A verse-by-verse commentary on the first and second epistles of Thessalonians. Includes introductions to each book as well as outlines.
It was during Paul’s second missionary journey that the light of the gospel first broke in upon the darkness of Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-10). This is probably the first book of the New Testament to be written, and certainly the first of Paul’s letter. It is generally dated AD50-51, placing it within 20 years of the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus. One of the most important themes of 1 Thessalonians is the return of the Lord Jesus. It is mentioned at least once in each of the five chapters. G. R. Harding Wood put these references together and came up with the following excellent outline:
The Christian who is expecting to return of the Lord Jesus has no room for:
1. Idols in his heart (1;9, 10)
2. Slackness in his service (2:9, 19)
3. Divisions in his fellowship (3:12, 13)
4. Depression in his mind (4:13-18)
5. Sin in his life (5:23).