Thessalonians – Revealing Our Comfort in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistles of I and II Thessalonians have tremendous revelations that help strengthen the believers’ stands in the Christian faith.

The church in Thessalonica was a model Church in that they stood firm with the teachings given to them by Paul, Timotheus, and Silvanus, though they were persecuted for their faith in Christ.

Thessalonians has an underlying theme of detailing the hope which is the coming of Christ and the gathering together up to him in the clouds above to enjoy new bodies that will be given at that time. Hope always gives believers patience and great expectation for that very special day when Christ returns to gather us up to him, and then further up to meet God face to face.

Thessalonians were the first Epistles written by Paul, yet they are placed last, not only in our English Bibles, but in all the manuscripts that are in existence today. Thessalonians reveals that which comes last, “the gathering together” (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), which gathering comes at the end of the grace period as is expressed in all of the Church Epistles.

Still the teaching of Thessalonians was the first teaching given to the believers because it brought to them a great comfort in the hope of Christ’s coming for them (as he is coming for us).

I Thessalonians 2:19 – For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

The word “presence” represents the personal presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we will see him as he really is, just as the Apostles along with more than five hundred other disciples had seen him after he was resurrected before his ascension into heaven (I Corinthians 15:6). Being in the presence of Christ is our great hope, and is our joy in the here and now.

The “crown of rejoicing” will be a gift that believers will receive when we meet the Lord at his coming for having hope today, which also gives us daily joy in knowing the truth that he is absolutely coming back for us.

Not only can we receive a “crown of rejoicing” for having Christ as our hope, but if we “love his appearing” (of which some fear greatly), then we will also receive a “crown of righteousness” (II Timothy 4:8).

Of course many unbelievers fear that glorious day, others doubt that he is ever coming, and unfortunately many Christians fear the day of all days, about which we never need have any fear. Jesus Christ loves us and he is excited about his coming for us (after all he has been waiting nearly two thousand years), and as we bask in our hope, then we can be excited as well.

One further note on crowns: in the world we know that crowns belong to kings, queens, and royalty. We, being the children of God, are royalty in His eyes. However, these crowns that believers can receive (five in all), the Word does not fully explain what they really encompass or what they will mean to the believer in heaven, but this we do know, that crowns in the Bible are spiritual crowns and they represent receiving authority and power.

I Thessalonians 5:8-9:
-8: But let us, who are of the day, be sober {minded}, putting on the breastplate of faith {believing faith} and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
-9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

In the future when Christ returns we can receive the crown of rejoicing, and here today on earth while we are patiently waiting, our God encourages us to put on a “helmet” to protect our minds from doubts, worries, and fears, because our helmet is “the hope of salvation” and this is our hope in the coming of our Lord and Savior for us.

Then, we can replace our protective helmet with the glorious “crown of rejoicing.” (Pretty cool, huh?)

II Thessalonians 2:16-17:
-16: Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us {hey – we certainly are loved in good company, by heaven’s holiest}, and hath given us everlasting consolation {comfort} and good hope through grace,
-17: {to} Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

We have good hope through God’s grace, we have comfort in our hearts, and God can and does establish our lives before Him so that we may enjoy the good Word of God and the good work that was given to bless our lives.

When we look to the Savior and our heavenly Father we will discover their love, which originated out of heaven (John 17:24-26), and they reveal Our Comfort In Hope, freely and graciously given to us today.

God Is Our God (The Hope of Job)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Job, we will find the healing will of God, as well as the destructive and devastating will of Satan. In Christendom, some interpolate that God was the one who inflicted Job and his family with great devastation, pain, suffering, and even the death of his children. However, this claim is irreverent and opposite to the true love of God. God is the God of all hope and deliverance, for it was Satan who encroached on Job’s life and devastated his entire being and his family and his farm.

Job 1:1, 8, and 2:3:
-1: THERE was a man in the land of UZ, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared {respected} God, and eschewed evil.
-8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
-3: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Amazingly, many people after reading these verses displaying in a three-fold manner God’s complete confidence in Job, so much so that He said there is none like him in the earth, and yet people still find deficiency in Job. They read through his tragedies and start nitpicking at his perfect walk with God, as they begin finding fault with every single thing he said and did, as well as slandering his children. In so doing this disservice to God’s Holy Word and His Beloved Job, they somehow must think that they are smarter than God, forming opinions in direct opposition to God’s Word.

