Acts + Letters Lesson 18 Day 5

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 18

The Lord will return to bring his children to be with him forever.

12. God appointed us to obtain salvation.

“For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] get [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)” (1 Thes. 5:9 AMPC, emphasis added)

I love how Paul put two opposing thoughts together

Appoint emphasizes God’s sovereignty, but obtain is a word that emphasizes human effort. Together, they show that the full scope of salvation involves both divine initiative and human effort. (David Guzik)

“Before we had the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8), we had an appointment to wrath. We no longer have an appointment to wrath, but now to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Enduring Word)

13. What do you learn about the return of Jesus Christ?

God’s Precise Times and Specific Seasons

Times designates time in its duration, whether a longer or shorter period; Seasons draws attention to the characteristics of the period, whether suitable or critical nature of the time. (Hiebert)

God has not revealed when Jesus will return, but Paul exhorts us to be ready, armored up and alert.

14. Personal impact of Jesus’ return

Always be ready.

The most important thing to me is to fulfill my destiny and calling to bring the kingdom of God to the earth.

Thinking of Jesus’ return makes me want to be even closer to Him right now in this life.

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