Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

The Apostle Paul closes his first letter to a fledgling church with these final exhortations. This letter was written after Timothy returned with mostly good news about their spiritual growth in the Lord. It is full of thanksgiving to God for the faith, love, and hope of the new church. It also contains things he didn’t have time to teach them. It answers their questions about the future resurrection and rapture. And, it contains strong rebukes against sexual immorality and unruliness.

These final exhortations are probably the most compact teaching on godliness to be found anywhere in the Bible. I think I could spend the rest of my life mining the important instructions and trying to implement these principles in my life without ever exhausting this rich vein.

Exhortations to honor leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)

Exhortations to warn unruly (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

Exhortations against revenge (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

Exhortations of God’s will for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Exhortations about the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)

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