Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].
1 Thessalonians 5:24
Well, now we know God is faithful, so I’ll end there. Have a great day!
Ahhhhh…….Bill Porta just sat me back down in my chair, with an order to keep going.
Sometimes just one word from the Word sends me on my way. Does that ever happen to you?
Hmmm, now that I’m looking at this verse with my quizzical eye, something makes me wonder. What does the “it” refer to? See the little [it] there in brackets on the end.
“It” is a pronoun referring back to the nearest event in this case. Let’s look back at the verse before it. If God is saying He’s faithful to us in something I want to know what it is. Don’t you?
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (vs. 23)
The last referring event for that “it” is …the sanctifying and preserving of our whole selves unto the coming of Jesus Christ, right. Now– I’m getting fired up! Ha! Anytime God mentions the hope of Christ’s return I get electrified from the tips of my toes to my over-conditioned split ends. This is exciting!
“Faithful” in verse 24 is the Greek adjective, pistos. (Which is, BTW, a wonderful word-study) It means trusty, and faithful. Okay but there’s more, I just know it! Let’s look at the literal translation, according to usage of both of these verses.
Now, (When?) the God of peace Himself set you apart in holiness, completely made whole, even that you be preserved blameless, completely whole in all your parts–spirit and soul and body–at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who continuously calls you, (to walk worthy) Who also will do this. (set you apart, preserve you blameless). (vs 23-24)
How did He set us apart and preserve…basically our whole identities? First, God wrote our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life when we got born-again. And He gave us eternal spiritual DNA marking us forever as His child. It says we will be known as we are. Our new spiritual bodies will be recognizable to our family and friends, just like Jesus was recognizable. (1 John 3:2) Our soul is our personality, our likes and our dislikes, this will be preserved as well for that time. If we die before Jesus Christ returns, we get resurrected with the rest of the believers. That one event is an incredible event! Think of all the work and power that goes into raising millions, if not billions of people in this fashion! WOW! We love a BIG God!
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52
God is faithful in this great and marvelous act! He will preserve YOU as YOU! Isnt’ that comforting! He could make us all look like rhinos if he wanted. He is God after all. But He promised here to preserve YOU. He loves YOU just the way YOU are! Isn’t that a great word for today?!
Here’s your assignment: Get quiet, and ask God what are 5 things He likes right now, about YOU.
God Bless You TODAY!