There is one God & one Mediator between God & men, the Man Christ Jesus”(1 Tim.2). All roads do not lead to Eternal Life! Most religions do not! There is only One who can lead us to Eternal Life, and that is Jesus Christ. He said; “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John14). We sometimes hear from people who are very upset because we teach about the narrow path that leads to Eternal Life, and that there is only one way. That’s not our opinion. Jesus said that!
Paul warned Timothy about those time wasters, who turn away from what matters to “idle talk.” There are some people who spend all their time and energy trying to debate and nit-pick issues that don’t matter. (1 Tim 1) I get letters from people who only want to debate. Sometimes they start with an honest-sounding question, but when you give them an honest answer they respond by writing a lengthy diatribe, advocating some strange theory. I try to avoid these disputes because I know I won’t get anywhere with them, so why waste time with idle talk? Pastor Chuck Smith
Jesus is coming! But we do not fix a definite time or condition that would allow us to sleep until prophecy is fulfilled. Someone asked; “Won’t the Jews be converted to Christ, & restored to their land?” I answered; “Yes! Surely they shall look on Him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son. And God shall give them the kingdom, for they are His people, whom He has not forever cast away”. The Jews, who are the natural olive branches, shall be grafted in to live again. Like the dry bones of Ezekiel 37 prophecy.” Study Romans chap. 9, 10 & 11 and search for yourself, but this is the main thing – Jesus will come! He may come in the first watch of the night, or the second watch, or He may wait until the morning watch. Jesus told His Bride: ‘Watch & be ready’ (Matt.25). So whenever He comes, you be ready. – Charles Spurgeon
Before the day of the Lord comes, there is going to be a falling away. (2 Thess.2) The translation “falling away” is from the Greek word apostasia. The root of that word means “depart.” Over the years, it has come to mean “departing from the faith,” but the word itself simply means “depart” or “leave”.Now I believe that in the last days many will depart from the faith, in fact, as you look at the so-called church today, you see many churches are in a state of falling away even now. But apostasia can also refer to a departure, which we believe is the Rapture of the church. The wrath of the Lamb will not be poured out until the Bride has departed to be with the Bridegroom in the air.
The Apostle Paul thanked God for the church at Thessalonica. Persecution and trials came early for them, but these young Christians were sincere in seeking God. Their faith and their love toward each other grew! That is the kind of fellowship you want to be in; where you have faith and love abounding toward one another. It’s interesting how persecution and trials can bring the church closer together in the Spirit. – A person really can’t serve and experience fellowship with Jesus Christ unless you have real commitment. There cannot be anything that is more important for a Christian. So, it cannot be “Well, if it isn’t raining I’ll be in church, or if I’m not busy I’ll go to church.” True commitment to Jesus always comes when persecution and trials hit our lives. Real depth of relationship with Jesus, and great faith comes in the middle of hard times. And with that relationship, there comes tremendous faith and great love for fellow Christians.
Someone asked: “What kind of body will we have in the resurrection?” The answer is that our present bodies are temporary and disposable. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven”. There are “celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies.” Bodies designed for earth and bodies designed for heaven. The bodies we walk around in today are not designed for heaven. They are terrestrial bodies. When Christians die, our natural bodies return to dust, but we are raised in a spiritual body prepared for life in the heavens. The REAL me is Spirit. My physical body is the expression of who I am, but it isn’t the REAL me. In fact, every cell of my physical body is constantly being destroyed and replaced, every 7 years. My Spirit is what makes me who I am, When God gives me my new body, my Spirit will be at home in a body that perfectly represents who I am, and it will last forever. That is the Resurrected Body. 1 Cor. 15
Christ’ return willbe a surprise to the wicked. It will take them unaware. Just at that moment when they least expect it Christ will come. And just as a thief takes away, so will Christ take away their fleshly lives, and destroy all of their earthly hopes at His coming. (1 Thess. 5 – Rev.6:16,17 – – The Holy Spirit writes: “They shall not escape.” – They shall not escape by their own power or force or wisdom. They shall not escape even by annihilation – which they might even desire – but which shall not come to them. JesusChrist willreturn. We expect the dissolution of this present world. We cannot know the hour, but since we know that Jesus will return for His Bride, the Church,we look with joy and anticipation to His return.
The words “caught up” are translated “rapturo” in the Latin Bible (1 Thess.4). This is where we get our English word rapture. We who are alive at this time will be raptured by the force of God’s Spirit at the trumpet call of God. We will be caught up together to a meeting in the air with our Lord Jesus and the Christians who have died before us. This is not the Second Coming of Christ. This is the Rapture, when Christ comes for His Bride, before His Second Coming (John 14). The Marriage Supper is a time we will be with the Lord in heaven. At the Second Coming He returns to earth, and we will come back with Him to rule for a thousand years (Rev.19) and we will forever be with Him. Paul told us to comfort one another with these words. Set your heart & mind on eternity where we will live forever with Jesus.
Paulprayedthat the Thessalonian Church would be watching and waiting when Jesus returned to earth with all of His saints. Paul was constantly concerned about that. God wants all Christians, in every period of church history, to live each day expecting Jesus to come again for us. (1 Thess. 3) I believe the purpose of that message was first, to give us a sense of urgency to get the gospel out to as many people as possible. In addition, Paul wanted to give us a sense of priority, because when Christ comes, we are going to leave everything behind. Our priority should be the eternal things of the Spirit. And because Jesus could return at any time, we are motivated to walk in holiness. The hope of Jesus’ imminent return is a purifying hope.
In Every Christian’s heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne until he puts himself on the cross. If he refuses the cross, he remains on the throne. Maybe this is what is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among many believers today. (1 Thessalonians 2) – People want to be saved but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no giving up our throne, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of self, and we wear our tinfoil crown with all the pride of Caesar, but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility.” A.W Tozer 1897 – 1963