A Study of 1st Thessalonians 1:4
“Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”
(1 Thessalonians 1:4)
Your ELECTION is known by your CALLING!
“You hath He quickened who were dead…”
Have you been quickened, made alive to the things of God in Christ?
Do you have an interest in the Gospel of God’s grace and mercy to sinners?
The Holy Spirit will convince “the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).
Have you been convinced of your sin or unbelief?
Have you been convinced that you have no righteousness and need Christ’s righteousness?
Have you been convinced that there is no judgment only to those in Christ?
If God has been pleased to do these things FOR you and IN you, then you are elected!
“Our Gospel came to you not in word only but in power…”
(1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ only facts and history to you, or has that Gospel entered your heart and brought you to SEEK a saving interest in Christ?
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”
Do you believe on Him?
Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption and that He, of God, is made unto you all you need?
“We love Him because He first loved us.”
(I John 4:19)
Do you love Christ the Lord?
“No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”
(1 Corinthians 12:13)
Is Christ your Lord?
Have you truly bowed to Him in your heart of hearts?
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Do you really love the brethren?
There is no problem here. If we are God’s elect, there are evidences enough, so “give diligence to make you CALLING and election sure!” (2 Peter 1:10).
By Henry Mahan