The blessings here promised are, of course, for Israel, and will be completely fulfilled when the Lord bring full deliverance to His waiting people at His Second Coming, (1.Thess 1:10) “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
This was the news, the sounding out, that went abroad concerning the saved Thessalonians. Everywhere it was said: They have believed the Gospel; they have renounced idolatry; they worship the living and true God; they have received the gifts and graces of Jesus Christ, they are happy in their souls, unspotted in their lives, and full of joy; expecting an eternal glory through Christ who had died for and purged their sins, and who shall fashion their degraded bodies and make them like to his glorious body, and give them an eternal residence with himself in a state of blessedness.
Let us look at what he hath done for these people.
He hath taken away there judgment (v.15). The judgment of God was hanging over us like a thick cloud, because of sin. He hath taken away our sins because of the Cross of Jesus Christ. “There is therefore no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
It is the unspeakable privilege and comfort of all those that are in Christ Jesus that there is therefore now no condemnation to them. He does not say, There is no accusation against us, for this there is; but the accusation is thrown out, and the indictment removed, for Christ has set us free from sin,
He does not say, There is nothing in us that deserves condemnation, for this there is, and we see it, and know it, and mourn over it, and condemn ourselves for it; but it shall not be our ruin.
He does not say, There is no cross, no affliction to us, or no displeasure in the afflictions, for this there may be; but no condemnation.
The judgment is past, and the true light now shineth upon our forgiven soul. Christ has forgiven us of all our sin.
He hath cast out there enemy, (v.15). He hath taken away that wicked spirit that still worketh in the children of disobedience. Satan’s sphere of operation is now outside the stronghold of the justified soul.
Therefore keep thy gates closed against him, and yield not to temptation, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you”(Ja.4:7).
We all are tempted by the eye, the flesh and the pride of life.
He is in the midst of them. (v.15). The Mighty Spirit of God has come to take possession of them, “He shall be with you and in you” (Jh.14:120). “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” “Ye are more than conquerors through Him.” “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.” “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age.”
Let us look at what he will do for them. “He save them,” (v.17). The salvation of God is a past, present, and future deliverance.
One great whole in the Lord’s eternal purpose. “I die daily” (I.Cor. 15:21). Don’t we need a daily salvation from sin and folly, from doubting and fearfulness, from spiritual indifference and ignorance, from self-confident and fruitless testimony? He will save us from all evil. (4.) There is none other Name under Heaven whereby we can be so saved, (Ac.10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
Let us understand that it is through the name of Jesus, for his sake, and by virtue of his merit, who died for our sins, and rose again for our justification, that he has given us the remission of sins, note what the apostle Peter stated, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” (Ac.2G:38).
He will rejoice over then with joy, (v.17). Yes, those who are daily being fully saved, bring gladness to the Saviour’s heart, II.Pet. 1:5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;”
The Lord will not rejoice over a spoiled thing, or a marred vessel, or a professedly Christian life that is failing to fulfill His high and holy purpose, (Lk.13:34) “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”
To the church at Ephesus Jesus said, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Rev.2:4).
If your life is a sacrifice of joy unto the Lord you may rest assured that “He will rejoice over thee.” “We joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:11).
He will rest in his love, (v.17 ). Oh, the sweetness of this thought, that our God can find rest in the greatness of His love for us: that love that never faileth, and is stronger than death.
He will, and does, rest in that love that gave His beloved Son to the death for us all.
Rest in His love as seen in the willing sacrifice offered by His Son Jesus. Rest in the triumph of that love that bringeth salvation to all men.
What a resting place this is for our own hearts, now and forever.
What We Should Do. We should praise his blessed name, “Sing, 0 daughter of Zion. Shout 0 Israel. Be glad and rejtice with all the heart”
David declare, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men” (Psa. 107:15).
In that day Israel will be “made a praise among all people of the earth” (v.20).
For many generations they have been a “sneer and a byword” among the nations, but their “crowning day is coming, ” when their King and the Church’s Redeemer shall take unto Himself His right and reign over the whole earth.
Christian, be glad and rejoice with all your heart, for He hath done great things for thee. For he hath delivered in the past, He doth deliver in the present, and will yet deliver (II.Cor. I: 10). “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”
Fear not, “Fear thou not” (v.16). There is no place for fearfulness and uncertainty in the kingdom of God, (Lk.12:32) “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
He who planned the Heavens, and the whole plan of man salvation, will not fail His own trusting children. “He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, I will not fear” (Heb. 13. 5-6). Be diligent in service, “Let not thine hands be slack.” (v.16). Slack hands are an evidence of slack hearts. Slackness in God’s work is a prevailing weakness among His people.
The “go slow” policy is largely practised in the ranks of Christian workers. Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it heartily as unto the Lord.
Let us seek to serve our gracious Master just as if He were standing by our side looking on, and waiting to receive the finished product.