The city of Thessalonica was established some 300 years BC, and became an important Port city on the Aegean Sea, in the Byzantine empire. The city still thrives and is now in modern day Greece, and is called Thessoloniki. St. Paul established the church there, while spending about three months working to build it up. There were both Jews and Gentiles in the city, and many were converted by Paul’s teaching. He evidently wrote this letter second letter to the Thessalonians while in Corinth, in response to the good report on the church he received from Timothy, whom he sent to check on them.
The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful– for he cannot deny himself. From the second letter to St. Timothy. Continuing in the second letter to St. Timothy, we read St. Paul exhorting St. Timothy to keep the faith, and in so doing, to suffer for it. “Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” Paul says. He has certainly suffered plenty for the Gospel, and while writing this letter, Paul is imprisoned in Rome for the last time. It is no small command. Paul’s parables of the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer, teach that the life of faith demands fidelity, has rules for conduct, and has an eternal reward.
“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” from the second letter to St. 2 Timothy 1:(1-5)6-14 This is probably the last letter written by St. Paul, during the time of his second imprisonment in rome, perhaps from 66 to 68 AD. He knew that he would escape punishment this time. He probably knew he was near death.