Eucharistic exhortation

1 Thessalonians 2:19: What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? Advent celebrates the coming of the Son of God in flesh two millennia ago. But this season is not merely a celebration of a past event, however. It is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Disobedient brothers

2 Thessalonians 3:13-15: But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.  And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

For both parents and children, sexual purity is essential to Christian living and to Christian family life.  Paul tells the Thessalonians that God wants His people to be holy.  This means avoiding adultery, pornography, sodomy, pre-marital sex, lust and all other forms of sexual sin (1 . . . . Continue Reading »

Blameless in holiness

Paul alludes to Zechariah 14:5 in 1 Thessalonians 3:13.  Both passages speak of the coming of the Lord with “holy ones.” There may also be another allusion. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to establish their hearts in love and faith, so that they will be “umblameable in . . . . Continue Reading »