Saturday, September 13, 2008

Living a quiet life (Sermon)

I Thessalonians 4:9-12
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 10 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; 11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

I. Brotherly Love

Paul here starts out with a commendation to the brothers in Thessalonica .He states “Ye need not that I write unto you” .
The brothers know the greatest commandment.

Luke 10:25-28 “25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
Not only are they loving their neighbors but are loving “all the brethren which are in all Macedonia”
In verse 9 Paul states “for ye yourselves are taught of God” he is referring to Isaiah 54:13a which says “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord” Christ also teaches this in John 6:45a “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God,”.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. “
As Brethren (believers) we are taught by God in several ways such as revelation by the Holy Spirit, reading His word (the bible) and meditating on his word.
As good as they were Paul urges them to “increase more and more”
Christ said in John 15:11b-12 “and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

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