Comfort One Another With These WordsMarch 2, 2009
These words, spoken by the apostle Paul and recorded in I Thessalonians 4:18 have a dual exhortation. First, they admonish us to be looking continuously for the return of Jesus. We should take great comfort in the fact that, even though we cannot pinpoint the exact moment when the trumpet will sound, we know that he will return and we shall be like him. Second, we should comfort the other saints with this truth. We should continuously remind each other (we all need reminding and thinking of this should cause us to shout for joy) that our light affliction in this world is but for a moment and that when our time here is finished, we have an everlasting inheritance. We shall forever be in the presence of the Lord Jesus, who purchased us with his own blood.
This post is intended to offer encouragement to those whose affections are on things above, from whence we look for our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ who has promised to return in an hour when we think not. To look beyond the continuing sagas of the day as we remember that our life here is like a vapor. For a brief moment in time, it dances amongst the atoms of this fallen world, and then flys off; never to pass this way again. To remember the words of the apostle Paul when he said “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Paul was a man who found himself “in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” Yet he had such a heart for the churches that he also desired to be about the business of ensuring that they were properly grounded in truth. I pray that the following passages will encourage all to draw closer to Jesus and abide in his perfect peace which passes all understanding
II Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we oursleves are comforted of God.”
We know that every saint will endure tribulation in one form or another. But we also know that the absolute “rest” that we have in Christ, will remain through even the most unfathomable of catastrophies. If we are looking completely to Jesus and placing no confiednce in the flesh, we’ll be seemingly in another dimension while the world is being shaken to its very foundation. The Comforter; that is the Holy Ghost, abides within and as we submit ourselves to Christ, he will keep us in perfect peace. Subsequently, those around us will know that we don’t serve a God whose afar off, but is a very present help in trouble. As things unravel in the natural, some will desire what we have and divine appointments will arise.
I Thessalonians 5:9-11 “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 be together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
Every one of us need this continual exhortation and whenever we talk of our great salvation and the return of Jesus, all who are present are encouraged. Such thoughts should put a song in our heart and an extra bounce in our step as we are reminded of what lies ahead. A couple of weeks ago, I had kind of an epiphany while in the bedroom getting ready for work. It was like, for a brief second, I was granted a passing glimpse at just how short this life is and just how long eternity is. It was like observing a truth that I’ve tried unsuccessfully for years to wrap my mind around; let alone capture with words. Such a thing will forever ruin a person to ever again become overly excited about the affairs of this life while those in the ambience (even some of the saints) will think that we’ve gone off the deep end.
I Thessalonians 5:16-23 “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 to that which is good.
abstain from all appearances 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.”
If we abide by this, we’ll have peace and contentment that will remain until our final moment in this realm is at hand. There are more passages that were planned for this, but since I’m running out of time before having to go to work, I’ll close for now. In short, we must continue looking to Jesus, maintaining an eternal perspective, and encouraging each other as we see the day approaching. The following link is to a post on this blog from March 19, 2007:
It discusses Gods faithfullness to his saints in the midst of tribulation and seems needful to make mention of here. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.
John 16:33 “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; i have overcome the world.”
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day aproaching.”