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The Dead in Christ - by Michael Phillips
Study in Thessalonians - Part 7 of 13
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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Sep 19, 2004 am - The Thessalonians were fascinated by the Second Coming of Christ. Paul preached the doctrine when he was with them and they accepted it from the heart. For some time, the Lord's Return was a cause for celebration-and you understand why. The Christians were a small and hated minority. Their families were excluding them, the Jews were vilifying them, and the Romans were persecuting them. But though the pressure on them was building every day, they could stand up under it because the Lord was coming again. He'd surely come back in the next couple or three years, and probably far sooner than that. But He didn't. Several years had passed and the Lord had not come again. The Thessalonians did not take this to mean He was never coming again. They believed in the Lord's Return, as firmly as ever. But the passing of time had them worried sick because some of their loved ones had died. They feared the dead in Christ would miss the Second Coming and lose all the blessings that go with it. Their fears are groundless, of course, but Paul takes them seriously and does what he can to relieve them. Remember: the stupidest fear is a real fear to the one who has it. The man who takes every cough ... More >>>

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