Soon after they accepted Christ and organized as a church,
they began to experience pressure. Opposition came from
the Roman Empire, the Jews and the heathen fraternities in
their vicinity. They suffered intense persecution from these
groups; however, because the Thessalonians were properly
indoctrinated, they stabilized and received blessing in their
suffering. While it is true that the Christian life is a life of
fantastic privileges and blessings, the Lord warned us that
sooner or later we would face pressures from the world.
He who has health, has HOPE. And he who has HOPE has everything.