God is up to something much bigger in the world than we know. He is in the process of saving it!
24:11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
As we continue our study of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, let’s read the passage again:
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
These verses represent our attitude while in this world.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
These verses remind us to check with the Holy Spirit concerning all teaching regardless of who it is, but to accept all prophecy/teaching that is compatible with the teachings of Christ Jesus.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
- May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through- It is God who keeps us concerning our salvation. Christ died for all so that we all died to death through Him. God reconciled the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them (2 Corinthians 5:19). God Himself is our peace, and it is He who is transforming us into the image of Christ with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). We are receiving a complete make-over spiritually.
- May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ- This verse is a sure thing based upon Jude 24, “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—” Verse 25 tells us who “him” is in verse 24, “to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” It is God who keeps us blameless. Christ gave Himself up for His Bride, the Church, “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with the water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:26-27).
- The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it- We have this promise in Philippians 1:6, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
These verses are about what God is doing in us. Jesus Christ is adding to His Church daily. His Bride is being washed. The water is the Word of God, which we have established as Jesus Himself. Could it be that Christ regards all of humanity as His Bride and is in the process of cleansing her through His Spirit and the word of our testimony? It would mean that salvation is much bigger than we think! Does everyone accept His offer of matrimony? No, but to those who do, He gives the right to become children of God (John 1:12). That’s a mighty big plan, but He’s a mighty big God, isn’t He?
Abba, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.