Job’s hope in the coming Redeemer turned his life around and bolstered his strength to believe for healing, blessings, and for God’s refuge with His spiritual hedge of protection. Job’s hope presented him with godly inspirations and foresight as he anticipated the return of his Savior, which helped him to believe for even better tomorrows by way of having an understanding of the coming of his own resurrection.

Job 19:25:
For I know that my redeemer liveth {in the heart of my understanding}, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

The hope of Job gave him lively anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ, his Redeemer. At the time of this verse, Job was recovering from a devastating storm from Satan. As Job passed through this horrible devastation, he was able again to look beyond the circumstances to envisage his Redeemer’s day of total deliverance.

Job left us a great example to also anticipate our release, always; for our God is a God of deliverance and our Savior is an invincible Savior of hope for our souls.

Job 19:26:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Job is referring to his resurrection, and although he realized that his body would someday return back into dust, he also knew and believed in his heart that in the resurrection he would see his God face to face. Job believed that in the latter days, he would surmount to stand upon the Earth hand in hand with his Savior, and that he would also see his God, as Job stood clothed in a new resurrected body that will be impervious to destruction forever and ever.

Job 19:27:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Not another means not as a stranger or an unsaved person, who will be having a rude awakening someday, but as someone who patiently waited in hope to joyfully see his God, someone who truly knew Him intimately, and someone who hoped for his Redeemer to come and redeem. Job knew that even after his death and corruption back into dust, he would have a complete standing with God and with his Redeemer with an incorruptible body.

Life on this Earth is short in the scope of eternity; for the life of man in the Bible is called a vapour, and/or a blade of grass that is here today and gone with the wind in a moment of time (I Peter 1:24, James 4:19). As Job, we have only our life to walk with God, and have only a short space of time to open our hearts to experience our Redeemer, yet we have the assured hope of eternity to enjoy the rewards for our believing actions that we take today.

James 5:11:
Behold, we count them happy {blessed} which endure {through life’s trials and temptations}. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful {compassionately generous}, and of tender mercy.

Job lived through a horrendous situation, yet he stayed focused on the hope he had to stand again, alive with his Redeemer ― and he believed that he was most definitely going to see God with his own eyes, and be endowed with a new resurrected body. Job was blessed, not because he endured through the onslaught of evil, but because he overcame adversity. At the end of his troubles he became extremely blessed because God doubled his abundance and rewarded him richly (Job 42:10–17). Yet there is more to come than the blessings he received after his tragedies because in his resurrection he will see his God, walk hand in hand with his children and Redeemer, enjoy his rewards throughout eternity, and be among the people of his time who believed to eternally inherit the Earth. Today, we have the hope to be with our Redeemer and to see our God in His heavenly home, to behold the “the God of {all} hope” (Romans 15:13) “face to face” (I Corinthians 13:12).

Psalms 48:14:
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Let us take a closer look at the last phrase: he will be our guide even unto death. This phrase can sometimes be misconstrued to imply that God guides His children unto death. Then, as one is armed with this conclusion, he feels constrained to acknowledge and pronounce that, “Death must-needs be a part of life, and thus death must be the only way of man.”

However, this is not the correct understanding because our God is the God and Creator of life!

The words even unto death mean even over or even through death, because death is never a blessing from God; in truth death is called an enemy (See below I Corinthians 15:26), not a long lost friend welcoming man home like is heard in some funeral services. God will guide us through to our heavenly home of eternity! This is why the middle section of this verse says, God is our God for ever and ever, because even after death there is a resurrection, we will be in the gathering together, and eternal life is to be received and eternally enjoyed for ever and ever.

If Christ does not return before our last breath, then we will be gathered up together when Jesus returns to raise us up to eternally be with God (I Thessalonians 4:14–18). However, Christ may return at any moment, and so our hope is to never die, but either way we will be guided into eternity, sustained by the loving hands of our Creator, and in this, there is comfort because God is always our God!

God values His relationship with His children whom He has chosen even before the world began (Ephesians 1:4). Our unending relationship with God our Creator will continue and guide us through the eternity of eternities, and we will forever appreciate God in all His fullness and His abundance.

