Category Archives : Thessalonians (Rayburn)


The Apostle Paul

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Apostle Paul” 2 Thess. 3:16-18 Nov. 26, 1995 There are some men, says James Stalker, in his valuable little work on the Apostle Paul, whose lives it is impossible to study without receiving the impression that they were expressly sent into the world to do a work required […]


The Lord of Peace

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Lord of Peace” 2 Thess. 3:16-18 Nov. 19, 1995 It is customary for Paul to conclude his letters with a benediction, extending to his readers the grace of God. And it is not unusual for him to add some expression of prayerful hope for their peace. He does […]


The Grand Sez Who

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Grand Sez Who” 2 Thess. 3:1-18 Nov. 12, 1995 Text Comment v. 6 This idleness, which Paul will describe more completely in vv. 11-12, was apparently related to their confusion regarding the second coming. Thinking it to be soon, they had come to regard the daily round of […]


Already or Not Yet

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Already or Not Yet” 2 Thess. 2:1-12 Oct 29, 1995 What we have before us in these twelve verses is what is often called the “little apocalypse” of the Apostle Paul. “Apocalypse,” as you may know, is the Greek name of the Book of Revelation and has to do […]


The Brotherhood

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Brotherhood” 1 Thess. 5:23-28 October 8, 1995 Text Comments v. 23 “spirit, soul, and body” should be taken rhetorically — “i.e. the whole entire person in every aspect of life” rather than as a description of man in tripartite form (“trichotomy”). As with “love the Lord…with all your […]


Coram Deo

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Coram Deo” 1 Thess. 5:16-18 Sept. 24, 1995 There are two ways to take these verses and you find each of them supported by commentators. John Stott, for example, supposes that these short, rapid-fire statements have all to do with worship, indeed the public worship services of the church. […]


A Telling Test

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “A Telling Test” 1 Thess. 5:12-15 Sept. 10, 1995 Text Comments v. 12 “respect” so the NIV translates the word which literally means “know.” Perhaps another translation might be “acknowledge those who work hard”. The idea is that of appreciating their worth and behaving accordingly. “admonish” from noutheteo (nouthetic […]