What Speaks to Me Today
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Each time I read 2 Thessalonians I learn something new and gain deeper clarity concerning the Lord’s will for us. The letter of 2 Thessalonians reveals many promises of God that seem to have two-fold purposes. First, they tell us what God has in store for believers and non-believers. Second, God’s promises to instill hope in His children by giving them something to look forward to and wait for. Waiting on Jesus is a life-long work for every person who believes Jesus is coming back. Knowing that He is coming back should provoke us to love each other, encourage everybody, be patient, kind and tolerant of those who may not live their lives as we do. Let us work on being more like Jesus, and those He charged to teach us in His place until He returns with the final first fruits of the earth.
Paul, Silas, and Timothy were appreciative of the opportunity God gave them to teach, spread, and bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus as Lord opened doors that I never knew existed, doors leading to eternal life. The joy I have as a result cannot be adequately explained or described, it is just too phenomenal. Believers are chosen. I am a believer, a faithful follower, devoted servant, and intentional Christian. I am appreciative of the opportunity that He has given me as well. The disciples also understood that the people had been already chosen by God for restoration. Paul knows the journey will not be easy but is possible. Believers need only stand firm and hold fast to the biblical knowledge that he, Silas and Timothy impart. Furthermore, Paul encouraged God’s people to persevere while maintaining unshakeable faith. Perseverance translates to reaping what comes along both good and bad while believing bad things will get better. Having faith means “trusting in something you cannot prove.”
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
In Paul’s, Silas and Timothy’s letter of 2 Thessalonians, several promises made by God unveil. Basically, in 2 Thessalonians, Paul reveals a list of rewards God promises to all Christians who weather the storm. The Father promises a reward to those who suffer in His name. The storm symbolizes “persecution.” The promise of reward includes annihilation of persecutors. Paul also tells God people that he and others boast about the congregations of God and their endurance and trust amid all they are going through. In short, Paul assured the congregation that their suffering will not go unnoticed, and would make just, the judgment of God, as well as consider every sufferer worthy of the Kingdom of God. Another promise, “those afflicting God’s people would endure affliction as payback.”
Every Christian would be wise to search the scriptures as well as the heart while there is still time….