RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
Faithfulness to the Lord
1 THESSALONIANS 1:1
1Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
1: 1 Paul and his companions probably arrived in Thessalonica in the early summer of AD 51. They planted the first Christian church in that city, but they had to leave in a hurry because their lives were threatened (Acts 17: 1-10). At the first opportunity, probably when he stopped at Corinth, Paul sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to see how the new believers were doing. Timothy returned to Paul with good news: The Christians in Thessalonica were remaining firm in the faith and were unified. But the Thessalonians did have some questions about their new faith. Paul had not had time to answer all their questions during his brief visit, and in the meantime, other questions had arisen. So Paul wrote this letter to answer their questions and to commend them on their faithfulness to Christ.
1: 1 Silas accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey and helped Paul establish the church in Thessalonica.
1: 1 Thessalonica was the capital and largest city of the Roman province of Macedonia (with a population of about 200,000). The most important Roman highway, the Egnatian Way— extending from the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea all the way to modern-day Istanbul— went through Thessalonica. This highway, along with the city’s thriving seaport, made Thessalonica one of the wealthiest and most flourishing trade centers in the Roman Empire. Recognized as a free city, Thessalonica was allowed self-rule and was exempted from most of the restrictions placed by Rome on other cities in the empire. With its international flavor, however, came many pagan religions and cultural influences that challenged the faith of the young Christians there.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.
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