The apostle Paul's correspondence with the church at Thessalonica provides a valuable glimpse into issues confronting the community. Was Paul merely exploiting them for money? When will Christ return? What about those members who had already died? Would they receive Christ's blessings when he came again? As Leon Morris deploys his characteristic knowledge and wisdom in interpreting these two letters, he not only illuminates their original meaning and context but also shows how they bear on the church today.
“But while Paul insists that salvation is all of God, he also insists that faith is busy.” (Page 43)
“It is part of God’s righteous judgment to use tribulations to bring his own people to perfection” (Page 118)
“Thessalonica in the first century was the capital of Macedonia and its largest city” (Page 17)
“Hypomonē, rendered endurance, means not a negative, passive acquiescence, but an active, manly endurance: ‘not the resignation of the passive sufferer, so much as the fortitude of the stout-hearted soldier’” (Page 44)
“We should understand destruction primarily in terms of separation from God (cf. 2 Thess. 1:9, where the same word is used), rather than of annihilation.” (Page 94)
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