‘Rejoice evermore.’ — 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Things were very difficult for the Christians in Thessalonica. They went through ‘much affliction’ (1:6) and, like Paul, suffered many things at the hands of their countrymen (2:14-16). The return of Christ was to be
‘Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.’
‘Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what
‘That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.’ — 1 Thessalonians 3:3 Paul’s time at Thessalonica was brief. He had to leave quickly due to persecution (1 Thess 2:17; Acts 17:10).
‘And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:’ — 1 Thessalonians 1:6 Affliction and joy seem to be opposites, but the supernatural power of the Holy
‘But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.’ — 1 Thessalonians 2:2 After being hurt