The earliest letter written by Paul was Thessalonians around A.D. 52-54. Paul wrote his letter in response to the Thessalonians’ church, encouraging them and heartening the believers. The men from the Jewish community sent men to cause animosity toward the Christians who strayed from Judaism. Paul wanted the Thessalonians to comprehend that being persecuted was part of their faith. He encouraged them to strengthen for Jesus Christ and the gospel’s sake because it was expected as the cost of their faith. In fact, Paul petitions for grace and peace while on the same hand asks for patience of hope.
He tells them that they need to remain strong and in their faith because Jesus died and raised and is the Son of God. The day Jesus comes it will be unexpected because it is not written. There is no escape of this day so they have to be aware and prepare. We are to act impure but act in holiness, because this is what God called us to do. If we reject this we are rejecting God who has also gave his Holy Spirit. He urges us to be independent, in a sense because others do not have to show their love. We are taught by God to love one another. In fact, he urges to live quietly, work, and mind our own problems so we do not become dependent on anyone.
Moreover, Paul informs us to not become sad once someone dies. When the Lord descends from heaven there will be a cry of command, an archangel’s call, and the sound of God’s trumpet. God will raise those who died as believers first. Those who are still alive will be caught all together to meet with the Lord, and be together for eternity. With this being said, the day Jesus comes is not written, it will be unexpected. There will be no escape of this day so be aware and prepared. We are not to be afraid when this day comes because God has destined for us to have salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ . Jesus died for us and in no matter the circumstance we are to live with him.
In fact, Paul asks to respect those who have change of you in the Lord and love them because of what they do. In addition, he says to stay positive by helping the weak, be patient, and encourage those who are timid. He encourages to do this so we won’t be repaid in evil but always seek good. We are to remain joyful, pray, and give thanks in all occasions because this is what God in Christ Jesus desires for us to do. Moreover, he states that we are to stay away from evil by testing everything and holding onto the good. All these actions are to have our body, soul, and spirit kept sound and blameless once Jesus comes. We will be called faithful because Jesus is faithful. If we pray, greet our brothers and sisters with a holy kiss, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be with us.
Throughout Paul’s message in Thessalonians 1 he warns us about living in an evil world. There is a struggle between good and evil forces. However, this battle will end soon and the good will overshadow the evil. Once this happens we will be judged by God and the righteous people will be separated from the others. The righteous people will then be raised in heaven with him and with the people who died as believers, and live forever. Similarly, love cannot be shown with a counterattack to unkind acts. We are to show patience with others, showing the love of God which is strengthened with the Holy Spirit. Without the power of the Holy Spirit a holy life is impossible to have. A holy life consists of being full of joy, being thankful, and to continue praying.
Praying should be something done continuously, thanking God because God is working for our best. In fact, we have to pray for others. We are to encourage one another to practice these things so we can be reunited with the believers who have died and God. He mentions to the Thessalonians that they were chosen by God for a reason. Now they have to continue living this way but practice it more and more. The instructions given by the authority of the Lord now we are just to practice them. We were called to live a holy life therefore we are to act that way, pure. Those who do not will be punished by God as we are told and warned, we are to live to please God. The reward of following this will is simple, being together in the clouds to be with the Lord, forever. Therefore we are to encourage each other with these words so we are rewarded once the God comes down again.