Week Thirty-Nine

 THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST 

  • The personal return of Jesus Christ to the earth in power and glory is the way in which God's plan will be marvellously completed.
  • Unless he returns:

Then death is the end for all.

There will be no resurrection or future life.

There will be no salvation for the righteous.

Mankind will utterly ruin itself and the earth by sin and selfishness.

God's people will not be blessed.His promises will remain unfulfilled.

His glory will never fill the earth.His plan will have failed! 

 

 

THE EPISTLES TO THE THESSALONIANS 

  • The believers in Thessalonica were formerly idol worshippers. The Apostle Paul wrote them two letters, under the inspiration of God, to instruct and encourage them in their new life. (See map Week 27).
  • Notice the repeated reference to the return of the Lord Jesus as the great consolation for the faithful.

  

DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK THIRTY-NINE  

Day 1: 1 Thessalonians 1 See verse 10 for reference to the return of Jesus from heaven.
Day 2: 1 Thessalonians 2 Verse 19 refers to the return of Jesus to his followers. Notice too the frequent reference to 'brothers' which is how believers regard each other.
Day 3: 1 Thessalonians 3 See verse 13 for reference to the return of Jesus to judge his followers.
Day 4: 1 Thessalonians 4 See verses 13-17 for reference to the return of Jesus to give life, and to be with his people.
Day 5: 1 Thessalonians 5 See verse 23 for reference to the return of Jesus to bring salvation to his people. His return will be sudden and we must prepare for it now (verses 3-5).
Day6: 2 Thessalonians 1 See verses 7-10 for reference to the return of Jesus, when he will punish the wicked.
Day 7: 2 Thessalonians 2 See verse 1 for reference to the return of Jesus to his people, and verse 8 for the destruction of the wicked.