Today you should read: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
What is the most important rule in understanding what the Bible is saying? Context. To remind us of the context of 2 Thessalonians, consider how the ESV Study Bible summarizes chapter 2:
In 1 Thess. 5:1–11 Paul responded to a question from the community relating to the timing of the day of the Lord. He has now heard that they have succumbed to the false notion that the day of the Lord has already arrived (2 Thess. 2:1–2). Paul first points out that, before that day, a final rebellion and the revelation of the “man of lawlessness” must occur (vv. 3–12). Then he reassures the Thessalonians that they are destined for glory (vv. 13–14), and calls on them to hold firmly to the traditions he passed on to them (v. 15). He concludes with prayer (vv. 16–17).
Paul is trying to comfort the church in understanding that they have been chosen by God and will be saved at the day of Jesus’ return.
There are some great encouragements for us in this passage. We are: chosen by God, saved by God, sanctified by God, obtaining the glory of Christ. We are then encouraged to: stand firm in the faith according to the Word of God. And as the chapter closes, we also see that we have been given eternal comfort, hope through grace, and comfort to be established in our faith.
What does all of this mean for you? God is intricately involved in your life and has a desire for you to know Him and walk with Him. He is the one who saves and sanctifies; He alone offers true hope and comfort to sinners and sufferers.
Run to Him today in repentance and faith.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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