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Preaching the Word: 1 & 2 Thessalonians—The Hope of Salvation

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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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  • Exegetes and studies the text
  • Assists preachers in communicating God's Word
  • Provides practical encouragement and advice from the text


1 Thessalonians

  • Listening to Paul’s Conversation: Introduction to 1 Thessalonians
  • Christianity at Thessalonica (1:1 and Acts 17:1–10)
  • What Is in a Greeting? (1:1)
  • The Importance of Thankfulness (1:2–5)
  • The Christian Doctrine of Imitation (1:6–8)
  • All of Life Is Repentance (1:9–10)
  • Union with Christ and the Christian Life (2:1–12)
  • Preaching the Word of Christ (2:13)
  • The Gospel and Your Suffering (2:14–16)
  • Living in Light of the Gospel (2:17—3:13)
  • Become What You Already Are in Christ (4:1–8)
  • The Fruit of the Gospel: Love (4:9–12)
  • The Second Advent of Christ (4:13—5:11)
  • Resurrection Hope in the Face of Death (4:13–18)
  • What about the Rapture? (4:16–18)
  • The Day of the Lord (5:1–2)
  • Concerning Times and Seasons (5:1–11)
  • A Gospel Community (5:12–28) 145

2 Thessalonians

  • The Right Perspective on Suffering (1:1–5)
  • Eternal Destinies (1:6–12)
  • Jesus Will Not Come Until . . . (2:1)
  • Rebellion and Hope (2:1–12)
  • The Steadfastness of Christ (2:13—3:5)
  • The Gospel and Vocation (3:6–18)
  • The Gospel Takes Root and Bears Fruit in Thessalonica (1—2 Thessalonians)

Top Highlights

“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)

  • Title: 1 & 2 Thessalonians—The Hope of Salvation
  • Author: James H. Grant Jr.
  • Series: Preaching the Word
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. 1 Thessalonians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 2 Thessalonians › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:PRWD73TH
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-11-11T23:10:23Z

James H. Grant Jr. (MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Rossville, Tennessee. He also teaches theology at Westminster Academy and lives in Tennessee with his wife, Brandy, and their four children: Macy, Trey, Nate, and Addie.

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