“2 Thessalonians 2:13-17”
Categories: 2 Thessalonians
“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.”
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“God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation” (verse 13). Why has God chosen those whom He has chosen? Because of the good hearts that they have. Because He knew before the beginning (foreknew) who would be humble and holy enough to have “faith in the truth” and “stand firm and hold to the traditions” (verse 15) that have been revealed by the perfect revelation of the mind of God in the Bible.
Yahweh God, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4), has “called” us all through the gospel (verse 14). The precious souls who humbly and obediently respond to this gospel call in faith, these are the chosen ones. These are the “choice” ones. These are the saved ones who allow themselves to be transformed “through the sanctification of the Spirit,” and become chosen vessels of honor to be used in devoted service to the Holy Creator.
Those of us who respond favorably to the Father’s calling of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ by the Spirit-inspired word, should take great “comfort” in knowing that God will “strengthen” our “hearts in every good work and word” (verse 17). As long we take His word to heart and do all the good works of faith that He commands and empowers us to do, we will “gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 14).
I can’t imagine an exhortation and promise that could be more encouraging than this during our times of trials and struggles. Have faith in the truth. Live a sanctified life. Stand firm in the written word. God will comfort you. God will strengthen you. God will give you the glory of His Son Jesus Christ. Friends, this alone makes life worth living, and this is all that we should be living for!
Please read 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 for tomorrow.
Praying you all Have a blessed and wonderful day!
- Louie Taylor