The Meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Explained

1 Thessalonians 5:18

KJV: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

YLT: in every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus in regard to you.

Darby: in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus towards you;

ASV: in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward.

What does 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Mean?

Verse Meaning

We need to give thanks about everything knowing that God is working all things together for good for His people who love Him ( Romans 8:28). Paul said all of these commands are definitely God"s will for every believer.

Context Summary

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 - "without Blame" At His Coming
The remainder of the chapter is filled with brief sentences of exhortation, like cablegrams from our Heavenly Captain to his soldiers, who, in the previous section, are described as wearing the breastplate of faith and love. As we endeavor to put them into practice, we become conscious of a new and divine energy entering and quickening our nature. It is the God of peace who is at work, co-operating with our poor endeavors and sanctifying us wholly.
Each soul has a ministry to others, 1 Thessalonians 5:14. A sketch is here given of the ideal believer, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22; full of joy, constant in prayer, giving thanks in everything, loving with the unquenched fire of the Holy Spirit, willing to listen to any voice that may bear a divine message, testing all events and utterances with a celestial solvent, steadfast in good, and persistent against evil. This is a high standard, and impossible of realization apart from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But when the inner shrine is truly surrendered to Him, He will possess the whole temple, even to our physical well-being. God is faithful and will never fail the soul that dares to be all that He wills [source]

Chapter Summary: 1 Thessalonians 5

1  He proceeds in the description of Christ's coming to judgment;
16  and gives various instructions;
23  and so concludes the epistle

Greek Commentary for 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In everything give thanks [εν παντι ευχαριστειτε]
There is a silver lining to every cloud. God is with us whatever befalls us. It is God‘s will that we find joy in prayer in Christ Jesus in every condition of life. [source]
Will [θέλημα]
In the sense of requirement. Comp. 1 Thessalonians 4:3. [source]

Reverse Greek Commentary Search for 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Colossians 4:12 In all the will [ἐν παντὶ θελήματι]
Lit., in every will. Will means the thing willed, as Luke 12:47; 1Thessalonians href="/desk/?q=1th+5:18&sr=1">1 Thessalonians 5:18. Hence used sometimes in the plural, as Acts 13:22, shall do all my will ( θελήματα ), i.e., perform all the things willed by me. Ephesians 2:3, desires, strictly willings. So here the sense is, everything willed by God. The connection is apparently with σταθῆτε yemay stand. For a similar construction see John 8:44; Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 15:1; 1 Corinthians 16:13. As Meyer observes, this connection gives stand both a modal definition (perfect and fully assured) and a local definition (in all the will). [source]
Hebrews 13:15 The sacrifice of praise [θυσίαν αἰνέσεως]
The Levitical term for a thank-offering. See lxx, Leviticus 7:2, Leviticus 7:3, Leviticus 7:5; 2 Chronicles 29:31; 2 Chronicles 33:16; Psalm 50:14, Psalm 50:23; Psalm 106:22; Psalm 115:8. Ἄινεσις praiseN.T.oOften in lxx, oClass. For “the sacrifice” rend. “a sacrifice.” The sacrifice of thanksgiving is to take the place of the animal sacrifice. For the emphasis on thanksgiving in N.T. see Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 1:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:18. The Rabbins had a saying, “in the future time all sacrifices shall cease; but praises shall not cease.” Philo says: “They offer the best sacrifice who glorify with hymns the savior and benefactor, God.” [source]

What do the individual words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 mean?

In everything give thanks this for [is the] will of God Christ Jesus toward you
ἐν παντὶ εὐχαριστεῖτε τοῦτο γὰρ θέλημα Θεοῦ Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς ὑμᾶς

παντὶ  everything 
Parse: Adjective, Dative Neuter Singular
Root: πᾶς  
Sense: individually.
εὐχαριστεῖτε  give  thanks 
Parse: Verb, Present Imperative Active, 2nd Person Plural
Root: εὐχαριστέω  
Sense: to be grateful, feel thankful.
τοῦτο  this 
Parse: Demonstrative Pronoun, Nominative Neuter Singular
Root: οὗτος  
Sense: this.
θέλημα  [is  the]  will 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Neuter Singular
Root: θέλημα  
Sense: what one wishes or has determined shall be done.
Θεοῦ  of  God 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Masculine Singular
Root: θεός  
Sense: a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities.
Χριστῷ  Christ 
Parse: Noun, Dative Masculine Singular
Root: Χριστός  
Sense: Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God.
Ἰησοῦ  Jesus 
Parse: Noun, Dative Masculine Singular
Root: Ἰησοῦς  
Sense: Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses’ successor.
εἰς  toward 
Parse: Preposition
Root: εἰς  
Sense: into, unto, to, towards, for, among.