“Shall we ever be with the Lord.”

 

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-10

1 Thessalonians 4:13

We may sorrow, but with measure and limit. We know that the souls of departed believers are safe, and that their bodies will rise from the grave: wherefore, then, should we weep and lament as the heathen and the unbelieving do?

1 Thessalonians 4:14

Note the words, “sleep in Jesus.” Death does not break the union between Jesus and his saints. We are one with him eternally; and therefore as surely as Jesus rose, so surely must all the members of his mystical body rise also.

1 Thessalonians 4:15

Lord shall not prevent anticipate or take precedence of

We shall in no respect fare better. To sleep in Jesus is no dishonour to saints, and it shall not place them in a second class. They shall be in all things equal to those who survive till the Lord comes. We need not therefore dread death, nor feel any overweening desire to live till the second advent. That the Lord shall come is our confidence; that we shall escape death by his coming is but a poor subject for congratulation. It will give us no gain over the sacred dead.

1 Thessalonians 4:16

So that, in order, those who have died will have the preference. Their glory is reached first:

1 Thessalonians 4:17

The resurrection first, then the rapture, and the eternal abode with Jesus. Fairest of hopes, art thou ours?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

1 Thessalonians 4:2

Unexpectedly to those who have slighted the warnings of prophecy.

1 Thessalonians 4:3

Certainly, suddenly, irresistibly. Turn which way they will they shall find no safety,—no deliverance.

1 Thessalonians 4:4

Unrevealed though the time be, your faith stands on the watch, and you are prepared.

1 Thessalonians 4:5, 6

Privilege involves responsibility. Are we children of the light? Then we are bound to be awake. The sons of darkness may legitimately slumber, but we must not, or we shall be unpardonably inconsistent.

1 Thessalonians 4:7

Drunkenness in those days had not grown so brazen-faced as now,—men who were given to intoxication reserved their revels for the darkness which would veil them. It would ill become us who have heavenly light to fall into the vices of nature’s midnight.

1 Thessalonians 4:8-10

Jesus’ great love can only fitly be acknowledged by the entire consecration of our redeemed manhood to him, at all times and in all places. Spirit of holiness, work in us communion with Jesus and conformity to him. Amen.

 

Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims

For all the pious dead,

Sweet is the savour of their names,

And soft their sleeping bed.

 

They die in Jesus, and are bless’d;

How kind their slumbers are!

From sufferings and from sins released,

And freed from every snare.

 

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