Being Prepared-1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Tessalonicesi 5:1-11 “Quanto poi ai tempi e ai momenti, fratelli, non avete bisogno che ve ne scriva; 2 perché voi stessi sapete molto bene che il giorno del Signore verrà come viene un ladro nella notte. 3 Quando diranno: «Pace e sicurezza», allora una rovina improvvisa verrà loro addosso, come le doglie alla donna incinta; e non scamperanno. Ma voi, fratelli, non siete nelle tenebre, così che quel giorno abbia a sorprendervi come un ladro; 5 perché voi tutti siete figli di luce e figli del giorno; noi non siamo della notte né delle tenebre. 6 Non dormiamo dunque come gli altri, ma vegliamo e siamo sobri; 7 poiché quelli che dormono, dormono di notte, e quelli che si ubriacano, lo fanno di notte. 8 Ma noi, che siamo del giorno, siamo sobri, avendo rivestito la corazza della fede e dell’amore e preso per elmo la speranza della salvezza. 9 Dio infatti non ci ha destinati a ira, ma ad ottenere salvezza per mezzo del nostro Signore Gesù Cristo, 10  il quale è morto per noi affinché, sia che vegliamo sia che dormiamo, viviamo insieme con lui. 11 Perciò, consolatevi a vicenda ed edificatevi gli uni gli altri, come d’altronde già fate.”


     In chapter 5, Paul continues to clarify the teaching about the coming of the Lord. While chapter 4 spoke of how it would occur, now he addresses the question of who will go when the day of the Lord appears (v. 2). The Thessalonians were aware that the coming of the Lord would surprise the world like a thief in the night when people think peace and safety is here at last.

     Paul’s concern here is that people would be ready. The difference in the way Christians and non- Christians live is as different as night and day. Since believers are “of the day”, they should live an active life of being alert (to the coming of the Lord) and self-control (a disciplined and godly life). To illustrate this point, Paul uses one of his favorite metaphors: a Roman soldier. An alert and self-controlled soldier utilizes his breastplate to cover his neck all the way to his abdomen. For the Christian, it is the breastplate of faith and love that will protect him inwardly and outwardly as an alert believer.

     In addition, Paul adds that every soldier has a helmet to protect their ability to operate. For the believer, he has the helmet of salvation to protect attacks on his mind. The enemy can be successful in attacking the believer’s mind if he doesn’t put on this shied of protection. Faith and love are not of much use to the believer if he is hit in the head with an arrow because he did not put on his full armor. Paul adds that God didn’t appoint us to wrath (harm) but to maintain the helmet of salvation. We must know who we are. 2 Timothy 1:12 says “Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed…”

Pray with me: Lord, I know You are coming soon as You promised. Help me to be prepared like a Christian soldier who is alert and self-controlled inwardly and outwardly with a mind that is guarded by the hope of Your salvation.

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