful longing, a hope that salvation gives us!
  • We practically put on the helmet of salvation by putting off sin and through the hope we receive through salvation.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You that my salvation on earth also leads to a future salvation with You. I do not have to fear the future, because You are already there. Help me to put on the helmet of salvation, that assures me of the future salvation I have, in You, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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