Presence of the Future
Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians from Corinth near the end of his second missionary journey. Paul and his companions had established the church in Thessalonica, the capital of Macedonia, but were forced to leave by opponents of the gospel. Later, Paul sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to check on the church there, and Timothy’s report led Paul to write this letter. In the first chapter Paul encourages the Thessalonians for their faithfulness as Jesus’ disciples. Through the encouragements we see the marks of a true disciple.