Christ-centered commentaries. This little work on the two
epistles to the Thessalonians is no exception.
In connection with First and Second Thessalonians the author
has written that, “In the different epistles, God has made rich
provision of spiritual food suitable for every stage of Christian
growth. The Thessalonian Epistles were written to the young
in the faith. Thus we do not fi nd unfolding of the counsels of
God, or of the Mystery of the Church, as in the Ephesians and
Colossians.” In both epistles, the apostle rather, focuses on
the subject of the Lord’s coming.
In the First Epistle the subjects of faith, love, and hope are
brought before us. The apostle comforts these new believers
in revealing the truth of the coming of the Lord for His saints.
In the Second Epistle Paul exposes the error that the “Day
of the Lord ” had already arrived and foretells the apostasy of
Christendom and the manifestation of the man of sin.
Both epistles close with practical exhortations connected
with the walk of the believers as they wait for the coming of
We highly recommend this commentary for both new and older believers alike.
We cannot be surprised that it should contain such solid foundation-truth, when we bear in mind that it was written to the assembly in the then Metropolis of the whole world.
It is important, and really helpful, in reading any of the precious epistles or books of holy scripture, to observe the character and design of each book, and also the order and divisions in the same. The object the Spirit had in this epistle, then, was evidently to reveal the relationship of God to man, and man to God — the way God could be righteous in justifying man. Thus it is the foundation of all truth.
The careful reader will at once see the three divisions of the epistle. Romans 1 to 8 reveal God, the Justifier; the gospel of God to Jews and Gentiles alike — the same grace to each. Romans 9 to 11 show that God has not forgotten His promises to Israel, but that, at the appointed time, all shall be fulfilled to them as a nation. Romans 12 to the end contain the preceptive part.
There is, however, a subdivision in the first eight chapters of great importance. Up to Romans 5:11it is the question of justification from sins; then, on to the end of Romans 8, it is more the question of justification and deliverance from sin.
Originally written for the Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary series, this work has been substantially expanded and adapted for the NICNT series; it now treats the entire book of Romans rather than the first half. Based on the English text but bringing into the discussion the underlying Greek at every point, this commentary focuses both on theological meaning and on contemporary significance. Moo makes a contribution to the continuing debate regarding Paul's teaching on such issues as Jewish law and the relationship between the Jews and Gentiles in the people of God. He also critically interacts with "the new perspective on Paul," highlights Romans's emphasis on "practical divinity," and traces the theme of gospel throughout the epistle.