1 Thessalonians 4. Forum Discussion

Chapter 4 is another short chapter in Thessalonians. After receiving a good report on the brethren in Thessalonica from Timothy, Paul does not allow them to be content. Instead, he encourages them to grow even stronger in their faith, and even stronger in their love of the brethren, “But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.”

In the Parable of The Talents (Mathew 25:14-30) God was pleased when His servants took what they were given and turned it into even more for the glory of God. In the same parable God was displeased with those who took their talents and buried them in the sand – not trying to grow them further. God said of them, “You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.  Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.  Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.  Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

When it comes to our faith, we are chasing perfection and yet know that none of us will ever obtain it. Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” God’s wisdom is to have us chase perfection in the hopes that if we chase perfection, we just might catch excellence. When we fall short, Jesus’ grace and mercy make us whole. 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” 

The chapter ends with Paul writing about the second coming of Jesus and providing words to be of an encouragement to us all. Paul appears to be writing about the chronological order in which people will be raised up in Christ when He returns. “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words.” - Amen



God wants us to continue growing in our faith and love for Him our entire lives. To never be content. Always seeking to become more like Christ.