The Books of the New Testament
The Book of 1 Thessalonians
Paul had not spent long enough time with the church
in Thessalonica, and wrote this letter to further instruct them in their walk
with Christ and sound doctrine. He also addresses their concerns regarding those
who died in Christ, and Jesus' second coming.
Thessalonikeis a, First (letter) to the Thessalonians
Author: Paul (Saul)
Date: 50-51, during
Paulís second missionary journey
Christians in Thessalonica
Second coming of Christ described
Second Coming. Paulís ministry to the Thessalonians. Teachings on purity and
mention of the return of Christ.
Dictionary: First Thessalonians
Dictionary: First Thessalonians
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1 Thessalonians. "THESSALONICA was formerly the metropolis of Macedonia;
it is now called Salonichi, and is the best peopled, and one of the best towns
for commerce, in the Levant. The apostle Paul, being diverted from his design of
going into the provinces of Asia, properly so called, and directed after an
extraordinary manner to preach the gospel in Macedonia (Acts 16:9,10), in
obedience to the call of God went from Troas to Samothracia, thence to Neapolis,
and thence to Philippi, where he had good success in his ministry, but met with
hard usage, being cast into prison with Silas his companion in travel and labour,
from which being wonderfully delivered, they comforted the brethren there, and
departed. Passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,
where the apostle planted a church that consisted of some believing Jews and
many converted Gentiles, Acts 17:1-4. But a tumult being raised in the city by
the unbelieving Jews, and the lewd and baser sort of the inhabitants, Paul and
Silas, for their safety, were sent away by night unto Berea, and afterwards Paul
was conducted to Athens, leaving Silas and Timotheus behind him, but sent
directions that they should come to him with all speed. When they came,
Timotheus was sent to Thessalonica, to enquire after their welfare and to
establish them in the faith (1 Thessalonians 3:2), and, returning to Paul while
he tarried at Athens, was sent again, together with Silas, to visit the churches
in Macedonia. So that Paul, being left at Athens alone (1 Thessalonians 3:1),
departed thence to Corinth, where he continued a year and a half, in which time
Silas and Timotheus returned to him from Macedonia (Acts 18:5), and then he
wrote this epistle to the church of Christ at Thessalonica, which, though it is
placed after the other epistles of this apostle, is supposed to be first in time
of all Paul's epistles, and to be written about A.D. 51. The main scope of it is
to express the thankfulness of this apostle for the good success his preaching
had among them, to establish them in the faith, and persuade them to a holy
conversation." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of 1 Thessalonians (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Paul's Greetings and Concerns - Chapters 1-2
Christian Living - Chapter 3
The Coming Day of Jesus - Chapter 4-5
Questions for further study.
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