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06 August, 2015

Search The Scriptures —Study 5 — 1 Thessalonians 5

Study 5 From The Books of Thessalonians I & II Is: 1 Thessalonians 5

1.   Verses 1-11. How will the ‘day of the Lord’ break upon the world, and what will it mean (a) for men in general, and (b) for Christians? Cf. Mt. 24:32-44; Lk. 21:25-28.
2.   What practical effect should the prospect of the Lord’s return have on our attitude and behaviour? Make your own list of the injunctions of this chapter and examine your own life in the light of them.
1.     Verse 2. ‘The day of the Lord’: an Old Testament phrase, signifying God’s future intervention in history in salvation and judgement. (Is. 2:12; 13:6; Zp. 1:14; 3:11, 16), and applied in the New Testament to the second coming of Christ. (Lk. 17:24; 1 Cor. 1:8, etc).
2.     Verses 6, 7, 10. The word ‘sleep’ is used in this passage in three meanings; in verse 6 in the sense of spiritual insensibility, in verse 7 in the meaning of natural sleep, and in verse 10 in the sense of physical death, as in 4:14, 15 (cf. 4:16 ‘the dead in Christ’)