1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Next, we will learn FOUR WAYS IN WHICH TO WALK HOLY.
I. HE EXHORTS (ASKS) THEM TO HAVE A DESIRE TO
He constantly reminded them of his intense love, thankfulness and prayer for them; but now he beseeches them to persevere.
2 Corinthians 5:20, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
He recognized their difficulty in trying to keep a good testimony for the Lord in this sinful world. He also understands that many of the problems in their lives will depend on how much they persevere, so he uses all the means possible to persuade them to persevere.
II. HE EXHORTS (URGES) THEM TO PURSUE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
He now urges (a little stronger word) them to pursue Christ. They needed all kinds of encouragement, comfort and exhortation; much as Christians do even today.
III. HE EXHORTS (REMINDS) THEM OF THEIR PAST.
What Paul is doing now is really interesting. He first ASKS, URGES and now REMINDS them of his former teaching. In other words, he appeals to their recollection. They already knew many of these things but he reminds them that knowledge involves responsibility.
In the Gospels Jesus Himself tells us of the condemnation that hangs over the servant who knows His will but does not do it. And that is the reason Paul uses the words, “Ye know.”
Let me say that if knowledge brings obedience than knowledge is good, if disobedience than that know is vain and can be a curse. It is for that reason that we must use the knowledge according to the Will of God and to hear the wonderful words, ‘well done, good and faithful servant,’ rather than the terrible words, “Thou wicked and slothful servant.”
WE WILL CONTINUE WITH # 4 TOMORROW!