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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (51 AD)
Overview: Looking to the Lord in Trials and Persecution (c 1-5)
Theme: Watchfulness for the Lord (c 4-5)
Message: Being Prepared (v 1-22)

1 Thessalonians 5 Commentary

(5:1-11) Pauld expounds on the Day of the Lord - The phrase day of the Lord refers to a future time when God will intervene directly and dramatically in world affairs. Predicted and discussed often in the Old Testament (Isaiah 13:6-12; Joel 2:28-32; Amos 5:18; Zephaniah 1:14-18), the day of the Lord will include both punishment and blessing. Christ will judge sin and set up his eternal Kingdom. Paul had already taught at length about this and explained that it will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night (see also Matthew 24:36, 43-44; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 3:3; 16:15).Some have attempted to pinpoint dates or prove how certain present events fulfill prophecy. Jesus made it clear and Paul reiterated, however, that no one knows when Christ will return.

(5:12-22) Paul's Final Advise - Paul wanted to leave some final instructions to all the believers so that they could continue to build up one another (5:11). This section focuses on three parts of life in a local church and how the relationships ought to work—from the pastors and leadership, through the fellowship and responsibilities of the believers, and finally to how they ought to worship. The instructions are as vital to churches today as they were in the first century.

(5:23-28) Paul's Final Greeting - The conduct Paul has been prescribing is beyond human possibility. People will not naturally rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in every situation (5:16-18), nor can they keep away from all evil (5:22). Paul did not expect them to do this in their own strength; he prayed that God would help


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Jesus is Coming Soon

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 1st Thessalonians with Chapter 5 and in our text we see Paul reminding us to be prepared for the Lord's return for no one knows the exact time and gives us practical instruction for living. In making application we all should be prepared for His coming and follow the precepts of prayer, thanksgiving, evangelizing, separation, and sanctification for we know our redeemer lives and will do what He says in coming for His Bride. How about you? Do you see that He is coming for His Church? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul to keep our eyes on the eastern sky while we are busy about the Lord's business as we follow His Word and His Spirit.  


1 Thessalonians 5

1 Thessalonians 5

 1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

 8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

 13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

 15See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

 16Rejoice evermore.

 17Pray without ceasing.

 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 19Quench not the Spirit.

 20Despise not prophesyings.

 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 22Abstain from all appearance of evil.

 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

 25Brethren, pray for us.

 26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

 27I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.


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