Exploring 1 & 2 Thessalonians

by Glen H. Jones

This book is another in the John Phillips Commentary Series. His expository study exhibits conservative scholarship coupled with practical application. The Thessalonian epistles speak clearly about the second coming of Christ. Phillips interprets Paul's letters to the Thessalonians from the premillennial, pretribulation view. The author believes that any view that blunts the imminent return of Christ does violence to Scripture. As with other books in this series, the author provides a complete outline. His introduction recounts Paul's visit to Thessalonica and his agony over the spiritual condition of the converts there. The first letter to Thessalonica was written to assure the saints there that what the apostle had taught was being followed. The second Thessalonian letter was written to combat false teachings that had crept in during Paul's absence. Paul wanted to further explain events surrounding the Rapture of the church and the Second Coming of Christ in glory. Concerning Paul's first letter, the author says: "In New Testament times, suffering and persecution were taken for granted. That is why Paul continued emphasizing the Second Coming of Christ. Persecutions develop character, strengthen faith, produce courage, and ensure for many believers a martyr's crown" (p. 81). In his commentary on Paul's second letter, Phillips writes, "We are on the winning side! He intends to ground His own and to guard His ownHe will not allow Satan to go beyond a certain line that He Himself draws with an unerring hand" (p. 222).
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