The Thessalonian church suffered persecution, and these difficult times left them susceptible to misunderstandings about the Lord’s coming. We can all be lifted up by the truths that the Apostle Paul used to encourage them.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Points to Consider
The primary concern is to be ready. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
The one action item that Paul gave was to live in a way that makes us ready for the Lord’s return. Notice that it is really the same as living for God generally: Faith, love, and the hope of salvation. If you are concerned about the end of your life or the end of time: be sure your life is marked by a work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in the Lord Jesus.
- No one knows the time of the Lord’s coming.
See also: 1 John 3:2, Matthew 25:1-13, Mark 13:32-33
God has not appointed us to wrath. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
The Gospel message is that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again to save us from our sins. If we live in a way that expresses faith in him (being born again and walking in the newness of life), our life is hid with Christ in God. The church is appointed to obtain salvation in this alone, not the Gospel plus something else.
- The Gospel is clearly presented for believers in the Bible.
- The Gospel is already completely given in the Bible.
- Salvation through the Gospel cannot be taken away.
See also: John 18:20, Galatians 1:6-7, John 10:27-30
You will not get new instructions. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2)
Paul specifically told us that there will be no new and troubling information given about the Lord’s coming, either by spirit, word, or letter.
- The coming of the Lord is a single event.
- There is no new threat to salvation.
See also: Luke 17:26-27, Luke 17:28-30, 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:12
The coming of the Lord will be obvious. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
You will not have to wonder whether it will soon or has already happened.
See also: Matthew 24:26-27