1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,…
More exactly watch. So popular a motto of early Christian life — caught as it was from the lips of Christ (Mark 13:34-37) — that it took the form of a name — Gregory. It has been said that there are three sleeps for man — those of nature, sin, and death; and three corresponding awakenings — those of nature, righteousness, and life eternal. It is of the second that Paul speaks here. Salvation is through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us for this purpose, in order that, whether we keep life's long toilful watch, or fall asleep in what is called death, we should have our true life together with Him.
I. It is LIFE We shall live. This is the common Scripture designation of all we include in Spiritual and eternal life. All that is opposed to death; the holy, happy, and immortal existence of the whole man, soul and body.
II. LIFE WITH CHRIST. Association or communion. Companionship with Christ.
2. Participation of His life, its power, holiness, blessedness, glory.
III. THE LIFE OF ALL. We shall all — all the redeemed, all those dear to us who belong to Christ, all in every age and nation who love Him, are to be made the subjects of this life.
(C. Hodge, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,