The Day of the Lord – 1 Thessalonians 5

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Readiness (5:1–11)

Just as Paul had reminded the Thessalonians earlier, “You received from us how you ought to walk” (1 Thess. 4:1), so in 1 Thess. 5:1 Paul again notes, “You have no need that I should write to you.” Continue reading The Day of the Lord – 1 Thessalonians 5

Purity, Love, and Hope – 1 Thessalonians 4

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Personal Purity (4:1–8)

While the book of 1 Thessalonians is only five chapters in length, as Paul begins chapter four, he finally starts to address questions raised by the church. Indeed, it may be helpful to view chapters one through three as a type of lengthy introduction, for Paul begins chapter four writing, “Finally then, brethren . . .” (1 Thess. 4:1). Continue reading Purity, Love, and Hope – 1 Thessalonians 4

Love for the Church – 1 Thessalonians 3

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Concern of Paul (3:1–5)

In 1 Thess. 2:17–20 Paul had mentioned his desire to see the Thessalonian believers. Recall that after his three-week ministry in Thessalonica (cf. Acts 17:1–9), Paul was forced to leave the city and to flee, which landed him in Berea (cf. Acts 17:10–15). Continue reading Love for the Church – 1 Thessalonians 3

Effect of the Gospel – 1 Thessalonians 2

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Sharing the Gospel (2:1–12)

Thus far in his epistle, Paul’s approach to encouraging the believers in Thessalonica has been two-fold. First, Paul reminded the church of their identity in Christ, as he noted that they were “in . . . the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1:1), that they were “elect by God” (1 Thess. 1:4), and that they had believed the message of the gospel (cf. 1 Thess. 1:6). Continue reading Effect of the Gospel – 1 Thessalonians 2

1 Thessalonians: Introduction – 1 Thessalonians 1

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Authorship and Date – The book of 1 Thessalonians was written by the apostle Paul (1 Thess. 1:1; 2:18) while he was on his second missionary journey. This letter was likely penned between AD 51–52 from the city of Corinth. Continue reading 1 Thessalonians: Introduction – 1 Thessalonians 1