Understanding the Scriptures
1 Thessalonians 1:4—What Is the “Election of God”?
Having an “election of God” means that one was “born at a time, at a place, and in circumstances where one will come in favorable contact with the gospel. This election took place in the premortal existence” (Bible Dictionary, “election,” 663).
|Exhortation (v. 3)||Strong gospel instruction|
|Guile (v. 3)||Craftiness, deceit|
|Cloke of covetousness (v. 5)||Covering for greed|
|Fill up their sins alway (v. 16)||People becoming completely wicked|
|Sanctification (v. 3)||Purification, cleansing|
|Abstain (v. 3)||Not participate, not partake|
|Possess his vessel (v. 4)||Control his body, passions, actions|
|Concupiscence (v. 5)||Sinful desires, lust|
|Asleep, sleep (vv. 13–15)||Dead, die|
|Travail (v. 3)||Pain|
|Wake or sleep (v. 10)||Those who have prepared themselves and are watching for the coming of the Savior and those who have not; alive or dead at the coming of the Lord|
|Render (v. 15)||Return|
|Wholly (v. 23)||Completely|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study 1 Thessalonians 1–5.
Mark Paul’s Words
How a missionary acts is as important as what he or she says. This is true of all members of the Church. Write what a nonmember friend might think if a member of the Church did any of the following:
Went to an R-rated movie
Complained about something that happened at a Church meeting
Gossiped about another person
Went to a wild party
Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12 and list at least eight words or phrases that could help you avoid the situations listed above.
President Brigham Young taught: “When the will, passions, and feelings of a person are perfectly submissive to God and His requirements, that person is sanctified” (Journal of Discourses, 2:123). Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8 and list the passions and feelings Paul said we need to control.
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 and draw a picture of the event described.
How to Become Children of Light
In 1 Thessalonians 5:1–6, Paul taught that “children of light” would not be surprised by the coming of the Lord. Would you like to be prepared for the Second Coming? Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12–23 and list the fourteen suggestions Paul gave that can help you be a child of light. Choose three or four of the suggestions and write a goal that will set you on a path to greater light.