Bible Reading and Commentary October 20-25, 2014

Bible Reading and Commentary
October 20-25, 2014

I THESSALONIANS — Paul writes to encourage the Thessalonian Christians to remain steadfast in the face of persecution by taking comfort and hope in God’s grace. He presents Christ as their hope of salvation at the present time and at His second coming.

Monday, October 20, I Thessalonians 1
v. 7 — While the Thessalonian Christians were a role model for the believers in Macedonia and Achaia, who was the Thessalonian’s role model? It was the church in Judea (chap. 2:14). Who was their role model? It was the same one the Apostle Paul had, and that was Jesus Christ (I Cor. 11:1). Our real role model, then, is to be Jesus. We are to pattern our lives after His life.

Tuesday, October 21, I Thessalonians 2, 3
Chap. 2:13 — Many theologians question the reliability of God’s Word. The Apostle Paul tells us the Bible is whose word? Underline this verse.
Chap. 3:12-13 — This is a beautiful prayer that Paul prays on behalf of the Thessalonians. It’s one we might use for our families. These are also words that would make a good sermon text for a wedding.

Wednesday, October 22, I Thessalonians 4
Vv. 13-18 — The real rapture, which is being taken bodily up to heaven, will not happen before Judgment Day. Some falsely teach that it is going to occur before that day. It, however, will happen on Judgment Day to those who are still living and to those who are in the grave. We all look forward to that day when we can be forever with the Lord and free from this sin-depressed world. (v. 17)

Thursday, October 23, I Thessalonians 5
Vv. 1-2 — Because the final day will come like a thief in the night, how can we confidently be prepared? What are God’s unfailing directions? We are to put on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet (v. 8). We are to encourage one another and build each other up in the Gospel (v. 11). We also are to pray continually (v. 17), and not put out the Spirit’s fire (v. 19). The Holy Spirit then will sanctify and keep us in faith through the Means of Grace, the Gospel in Word and Sacrament.

 

II THESSALONIANS — Paul writes to the Thessalonians again describing to them what Jesus’ second coming will be like. He warns them of the Man of Lawlessness, the Antichrist, and points out to them how to remain faithful to the Lord.
Friday, October 24, II Thessalonians 1-2
Chap. 1:8-9 — Judgment Day will be a fearful day for those who refused to accept Jesus as their Savior. Notice the two-fold devastating punishments: 1) To be apart from God forever, and 2) to suffer forever in hell. What we need to do for each other every day so we don’t slide back into unbelief, Paul describes in vv. 11-12 and Peter tells us in II Peter 3:18.
Chap. 2:3 — Who is the Man of Sin or the Man of Lawlessness? Some say Lutheran tradition teaches that the Antichrist is the Pope. It’s not tradition that makes that clear, but it’s Scripture itself. Two passages to be read here are vv. 4 and 9. The papacy today and in years gone by, fit’s the context of those passages. Think of the miracles of healing that are claimed to have been done at the shrines of saints. How about this proclamation of Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303): “It is altogether necessary to salvation for every human being to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” What does God’s Word say to that? Read Acts 4:12 and John 14:6.
Chap. 2:13-14 — Another of the many examples in the Bible which proves decision theology has no place in Scripture. God chooses and calls us by His Gospel for salvation.

Saturday, October 25, II Thessalonians 3
Vv. 6-15 — This section deals with Christians’ work ethics. As more and more people today seem to be depending on government for their support, let’s be sure we understand our responsibilities toward work as God defines that for us in His Word. Read also Heb. 13:5 and I Tim. 6:6-8.

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