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2:19 crown of rejoicing. The “crown of rejoicing” is probably one of the rewards in view at the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10; I Corinthians 3:14). Others include the “incorruptible crown” (I Corinthians 9:25), the “crown of righteousness” (II Timothy 4:8), the “crown of life” (James 1:12) and the “crown of glory” (I Peter 5:4).

2:19 presence of our Lord. Since the Thessalonian believers had come to Christ as a result of Paul’s ministry there, their presence in the Christian host when Christ returns would of itself be a great reward to Paul—his crown of rejoicing. The same, no doubt, will apply for all who will have the joy of seeing those whom they have had a part in leading to Christ there in His presence when He comes again.

2:19 his coming. It is interesting that each of the five chapters of I Thessalonians refers to the return of Christ at the end of the chapter (1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:14-17; 5:23).

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