1 Thessalonians 4
Notes on God's Character
GOD’S CHARACTER - 1). God will punish all those who take advantage of their fellow Christians and wrong them. (v.6) He wants us to treat others fairly, just as He would. He will defend those who are mistreated. We don’t need to defend ourselves because God is our defense. 2). Paul didn’t need to teach them about loving each other because they had already learned that from God. (v.9) God had taught them this lesson on their own, and this is what he desires for all of us. Leaders and preachers are important in our lives, but we must move to a place of hearing from God on our own and responding.
GOD’S CHARACTER - 1). We believe that God will bring Jesus’ followers to heaven with him, even after they’ve died. (v.14) Jesus wouldn’t just leave us to fend for ourselves on our own as He enjoys eternal life. He came to be with us and to keep us close forever. He came to earth so we could get to heaven in eternity and be with Him. 2). Those who have already died will precede those of us who are still alive when God calls us to heaven at the second coming. (v.15-17) They have waited for him so much longer than the rest of us, and many of them lived through periods that were darker, without as much hope as we have today. God won’t forget them or let them wallow in death any longer than he has too. We will all meet together and go to be with God for all of eternity, and the dead in Christ will rise first, after which we’ll meet them in the air. 3). Jesus, Himself, will come down from heaven for us at His Second Coming. (v.16) He could easily send an angel or thousands of angels to do His work for Him, but He wants to come personally because He cares for us so deeply. He’s not afraid to do the job Himself and He wants us to know that it is He who is saving us. God can take care of His own business.