1 Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Encourage, Eschatology, Hope, Jesus, Resurrection, Return
Jesus died and rose again. We have reassurance that one day we will all have a huge family reunion. Those who have gone on before us and those who are still alive at His coming.
Jesus said it. We can reassure, comfort and encourage each other with these words. We are not like those who have no hope. We have complete confidence in Him.
I know the way of hope. Am I a comfort to others with what I say? Do I encourage their faith? Am I reassuring?
- May I be a comfort to others today.
- May I follow the way of love that Jesus lays out.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Master [Lord], that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Master [Lord], will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Master [Lord] himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in the Messiah will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Master [Lord] in the air, and so we will always be with the Master [Lord]. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. 
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
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You and I shall meet the Master in the air, in person, when He comes for us. The Greek word translated “meet” carries the idea of meeting a royal person or an important person. We have walked with the Messiah by faith here on earth, but in the air we shall “see Him as He is” and become like Him (1 John 3:1–2). What a meeting that will be!
It will be a glorious meeting, because we shall have glorified bodies. When He was here on earth, Jesus prayed that we might one day see His glory and share in it (John 17:22–24). The suffering that we endure today will be transformed into glory when He returns (Rom. 8:17–19; 2 Cor. 4:17–18).
It will be an everlasting meeting, for we shall be “forever with the Master.” This was His promise: “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). The goal of redemption is not just to rescue us from judgment, but to relate us to the Messiah.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Th 4:13–18). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 181). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Frank Hubeny said:
Good questions to ask ourselves when we interact with others: “Am I a comfort to others with what I say? Do I encourage their faith? Am I reassuring?”
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Such an amazing hope we have in God!
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