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Christ in the Bible - Thessalonians - A. B. Simpson

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Christ In The Bible Thessalonians by A. B. Simpson
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Thessalonians - Table of Contents
Christ In The BibleThessalonians
by A. B. Simpson
Table of Contents
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Thessalonians - Title Page
Christ In The BibleThessalonians
byA. B. Simpson
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Thessalonians - Chapter 1
Christ In The BibleThessalonians
by A. B. Simpson
Chapter 1
"Unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thes. 5: 23.)The New Testament epistles have, as a rule, some specific quality or characteristic by whichthey are known. Romans is the epistle of gospel truth; Corinthians of the Church; Galatians ofgrace; Ephesians of the highest Christian life; Philippians of the sweetest Christian life;Colossians of the Christ life, etc. The letters to the Thessalonians are the advent epistles. Theone theme that runs throughout the two letters like a sort of golden thread and appears in everychapter in connection with some important and practical doctrine, is the blessed hope of theLord's coming. So prominently did this subject occupy the preaching of Paul during his visit toThessalonica, that when his enemies brought charges against him before the rulers of the city,they made this the point of their accusation, that "these that have turned the world upside downhave come hither also; . . . and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there isanother King, one Jesus." It is evident from this that the general impression received from hispreaching in Thessalonica was that the Christ to whom he bore witness was a real King, andwas coming again to establish a kingdom on the earth. Otherwise there would have been nopossible ground for jealousy on the part of Caesar's friends. Indeed, we know from the veryfirst chapter of his epistle that he began with this theme in his first messages to theunconverted, and it was this that awakened their consciences while still heathen, and led themto turn "to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven."The fact that the letters to the Thessalonians were Paul's earliest epistles, and that this subjectoccupies so prominent a place in them, makes it very plain that the doctrine of the Lord'scoming is not an advanced truth that can only be understood by deeply spiritual Christians. It isone of the primary doctrines of the Gospel, and is part of the very essence of the Gospel of theKingdom.I. THIS DOCTRINE IS PRESENTED AS A MEANS OF CONVICTION AND A MOTIVE TOCONVERSION"You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son fromheaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath tocome."(1 Thes. 1: 9, 10.). It is evident from this passage that it was the truth of the Lord'scoming that led the Thessalonians to turn from heathen idols to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is,therefore, a most appropriate message to preach to the unsaved and to proclaim to theheathen. It was a similar message carried by Jonah to the people of Nineveh that brought them
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