Commentary for 1 Thessalonians 1

This epistle is generally considered to have been the first of those written by St. Paul. The occasion seems to have been the good report of the stedfastness of the church at Thessalonica in the faith of the gospel. It is full of affection and confidence, and more consolatory and practical, and less doctrinal, than some of the other epistles.The faith, love, and patience of the Thessalonians, are evident tokens of their election which was manifested in the power with which the gospel came to them. (1-5) Its powerful and exemplary effects upon their hearts and lives. (6-10)1-5 As all good comes from God, so no good can be hoped for by sinners, but from God in Christ. And the best good may be expected from God, as our Father, for the sake of Christ. We should pray, not only for ourselves, but for others also; remembering them without ceasing. Wherever there is a true faith, it will work; it will affect both the heart and life. Faith works by love; it shows itself in love to God, and love to our neighbour. And wherever there is a well-grounded hope of eternal life, this will appear by the exercise of patience; and it is a sign of sincerity, when in all we do, we seek to approve ourselves to God. By this we may know our election, if we not only speak of the things of God with out lips, but feel their power in our hearts, mortifying our lusts, weaning us from the world, and raising us up to heavenly things. Unless the Spirit of God comes with the word of God, it will be to us a dead letter. Thus they entertained it by the power of the Holy Ghost. They were fully convinced of the truth of it, so as not to be shaken in mind by objections and doubts; and they were willing to leave all for Christ, and to venture their souls and everlasting condition upon the truth of the gospel revelation.

6-10 When careless, ignorant, and immoral persons are turned from their carnal pursuits and connexions, to believe in and obey the Lord Jesus, to live soberly, righteously, and godly, the matter speaks for itself. The believers under the Old Testament waited for the coming of the Messiah, and believers now wait for his second coming. He is yet to come. And God had raised him from the dead, which is a full assurance unto all men that he will come to judgment. He came to purchase salvation, and will, when he comes again, bring salvation with him, full and final deliverance from that wrath which is yet to come. Let all, without delay, flee from the wrath to come, and seek refuge in Christ and his salvation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 1

  • Verse 6-The Christians in Thessalonica were prepared for persecution and their joy came from imitating good examples and the joy of having God's holy spirit upon them.
  • Mule, in reply to Thessalonians 1... those who are without sin, cast the first stone.
  • where does it say do not pass judgement on others , or to judge or be judged
  • Adam - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 1
    Matthew 7:1 is one. Link
  • What do I tell people who think Christians are bad because of the crusades?
  • Mickey - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 1
    People find all kinds of excuses to deny Jesus. Each time, their hearts harden. Too bad.. all the love they ever craved was standing at the door of their heart; knocking.
  • Dan - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 1
    All people have done wrong and sinned. Those who think Christians are worse are mistaken, because atheists have created more atrocities, like Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong. It doesn't mean their religion is to blame though. Christianity teaches to turn the other cheek and to love others. Killing is a violation. Just because someone violates their religion doesn't mean the religion is somehow to blame. I can't play the piano and if I try to play Mozart and do a bad job, does that mean Mozart was a bad composer? The associations are logical fallacies. Also the crusades were mostly Catholic, in certain part of the world that was recently attacked. So, its false to blame all Christians for it.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 1
    Ravi Zacharias has a good video on this subject you can find online.
  • JB MAC on 1 Thessalonians 1
    Why have you removed the word "wine skins" and replaced it with "wine bottles"? And would you please return the bible to its original form?. It is not wise to tamper with God's word. Please repent and correct it.

    Thank you.
    jb mac.
  • Adam - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 1
    Hello, why would you assume the KJV ever said 'skins'? Other translations use that word, but not KJV. KJV has always been 'bottles' and that is proven by looking at a scan of the original printing 400+ years ago which happens to be right here on this site: Link - Usually not a good idea to accuse others of things you haven't fully researched yourself then to ask people you don't know to 'repent' about it already being correct? Have you prayed to God before making these claims? Matthew 7:5


 

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