Category: Book of 1 Thessalonians

Author: 1  Thessalonians 1:1 indicates that the Book of 1 Thessalonians was written by  the apostle Paul, probably along with Silas and Timothy.

Date of  Writing: The Book of 1 Thessalonians was written in approximately A.D.  50.

Purpose of Writing: In the church of Thessalonica  there were some misunderstandings about the return of Christ. Paul desired to  clear them up in his letter. He also writes it as an instruction in holy  living.

Key Verses: 1  Thessalonians 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.”

1 Thessalonians 3:7,  “Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged  about you because of your faith.”

1  Thessalonians 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.”

1 Thessalonians  5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all  circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ  Jesus.”

Brief Summary: The first three chapters are  about Paul longing to visit the church in Thessalonica but not being able to  because Satan stopped them (1  Thessalonians 2:18), and how Paul cared for them and was encouraged to hear  how they had been. Paul then prays for them (1  Thessalonians 3:11-13). In chapter 4, Paul is instructing the believers in  Thessalonica on how to live, in Christ Jesus, a holy life (1 Thessalonians  4:1-12). Paul goes on to instruct them of a misconception they had. He tells  them that the people who have died in Christ Jesus will also go to heaven when  He comes back (1  Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-11). The book ends with final instructions of living  the Christian life.

Connections: Paul reminds the  Thessalonians that the persecution they were receiving from their “own  countrymen” (v. 2:15), the Jews who rejected their Messiah, is the same that the  Old Testament prophets suffered (Jeremiah  2:30; Matthew  23:31). Jesus warned that true prophets of God would always be opposed by  the unrighteous (Luke 11:49).  In Colossians, Paul reminds them of that truth.

Practical  Application: This book can be applied to many life situations. It  gives us the confidence as Christians that dead or alive when Christ comes back  we will be together with Him (1  Thessalonians 4:13-18). It assures us as Christians that we won’t receive  God’s wrath (1  Thessalonians 5:8-9). It instructs us how to walk the Christian life daily  (1 Thessalonians 4–5).

1 Thessalonians 5:18

If you are not in a difficult time, you likely will encounter one soon. Jesus promised that we will have many hardships in this life (John 16:33). And was He right!

As unpleasant as trials are, there’s still much reason for giving thanks. In the past we have looked at provisions believers can count on during adversity: God’s presence, a pathway through the trouble, and potential to grow. Today, Let’s explore two more.

Protection. God doesn’t necessarily keep believers from suffering or disappointment. Stopping the storms may be our goal, but from His point of view, the adversity may be necessary to mature us spiritually. But the Father offers protection by staying with us in the struggle. Once we receive Jesus as our Savior, we are promised that God indwells us and will never leave. What’s more, we have assurance that nothing can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:38-39). So our ever-present God walks with us through the hardships, providing guidance and speaking truth into the situation.

Peace. While difficulties cause many people anxiety, believers have God’s peace. This inner serenity does not depend on whether circumstances improve. Rather, it’s a result of our relationship with Him. Our main focus shouldn’t be on fixing the problem but on our dependence upon God.

As we recognize the Lord’s provision during trials, we can genuinely express gratitude. Doing so will enable us to fix our eyes on Him rather than on our circumstance. We often don’t know what the purpose is for each ensuing trial, but we do know that our God is good and trustworthy.