This Is Pretty Cool (Don’t Ya Think?)

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother– Proverbs 1:8. In this verse, God’s Word divides the responsibilities of raising children between mom and dad.  I understand that some families only have a mom or a dad and in these cases God’s grace covers to allow the single parent to assume both jobs. The instructions of thy father relate to the father teaching the Scriptures, to teach the children about spiritual matters as the father learns them himself.  The law of thy mother relates to giving loving counsel and understanding regarding physical matters. In the eastern cultures even today they practice this eternal truth, and we hardly ever hear of juvenile delinquents when this simple principle is adhered to in their families. Following God’s instructions literally brings Him into the family so that there is a standard of truth beyond simply what mom and dad may instruct; this is pretty cool, don’t ya think?” ~LMJ~

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.