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)
Leon Morris (1914–2006) was a leading evangelical New Testament scholar. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in England. He was principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, retiring in 1979. He then served as visiting professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.