First Thessalonians

Paul charged, meaning he strongly encouraged, the holy brethren of the church to read this epistle. I would conclude that if he wanted the brethren to read it and for it to be read, it is of some great importance to us. The apostles’ reason is his great love for them. First Thessalonians is one of the great love letters of the Bible.

This epistle deals with doctrinal truth and the application of those truths in our lives as well as our personal work and mission. It is simple, it is warm, it is affectionate, and it is practical in application. The one thing that usually stands out in our reading or in preaching from this book is the rapture of the church or the soon coming of the Lord. There is some reference to the soon coming of the Lord in each of the five chapters.

All of these things being of great importance and informative for our spiritual growth I cannot get away from why the apostle would want it read to all of the holy brethren. In the course of his writing he defends the work of the church, the ministry of the church, the message of the church and even his absence from the church. He encourages Christian conduct, he warns of the soon coming of the Lord, and he writes of the Christians duty, personal and collective. He deals with worship and the worship service; that it is a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving as well as a time of drawing close to the Lord and the brethren.

Paul wanted this epistle read and wanted to be sure that it was because he had seen that they had received the Word of God not as the word of man and that it was truth and would effectually work in the hearts and lives of them all. (2:13)

O’ that men today would receive and believe the Word of God as the Word of God and not of men and be blessed and enjoy all of the good things that God has for His children. O’ that God would help us to get past this vale of flesh and get into His presence because we have believed and received His word in our hearts.