Emanna for 04/22/2018
A Normal Life
(RcV) 1 Thes. 1:9 For they themselves report concerning us what kind of entrance we had toward you and how you turned to God from the idols to serve a living and true God John 2:23 ...many believed into His name when they saw the signs which He did. (24) But Jesus Himself did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men.
Words of Ministry
In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul does not speak of miracles. He does not say that the gospel came to the Thessalonians in miracles, wonders, and healings. Instead of emphasizing the supernatural and the miraculous, Paul takes his living as a factor for the preaching of the gospel. Throughout the centuries the human mind has been interested in things that are fantastic, miraculous, and supernatural. However, miraculous things do not last. But a work that is carried out by a proper living will last. God's salvation enables us to live a normal life. This is a strong testimony of the gospel. Christians should live a normal life, not a miraculous, supernatural life. Therefore, a proper life for the church life must be common, regular, and normal. Such a life is characterized by turning to God from idols, serving the living God, and waiting for the coming back of the Lord Jesus. To have this kind of life means that nothing on earth occupies us. We are free from all idols, from all things other than God, and we are occupied by the living God Himself. This living God is testified in our daily life. We have a life which testifies that the God whom we serve is living. Furthermore, our goal, hope, and expectation are not related to things on earth, but are focused on the coming back of the Lord Jesus. A life with these three characteristics is a proper Christian life as a testimony to our God.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Thessalonians, pp. 95-96. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 7/5/00) Please visit us at http://www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.