“With a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). In this lab, John Piper points to this verse as the noisiest verse in the Bible as he explains the spectacular nature of the second coming. No one will sleep through the second coming of Jesus.
Some questions to ask as you read and study 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18:
- What are some truths that all Christians can agree upon when discussing the second coming? What are some points of difference?
- Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. What is news of Jesus’s coming meant to do for those who are in Thessalonica? Does it have the same effect on you?
- This paragraph ends with the challenge to “encourage one another with these words.” How can you use these truths to encourage someone this week?
Principles for Bible Reading
Defining Terms in Context
Often, we come with our definitions of words before we understand what a verse or passage means. This can work at times, but we must not silence the passage. Rather, we must let the passage itself define what certain words mean. Words help us understand verses, and verses help us understand words.
So, as you read, take time to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?” Set aside a couple of days to read through a whole book several times before walking through it in a slower, more in-depth way.