(Rom 6:1-6) God's Grace is greater than all sin; We are dead to sin but alive to God. Believers should walk in newness of life - the resurrection life of Christ. The grandest theme of scripture is the Grace of God. (1Co 15:22) Two spheres of life (Col 1:13). (1Co 12:13) Baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 7:6) Living in the power of the Spirit; not the law. (1Th 1:1-5) Evidence of election - How do we know someone is chosen by God? God chose Christ to die for us; when we choose Christ as our Saviour; we become elect; sacrificial love; courage of hope. (1Th 1:6-8) Evidence of edification. (1Th 1:9-10) Evidence of expectation (Christ is coming soon).
The Thessalonians were persecuted for their faith. Paul's first letter to them provides comfort, reminding them of the details of Christ's return for His Church ("The Blessed Hope") and providing practical spiritual lessons for living.