2 Thessalonians 1

Author

Dan McClure

Scripture:

2 Thessalonians 1

Observations:

Paul and his friends received news from Thessalonica after that church had received the first letter. This news showed that the Thessalonians still needed someone to teach them about some subjects. They had not understood some of what was in the first letter. So, the purpose of the second letter was to make things clear to them.
Greetings from Paul, Silas and Timothy 1:1-2
Thanking God for the Thessalonians 1:3-4
The judgement of God and *salvation of Christians 1:5-10
Prayer for the Thessalonians 1:11-12

Application:

The Thessalonians must expect *persecution because they trust in the *Lord Jesus. But God has a purpose in allowing them to suffer and he will reward them (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10). Paul and his friends write to give them strength and to encourage them.
So many times in my Christian walk, I have felt discouraged to the point of almost giving up. How great is it when other believers come along side me and encourage and build me back up. I love how Paul, Silas and Timothy are giving high praise for the Thessalonians’ faith and the love they have for one another.
How great is it that these brothers are constantly praying for the Thessalonian gathering 1:11-12?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you so much for the brothers and sisters in my life that lift me up in prayer and encourage me in my walk. Lord, help me also be a light to other believers when they need it. Father God I pray for an extra measure of discernment to anticipate the needs of others and the wisdom to meet those needs through acts of service, prayer and encouragement. Amen!

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rob Schulze wrote:
Thanks brother Dan...

v8-10 - He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.

I tend to scoff at fire & brimstone preachers and yet there's no easy way around these verses. It brought to mind perhaps one of our country's most significant, historical Christian leaders, Jonathan Edwards, who's most well known sermon is "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

I praise you God for your mercy and grace but help me to calibrate your mercy with your justice and your grace with your truth. Lord, help me to balance fearing you alone with always being wise with outsiders to the faith so that my words are also season with salt." In Jesus name.

Mon, March 23, 2015 @ 9:27 PM

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