By Jacob W. Elias

Jacob W. Elias invitations us to hear in whereas Paul and his missionary partners inspire and warn believers in old Thessalonica. Elias exhibits Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church existence whereas reminding his converts in regards to the sizeable photo. What God has performed in the course of the loss of life and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to excellent of completion. The church has an energetic function to play in God's redemptive challenge on this planet. this present day, apocalyptic biblical texts are frequently neglected or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked via religion, love, and wish.

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The three themes of faith, love, and hope appear to signal the structure of the letter as a whole. The salutation (1:1) and the letter closing (5:23-28) provide the characteristic epistolary framework. The remainder of the letter can be viewed as follows: Work of faith 1:2-10 Labor of love 2:13:13 Steadfastness of hope 4:15:11 The last section (5:12-28) presents summary admonitions concerning life and leadership in the community in which faith, love, and hope need to become even more evident. Outline Thanksgiving for Faith, Love, and Hope, 1:2-3 God Has Chosen You!

Why? In some cases the answers need to be quite preliminary. The overall picture will become more clear as we deal with specific passages in the main body of the commentary. Page 25 Who Wrote These Letters? In both 1 and 2 Thessalonians, the opening salutation identifies three persons as the senders: Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. Actually, all of the letters in the Pauline collection, except Romans and the Pastoral epistles (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus), name multiple senders. Yet 1 and 2 Thessalonians are unusual among Paul's letters in their dominant use of the first-person plural subject, we.

This commentary aids the interpretive process but does not try to su- Page 12 persede the authority of the Word and Spirit as discerned in the gathered church. The term believers church has often been used in the history of the church. Since the sixteenth century, it has frequently been applied to the Anabaptists and later the Mennonites, as well as to the Church of the Brethren and similar groups. As a descriptive term, it includes more than Mennonites and Brethren. Believers church now represents specific theological understandings, such as believers baptism, commitment to the Rule of Christ in Matthew 18:15-20 as crucial for church membership, belief in the power of love in all relationships, and willingness to follow Christ in the way of the cross.

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