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

  • Rosemary Gumede
    This book challenges me as a believer. It speaks to me about the importance of believing and being steadfast in Christ, in His Word and in deed. I love this book. So far here, I have just read the 1st chapter online and will continue to read. It is making me reflect on my own Christian walk. Back to reading studying.
  • Ann
    Rosemary Gumede, bless you for reading God's word, you are really not reading the bible, but actually the bible is reading you. I have heard pastors say this, and it is true. Please go to You tube and type in pastor Reg Kelly Table In The Wilderness and find his message Face In The Book , he gives a plan on how to read through the KJV Bible. It is a very good plan that he outlines here.
  • Matthew 10:28
    And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
  • JP
    David, Please read Matthew chapter 13 and Luke chapter 16 there are a few a verses about hell.
  • Bruce
    Hell is a Place of Torment/ Sometimes It's Used For a Grave
  • David
    What is hell
  • Ivy johnson
    People are mixed up: Saints meet Jesus in the Air: His second Coming: Two different events. After saints meet Our Lord in the Air, go straight to Heaven to receive our Crowns, etc.Will be in Heaven for Seven Years, that time the anti-Christ will be revealed. Tribulation of Revelation will start. After seven years the Saints and Our Lord will return(second coming).To fight Satan and his armies.
  • Lenear
    In the third chapter, a question is asked where were they when they wrote the letter. They gave an incorrect answer of Corinth. The correct answer should be Athens. It also states Athens at the end of chapter 5.
  • Vanessa
    This was a letter Paul wrote to the church, speaking how pleased God was that they turned from idols and excepted Jesus as their Lord and saviour,as we all should be thankful and grateful for the love of the living God, there is knowone greater then he, praise him in prayer, speak of him often, if you don't have the wisdom you feel of his word ask him, live in faith, trust in him,except the Lord
  • Mary Brown
    this chapter address the three person, this I read, but didn't Paul wrote the book of Thessalonian.


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Bible Trivia

Who wrote the first letter to Thessalonians?
  • Timothy
  • John
  • Mark
  • Paul, Silvanus and Timothy.