Since We Believe (I Thessalonians 4)

14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  I Thessalonians 4:14

Somethings are easier to believe than other things.  It’s easy to believe what you can see, but it is not so easy to believe what you have not seen.  For example, my grandparents grew up in a day when no one had ever been to the moon.  When the first moon walk occurred, my grandmother refused to believe it.  To the day of her death she believed, it was a hoax.

Question: how many people struggle with believing in Jesus?  The answer, much of the world.

The Apostle Paul is writing to a people who had believed (1:4).  Their belief has led to both actions and anticipation:

 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned (Actions) to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait (Anticipation) for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Here in chapter 4 we see both the actions and anticipation at work:

  • They were to continue living holy lives, Vs: 7.
  • They were to continue in brotherly love, Vs: 9-10.
  • They were to continue to be a witness to others, Vs:11-12.
  • They were to continue to look for Jesus Second-Coming, Vs: 13-18.

Think through what we have read. If the church had not believed in Jesus, none of the above actions would be taking place.  Brothers and sisters, I believe.  Because I believe I have actions of faith. But I also have anticipation that my faith will be realized when I see Jesus.

As we come to the end of this year, will we see Jesus?  Could it be that we will see Him at the beginning of a new year?  One thing is for sure, if I live for Him, revival could come to my town!!!  This is my goal in the new year.

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