1 Thes. 5b: Living in the Light—on Probing the Prophets with Rod

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1 Thes. 5b: Living in the Light—on Probing the Prophets with Rod
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The stealthy, unannounced coming of Jesus would catch all but the “watchful” by surprise. On the other hand, “You are not in darkness…but are sons of light…of day,” Paul said to the Thessalonians; “not set apart for wrath.”

Watchfulness for the wrath coming against those choosing darkness was merely the foundation, the basic level of awareness. What Paul really called for was positive, in-the-light, living by all “sons of light.” Here we have almost a check-list of attitudes and foci for survival when God’s wrath against the dark-dwellers was poured out: attitudes toward their leaders and toward each other; attitudes toward life’s events; attitudes toward the spoken word. Each of these gets the spotlight under Paul’s pen.

Finally, Paul highlights God’s protective care for those who willingly walk in the light.

Join me as we say good-bye. Closing First Thessalonians is sweet sadness; but, it sets the stage for Second Thessalonians. What a one-two combo!