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1st & 2nd Thessalonians

Author – Paul
Time – 50 A.D.

Summary – The main focus in these letters is the state of the dead in Christ. It deals with their resurrection and the future Kingdom of God. Paul appears to have written these letters because of the large number of newly baptised believers in Thessalonica. He was forced out of the city by jealous Jews. The occurrence of "you know" in the letters indicates that Paul had begun to teach them but was interrupted and therefore wishes to solidify the subject matter. Further encouragement is given in the second letter regarding the punishment of those wicked men who were persecuting them.

1st Thessalonians – Christ as our hope

Key Verses – "You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come."
1Thessalonians 1 v 9 and 10

Looking back: how they were called – Chapter 1 v 1 to 3 v 13

1 v 1 to 10

Through example

2 v 1 to 20

Through preaching

3 v 1 to 13

Through after–care

Looking on: How they should live – Chapter 4 v 1 to 18

Looking forward: Watching and waiting – Chapter 5 v 1 to 28

2nd Thessalonians – Christ As Our Victory

Key Verses – "And to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ ... when he comes, in that day, to be glorified in his saints and to be admired among all those who believe"
2Thessalonians 1 v 7 to 10

Consolation: – From the fact of Christ’s coming – Chapter 1 v 1 to 12

Caution: Instruction on the time of Christ’s coming – Chapter 2 v 1 to 17

Command: Injunctions in view of Christ’s coming – Chapter 3 v 1 to 18

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