A powerful verse-by-verse commentary on the Apostle Paul's letters to the Thessalonians
From the author's introduction: "Every once in a while a new book will appear on the market with a title something like this: How I've Changed My Mind. The various chapters then detail the ways in which the author's thinking has changed (often about important doctrines) throughout his lifetime. The apostle Paul would never have written such a book. Here's why we can be certain of that.
Although among the earliest of Paul's letters (only Galatians is earlier), 1 and 2 Thessalonians in no way exhibit undeveloped or immature thinking. Paul had been a Christian for seventeen or eighteen years by the time he wrote 1 Thessalonians. Furthermore, he had been a missionary for seven or eight years and had written Galatians, a letter filled with meaty and important doctrines. His theology was fully developed in his mind and tested in his ministry before he wrote these letters to the Thessalonians.
These epistles are like finely cut gems. They reflect the depths of theological thought, especially in the area of future things. They mirror the pattern of teaching that the apostle used with new Gentile converts. From every part shine forth the character and conduct of Paul's missionary heart, and they sparkle with the brilliance of the captivating power of the Gospel of the grace of Christ. They are a joy to read and a delight to study."