The last chapter of a Christian man or woman’s life does not end at the grave, but at the time of the gathering together their life will continue through all of eternity, triumphant over death, and thus the Psalmist boldly proclaims, God is our God forever and ever!

Job anticipated his rising up from the grave and overcoming death, for God was his delight, and again will be his delight, and he will also walk with him who is his future hope, his Redeemer and Arbitrator.

Job 14:13–17:
-13: O that thou {God} wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past {the wrath that is revealed in the Books of Daniel and Revelation}, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me {after the wrath, at the Resurrection of the Just}!
-14: If a man die, shall he live again? {YES!} All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come {of receiving his new body}.
-15: Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee {from out of the grave}; thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands {of resurrecting}.
-16: For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? {To forgive and cleanse.}
-17: My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity {into the bag}.

Let us allow God’s comforting Word to speak directly to our hearts regarding death’s final end as well as the believer’s end. (The believer’s end will in actuality be a new beginning.)

The end of death and hell:

I Corinthians 15:26:
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Revelation 20:14:
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
{So there is something beyond death and hellthe lake of fire.}

The believers’ end:

Romans 6:22:
Ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

John 6:40:
That every one which seeth the Son {perceives him either in person or in the Scriptures}, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day:

The above verses are straightforward, and they mean what they say. The hope of Job is also humanity’s hope, and with this hope, we have and enjoy comfort of knowing we have a destiny to look towards for our everlasting future.

The Quest

“When anyone finds Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, simultaneously they will find God as their heavenly Father rather than as simply the (unknown) man upstairs. The quest for God and spirituality is a large part of the human experience that most people come to at one time or another. Some will seek Him in nature, others will look in other places, yet He only becomes personally induced to the searching heart as one comes directly face to face with His Word and truly finds Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the lifeline to Him (John 14:6).” ~LMJ~

The Hope of Job (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Job, we will find the healing will of God, as well as the destructive and devastating will of Satan. Throughout Christendom many believe (wrongly) that God was the one Who inflicted Job and his family with great devastation, pain, suffering, and even the death of his children. However, this is not true! God is the God of all hope and deliverance, and it was Satan who attacked Job and devastated his entire life. Today we would like to look at the hope of Job. It was his hope in the coming Redeemer that turned his life around and gave him the strength to believe for healing, blessings, and for God’s refuge with His spiritual hedge of protection.  Job’s hope presented to him godly inspirations and foresight, which helped him believe for better tomorrows as he anticipated the return of his Savior.

Job 19:25 – For I know that my redeemer liveth {in the heart of my understanding}, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

The hope of Job was in the coming of Jesus Christ (his Redeemer). At that point in time, Job was recovering from a devastating storm. As Job passed through this horrible devastation, he was able again to look beyond the circumstances, to his Redeemer, leaving us a great example to look for our deliverance always.

Job 19:26 – And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Job is referring to his resurrection, and though he realized that his frail body would someday return back to dust, he also knew and believed in his heart that in his resurrection he would see his God. Job believed that in the latter days he would stand upon the earth with his Savior and see his God with his new resurrected body.

Job 19:27 – Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another {not another means not as a stranger, an unsaved person, but as someone who knows God intimately, and as someone who hoped for his Redeemer to come for him}; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job knew that even after his death, he would have a complete standing with God and with his Redeemer. Life on earth is short in the scope of eternity; the life of man in the Bible is called a vapor, or a blade of grass that is here today and gone tomorrow (I Peter 1:24). As Job, we have only our life to walk with God and our own Redeemer, yet we will have eternity to enjoy the rewards for our believing actions that we take today.

James 5:11 – Behold, we count them happy {blessed} which endure {through life’s trials and temptations}. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Job lived through a horrendous situation, yet he stayed focused on the hope he had – to stand with his Redeemer, and he believed that he was most definitely going to see God. Job was blessed because he endured through the onslaught of evil. At the end of his troubles he became extremely blessed because God doubled his abundance and rewarded him richly (Job 42:10-17). Yet there is more to come because in his resurrection he will see his God, walk hand in hand with his Redeemer, and enjoy his rewards throughout eternity. This is to be our end as well. Today, we have the hope to be with our Redeemer, and to see our God of all hope face to face.