In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The book of First Thessalonians is the eighth of Paul’s thirteen letters referred to as the Pauline epistles. Paul wrote this epistle to the Thessalonians in AD 51 while in Corinth after receiving good reports from his friend Timothy regarding the strong faith exemplified by them. Paul had previously founded the church of Thessalonica during his second missionary journey. Thessalonica, which is present day Salonika (or Thessaloniki), Greece, was the capital city in the Roman province of Macedonia.

Paul wrote his letter to the Thessalonians to emphasize the return of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and to strengthen their commitment to Christ. He wanted them to keep walking in righteousness, always watching for Christ’s return with soberness by wearing the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of salvation. Paul reassured the Thessalonians that when Christ returns to earth, the dead in Christ will be resurrected first. Then, those who are alive on earth will be caught up together with them to meet Christ in the clouds. These events will happen instantaneously with a great shout from Christ.

Paul continued with his exhortations by describing the Day of the Lord and the state of readiness that believers should prepare for themselves. Christ will return as a thief in the night. Believers who are sober as sons of light will not be overtaken by the wrath of God that comes upon the unbelievers. God has appointed us to obtain salvation through the Christ. We are to abstain from every form of evil. Paul gives us instructions for holy living. They include praying, rejoicing, giving thanks, not grieving the Holy Spirit, not despising prophecies and holding on to what is good.

First Thessalonians 1-3: Paul commends the Thessalonians; his reflections on founding the church

First Thessalonians 4-5: Resurrection of believers; Day of the Lord (Christ’s return); holy living