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The second coming of Jesus Christ has profound implications for how Christians live today. In his letters to the Thessalonians, Paul shows that the whole of the Christian life—especially our experience of suffering and our work in ministry—is changed when we live in light of the gospel.
In this commentary, Pastor James H. Grant Jr. applies Paul’s message to contemporary churches by moving expositionally through 1—2 Thessalonians, covering both personal and corporate concerns. This volume traces the way Paul shares about events in his life and addresses issues in the church of Thessalonica, unpacking the power of the gospel and what it means for our lives today.
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“First, it means that we are in right standing with God.” (Page 30)
“How then should we view suffering and trials? First, we should expect that we are going to suffer. Suffering and trials should not surprise us. We must embrace the reality that through much suffering we must enter the kingdom of God. Second, we should realize that God calls us to persevere through it because we are not suffering under his wrath. As Christians, God’s wrath was poured out on the cross, on his Son. We are suffering because we are bearing the cross that God has placed on us in this life to make us long for Heaven.” (Page 18)
“ But note that Paul was not dealing with the evil in the culture. Paul’s great concern was the conduct of the church.” (Page 92)
“First, Paul stresses the hearing of the Word of God” (Page 68)
“Luke explains some of the background in Acts 17. Paul arrived in Thessalonica after a difficult ministry in Philippi that saw him placed in jail. In spite of that suffering, when Paul was released from prison he continued his ministry by heading to Thessalonica, but those trials continued to follow Paul. After establishing the church in Thessalonica, Paul had to leave quickly when a mob dragged some of the Christian leaders before the magistrates of the city. This mob claimed that the Christians were against the decrees of Caesar because they were claiming allegiance to another king, a man named Jesus.” (Pages 15–16)