A Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Rejoice always, (ESV)
What should the Christian’s immediate and continuing response be to the gospel and salvation? The response should be one of joy! Rejoice Always is more than an emotion, it is a settled reality of all who are saved. In this sermon, Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones challenges his listeners with the direct command to rejoice and to rejoice always. A Christian is to rejoice forevermore. The command to rejoice is found given of the Lord through the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians. He states that a clear and defining characteristic of the Christian is that of joy. Having experienced the joy that came with his own conversion, the Apostle Paul now instructs all believers that this is the mark of his or her life. However, rejoicing always is a tall order. The Doctor recognizes this and asks, “How are we to do this? How can we rejoice in all things? Should we wait on or work up some type of feeling? The answer is no. The Christian maintains a constant attitude of joy by taking his or her growing knowledge of the truth and applying that truth by the Spirit. Salvation and the growing knowledge of the vast implications of the gospel when applied by the Spirit will enable the Christian to rejoice forevermore.