From the teaching of Dr. Steve Greene Monday morning, Oct. 17:
1 Thessalonians 4:1: “Finally, brothers, we urge and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have learned from us how you ought to walk and to please God, you should excel more and more.”
This is very enlightening when we examine our walk with God. Dr. Greene hit this right on the head.
This scripture is an exhortation to abound in holiness, to abound more and more in that which is good. The manner in which the exhortation is given is very affectionate. The apostle Paul entreats them as brethren; he calls them so, and loved them as such. Because his love to them was very great, he exhorts them very earnestly: We beseech and exhort you. The apostle was unwilling to take any denial, and therefore repeats his exhortation again and again.
The idea behind this exhortation is that the people in Thessalonica would abound more and more in holy walking, or excel in those things that are good, in good works. Their faith was justly famed abroad, and they were already examples to other churches: yet the apostle would have them yet further to excel others, and to make further progress in holiness.
But remember, the very best of us should forget those things which are behind, and reach forth unto those things which are before. It is not enough that we abide in the faith of the gospel, but we must abound in the work of faith. We must not only persevere to the end, but we should grow better, and walk more evenly and closely with God.