Darkness and Light
1 and 2 Thessalonians
These two letters probably shouldn’t have been written. Much of the information in them was given because Paul was kicked out of Thessalonica prematurely, and, thus, was not able to tell the church these things in person. Here, we find (in addition to Paul’s apology regarding his prolonged absence from the city) instructions about how the believer can live in a way that is pleasing to God. These instructions apply to all believers—but they often go undone. We also find, in detail seen nowhere else, explanations regarding the coming of the Lord. The Thessalonian letters leave the reader with great longing for the coming of Jesus. They also leave the reader with a good idea of those things that ought to be done until his coming. In other words, these letters apply to today. They also apply to That Day.