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 […]

The Second Coming

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Second Coming” 1 Thess. 4:13-18 August 20, 1995 Text Comment v. 13 “fall asleep” we today use euphemisms for death just as that ancient culture did. We say that someone “passed away” or “departed this life.” The metaphor of sleep for death serves several purposes explaining why it […]

The Particulars of Holiness

Unfortunately, no audio is available for this item. Download Text “The Particulars of Holiness” 1 Thess. 4:1-12 August 13, 1995 Text Comment v. 4a The great translation problem in First Thessalonians. The phrase has been taken to mean, both by some early patristic commentators and by many modern commentators, “each of you should acquire a […]


Unfortunately, no audio is available for this item. Download Text “Sanctification” 1 Thess. 4:1-3a August 6, 1995 We have been away from 1 Thessalonians for these past four weeks and so let me remind you where we are in the letter. Chapters 1-3 are really complete in themselves and Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian Christians […]

The Adversary

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Adversary” 1 Thess. 2:17-3:5 June 25, 1995 Text Comments The previous paragraph beginning at v. 13 was a digression, an interruption in the flow of the Apostle’s argument. Verse 17 resumes the flow of his main thought and could easily follow v. 12. In vv. 17-20 he speaks […]

The Wrath of God

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Wrath of God” 1 Thess. 2:13-16 June 18, 1995 Text Comments v. 16 “of God” in only the poorest manuscripts. It is, of course, God’s wrath that Paul is speaking of, so some scribe made it explicit. In some ways, it is still more impressive as Paul wrote […]


Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Preaching” 1 Thess. 2:13-16 June 11, 1995 Text Comments v. 14 “churches in Judea” perhaps mentioned because Silas had been a prominent member of that Judean church (Acts 15:22) v. 16 The last two verses are often referred to as Paul’s “anti-Jewish polemic” and as contributing to the sorry […]

Authentic Christianity

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Authentic Christianity” 1 Thess. 1:1-10 May 28, 1995 Gordon Clark, the late Christian philosopher, tells of a conversation he had once with a young woman. She attended a church that he knew nothing about and so had asked her to describe it to him. “Well,” she said, “first of […]

Loved by God

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Loved by God” 1 Thess. 1:1-10 May 21, 1995 In every letter to a church except that to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul’s first words are of thanks and praise to God for what God’s grace has wrought in the church to which Paul is writing. It is a […]