The Thessalonian epistles give us relevant glimpses of the churches earliest times. When looking at the early church many contemporary questions arise such as ‘What is true Gospel?’ ‘How do you plant a church?’ These are questions that exercise our modern church just as much as the historic Thessalonian one.
Paul’s first letter was written to encourage and reassure the Christians in Thessolonica. He gives thanks for their faith and love; reminds them of his example on godly living and answers questions about the return of Christ.
In his second letter we find Paul still dealing with confusion over the return of Christ, especially with those that believed that the Lord’s coming had already arrived. He also shows that evil and wickedness will reach a crescendo under the leadership of a mysterious figure called ‘the wicked one’. He tells them to remain steady in all that they have learnt.
These timeless letters provide up–to–date answers from a consecrated church, shepherded by godly men devoted to God and to his word.
Mayhue’s skill in interpreting the text accurately but with humour and modern parallels comes through in this fascinating commentary.
About Richard Mayhue
Dr. Richard Mayhue is Research Professor of Theology Emeritus at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California.