“Remember how when I was with you I told you these things?” Paul
The Thessalonians had the dual benefit of supernatural gifts and the personal instruction of the Apostle. This is why it’s so important that we don’t read the Scriptures superficially when dealing with complex issues. Let’s face it, the Bible is complex. Sure, the message of life is simple enough, but God’s purposes and plans are “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.”
Most give up when things get complicated, but the hungry heart recognizes that we “shall know IF we FOLLOW ON to know the LORD.” Don’t “settle” for an explanation just because you don’t want to work hard!
The Apostle Paul jumps around in the Thessalonian letters. He references the Day of Christ and the Day of the Lord. Peter skipped over the day of Christ and the day of the Lord and went right to the Day of God when he wrote his second letter. They were able to do that because those they wrote to had inside information. Paul told the Thessalonians, “Remember how when I was with you I told you these things?”
Don’t you wish Paul had elaborated? I do. However, the details of what Paul personally taught them can be mined out of ALL of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. That’s why Paul said the man of God can only be properly equipped if he knows ALL Scripture – not just Paul’s epistles!
These facts should teach us the valuable lesson that we need to be diligent students of ALL SCRIPTURE or we will be like those who start listening to somebody’s conversation when it’s almost done. Our interpretation of a conversation that we only caught the tail end of will only be flawed.
Peter and Paul write to people who had “inside information.” We can have it too if we are willing to dispense with the notion that we only need an “overview” of the Bible. Those who have an overview have incomplete information. But when you search out all of God’s treasure you will be able to fit things together and actually be part of the conversation.
If God wanted His message to be simple He would have done things a lot different. Since He didn’t make it simple He expects us to patiently search and see. Settle that in your mind. To dispense with effort because of the excuse that “it’s too hard” is no different than the Israelites complaining in the wilderness.