1 Thessalonians 2. Forum Discussion

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

Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians covers some of the most important aspects of Christianity. In Chapter 1, we read about faith, love, and hope. Today in Chapter 2, we will ask the question, “What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of God?”

Our focus verse for today’s study is 1 Thessalonians 2:12:

“Walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

To understand what this scripture means, we will start by looking at what it does not mean. It does not mean that we can earn our way into heaven, or that we are good enough on our own to enter God’s kingdom.

Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by faith, and that faith is a gift from God.

“For by grace you 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.

We also know that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 tells us that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The Law (Old Testament) taught us what sin was, but it could not save us. Only Jesus could do that. He reconciled us with God when He died on the cross at Calvary. We can read about that in Romans 5:10:

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Reconciliation in the Bible means, “The end of estrangement, caused by original sin, between God and humanity.” There was a barrier between us and God caused by sin. This barrier was removed by Jesus.

The Hebrew writer said in Hebrews 10:10 that, “We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” In Hebrews 10:4 we read, “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

Jesus did what the Law could not do. He did what the blood of bulls and goats could not do. He reconciled us with God and saved us from our sins. His sacrifice allows us to walk in a manner worthy of God.

In return, we are to believe in Jesus and keep His commandments. Supporting scriptures include:

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” - Acts 16:31.

“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.

“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.

“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.

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

To conclude today’s study, let us review the following four points and supporting scriptures:

  1. God loves us and that is why He sent His Son. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” - John 3:16.
  2. Jesus reconciled us with God when He died on the cross at Calvary. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” – Romans 5:10.
  3. To be saved, we must believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths. “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.
  4. We show our love and appreciation to God and to Jesus by striving to keep their commandments. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Thessalonians 3 and what the Bible says about praying for others. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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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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Virtual Bible Study

Are there things that we must do to be saved that are not mentioned in Romans 10:9, or does that scripture stand on its own?

"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.

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James Guillory
Virtual Bible Study

If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved Romans 10:9 when you truly surrender your life to Christ and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead you will be saved I am a living testimony to this I was an alcoholic and a drug addict for many years when I surrender my life to Christ and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord my life changed dramatically. "For by grace you 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. ”

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Michael
James Guillory

Amen James! Thanks for sharing your testimony.

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