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Echo Evangelique

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Living in Light of Christ Return:

Proper Attitude toward God’s Servant

Text: 1 Thess. 5:12-13

Key Concepts:

  • Believers are responsible for one another
  • God has established a functional structure by which the Church must function
  • The congregation must have regard for the leaders in order to be spiritually healthy
  • Characteristics of a worthy spiritual leader

 Every grace we receive, every privilege we benefit from, every blessing we enjoy, comes with the responsibility and duty to live accordingly. By the same token, every doctrine, belief, and every teaching from the word of God is designed and set for application in our daily lives. Paul’s writings reveal a pattern where he moves from doctrine to exhortation, which teaches us what to believe about God, our hope. This dictates how we need to live in light of the truth of God which we’ve received and the privileges we have in Christ. It also affirms that believers are accountable toward one another and function within the established structure of the Church. Therefore, the Apostle instructs the Church on the necessary qualities and tasks of church leaders and the congregation’s proper attitude and response toward those leaders. A leader has to be divinely appointed and should be a person of integrity and hard work. The body of the Christ, the Church, should adhere to the authority of said leaders with love and gratitude.

Believers are responsible for one another

Paul urged believers to comfort and edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11).  In the original language the word that translates to comfort is “paraclete.” Jesus used that word to announce the coming of the Holy Spirit to His disciples (Jn. 14:16, 26). Paraclete means someone who is called to walk alongside another who is having a difficult time. It entails encouraging, strengthening, and advocating for another. Indeed, we are to rejoice with the brother/sister who is rejoicing and weep with those who are weeping. We, undeniably, need each other to live and grow spiritually, because we have the same hope, love, faith, and blood. 

Paul also adds that we must edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11).  The word edify comes from architecture; it means “to build up.” It means to challenge one another to continue to grow in the Lord. Edifying also involves the restoration of one another. This speaks to the entire congregation, from the leaders to the members of the church, in light of Christ’s return.

God has established a functional structure by which the Church must function

Although we have joint responsibilities, there is a structure. In the body of Christ, some are called to lead, and others are called to follow. Just as there are teachers and students and shepherds and sheep; there are also the elders and the congregation. There are those who find it difficult to respect church leadership. Some may think that there should be not any functional hierarchy in the church. Such people resent the leadership of others. These people are not rebelling against men, but against God's structure for His Church. Each entity in the Church is under the lordship of Christ. The distinct duties of each group are spelled out in the Bible, as well as how the congregants need to respond to them (1 Thess. 5:12-13). This may sound self-serving coming from your pastor, but this is the Word of God. As leaders, we are compelled by the love of Christ and the fear of God to lead you in a biblical manner regardless of the consequences.     

The congregation must have regard for their leaders in order to be spiritually healthy

There are a few things not mentioned in our text today that we can infer from the background of the text. Paul, Silas, and Timothy established the Thessalonian church. Shortly after, they fled to Berea, due to the persecution from the Judaic Jews, to save their lives and to continue their ministry. Paul, unhappy about having to leave and concerned for the congregation, sent Timothy to inquire about them. Timothy returned with good news. But Paul had to answer several questions for the church, hence this epistle. The Thessalonians were confused about those who preceded them in death, consequently, they inquired about the resurrection of the dead. They did not know about the Rapture of the Church, and the phases of the return of the Lord. They apparently had an issue with the leadership of the church and how the congregants were responding to the leaders. There were leaders in the church continuing the work of the apostle, but the people did not know how to react to them. Certainly, the leaders are necessary to the people’s spiritual growth (Heb. 13:17). There must be qualified men and women to continue the teaching of the Word of God. There must be people administering God’s affairs and fulfilling His ordinances.

Characteristics of a worthy spiritual leader

In conclusion…

Bicker no longer, neither against one another nor against your leaders. Instead, be at peace with each other. The only way we will grow spiritually and glorify God is by fulfilling both our individual and collective responsibilities, so that proper leadership may be exercised and correct responses to that leadership may be given. Through mutual love, respect, and caring, we will grow together in the presence of God. Those exhortations are addresses to every individual Christian. It is our personal responsibility to heed these warnings.  We owe it to God and to the sacrifice of our Lord to apply them.

 

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