v. 1 - "brotherly love" - the cement of a congregation -
v. 2 - Messengers of God's purposes - "he that
receiveth you receiveth me" - "Inasmuch as
ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me"
Hospitality - the stranger you receive may turn out to
be the messenger from God to your soul.
v. 3 - Sympathy with one another
Personal contact - strength is received from the glance
of a sympathizing eye, the grasp of a loving hand, or the
utterance of a tender word of comfort.
vs. 4-5 - exhortations to personal purity and
Covetousness and uncleanness coupled together
as cognate sins and alike, incompatible with the
kingdom of God
Eph. 3:5 Col. 3:5
Greediness or inordinate desire, may be for
sensual indulgence or for wealth, whatever its
object, is fatal to the spiritual life!
A warning against impurity comes with one
against covetousness also.
v. 4 - first clause is an injunction to appreciate
marriage - the second a warning against any
violation of that bond.
It is regarded as a holy bond - "What God hath joined
together, let NO MAN put asunder"
I Thess. 4:4
Though the kind of sin is spoken of is lightly regarded
among men, and may escape detection or punishment
now, (Prov. 30:19-20) yet certainly (placed last)
God will judge.
I Thess. 4:6
In I Cor. 6:9 - fornicators and adulterers are included
among those about whom Christians are not to
deceive themselves, as though they would "inherit
the kingdom of God"
Christianity honors the family - guarding its rights -
proclaiming its duties - judgment is in reserve for
those who dishonor God's ordinance on the matter.
The love of filthy lucre will drag a man down to perdition
as readily as the love of filthy lust.
How often we over-estimate riches as happiness and
an evidence of success in life.
To be content with present things is a very high
"I will in no wise fail thee" - contain in the original
no fewer than five negatives - a fivefold assurance
of Divine support!
He gave the promise to Jacob, Joshua, Solomon and
thousands have rested on it and have exemplified the
rare and difficult grace of contentment!
v. 6 - quotation from Ps. 118:6
Greed has its root in lack of faith in God.
Contentment is a fragrant flower - covetousness is a
v. 8 - "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to day and
Generations come and go but Jesus Christ remains the
He is God of the living and the departed -
"But thou art the same and thy years shall have no end"
v. 9a - new teachings? faith remains unchanged as
Jesus Christ remains unchanged - why then
these new and strange doctrines?
Mr. Spurgeon says - There is nothing new in theology
except that which is FALSE. All that is true is old, though
I am not saying all that is old is true. Some speak of new
developments as though we had not discovered the whole
Christian religion yet."
vs. 10-14 -
v. 15 - Not occasionally but continually - bringing to God,
not fruits of the earth, but the "fruit of the lips" -
A sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
v. 16 - Doing good to others
v. 17 - obey and submit just as they do to God -
Every minister of God will give account - "Where is
the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock" -
It is not enough to practice only some of the virtues
of the Christian character - we are to be "perfect
in every good thing" in thought, in feeling, in body
and in spirit.
"The God of peace .....through Jesus Christ, to
whom be glory for ever and ever" - the desire that
the Divine glory should be universal and eternal!
v. 25 - "grace" - the sum of all blessing, temporal
and spiritual, both now and for ever!