I’m trying to this a week at at time now rather than every day.
1 Thessalonians 3:5 We told you earlier that you would suffer troubles, just as it came to pass, as you know. For this reason, when I couldn’t take it any longer, I sent to find out your faith, in case the tempter had tempted you and our work have been useless.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8: We beseech you, brothers, and we exhort by the Lord Jesus that, in the way you have received from us as to how to walk and please God, you would overflow more and more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness. You should abstain from sexual immorality. Every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in holiness and honor, not in pathological lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God. Let no one take advantage of his brother in this matter because the Lord is the avenger of everyone like that, as we have warned you earlier and testified. For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. Whoever despises this does not despise man, but God, who has also given us the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-9:/strong> Let us not sleep like others, but let us watch and be serious. For those that sleep sleep in the night, and those that are drunk are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be serious, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus the King.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15: We exhort you, brothers, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient to everyone. See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow what is good, both among yourselves and all men.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5: We ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all the persecutions which you endure, proof of the just judgment of God, so that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12: We always pray for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling and fulfill all his desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus the King may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus the King.
The Purpose of This Exercise
I hope to reach 180 passages (six months worth) of verses that exhort us to good works without apology and without having to explain “remember, we’re not saved by works.” Jesus and his apostles don’t apologize for their exhortations and warnings concerning good works. They don’t add careful reminders that salvation is not by works. We’ve now seen this in 50 passages. Not verses, passages. Some of them have been 8-10 verses long. I’m sure we are well over 100 verses.
The New Testament has 7956 verses, so we’re at about 1.25% of the NT, and we have barely touched the Gospels which have half those verses.
This is a faithful saying, and I want you to affirm constantly that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. (Tit. 3:8)