Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 6
February 22, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<115> Thesis: The "Hope of Salvation" is absolutely sure. Introduction: As we have worked our way through 1 Thessalonians, I have argued that getting believers to absolutely rest in the hope of Jesus' return is Paul's fundamental intent. Such hope directs our thoughts and behavior and gives a very practical emotional stability to those who are invested in it. But, for most people, there is a pretty significant block to having such a hope: the thought that, though God has made some particularly significant promises, they are only good for "good" people. The "nothing shall pluck them out of my Father's hand" is turned into a "but I can get out of that hand by my own failures," or the "nothing shall separate us from the love of God" is turned into "nothing but my own choices can separate me from the love of God." It is at this very corrupting thought that Paul aimed the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, and we are going to look into them this evening.