The Apostle Paul and the Book of I Thessalonians

Ms. Ann By Ms. Ann, 19th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Apostle Paul wrote many of the Epistles. I Thessalonians is the only one that mentions the word "caught up," which we call 'The Rapture.' Paul speaks to many issues in this book concerning what happens to our loved ones when they die. He also address other issues that concerned the Gentile believers.

The Apostle Paul and the Book of I Thessalonians


Apostle Paul wrote many of the Epistles of the New Testament, First Thessalonians is just one of them. The Book of First Thessalonians has five chapters. We see in the fourth chapter of this book the phrase “caught up,” which refers to the rapture of the Church, although you will not find the word “rapture” used in The Bible. In the opening section of this epistle he gives a greeting and thanksgiving.

He talks about his personal ministry and he talks about practical problems of Christians. He teaches the believers how to live to please God. Paul began his evangelistic journey in the local synagogue and he converted many Gentiles, as well as Jews.

Paul encouraged this group of Gentile believers on specific issues of holiness such as sexual conduct and brotherly love. Paul even spoke to them about idleness of some Christians who refused to work. The church members also had some concerns about the fate of those who had died before the coming of Jesus. It is not clear what their specific concern happened to be. In I Thessalonians 4:16b seems to indicate that the church worried that deceased believers would either miss or be at a disadvantage when Christ returned compared to those who were alive at his coming.

It is in I Thessalonians 4:17 where there is an explicit reference of the sudden removal of believers from earth to be with God in the second coming.

I Thessalonians. 4:17 which reads:

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The word “rapture” is taken from an obsolete French word, which means “abduction or “to carry off.” It is a Latin translation of the Greek verb harpazo.

It is important to note the doctrine of the rapture was meant to enable believers undergoing persecution to fix their attention on the ultimate goal in Jesus Christ. It was not to give them a false escapism mentality.

The picture that Paul presents is of the church which consists of both deceased (but now resurrected) and living Christians; these Christians are meeting the descending Jesus Christ in the air. Hope is rooted in the knowledge that loved ones who have expired will not be disadvantaged but will be fully engaged with the living believers in the triumphant return of Jesus Christ.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
19th Jul 2012 (#)

I love Thessalonians and I so look forward to the Rapture!! Thank you for making my day, Ann!! Your encouraging words and Christian articles bring us all such joy!!

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author avatar Ms. Ann
20th Jul 2012 (#)

JudyEllen, you are very kind. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and I am glad you found the article encouraging. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
20th Jul 2012 (#)

JudyEllen, you are very kind. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and I am glad you found the article encouraging. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Ms Ann. Interesting to know what happens after one is truly done here. I can safely surmise that good deeds will always be rewarded and true justice dispensed with at some point in time. That is the Creator's job! He will not leave us in the lurch - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
16th Oct 2012 (#)

St. Paul reveals great truth in this letter. Thank you dear Ann.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
16th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you Vpaulose, the letters of Paul are great indeed.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Feb 2013 (#)

I so long for the Rapture Ann. I know there are those who say that word is not in the Bible , but neither is the word Bus or Taxi ....but we believe them .Blessed are those who believe yet have not seen .The only thing we really have to be concerned about is .Are we ready ?
God bless you . ( I have posted an Easter poem ,and would appreciate your comments )
Stella

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