By studying 1 and 2 Thessalonians, we get to read some of Paul’s first scriptural statements about the glories of Christ. We also notice Paul’s great compassion and love toward this young Thessalonian church, which may have been only six months old when Paul is writing First Thessalonians. Despite being young, she is doing generally well. Although it is true that there are some difficulties; most of these are caused by those outside the church, but some are caused by those inside the church. All of these aspects have direct and indirect meaning for us today in the twenty-first century. Of course, all books in the Bible and all parts of all biblical books are important and are worthy of our study because ultimately the Triune God wrote them for the original readers and for us.
Harry L. Reeder, III
If you are interested in the stability of a gospel-driven and Christ-centered life, the Second Coming, how to bear up under persecution, how to grow in the midst of adversity, and how to engage in everyday life to make an impact for Christ, then this commentary will be invaluable in your library. Dr. Robert Cara is obviously well known as a professor and teacher. Those gifts have been successfully transferred to the written page to benefit any and all students of the Word as well as preachers and teachers. He is not only faithful and clear to the inspired text but is helpful and insightful in how to communicate the marvelous panoply of Biblical truth found in this captivating portion of Holy Scripture. Obtain it, read it and keep it because you will want to use it again!
Pastor of Preaching and Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church
Guy Prentiss Waters
Dr. Cara has produced an outstanding commentary on the two Thessalonian letters. While capably and pastorally explaining these letters’ teaching on the Return of Christ, Dr. Cara skillfully points us to the other treasures that God has given us in 1–2 Thessalonians. Whether you are preparing to teach these letters or are looking to grow in your personal understanding of Scripture, this volume needs to be on your desk.
Associate Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary