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The Word: Episode 1580 Colossians 3:14

“God Will Bring Them!”

February 28, 2021

“God Will Bring Them!”

Blessings folk!

Paul continued to answer the unstated questions that the Thessalonians had.

“What happens if a Believer dies before the Lord returns?”

We have seen that Believers have a hope the world does not have…

1 Th 4:13
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,
so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

What is the hope?

The next verse tells us…

1 Th 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

There it is.
If we believe.
Believe what?
Believe that Jesus died and rose again.

Then we can know this.
God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus…those who have Believed.

Those who have “fallen asleep” - died - in the Lord are with God.

He will bring them forth at the appropriate time.

Hallelujah!

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The Word: Episode 1579 Colossians 3:12b

“Asleep In Jesus”

February 27, 2021

“Asleep In Jesus”

Blessings folk!

Believers have hope in this life.
Our hope is in the Lord!

We have hope in death.
Our hope is in the Lord!

We are not as those of the world.
Upon death, they have no hope.

1 Th 4:13-14

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,
so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

Believers that have died (fallen asleep) in Jesus, will return with the Lord.

Think on that.

Upon our death we are present with the Lord…

2 Co 5:6-8

Therefore, being always of good courage,
and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—

for we walk by faith, not by sight—

we are of good courage, I say,
and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

When Believers die we are with the Lord.
When the Lord returns, we are with the Lord.
So, whether in this life or the one to come, we are with the Lord.

Live accordingly.
Walk by faith!

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The Word: Episode 1578 Colossians 3:12a

“Do Not Be Informed…"

February 26, 2021

“Do Not Be Informed…"

Blessings folk!

The Thessalonians had some questions.

One was this…”what happens to people who believe, but then die before the return of the Lord?”

So much can be gleaned from this.

Remember, Paul was with them just a few weeks.

From these letters we know that Paul told them much about the return of the Lord.

Yet, apparently, he never mentioned dying before the return of the Lord.

Paul et. al. were anticipating the Lord to return soon.

Not imminence.
Expectation.

Some had died - gone “asleep”.
Believers are described as “asleep” rather than dead…life is yet to come!

1 Th 4:13
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,
so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

Paul did not want them to be informed.
There was something to be “informed” about.

Paul did not want the Thessalonians to grieve as the rest of the world.

What was the difference?

The True Believer has hope in the Lord.
We have hope in the midst of death.

The world has no such hope.

Sadly, many times I see those who profess to believe behaving as those in the world…hopeless, joyless, clueless.

Remember, our hope is in the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 1577 Colossians 3:12

“Excel in Spirit-Led Ambition”

February 25, 2021

“Excel in Spirit-Led Ambition”

Blessings folk!

Excel!
In walking well with the Lord.

Excel!
In proclaiming the gospel.

Excel!
In turning away from idols to the Living God.

Excel!
In love for one another.

Such can not be done in the flesh.
It is done in the power of the Spirit dwelling within each true believer.

We stopped in the middle of a sentence yesterday…read the full statement…

1 Th 4:9-12
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you,
for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,

and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,

so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

Excel in correct ambition.
Ambition to lead a quiet life.
To attend to your own business.
To work with your hands.
Paul had instructed them in this.

He wanted them to behave properly.
He wanted them to not be in need.
He wanted them to not be dependent upon the world or each other.

Excel!
May our ambition be under the authority of the Spirit!

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The Word: Episode 1576 Colossians 3:9-11