THE BOOK OF 1 THESSALONIANS
Chapter 5:23-28, Conclusion

J. Deering, AncientPath.net


Chapter 5, Verses 25-28, "Conclusion

5:23 Now may the God of peace himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:24 He who calls you is trustworthy, and he will in fact do this. 5:25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us too. 5:26 Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 5:27 I call on you solemnly in the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

 

Think of Paul's words as he prays pure doctrine. God is making you completely holy, keeping your soul and body entirely blameless, waiting for the coming to the air of Jesus the Christ. He who calls you is trustworthy, and He will in fact do this.

 

One final note on Verse 26. Other cultures kiss on the cheek, sometimes both cheeks, some like ours kiss directly on the lips in some situations or "fake" kiss on one side of the face. Some Eskimo's just rub noses (to prevent chapped lips, I suppose). The English have translated this passage, "greet the brothers with a holy handshake." You certainly do not have to violate you own heart in order to "do what others are doing." It matters not the custom, except to honor the custom where you are and above all things, honor the Lord by greeting affectionately other members of the body of Christ in an appropriate manner.

 

“The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with You!”


2013-01-22