1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, Psalm 102


Paul's most detailed explanation of our future, save in 1 Corinthians 15, occurs at the end of 1 Thessalonians. It seems the Thessalonians have been confused about those “in Christ” who have already died. Paul assures them that anyone who has died believing in CHrist, will return like their Lord when Jesus shouts with a loud voice for the already deceased saints to enjoy Christ's reign with the righteous that remain. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) Paul wants these believers, better, his brothers and sisters, to be encouraged by this news. At the same time, he also wants them to be patient. Like Jesus before him, the apostle insists that Christ's return will occur without announcement or obvious fanfare in the moments preceding this final victory. So instead of trying to look for signs, it is better to be ready no matter the time of day, season of life, or what year our calendar reads. Be encouraged that we will be with Christ, and also remember brothers and sisters to be watchful, for at any time our Master can return for our rescue.