1 Thessalonians 1:1 (ESV)
1 Paul, Silvanus,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
I am taking this time to hear what Martin Luther has to say about 1 Thessalonians.
St. Paul writes out of especial love and apostolic solicitude. For in the first two chapters he praises them because
they received the gospel from him with such earnestness that they remained steadfast in it despite suffering and persecution, and became a beautiful example of faith to all congregations everywhere, and suffered persecution from their own kinsfolk like Christ
and his apostles did from the Jews—as St. Paul by way of example had himself also suffered and led a holy life when he was with them. For this he thanks God, that his gospel had borne such fruit among them.
chapter 3 he shows his care and solicitude that this labor of his and their praiseworthy beginning not be brought to nothing by the devil and his apostles through the doctrines of men. For this reason he sent Timothy to them beforehand to make sure about this.
And he thanks God that things were still right among them and hopes that they continue to increase.
In chapter 4 he exhorts them to guard against sin and to do good to one another. He also answers a question which
they had presented to him through Timothy concerning the resurrection of the dead, whether all would rise at once, or whether some after others.
In chapter 5 he writes of the Last Day, how it shall come suddenly and
quickly. He gives them some good directions for governing other people and tells them what attitude they are to take toward the lives and teachings of others. (AE 35:386–87)
I pray: O Lord, I look
forward to reading your Word and getting a better picture of what the Last Day will be like. Help me to stay focused and to hunger for your Word. Amen.