“2 Thessalonians 3:16-18”
Categories: 2 Thessalonians
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”
---End of Scripture Verses---
“Peace in every circumstance” (verse 16). Friends this is only available and promised to the faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. You may have a calm disposition and a peaceful demeanor, but unless you give your life to the Lord and obey Him at His word, life’s ups and downs will make a complete mess of you, and your soul will suffer eternal wreckage.
Jesus Christ is “the Lord of peace.” He offers a peace that surpasses all understanding and an inner serenity that flies in the face of any adversity and suffering that Satan and this world can throw at you. But, more importantly, Jesus, and He alone, can reconcile you to the Father in heaven, and bring a peaceful relationship between you and the Creator whom your sins estrange you from.
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19-20)
“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:6-10)
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:27-28).
Jesus is God who came to earth in the form of a human being. He lived a perfect life and died a sacrificial death in order to pay the ransom price for our sins that keep us separated from God. Afterwards He ascended back to the right hand of the Father, but He promises to return for His faithful servants in order to take them back to heaven to be with Him forever.
Until then, if we place our faith and trust in Him, and obey His word and commandments that the Holy Spirit revealed in the Bible, God will give us “peace in every circumstance.” Peace when we are young and peace when we are old. Peace when we are healthy and peace when we are sick. Peace when we prosper and peace when we are deprived.
The Prince of Peace is the only One worthy of entrusting your life and eternity to.
We will have some introductory remarks on the letter of 1 Timothy for tomorrow if the Lord is willing.
Have a great day!
- Louie Taylor