“For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

There are many wonderful assumptions built right into this verse.

Assumption 1: Fathers talk to their children this way.

It is assumed that fathers are exhorting and encouraging their children to walk in a manner worthy of God. These are exhortations that fathers need to use far more often with their children. “Eva, walk in a manner worthy of God because you are His child.”

Assumption 2: Father’s call their children as God the Father calls His children.

Father’s are assumed to be calling their children toward something. That something we are called toward is walking in a manner that brings glory to our God in heaven. Why should we do this? Because Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the third day. In much the same way, God the Father calls us in His uniquely irresistible way in his own kingdom and glory.

Assumption 3: We are to encourage and exhort one another in the same way.

We are to hold one another accountable to walking in a manner worthy of God. Paul, exhorts, encourages, and charges us with this task and we must watch out for each other to do the same thing.