Dr. Ryrie's admiration for those letters and for the beneficial teaching and encouragement they provide is clear. Paul's letters to the Thessalonians were those of a pastor who was basically satisfied, even thrilled, with the progress of his flock. Despite Paul's favor, he wanted to clear up some misconceptions the young church had about the Second Coming of Christ. In these two letters, he corrects confusion about when Christ would come back, and more important, he bolsters the hearts of his persecuted flock with the glorious hope of Christ's resurrection, his return and eternal life.
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