I collect Bible commentaries that are around 100 years old. Each Friday this month I will share an excerpt from one of these books. Today’s excerpt is from G.G. Findlay, from his commentary The Epistles to the Thessalonians published in 1891.
So we come to that which was the most conspicuous and impressive topic of the Thessalonian gospel, so far as we can gather it from the echoes audible in the Epistles, the coming of the Lord Jesus in His heavenly kingdom. These letters compel us to remember, what we are apt to forget, that the second advent of Christ is an important part of the Christian gospel, the good tidings that God has sent to the world concerning His son. In 1 Thessalonians 1:9-19, the religion of Thessalonian believers is summed up in these two things: “serving a God living and true, and waiting for His Son from the heavens.” It was in the light of Christ’s second coming that they had learned to look for that “kingdom and glory of God” to which they were “called” and “for which” they were now “suffering.” (p. 18-19)