Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us HOW YE OUGHT TO WALK and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
For ye know WHAT COMMANDMENTS we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, BUT UNTO HOLINESS. He therefore that despiseth, DESPISETH NOT MAN, BUT GOD, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
But AS TOUCHING BROTHERLY LOVE ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves ARE TAUGHT OF GOD to love one another. And INDEED YE DO IT toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly TOWARD THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
But I would not have you be ignorant, brethren, CONCERNING THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, even so them also WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that WE WHICH ARE ALIVE and remain unto the coming of the Lord SHALL NOT PREVENT THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven WITH A SHOUT, WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL, and WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD:
AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that THE DAY of the Lord so cometh as a thief IN THE NIGHT.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN sudden destruction cometh upon them, AS TRAVAIL UPON A WOMAN WITH CHILD; and they shall not escape.
BUT YE, brethren, ARE NOT IN DARKNESS, that THAT DAY should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT, and THE CHILDREN OF THE DAY: we are NOT OF THE NIGHT, NOR OF DARKNESS.
Therefore LET US NOT SLEEP, as do others; but LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. For THEY THAT SLEEP sleep IN THE NIGHT; and THEY THAT BE DRUNKEN are drunken IN THE NIGHT.
But LET US, WHO ARE OF THE DAY, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ, WHO DIED FOR US, THAT, WHETHER WE WAKE OR SLEEP, WE SHOULD LIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them WHICH LABOUR among you, AND ARE OVER YOU in the Lord, AND ADMONISH YOU; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; AND I pray God YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY BE PRESERVED BLAMELESS UNTO THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. FAITHFUL IS HE THAT CALLED YOU, WHO ALSO WILL DO it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. <The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.>
God has a covenant with THE DAY and with THE NIGHT:
Jer 33:19-26 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break MY COVENANT OF THE DAY, and MY COVENANT OF THE NIGHT, and that there should not be DAY AND NIGHT IN THEIR SEASON; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. As THE HOST OF HEAVEN cannot be numbered, neither THE SANDS OF THE SEA measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me. Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not WITH DAY AND NIGHT, and if I have not appointed the ordinances OF HEAVEN AND EARTH; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.
There is a difference between THE LIVING and THE DEAD, between LIFE and DEATH:
John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have NO LIFE in you.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH EVERLASTING LIFE, and shall not come into condemnation; but IS PASSED from death unto life.
1John 3:14 We know that we HAVE PASSED from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Job 8:9 (For we are but of YESTERDAY, and KNOW NOTHING, because our days upon earth are a shadow)
Psa 90:4 For A THOUSAND YEARS in thy sight are but as YESTERDAY when it is past, and as a watch IN THE NIGHT.
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is DAY: THE NIGHT cometh, WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK.
Ecc 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is NO WORK, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, IN THE GRAVE, whither thou goest.
The very definition of ETERNAL LIFE is:
John 17:3 And THIS IS LIFE ETERNAL, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
And that life is IN HIS SON:
1John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; BECAUSE HE BELIEVETH NOT THE RECORD that God gave of his Son. And THIS IS THE RECORD, that GOD HATH GIVEN TO US ETERNAL LIFE, and THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON. ((He that hath the Son)) HATH LIFE; and ((he that hath not the Son of God)) HATH NOT LIFE.
It is when Christ is formed IN US that we receive THE ADOPTION OF SONS and we HAVE PASSED from death unto life.
We must “go on into perfection”. We are perfected IN LOVE, as this is how WE KNOW that “we have passed from death unto life” BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN.
So now, if we go back to “the resurrection OF THE DEAD” and “with what body do they come”:
ALL FLESH is not THE SAME FLESH
There are also
CELESTIAL BODIES and BODIES TERRESTRIAL
THE GLORY OF THE CELESTIAL IS ONE … THE GLORY OF THE TERRESTRIAL IS ANOTHER.
ONE GLORY OF THE SUN,
ANOTHER GLORY OF THE MOON,
ANOTHER GLORY OF THE STARS: one STAR DIFFERTH FROM another STAR IN GLORY.
SO ALSO is THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.
SOWN IN CORRPUTION… RAISED IN INCORRUPTION:
SOWN IN DISHONOUR… RAISED IN GLORY:
SOWN IN WEAKNESS… RAISED IN POWER:
SOWN A NATURAL BODY… RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY.
There is A NATURAL BODY, and there is A SPIRITUAL BODY.
And so it is written,
THE FIRST MAN ADAM was made A LIVING SOUL;
THE LAST ADAM was made A QUICKENING SPIRIT.
Howbeit that was NOT FIRST which is spiritual, BUT THAT WHICH IS NATURAL;
AND AFTERWARDS THAT WHICH IS SPIRITUAL.
The FIRST MAN is OF THE EARTH, earthy:
the SECOND MAN is THE LORD FROM HEAVEN.
So the “second man” IS THE LORD FROM HEAVEN.
He is THE HEAD of THE BODY.
ONE NEW MAN created IN CHRIST JESUS. AMEN!!
God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that through him the world might be saved.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no MAN hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that DOETH EVIL hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that DOETH TRUTH cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
What does it mean that “no man hath ascended up to heaven”? Some will say that this means that those who are deceased remain in their graves; that they are waiting for “the resurrection of the dead” which has not yet happened and does not happen until just before and at the end of “the millennium”, the thousand year reign of Christ on earth.
One does not need to “ascend” or “descend” for THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN.
Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh NOT WITH OBSERVATION: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is WITHIN you.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise,
Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
But what saith it?
The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
It is not MAN that “ascends and descends” but THE ANGELS OF GOD:
Gen 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold A LADDER set up ON THE EARTH, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING ON IT.
John 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING UPON THE SON OF MAN.
And who are “the angels of God”?
And what about “the angels which kept not their first estate”?
Judge 1:6 And ~the angels~ which kept not THEIR FIRST estate, but LEFT THEIR OWN HABITATION, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Psalm 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, THY HABITATION;
1Sam 12:10 ~they~ cried unto the LORD, and said, WE have SINNED, because WE have forsaken THE LORD
2Peter 2:4 For if GOD spared not the angels that SINNED, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Isaiah 59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
2Peter 2:17 ~These~ are WELLS ~WITHOUT WATER~, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have ~FORSAKEN ME~ the fountain of LIVING WATERS and hewed them out cisterns, BROKEN CISTERNS, that CAN HOLD NO WATER.
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be ~IN~ ANY OF YOU an evil heart of unbelief, IN departing from the LIVING GOD.
Jude 1:11-13 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.