1 Thessalonians 2 Lesson

Walking in a Manner Worthy of God

What does it mean to “walk in a manner worthy of God?” 

We will consider this question in today’s lesson, as we examine the following scripture: 

  • “Walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:12.

To understand what this scripture means, we need to first look at what it does not mean.  

SAVED BY FAITH, NOT WORKS

Walking in a manner worthy of God does not meanthat we can earn our way into Heaven. The Bible is clear that we are saved by faith, not works, as evidenced in the following five Bible verses:

  1. “For bygraceyou have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9,
  2. “A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus.” -Galatians 2:16,
  3. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 5:1,
  4. “Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” - Colossians 2:12,
  5. " He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” -Mark 16:16.

THE SUPERIOR SACRIFICE OF JESUS

We needed the superior sacrifice of Jesus because “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4)

By sacrificing Himself on the cross at Calvary, Jesus did what the Law could not.   He did what the blood of bulls and goats could not.   He reconciled us with God and saved us from our sins.   Therefore, Jesus is rightfully called, “Our Savior.”  

FOUR ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES ABOUT SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS

When there is a subject that is critical to our salvation, it is often repeated several times throughout the Bible. There are many verses in the Bible that point out how we are saved through faith in Jesus, and not by works. Attached are four such scriptures:

  1. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” - Acts 16:31,
  2. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” -  Romans 10:9,
  3. "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” -  John 6:40,
  4. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” - John 3:36.

JESUS IS WORTHY OF OUR AFFECTION

Because of the superior sacrifice of Jesus, those who follow Him will be reconciled with God. Jesus is worthy of our praise and admiration, as is discussed repeatedly throughout the Bible, including in the following four verses:

  1. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” -Revelation 5:12,
  2. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in holy attire.” - Psalm 29:2,
  3. “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow,  of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:9-11,
  4. “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” - Revelation 4:11.

WALKING IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD MEANS KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS

In John’s Gospel, he records the following nine words spoken by Jesus:

  • “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” - John 14:15.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he wrote the following:

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” - Romans 3:23,

And while we are going to fail at perfectly keeping God’s commandments, Jesus did not. Consider the following three Bible verses:

  1. “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,  who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth .” - 1 Peter 2:22,
  2. “He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.” - 1 John 3:5,
  3. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” - 2 Corinthians 5:21 .

When we consider these three scriptures, we will come to the following conclusion:

None of us can walk in a manner worthy of Jesus because none of us are worthy. But that cannot stop us from trying. The character is in the trying, and 1 Thessalonians 2:12was written for a reason.

CONCLUSION 

The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 2:12 to, “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” This scripture gives us our marching orders and lets us know about God’s high expectations for our behavior while we are on earth.

It is by the grace of God that we are saved through faith in Jesus, not because of our works.

Every moment that we are on earth should be spent doing one of two things:

  1. Glorifying God,
  2. Serving others.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

  • “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.  Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.” -Ephesians 5:8-12.

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Darrel

The question was, what does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have from God? Or to put it another way, how should a Christian conduct their life now that they are saved? Paul (the writer of the epistle) is encouraging the saints there to continue living a lifestyle dedicated to copying the way Christ lived. The learned of that lifestyle by watching how Paul and his companions lived their life. Notice some points:
1. They spread the gospel message (1:8)
2. They gave up idol worship (1:9b)
3. They were willing to suffer for the cause of Christ (2:14, 3:4)
4. They showed love towards all people and not just who was in their church (4:10)

The examples are obvious for us to live similar lifestyles now that we have heard the truth of the gospel.

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Dan Wheeler

It seems that the word "manner" emphasizes a continual action rather than a one-time event. So living the Christian life is a process--some days we are good at it while others days are quite the challenge. On those challenging days, think about better days behind and ahead (Lord willing) and remember that a major part of our living faithfully is our resolve to live for the Lord.

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John
Dan Wheeler

Amen Brother!

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Darrel

The question was, what does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have from God? Or to put it another way, how should a Christian conduct their life now that they are saved? Paul (the writer of the epistle) is encouraging the saints there to continue living a lifestyle dedicated to copying the way Christ lived. The learned of that lifestyle by watching how Paul and his companions lived their life. Notice some points:
1. They spread the gospel message (1:8)
2. They gave up idol worship (1:9b)
3. They were willing to suffer for the cause of Christ (2:14, 3:4)
4. They showed love towards all people and not just who was in their church (4:10)

The examples are obvious for us to live similar lifestyles now that we have heard the truth of the gospel.

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John
Darrel

Amen Darrel!! Thank you for your comments!

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Michael

The obvious one is baptism.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” Mark 16:16.

It would be clearer to me that it is necessary for salvation if it also said, “He who is not baptized will not be saved”

I’m honestly not sure if baptism is necessary for salvation. But I know God wants us to be baptized and that is how we obtain the Holy Spirit, so I was baptized for the remission of my sins.

Can one get to heaven without being baptized? That’s not for me to say. God is the judge, not man.

But I love God and want to obey His commands, so I got baptized.

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Darrel
Michael

Hi James, concerning what one must do to be saved why did you choose Mark 16:16? Is it because the verse talks about being saved?

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Darrel
Darrel

I should have directed my question to Michael and not James......sorry

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Michael
Darrel

Yes.

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