Paul in Thessalonica

The Apostle Paul Preaching to the Thessalonians by Gustave Dore

Acts chapter 17

1 After they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed them from the scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, saying, “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

If you noticed in the text, Paul went into the synagogue and preached the Word of God for three weeks. And in that short time, some of the Jews were persuaded, joining with Paul and Silas, along with a large group of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women (verse 4).

This core group of people came together as a new gathering of believers, a young church. And it was to this church that Paul later addressed his first two epistles.

Please, let that sink in for a moment.

The first epistles Paul wrote were the letters to the young Thessalonian church, aptly titled 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians. And what was the subject that Paul chose to include in these first two letters?

The return of the Lord Jesus Christ for the church, his bride.

The rapture.

Question:

It is obvious that Paul, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, considered the return of the Lord to be of such importance that it would be the first thing that he wrote about. If it was that important to him and to God, perhaps it should be as important to us as well. What do you think?

Look around you. How can you not see what is happening in the world?

The Lord is coming back…soon.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 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. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1Thessalonians 4:16-18