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1Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Lesson One

GOD'S GIFT OF SOBRIETY            Page 2
V. 1 (cont'd.)

** Let's begin with a close look at Paul's opening words here in chapter five. "Now as to..." - what do you suppose this prepositional phrase is indicating?

He is introducing a change in subject. "Peri de" is used by Paul eight times in his writing and each time it indicated a change of subject matter.
cf. 1Corinthians 7:1, 7:25, 8:1, 12:1 16:1 & 12, 1Thessalonians 4:9

** Look at verse two in our passage for today, what would be the new topic he is about to discuss?

"...the day of the Lord..."

** Why would Paul say here in verse one that they "have no need of anything to be written to [them]"?

Because he had already taught them in person. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:13, 2Thessalonians 2:5

** What is significant about Paul using the terms "times and epochs"?

Those are the exact terms used by Christ Himself as he was leaving His disciples at the ascension. That is why Paul had instructed them.cf. Acts 1:7-9

V. 2 ** According to Paul, what did the Thessalonians fully know about the day of the Lord?

They knew that no one knows when it will take place because it will come upon man "like a thief in the night"!

** What is the day of the Lord?

Frequently, Scripture uses this phrase referring to a broad period of time containing the wrathful judgement of God against sin.
cf. 2Peter 3:10, Amos 5:18-20 and Zephaniah 1:14-18

The problem with some of those in Thessalonica is that with the difficult trials they were going through, they thought that the Tribulation had begun. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:14

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