The apostle Paul always gave thanks to God for all the believers in Thessalonica, mentioning them in his prayers. He remembered their work of faith, their labor of love, and their steadfastness of hope in the Lord Jesus. His two letters are meant to encourage them to progress even more in a life pleasing to God.
In these letters, the teachings on the Lord’s return, first to take His Church and then to reign, are presented with great clarity. They were meant to comfort those dear believers in Thessalonica, to remove their fears, and to resolve their doubts. We will also find much encouragement ourselves in carefully reading these two letters. The exhortations to lead an orderly life, to live quietly, and to encourage and edify one another are more relevant today than ever. They help us, while waiting for the return of the Lord, “to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls us into His own kingdom and glory.”
The purpose of these Words of Encouragement is to help readers find personal encouragement in Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians and in the commentaries on each verse. This book is meant to stimulate us in our work of faith, our labor of love, and our steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. May we persevere in our Christian journey until the Lord’s return. He is coming soon!