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THE EPISTLE OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 1 (1 of 11)
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church
of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and
[in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and
peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(AD 49-51. Probably the earliest epistles of Paul)
Paul first arrived at Thessalonica along with Silas
during his first missionary journey (Acts 17). The
city itself was a large and very important seaport
town. It was one of the most important cities in the
Roman province of Macedonia. Primarily, the population
was largely Greek with a large Jewish colony in the
city. The church consisted of a few Jewish converts
and a larger number of former pagans. Desiring not to
handicap the young church financially, Paul worked at
his own job as a tentmaker, and at some sacrifice to
himself, he twice receiving aid from the ever faithful
Philippians (Philippians 4:16).
For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto
Paul’s stay in Thessalonica was cut short, however,
when the Jews gathered some local troublemakers and
accused him before the city fathers of "turning the
world upside down" by favoring Jesus as king instead
of Caesar. This accusation was no small matter; it was
a matter of treason, which in the Roman Empire was
punishable by death. Not surprisingly, an uproar broke
out; and Paul was escorted out of town, leaving
Timothy to patch up the work.
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy,
took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort,
and gathered a company, and set all the city on an
uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought
to bring them out to the people. 6 And when they found
them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto
the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned
the world upside down are come hither also;
7 Whom Jason hath rec ...
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