THE BOOK OF 2 THESSALONIANS
Chapter 1:1-2, Salutation

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J. Deering, AncientPath.net

 


2 THESSALONIANS, Chapter 1:1-2


 

Salutation, 1:1-2

1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

        To

                the church of the Thessalonians

        in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

2 Grace to you and peace

        from

                God the Father and

                the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul and his apostolic companions have been gone from Thessalonica for only a month or so. We know from our introduction that a false letter "from Paul" has been read at the church and that Paul is now writing a letter of correction concerning the false teaching contained in that letter. We might expect for Paul to begin with a qualifying statement - making sure everyone knew that this letter was authentic, however he is restrained by his love for the believers in this church and writes his well known salutation of Grace and Peace.

 

Knowing that this letter was written at a time of intense persecution toward the Thessalonian church it is befitting that Paul emphasizes the grace and peace of God. During this epistle we will see that this kind of persecution is normal for a church that is being effective in the community and members of the local assembly need to be constantly bathed in the Grace and Peace of God.

 

We should also note that Paul always makes it abundantly clear that this Grace and Peace of God comes from God the Father and the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God. Never is there any misunderstanding about just who Jesus is. Paul's wording of this sentence should point out to you the co-existence and co-equality of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Questions Based upon These Verses:

After studying the above notes and commentary you should be able to answer these questions.

 

Salutation, 1:1-2

1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

        To

                the church of the Thessalonians

        in God

                our Father and

                the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

2 Grace to you and peace

        from

                God

                        the Father and

                        the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Verse 1:

1.     Who wrote this letter?

2.     Who was Paul?

3.     Who was Silvanus?

4.     Who was Timothy?

5.     What "office" did they hold?

6.     Where did they write the letter from?

7.     Who did they write to?

8.     Where was that church?

9.     What is a church?

10.    Who was "in God our Fatherů."?

11.    Why use the phrase "Our Father"?

12.    Why is "the Lord Jesus Christ" added to this phrase?

13.    What is Paul saying in this phrase, "in God - The Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ"?

 

Verse 2:

14.    How would you define grace based on this verse?

15.    How would you define peace based on this verse?

16.    Why grace and peace?

17.    Who are the recipients of this grace and peace?

18.    Who is sending this grace and peace?

19.    Where does this grace and peace come from?

20.    Speaking of God, what is different in verse two from verse one?

21.    Does this difference have any specific meaning?

22.    Look at these same verses on PAGE 9 of our Bible Study and comment on the difference of the wording.

 


2013-02-02