Prove and Hold Fast to Good

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 AMPC … But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. 22 Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. 

From NetBible 1Thess 5:21

  • prove[1381] = to test, examine, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)
  • hold fast[2722] = keep in memory, take possesion of

Test and prove ALL things
Learn what is pleasing to the Lord –
Eph 5:10
Hold fast to what is good –
1Thess 5:21
Have no fellowships with evil
Instead expose and reprove it –
Eph 5:11
Don’t be deceived –
Eph 5:6
The fruit of Light[the Spirit]
Is expressed in all goodness, righteousness and truth. –
Eph 5:9

In the Lord Jesus Christ there is no darkness at all! –1Jn 1:5

Ephesians 5:9-11 AMPC … For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. 10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. 11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them].

From NetBible Eph 5:10

  • proving[1381] = to test, examine, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)
  • acceptable[2101] = pleasing

From NetBible Eph 5:11

  • fellowship[4790] = share company, co-participate
  • reprove[1651] = convict, refute, correct, rebuke, expose

1 Thessalonians 5:23 AMPC … … May the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

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2 Responses to “Prove and Hold Fast to Good”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Isaiah 5:20Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!{they are as good as dead}
    *In this verse the prophet denounces the perversion of moral standards. Darkness and bitterness are metaphors for evil; light and sweetness symbolize uprightness.

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    Luke 2:13-14 NASB … And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

    From Zondervan KJV Study Bible

    • This brief hymn is called the Gloria in Excelsis Deo from the first words. It is Latin for Glory to God in the Highest. The angels recognized the glory and majesty of God by giving Him praise.
    • In the highest => a reference to heaven where God dwells
    • Peace, good will => Peace is not assured to all, but only to those pleasing to God who receive it by faith(Ro 5:1)
    • The Davidic Messiah was called “Prince of Peace”(Is 9:6); Christ promised peace to His disciples(Jn 14:27). But Christ also brought a sword-conflict(Mt 10:34), for peace with God involves opposition to Satan and his work(Ja 4:4;1Jn 3:8).

    From Birth of Jesus in:
    Outline Bible Study on Luke

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