Read Thessalonians every day! Then - read Thessalonians in other translations so that you get the feel from some of the rest of them. Drive yourself into Thessalonians to the end that you drive the greatness of Thessalonians in you. There's no person in the world that's ever going to explain it to you, all he can do is set before you the approximation of the greatness of the truth in it, and then you just have to saturate yourself with the greatness of that Word 'til it's just such a great reality to you that you absolutely ...
Read Thessalonians every day! Then - read Thessalonians in other translations so that you get the feel from some of the rest of them. Drive yourself into Thessalonians to the end that you drive the greatness of Thessalonians in you. There's no person in the world that's ever going to explain it to you, all he can do is set before you the approximation of the greatness of the truth in it, and then you just have to saturate yourself with the greatness of that Word 'til it's just such a great reality to you that you absolutely never have one doubt about it in your walk.The greatness of Thessalonians lays in the hope of the Church because without that hope of the return of Christ you have a great tendency of copping out. But I've never seen a man or a woman cop out on God or the household and the integrity of the greatness of God's Word who have believed Thessalonians.I work so hard on Thessalonians and know so little when I get through working - compared to what's in there. If I could just teach you what busts out of my heart, that I know spiritually, I'd be qualified to teach Thessalonians. But I don't have that ability.But I do know that, generally, 1 Thessalonians is divided in the following manner: A) 1 Thessalonians 1:1 IntroductionB) 1 Thessalonians 1:2 - 3:13B) 1 Thessalonians 4:1 - 5:25A) 1 Thessalonians 5:26-28The whole epistle revolves around the great statement in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 - "...to wait for God's Son from the heavenlies..." This is literally an action of renewed mind believing - "to wait for God's Son from heaven." No senses man's head can ever believe this; he may say it, but he cannot believe it. It takes a renewed mind believing because in order to receive this and understand it, you must know that:1) by believing you have to reckon yourself to have died and to have risen with Christ in newness of life (which is Romans).2) by believing (the action of renewed mind believing) you have to reckon yourself as seated in the heavenlies according to Ephesians.The people who do not and are not waiting for God's Son from heaven, spiritually, have to be ignorant of both their standing and state as Christians.So when we come to Thessalonians, we study Thessalonians subjectively (which means from the inside out - not an objective study of Thessalonians where we objectively go to Thessalonians with our preconceived ideas, but subjectively - let Thessalonians speak from the inside out). Thereby we learn spiritually and we will understand experimentally, knowing then the believer's profession so that we are able to give a witness to any man of the faith we stand for.With this background, let me say that the spontaneous outcome of true believing is always to wait for God's Son from the heavens.In John, Jesus said before he ascended that he would send the spirit of truth and the spirit of truth would guide us into all the truth. The guiding into the all truth culminates with the revelation given in the book of Thessalonians for the body of believers, the Church. And with this fantastic knowledge we are then clothed with this power from on high in evidence (manifestations). That's the indication of the truth of Thessalonians. And it is that that should just feed within our hearts so dynamically that when we hear it we always say, "The Lord is coming! The Lord is coming! The Lord is coming!" It is to wait for God's Son from the heavens.Believers (or Christians) have power in evidence, in manifestation in proportion to the truth believed.
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