Chapter Five, Lesson One
GOD'S GIFT OF SOBRIETY Page
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
** 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,
** 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.
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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