Before God’s Judgement Seat
As we noted on Saturday these judgements pronounced against the nations were primarily for the ears of the Israelites. God would judge the nations. Israel’s calling was to be faithful and loyal to the One who called them to be his people. Their exile would be the result of their failure to live as His people.
There is a day appointed when God will call all to his judgement seat and the books will be opened (Revelation 20:11-15). However, there is another book, “the book of life”; names are recorded there in the mercy of God through faith in the Lord Jesus. Edward Mote’s hymn records the believer’s hope: “Clothed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne”.
1 Thessalonians 3
There is a Day to be Anticipated
Paul was anxious about these new believers. He sent Timothy to encourage them because he feared the tempter might have undermined the work that had been done amongst them. But the news from Timothy was good, their faith was firm.
He prayed that their love for each other might increase. Verse 13 anticipates the day of God’s final judgement, the day to which God’s people look with anticipation and not dread because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.