Thursday, February 1, 2018

1 Thessalonians chapter 3 Commentary

       1: Wherefore when we could no longer forbear we thought it good to be left at Athens alone 2: And sent Timotheos our brother and diakonos of God and our fellow-laborer in the gospel of Christ to establish you and to comfort you concerning your faith 3: [That] none should be moved by these afflictions for yourselves know that we are appointed to this 4: For truly when we were with you we told you before that [you] would suffer tribulation even as it came to pass and you beheld [it] 5: For this cause when I could no longer forbear I sent to know your faith lest by some means the tempter have tempted you and our labor be in vain[1] 6: But now when Timotheos came from you to us and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity and that you have good remembrance of us always desiring greatly to see us as we also to see you 7: Therefore brethren we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith 8: For now [you] live if you stand fast in the Lord 9: For what thanks can we render to God again for you for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sake's before our God 10: Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face and might complete that which is lacking in your faith 11: Now himself the God and our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ direct our way to you 12: And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another and toward all even as we  toward you 13: To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before (ton Theon) God and our Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints[2]

[1] 1 Thessalonians 3:5, is referenced [in tandem with the “if ye continue…” verses and also Hebrews 6:4-8] by denominations that do not teach the doctrine of eternal security (once-saved-always-saved). 

[2] 1 Thessalonians 3:13  is a witness to the doctrine of the pre-tribulational rapture, which teaches that the 2nd Coming of Christ [his physical return to the earth] with his saints, is a completely separate event [separated by a period of at least seven years, possibly more] from the previous resurrection of the dead in Christ and the harpazo snatching up of the living, rapture, where Christ comes in the air for his saints 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, and returns to Heaven with them, where they will stand before Judgement Seat of Christ to be rewarded for the things done while still in their earthly bodies 2 Corinthians 5:10. This is not a judgement to determine salvation. All who stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ, are already saved. Much later, those who do not belong to Christ will be raised to stand before him at the fearful Great White Throne Judgement Revelation 20.  
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