1 Thessalonians 5:16-28
Godís children free creation from its present corruption, because they have the heavenly love, compassion, and empathy to feel the anguish of the millions of humans and billions of animals who suffer and die every year, as well as the environment in which we all live, and do something about it.
Yes, we are to do everything we can to help free creation from its present corruption, and not just sit back and wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ; listen to what we are told in Romans 8:18-19Ö
18. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
19. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons [children] of God.
Think about what this passage is telling usÖIf we sit back and do nothing, we are not revealing ourselves.
We have to do something to reveal ourselves, and one of the best ways is to become vegan.
Think about this and how Godís children free creation in terms of what we are told in Isaiah 61:1-4Ö
1. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives,
And freedom to prisoners;
If we are truly born again, isnít the spirit of the Lord upon us? Absolutely, and with this anointing we should feel the suffering of the whole of creation and do everything we can to eliminate it, which brings hope and good news to the afflicted.
We are not Jesus, but because of Him, we are also being anointed as children of God.
This is not a title to be proclaimed; this is a call to peaceful action to do everything we can to end the problems in this world.
We are to overcome any timidity, and both speak out against the evil and violence that is going on in this world, and at a minimum become vegan, which in turn, on the average, per person saves nearly 100 land and sea animals every year from a life of suffering, and at the same time lowers the amount of greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere.
Humans who are displaced by war and poverty are brokenhearted as are those who mourn a loved one, and the same is true for all the animals on factory farms and in laboratories, and we need to remember that all of these situations are caused by our fellow human beings, and we need to end all forms of support for these ungodly industries and people, and speak out against them.
2. To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
The day of vengeance of the Lord is His second coming, and His kind of vengeance is really not violent, but He will remove the evil people of this world, and bring all His children who suffer and mourn to heaven.
And we need to remember that if we have empathy, we feel the pain and suffering of others, both humans and animals, as well as the earth, which causes us to mourn for them, and comfort them in any way we can.
3. To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
The use of the word ďZionĒ refers to the center of Jewish culture or the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and that this message was meant for the Israelites in the time of Isaiah, but we believe that his prophetic message also includes Christians, both of whom are scattered all over the world.
However, since both Jews and Christians are charged with protecting the whole of Godís creation, and those who mourn about the horrible violence, pain, suffering, bloodshed, and death that has been inflicted upon millions of humans and billions of animals who also mourn, we believe that this message is meant for all of us.
We need to plant the heavenly will of God here on earth as it is in heaven so that the Lord will be glorified through our efforts to help free creation from its present corruption, and from the peace, love, compassion, and empathy that flows from us.
4. Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations,
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
And just as the retuning Jews from Babylon rebuilt the city of Jerusalem and the Temple some 2500 years ago, today we are to help restore Godís creation to the way it was in Eden, for Godís children free creation.
John 1:6-13 speaks about how John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lordís ministry, just as we believe we all should be doing today for His second comingÖ
6. There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.
And today, we strongly believe that God has called upon each and every one of His truly born again believers to help free creation from all the violence and other ungodly acts that are causing millions of humans and billions of animals to suffer and die every year.
7. He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.
And we are to be His witnesses today, but not only of Jesus and His second coming and His saving grace, but of Jesusí teachings and the restoration of creation.
8. He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.
However, today, we who have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are to be His light in the world to shine forth His truth so that others will see through all the lies and deceptions that are plaguing this world and leading many astray.
9. There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
In other words, everyone heard and/or saw the truth in the midst of all of the corruption, which is what we should be continuing to do today through our words and lifestyles.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
This is also the way the world is today, even among many Christians, including many clergy, for while they have been enlightened, they still live and participate in the corrupt ways of this world, and even deny it, even though their lifestyles say they are not living in Godís will.
11. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
Many may even believe in Him, but they are not receiving all His teachings and the ways God desires us to live.
12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
And this is still true today; we have all been given the right to become children of God, but only relatively few people have exercised that right.
Remember that children of God are also peacemakers as we are told in Matthew 5:9, but we cannot be peacemakers when we eat animals and further pollute our atmosphere, for true peacemakers are peacemakers for the whole of creation.
13. who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
This is what true peacemakers are, for Godís children free creation.
If we think about how Godís children free creation as we look at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28, we will see how many of the Bible passages point us in the direction of heavenly living.
16. Rejoice always;
How can we rejoice when we see all the horrible violence, bloodshed, pain, suffering, and death that plagues the earth and pollutes the environment to almost the point of no return?
But the children of God can see through all this horrible corruption of Godís plan into the glory of heaven and realize that they are part of the solution here on earth, for they are helping to free creation from its present corruption.
17. pray without ceasing;
We need to do this and ask for the Lord to strengthen us so we donít get so frustrated at the hardness of heart in the world that we give up, and not only will He strengthen us, but we will be able to see the things that we can do to help free creation from its present corruption.
18. in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Think about all the good things that we have, and all of the beautiful things and beings that God created and our thanks will begin to flow continually from us; think about a beautiful wild flower, the deer we see, the increase of veganism in the world, and the water flowing out of the tap, for they are all things to be thankful about.
19. Do not quench the Spirit;
In more positive words, always allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in all that we do and say.
20. do not despise prophetic utterances.
Remember that prophetic utterances are also the things that people say in the heavenly will of God, and not necessarily about something in the future.
21. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
Sometimes I have a tendency to react too quickly, as a lot of people do, but we need to pause a moment to see whether or not what we see and hear is in the heavenly will of God, for that is the only way we are really going to know what is good for us and the whole of Godís creation.
22. abstain from every form of evil.
We should never go along with anything that is not in the heavenly will of God, for those are the things that further corrupt this world; in fact, we should take a stand against such things for that is all part of helping to free creation from its present corruption.
23. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We all need this, and I believe that these words are meant for us, just as much as they were originally meant for the Thessalonians some 2000 years ago.
24. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
The Lord does and will continue to call His children, and He will help us free creation from its present corruption, and what we cannot accomplish, He will when He returns.
25. Brethren, pray for us.
Paul wants the Thessalonians to pray for him and those who accompany him, but I believe that all of Godís children need others to pray for them.
26. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
In this case I believe that the brethren are those who are already Godís children, but we can greet others even with a smile and a friendly greeting, which in turn helps them to have some hope for a better tomorrow, and perhaps even become one of Godís children.
27. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.
We might not be able to have this letter to the Thessalonians be read by everyone, but we can be this living letter to them through our lifestyle.
28. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
We pray that this is true for all of us, and this in turn helps in having Godís children free creation.
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