Dating 1 thessalonians
Date of Writing: The Book of 2 Thessalonians was likely written in AD 51-52.
1 Thessalonians has no quotes from the Old Testament, and the letter (and Acts 17:1-9) gives us good reason to think that the audience has only had basic instruction in Christian belief because Paul was forced to leave the city prematurely (e.g., ).They thought it had come already so they stopped with their work. Paul wrote to clear up misconceptions and to comfort them.Key Verses: 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.One of our bedrock governing principles in biblical dating — and in how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ generally — is not to "defraud" our single brothers and sisters by implying a greater level of commitment between us and them than actually exists (see 1 Thessalonians 4:6).I discuss this principle more fully in "Principles for Drawing Boundaries" and "What Does a Biblical Relationship Look Like?To communicate thanksgiving, exhortation, and instruction to new believers in the midst of persecution.
The intended result, then, is that the saints at Thessalonica (and in the ages to come) might (1) excel still more (1 Thess 4:1, 10) and (2) be blameless at Christ’s coming (; ).
The return of Jesus Christ should spiritually affect our individual lives and churches.
Every chapter in 1 Thessalonians ends with reference to the return of Jesus Christ, and each reference relates the doctrine to a practical aspect of Christian living.
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"Grace and peace" would become Paul's standard greeting, combining as it seems something like the Greek for greetings (1:2-3 We give thanks to God always concerning you all as we make mention in our prayers, constantly remembering your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ before our God and Father, This is the thanksgiving section of the letter, also a standard feature of an ancient letter, although Paul develops it far more than most letters did.