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Times and Seasons

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 1 Thessalonians 5:1 (NKJV) 1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. Time emphasizes the measurement and the passing of moments. Seasons represents the character of the current world around us. For example, the time is 7:00 a.m., and it will soon be 8:00 a.m. The season is Summer, so it is hot and muggy. Movement from seven to eight is the measurement of time, while the heat and humidity characterize the season. As the season changes to Fall, the temperature will change. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 speaks of times and seasons in reference to God ’ s plan for the world. God made known His plans through the Prophets and Apostles. The Old and New Testaments tell us much about what is to come. The Old Testament Scriptures foretold the coming of Christ into this world. Specific details were revealed. The time and place of His birth were clearly communicated. Simeon and Anna both understood the Day of His appeari

Encourage Each Other

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Thessalonians 4:13 (ESV) 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. There is grief beyond words, deep grief. Some of you have experienced profound sorrow. Deep sadness comes for different reasons. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 mentions one of the reasons for such grief — no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 points to death as the cause of grief and the loss of hope.  The Apostle Paul, who wrote the letter to the Thessalonians, says he does not want us to be uninformed. The word he uses means “without knowledge,” and has also been translated “ignorant.” Knowledge of the truth gives us hope, and hope gives us the strength to carry on. Many of the Thessalonians believers were Gentiles who had accepted the God of the Hebrews as the one true God before they heard about Jesus. Therefore, they were not entirely without knowledge of Scriptural teachings about death and the afterlif

Brotherly Love

Abounding More and More, Part 2 (The Christian Life) Brotherly Love 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Church in Thessalonica during the early days of the Christian Church. The New Testament was not available. He wrote just 26 years after Jesus returned to the Father. All the Apostles, except James, were still alive. Herod killed James in 44 A.D. The doctrines of the Church were not in writing yet. The Jerusalem council of Acts 15 settled the issue of whether Gentile believers needed to be circumcised. However, very little of the New Testament was recorded by this point. Matthew might have written his Gospel by this time. There is also a chance that the Gospel of Mark was written before Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians. The Old Testament, the Apostles, and the Holy Spirit were all the early Church had for doctrine and teaching. Therefore, 1 Thessalonians began laying the doctrinal foundation of the Church. It started the written record that is so importan