9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NIV)
The above is another characteristics that separate us, the true Bible believing Christians from the theologically infested “Christians”. We like to encourage ourselves by thinking and talking positive. This is what our God expects us to do.
Let us look into the full context of the above passage. Verse 9 tells us that God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. This means God has no intention to get angry with us no matter what happens.
I have read about a theologian writing that God still gets angry when we sin but 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says otherwise. This is another proof that theology is nothing more than a lie from the pit of hell.
The truth is God has no intention to make us suffer wrath when we sin. When he sees us in sin, his first priority is to lead us to our Lord Jesus Christ. If God’s wrath can free us from our sins, Christ died for nothing. Jesus’ death at the Cross, is the only solution to sin, not God’s wrath. Never allow any theologian to cheat us of our heritage as Christians.
Verse 10 says Jesus has died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. This is a statement of fact. If you are a believer, you and Jesus are inseparatable. To put it in another way, we do not have to put up any additional effort to be with Jesus. We don’t have to try to get saved because we are saved. We do not try to be holy because we are holy. Holy lives can never be achieved by trying to be so. The only way to live holy lives is to get into the state where we truly believe we are holy. This is the truth from God where no religions can comprehend.
Finally, Verse 11 concludes from the 2 earlier verses to say that we Christians should live positive lives and encourage each other. How do we do that? The answer has already been mentioned in the beginning of this article. We talk positive to each other.
We speak words that lift people up and never push people down. Make it a habit to say at least one good sentence to each other. If you see believers getting sick, speak words on health and healing. If you see the poor, speak words of prosperity. Whatever you say, make sure it is positive.
This is the real Christian life that pleases God.