1 Thessalonians 4 Outline
– Living your Life for Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
– The Lord Jesus is Returning for the Second Time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
1 Thessalonians 4 Bible Study
In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Paul urged the Thessalonians to live their lives in a way that honor God, as he had taught them. Paul was happy about the growth of the Thessalonians but he wanted them to work harder and produce a better example. He asked the Thessalonians to not commit sexual immorality sins or yield to the sexual desires. Every husband must respect his wife. God is holy so he expects us to live a holy life as well. Anyone who commits sexual immorality sin will surely be punished. Paul tells the Thessalonians that they are really disobeying God and not him if they don’t have an upright lifestyle. Once you are saved, you are no longer a slave to your fleshly desire but a slave for Jesus. Paul is reminding the Thessalonians to abstain from sexual immorality because there are many people that practice sexual immorality in Macedonia and the surrounding regions. The religion of the Macedonian people involves prostitution. Any type of sexual relation is forbidden in God’s law.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, the Thessalonians had done a good job in showing love to others but Paul wanted them to do more. The commandment to love others is a basic principle that every Christian must obey. Although the Thessalonians already know the importance to love people, Paul wanted to remind them so that they won’t forget. He asks the Thessalonians to mind their own business. Many Christians like to chatter and gossip about other people. Gossiping and complaining about others is a bad habit. Instead of gossiping behind of somebody’s back, we should say kind words and encourage others. Gossiping can disturb the harmony and cause hostility.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul asked the Thessalonians to stop grieving for the people that have already die as if they are hopeless. In the judgment day, when the archangel shouts and the trumpet is sounded, the dead who had faith while alive will rise up into the sky. After that, those who are still alive will disappear into the air and rise to meet the Lord Jesus. From that time onward, we will stay with the Lord Jesus in heaven forever.