1 Thessalonians 3:9-13—under the theme “The Return of Christ” Paul urges us to prepare for Christ’s return by being blameless in holiness.
Be blameless in holiness at the return of Jesus Christ. When Christ comes, we are to be pleasing to Christ. Paul explains what these requirements are. Who can meet them? Is it possible to meet these demands? Love – not only Christians but all people (verse 12). Be blameless in holiness – not only before men but before God (verse 13). How is such perfection obtained? It is found in the holy one of God.
Fit for the Master’s Return – Vv.12, 13
1. Christ is coming again. Paul announces his coming as fact. V. 13
2. Conditions in which Christians need to be. Vv.12, 13
When Christ returns we are to be pleasing to Christ. Paul explains what these requirements are. Who can meet them? Is it possible to meet these demands?
A. Love for all. Not only Christians but all people. –V.12
B. Blameless in holiness – not only before men but before God. –V.13
Today is Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday. It is a time for us to take inventory of our life and to return thanks to God. It’s a time for us to be appreciative for everything we have.
Jesus entered this world to live a perfect life for you. He bore your sin as His own all the way to the blessed cross to die in your place and then victoriously rise from the dead on the third day to give you His life. His resurrection brings hope of an eternal future for those who trust in Him.
Because of His work you are free – to help and serve your neighbor in love. We have a glorious future with the Savior! “He who did not spare His Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him graciously give us all things.” -Romans 8:32
Almighty God, most merciful Father, who openest Thine hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing, we give Thee most humble and hearty thanks that Thou hast crowned the fields with Thy blessing and has permitted us once more to gather in the fruits of the earth; we beseech Thee to bless and protect the living seed of Thy Word sown in our hearts that in the plenteous fruits of righteousness, we may always present to Thee an acceptable thank offering through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
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