• Bishop Keith Butler

Don’t Be Ignorant

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

When reading this section of the letter to the church at Thessalonica, you can see Paul’s heart for ministry. He didn’t want them to be ignorant.

Ignorance is one of the most significant problems Christians face. Christians do not have a lack of authority; we do not have a lack of instruction or ability to gain knowledge. Contrary to the well-known idiom, ignorance is not bliss; it can cause you to miss your greatest blessings in Christ.

Paul stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that he wanted Christians to know that because Jesus died and rose again, we will also be with Him. One day the Lord will come down from the clouds, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then those who are alive will be caught up with Him.

Not being ignorant brings us hope. We know that death is not the end for those who live or have died in Christ. We know that because He has been resurrected, we will be resurrected as well. Thank God for that promise and knowledge.

Practical Application – Don’t be ignorant. Go over your notes from last Sunday’s sermon and see what you should study further. Open your Bible and search the Word.

1 Corinthians 15:45; Acts 1:11



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