1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 (NKJV)

5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

I Thessalonians 5:1-11

Paul was confidant in the Thessalonian Christians that they knew of the shortness of time until Jesus’ coming again. He had comforted them over the order of resurrection, assuring them that the dead in Christ would not be delayed, but rather would rise first and we would join them in the air. However, in light of the knowledge the disciples had received from Paul, he rehearsed to them the facts: the day of the Lord will come without warning, like a thief in the night, unexpectedly as to the exact day and time. Those who are looking for Him will not be caught off guard, but there will be those who dwell in darkness who will not be looking for Christ’s return. Too often, people feel that there is not urgency for righteous living in a relationship with Christ. Those who feel they are alright without Christ are lost and will face destruction. It is imperative that those who dwell in the light would remain in the light and not fall asleep while waiting on His return. Christians are to be people of the day, people of the light, always looking for the return of Christ. Paul instructs us to be sober, to put on the breastplate of righteousness, guarding the heart. He calls us to love, and to right thinking.

In truth, God does not desire or even intend for any of us to be lost. He does not appoint us to wrath, but rather longs for us to be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ. This hope and this opportunity are a source of hope and comfort. Let us edify one another and build up the church for His glory. Let us look to continue growing up into the men and women and into the church He intends for us to be, pervading the world and showing the love and truth of Christ wherever we may be.

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