Final Judgment. And third, he indicated how the Church would victoriously overcome that opposition — even amid tribulation.
The first point concerns the certainty of the farfuture Final Coming of the Lord. Paul complimented the Thessalonian Christians that their "faith keeps on growing exceedingly" and that their charity "toward each other keeps on abounding" — even in the midst of "all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure."3909 But the Apostle also hastened to explain that these Thessalonian Christians' Godgiven patience should and would make all their afflictions endurable and worthwhile — because it was certain that Jesus will one day come back to this Earth.