Having addressed their first misunderstanding regarding the coming of Jesus; Paul sets out in this chapter to put the second misunderstanding to rest, as well. Misunderstanding #1--"Do we have to be still living when Jesus returns to be part of it?" they wondered. "No!" said Paul. "We all--living or deceased--will be 'with Him' at His return." Clearly, Paul expected most of his readers to be still breathing when Jesus returned.
Misunderstanding #2 differs from the first. Paul lays it out and answers it here in chapter five: "When will the Lord come?"
As Paul addressed this we note three critical truths: 1) What they had learned from Paul, himself; 2) What they knew from Jesus' teachings; and, 3) What Paul argued from the prophets (with emphasis on Isaiah).
Connecting "dots" and seeing how the Big Picture comes together is both exhilarating and faith-building. That is verses 1–11. Equally soul-satisfying is to see the down-to-earth, rubber-meets-the-road applications that follow. These are in verses 13–28. Both sections demand our respect and attention.
Join me as we conclude book one of Paul's writings to Thessalonica.