1 Thessalonians Chapter 4
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Matthew Henry's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
Exhortations to purity and holiness. (1-8) To brotherly love, peaceable behaviour, and diligence. (9-12) Not to sorrow unduly for the death of godly relations and friends, considering the glorious resurrection of their bodies at Christ's second coming. (13-18)1-8 To abide in the faith of the gospel is not enough, we must abound in the work of faith. The rule according to which all ought to walk and act, is the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Sanctification, in the renewal of their souls under the influences of the Holy Spirit, and attention to appointed duties, constituted the will of God respecting them. In aspiring after this renewal of the soul unto holiness, strict restraint must be put upon the appetites and senses of the body, and on the thoughts and inclinations of the will, which lead to wrong uses of them. The Lord calls none into his family to live unholy lives, but that they may be taught and enabled to walk before him in holiness. Some make light of the precepts of holiness, because they hear them from men; but they are God's commands, and to break them is to despise God.
9-12 We should notice in others what is good, to their praise, that we may engage them to abound therein more and more. All who are savingly taught of God, are taught to love one another. The teaching of the Spirit exceeds the teachings of men; and men's teaching is vain and useless, unless God teach. Those remarkable for this or any other grace, need to increase therein, as well as to persevere to the end. It is very desirable to have a calm and quiet temper, and to be of a peaceable and quiet behaviour. Satan is busy to trouble us; and we have in our hearts what disposes us to be unquiet; therefore let us study to be quiet. Those who are busy-bodies, meddling in other men's matters, have little quiet in their own minds, and cause great disturbances among their neighbours. They seldom mind the other exhortation, to be diligent in their own calling, to work with their own hands. Christianity does not take us from the work and duty of our particular callings, but teaches us to be diligent therein. People often by slothfulness reduce themselves to great straits, and are liable to many wants; while such as are diligent in their own business, earn their own bread, and have great pleasure in so doing.
13-18 Here is comfort for the relations and friends of those who die in the Lord. Grief for the death of friends is lawful; we may weep for our own loss, though it may be their gain. Christianity does not forbid, and grace does not do away, our natural affections. Yet we must not be excessive in our sorrows; this is too much like those who have no hope of a better life. Death is an unknown thing, and we know little about the state after death; yet the doctrines of the resurrection and the second coming of Christ, are a remedy against the fear of death, and undue sorrow for the death of our Christian friends; and of these doctrines we have full assurance. It will be some happiness that all the saints shall meet, and remain together for ever; but the principal happiness of heaven is to be with the Lord, to see him, live with him, and enjoy him for ever. We should support one another in times sorrow; not deaden one another's spirits, or weaken one another's hands. And this may be done by the many lessons to be learned from the resurrection of the dead, and the second coming of Christ. What! comfort a man by telling him he is going to appear before the judgment-seat of God! Who can feel comfort from those words? That man alone with whose spirit the Spirit of God bears witness that his sins are blotted out, and the thoughts of whose heart are purified by the Holy Spirit, so that he can love God, and worthily magnify his name. We are not in a safe state unless it is thus with us, or we are desiring to be so.
Messenger's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 2/04/2014, 10:38pm...
You all need to be very carefull when giving your opinion, (the wisdom of man), to explain what You believe to be true regarding The Word of GOD. Many false Prophets are gone out into the World, as it is this day!
JCs's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment about verse 16 on 1/30/2014, 2:14pm...
dead in Christ are them who are with Him, will be changed, receive there Glorified body too, flesh and blood cannnot inherrit the Kingdome of God, spirit went up flesh back to ground
Larry Taylor's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 1/22/2014, 3:26pm...
How did this teaching of the apostle Paul ever come to be called the Rapture? The answer lies in the word translated "shall be caught up" (Greek harpagésómetha). In Latin, this word is rapere, from which "rapture" is derived. Free of any arcane or mysterious interpretation, it simply means "to be caught up," "snatched," or "seized."
The trouble begins when people confuse this meaning with another definition of rapture that has nothing to do with the biblical concept: "a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things." When people blur these meanings, a picture develops of a strange, otherworldly experience preached by fire-breathing preachers to compel sinners to repent before God's wrath burns them to cinders.
Ar's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 1/19/2014, 8:52am...
The Greek word for cloud is "synnefo', this same word is used in Acts 1:9.
Word's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 1/19/2014, 2:49am...
cloud is street greek as crowd or pack of people and has nothing to do with up in the sky. The word air is a higher level, as in a breath of life or spiritual body but not stratosphere or flying away in any means and even if they go up in the air it will be at the 7th trump when Christ returns with them that were a sleep or dead. As soon as we are dead we are with the Father as Paul taught.
Word's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 1/19/2014, 2:44am...
verse 13 is where are the dead. Then it says that the dead have rose just like Jesus and that they will return with Him at the 7th trump.
Nona Loomis's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment about verse 16 on 1/04/2014, 8:41am...
I believe the passage is to be taken literally. Then, if that is so, a literal shout should be heard, literal graves opened, and a literal trumpet heard by true believers(those who love the things of God and love people). Those who profess to be Christians but love the things of the world and place self as a priority over others will be left behind and counted as non-believers. They will have to accept martyrdom to be redeemed.
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