Description of the Day of the Lord
Verse 1 – But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
Verse 2 – For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
Paul is talking about “End times.” The Day of the Lord signifies a time of God’s wrath and judgment poured out. Here the Day of the Lord refers specifically to the end-time period of God’s judgment on the unbelieving world known as the great tribulation. Just as no one knows when a thief is going to break in your house, neither does anyone know when that day is coming.
Verse 3 – For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
The wicked world will have false security thinking everything is fine. They will ignore warnings of coming judgment, just as they did when the great flood came.
Verse 4 – But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
No Christian should be taken by surprise when this day comes. However, those without Christ, will be asleep and totally unaware.
Verse 5 – You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
Verse 6 – Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
Verse 7 – For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
Are you, as a Christian, expecting the coming of Jesus Christ any day now? The world, non-Christians, are morally lethargic. They have no idea a day is coming that there will be no escape. Just as someone who is drunk passes out, so this world will be when Christ comes for His church. We are to stay sober and alert.
Verse 8 – But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
Verse 9 – For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Verse 10 – who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Whether we are found among the living or the dead when He comes, we live with Him.
Verse 11 – Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
Instruction for Holy Living
Verse 12 – And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
Verse 13 – and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.
Verse 14 – Now we exhort you, brethren warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint-hearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
This is not only good advice for pastors and leaders, but every Christian should show sincerity to those who might be weak in their faith. Sometimes they just don’t understand Scripture. Be patient and loving when having to correct error.
Verse 15 – See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
We do not avenge ourselves, “eye for an eye!” Let God take care of what needs to be repaid.
Verse 16 – Rejoice always,
Verse 17 – pray without ceasing,
Verse 18 – in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Verse 19 – Do not quench the Spirit.
Don’t toss aside the gifts that the Holy Spirit has for you. We are not to extinguish the influence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Just as a fire has to be nourished to continue to burn, your spirit needs proper care and attention. Feed your spirit with the word of God and you won’t have to wonder, “Should I, or shouldn’t’ I.”
Verse 20 – Do not despise prophecies.
Verse 21 – Test all things; hold fast what is good.
Verse 22 – Abstain from every form of evil.
Verse 23 – Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 24 – He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
A believer’s sanctification depends on God and He has begun a work of grace in each believer, and we can depend on His faithfulness to complete it.
Verse 25 – Brethren, pray for us.
Verse 26 – Greet all brethren with a holy kiss.
Verse 27 – I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren.
Verse 28 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
This letter was to be read aloud to a congregation, not just to an individual.
The richest blessing of heaven to mankind is the Bible. The sad thing though is few will read it for themselves and unlock the treasures that God has made available to every believer.