“Blameless At His Coming” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

The Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Thessalonians with a pastoral prayer of encouragement as he desires for the church’s holiness in light of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The church that Paul founded (see Acts 17) had learned to experience peace through the power of the gospel. Not only did they have eternal peace with God through Christ, but they were also at peace among themselves as a local church.   Paul goes on to express his desire for them to continue to be sanctified (set apart) completely to the Lord. He refers to their entire spirit, soul, and body, thus pointing to their entire being. Paul’s deep desire is that they progress in sanctification in light of the coming of the Lord. However, they need not worry about this process, because Paul points to the faithfulness of God in bringing about that which he already began in them. God was the source and sustainer of their sanctification process.   Today we wait for the coming of our Lord, but in the meantime, we need to be seeking holy lives just as Paul instructed the Thessalonians. Not just on Sunday morning, but in all that we do every day. We will never be perfect in this present life, but the God that brought us peace in salvation will continue to do this in our process of sanctification. Rest assured God will complete this in the future day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).   Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.   Pastor Steven