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Living in Light of Christ’s return: Discerning and following Prophecies

Text: 1 Thess. 5:20-21

 

Key concepts:

  • The faithful preaching of the Word of God is vital to Christian living
  • Treating of prophecies with contempt is resisting the Holy Spirit
  • There are dire consequences to despising the Word of God

 

Paul addressed the issue of prophecies with the Thessalonians as an important aspect in the life of the Church while awaiting the return of Christ. Prophecy was a spiritual gift bestowed on the primitive Church. It is not about predicting the future but rather the faithful preaching of the Word of God and His specific revelations. Despite this fact, the church of Thessalonica struggled with the preaching of the Word for reasons unclear. The gift of prophecy can be compromised by the eloquence of some and the mediocrity of others. Likewise, people often lack the discernment which could lead them in distinguishing men’s philosophies from God’s Word. However, the child of God is instructed to refrain from treating the proclamation of the Word of God with contempt. We are commanded to “… not despise prophesies” (1 Thess. 6: 21).

The faithful preaching of the Word of God is vital to Christian living

Believers must understand that we no longer live in the time of prophecy. Old Testament believers were specifically gifted by the Holy Spirit to prophesize in order to instruct the people of God in the time before the completion of the Bible. However, God, in our days, speaks through His Word - the Bible (Heb. 1:1). There are no new revelations about God outside of the Bible. Christians must take the Word of God seriously to have a healthy and productive spiritual life. We must not despise the preaching of the Word; it is our spiritual food. The Bible is the final authority in matters of faith in the life of the Christian (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Our lives must be consistent with the teaching of the Bible. We cannot be indifferent to the expository preaching of the Word; for, we cannot get to know God outside of the His Word. God reveals Himself in His Word. His goal for the preaching of His Word is the shaping and transforming of His children into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. Indeed, God has chosen the preaching of His Word as a means to communicate with His people.

Treating of prophecies with contempt is resisting the Holy Spirit

Resisting the Holy Spirit grieves God. When one persists in grieving God, it results in the quenching of the Holy Spirit. The quenching of the Holy Spirit stunts our spiritual growth. Disobedience and chaos in the life of the believer occurs when the Word of God is disregarded by His people. It is the will of God that we are trained in matters of faith, that we grow and not remain spiritual infants forever. Consequently, those who despise the preaching of the Word of God cannot come to faith. For “faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). We cannot please God unless we know Him, we cannot know Him unless He reveals Himself to us and He has done so in His Word. Christians must submit to the proclamation of the Word lest we quench the Spirit and thus fail to produce His fruit in our lives. Those who do not produce the fruit of the Spirit will surrender to the desires of the flesh. If there is no evidence of the fruit of the Spirit, there is no faith. “…Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). Believers cannot continue on at a distance from God. For we are called to cultivate an intimate relationship with God. Those who are comfortable without that intimacy are not children of God. The child of God must remain true to the faith and truth of God.

There are dire consequences to despising the Word of God

God will eventually give over to their own foolishness, those who despise His word and rather seek after teachers to suit their own desires (Rom. 1: 18-32, 2 Tim. 4: 3-5). Therefore, the child of God cannot be a lover of sin. Believers cannot be so comfortable with unrighteousness that it means nothing to them. Christians cannot turn away from God and reject His truth. Those who despise God will be put to shame. Despising the Word of God results in a life of condemnation. It leads one to live as a slave to abomination and the madness of human society. This will bring about a life of depravity and wickedness for which God will judge the world.

In conclusion …

Believers are to listen to the preaching of the Word of God with discernment. It is our responsibility to verify the Word, to “test all things” (1 Thess. 5:21). As false teachers are a reality and a danger, we must not be careless about selecting from whom we receive the Word. The Holy Spirit testifies, in our hearts and souls, of the truth of the Word we are exposed to. But we will not be able to judge what we hear unless we know what the Word says. Indeed, in order to submit ourselves to prophecy, we must assess what we hear. We are directed to hold fast on to the good and reject what is evil (1 Thess. 5:21-22). This imperative goes together with the edict to not depart from the assembly of the saints (Heb. 10:25). Our church body not only holds us accountable, but it is where we find the preaching of the Word, the protection, and blessings of God. Departing might leave us exposed to evil influences and temptation. The goal of our church activities is to build us up day by day into the likeness of Christ. We must let the Word dwell in us in all wisdom. We need to teach and admonish each other and receive the Word of God with care and submission. We need to also pray for our preachers for faithfulness to the truth and integrity of character.

 

 

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