THESSALONIANS-1 TOTAL CHAPTERS: 5
THESSALONIANS-1 TOTAL VERSES: 89
TOTAL WORDS: 1,857
DATE WRITTEN: 51 AD
Persistence In The Faith. Concern for the Church. Teachings about Resurrection and end of the world.
BOOK OF THESSALONIANS-1 KEY VERSES:
3:5: For this reason, when I could stand It no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.
3:7: Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
4:14-17: We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
5:16: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thessalonica was the capital and largest city of Macedonia. Acts tells us that Paul visited this city and began his ministry in the Jewish synagogue, but broadened his outreach to Gentiles as well. Paul was not able to stay longer. After about a month in the city, the Jews caused a riot and Paul is again forced to leave. The Thessalonian church was nevertheless pretty young and inexperienced and made some errors in applying Paul’s instructions to their lives. Further, they may have felt a bit abandoned as Paul escaped the persecution that they assuredly had to face. Assume how Paul must have been touched for the believers in these towns that he was able to spend such a limited time in. His mind would have rolled with questions about their conditions, oppression. Did I teach them enough? Will, they give up and go back to their former ways? These letters form what is probably the initial writing of Paul. They were written around 51-52AD. When Paul hears from Timothy that the young believers are acting amazingly mature. That excitement and relief is reflected in the letter Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica. The letter deals mostly with questions about what happens after we die and the nature of Christ’s return. It seems that some confusion or misinformation about the last days were negatively affecting the church at Thessalonica. The central focus in these letters is the nature of the dead in Christ. It deals with their resurrection and the future Kingdom of God.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1. Thanks for the Thessalonians’ faith. The act of faith, the labor of love and steadfastness of Hope. The Thessalonians received the gospel and understood how mindful of them Saint Paul was at all time in thanksgiving and prayer.
Chapter#2. Testimony of Paul. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica. Paul’s Desire To Revisit The Thessalonians.
Chapter#3. Paul Sends Timothy To Thessalonica. Paul’s anxious wait in Athens. Timothy’s Report to Paul. Prayer for the Thessalonians.
Chapter#4. Rapture Chapter. Warning against sexual immorality. Live to please God. Avoid immorality. Love one another more and more. Those dead in Christ will rise first. A concise narrative of the resurrection, and the second coming of Christ to judgment.
Chapter#5. Peace and Safety. Then Sudden Destruction. The swift coming of the Day Of The Lord. Stay awake, keep your senses. Final Greetings.