Summary of passage: Jesus died and rose again so those who have died will be risen when Jesus comes again. The Lord will come down from heaven with a loud command, a trumpet call, and the voice of the archangel. The dead in Christ will rise first. Then those who are still alive will meet the Lord in the air to be with Him forever.
The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, suddenly. Destruction will come and they will not escape. Let us be alert and self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and hope of salvation as a helmet. God appointed us to receive salvation through Jesus and not for wrath. He died for us so we may live together with him. Encourage one another in this.
12a) Personal Question. My answer: The emphasis on how all in Christ will be in Christ. How the timing does not matter but that we must be alert, self-controlled, and ready for that time. To wear faith, love, and salvation as our armor as we traverse this world.
b) Personal Question. My answer: It’s a good reminder to keep the end game in mind when we get stuck in the nitty-gritty of living.
13) Personal Question. My answer: Be being faithful to God every day. By radiating love to all we meet. By remembering salvation is the ultimate goal. Remembering why we are here (for God and His purpose) instead of our own.
14a) To receive salvation through Jesus Christ (verse 9) and live together with him (verse 10)
b) To suffer wrath
c) Personal Question. My answer: God’s only desire is to be with us, His creation, forever. We are not meant to suffer.
Conclusions: I felt I was repeating myself over and over today. Same answer. Different wording. Main point: be ready for Second Coming so we may all receive salvation through Jesus as our inheritance.