1 Thessalonians 4:13
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not…
We need hope to cheer us all along in life, and to sustain us at the end of it. A sustaining hope, in view of the inevitable, must look forward to a life, beyond the present, of permanent good and joy. It must be founded on sufficient reasons: such as
(a) the promise of God, and
(b) the earnest of the fulfilment of that promise in our experience.They can have no such hope who have —
I. NO GOD, whether they are atheists in belief, or are living atheistic lives in mere carelessness.
II. NO BIBLE; who do not practically receive and rest on a revelation.
III. NO SAVIOUR; do not rest on Christ.
IV. NO PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE. Nothing but the gospel offers such a hope. Have you laid hold on this hope? Are you giving diligence to the full assurance of it?
(C. W. Camp.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.