- 1 Thessalonians 5:22-28
- 1 Th 5:22 (KJB)
- Abstain from all appearance of evil.
- Not only is the Christian to avoid all evil and sinful situations in
their life but they are to abstain or keep themselves from even the
appearance of evil. The reason is simple because the world is out to
neutralize the testimony of Christians and if someone sees us in a situation
where sin is present, then even if we are innocent, we will be proclaimed as
guilty. For example, you need to make a phone call because your cell phone
died. There is a bar in front of you that has a phone and there is a phone
booth across the street. If you choose the bar and someone sees you coming
out of it, you will be accused and found guilty of drinking and maybe
carousing if you are married. The wise Christian would avoid that situation
and cross the street and use the phone booth. We must always use discernment
in each situation to make sure that we are not giving any appearance of
- 1 Th 5:23 (KJB)
- 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.
- Wholly - Complete to the end, perfect, or undamaged
- Preserved - Kept
- Here Paul ends with a prayer that God would continue to give them peace
in all the situations they face in being witnesses for the Gospel. Peace is
also the cessation of hostilities between two parties.
(Rom 5:1 KJV) Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
When we became saved, the hostilities between God and us
ceased and we are at peace with God. So God of peace is also a title
denoting the God of salvation. Paul prays that God will sanctify or set
apart the Thessalonian Christians wholly, that is, they will be completed to
the end. Paul also prays that they will be kept blameless in their entire
essence which is body, soul, and spirit until the Lord returns. In the
previous verse Paul tells them that they need to avoid every appearance of
evil and here he prays they are preserved blameless. Now in their soul
existence, they are blameless because they are saved and Christ has removed
every bit of sin from their souls. Paul is praying that they remain stedfast
upon the Lord and that they will not be diverted from their strong Christian
testimony unto even an appearance of evil.
- 1 Th 5:24 (KJB)
- Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
- Here Paul is confirming to the Thessalonians that God is faithful and if
He calls you, He will preserve you and keep you sanctified.
(1 Pet 1:5 KJV) Who are kept by the power of
God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Every true believer is kept by the power of God and that
is not just a one time thing, it is continual until the return of the Lord.
This verse also has a second meaning. If God calls a person, then He will
effect salvation in their life. This is not a general calling, this is God
specifically calling one He named before the foundation of the world. No
matter what God calls the believer to, He is faithful to see the believer
through that particular project or ministry.
- 1 Th 5:25 (KJB)
- Brethren, pray for us.
- Paul asks that these brethren pray for him and those who accompany him
because as they evangelize, they run into many different situations which
could cause them to lose faith. Paul wants them to remain strong in the
Lordís work and prayer under girds them with power from the Lord. This
principle is for any time in history that we pray for each other so the
power of God remains strong in the life of those we pray for.
- 1 Th 5:26 (KJB)
- Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
- In the Middle East, it was customary for men to greet each other with a
holy kiss in contrast to a worldly kiss. This custom is still in vogue
today. It is akin to a hand shake in the west. Unfortunately, the handshake
was developed many years ago for the purpose of both parties who shook hands
to confirm the other one did not have a knife in their hand. Then the
handshake caught on as a gesture of initial friendship.
- 1 Th 5:27 (KJB)
- I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy
- Charge - Implore or adjure
- Here Paul implores them to read this epistle to all the brethren, not
only those who are members of the church, but even to those they witness to
and become saved. In fact, Paulís prayer is still being answered today.
Whoever is saved and has a Bible, is reading or will read 1 Thessalonians.
Paulís prayer is going to be answered until the last day.
- 1 Th 5:28 (KJB)
- The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
- In many of Paulís writings he ends up with a mention of Godís grace.
Probably because of the grace bestowed upon him when he knew that he should
have been a recipient of the wrath of God. He wishes the blessings of grace
in Christ to be upon all the Saints and for the unsaved, that they would
receive Christ as savior and be under grace.