2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 Stand Firm

He IS coming back. Keep on keeping on.

Paul wants to offer a bit more assurance that his readers won’t miss the return of Jesus. God chose them and as long as they keep doing as they have been doing, they won’t miss Jesus’ return.

This group received an honor that no other generation can claim. They were the “first fruits” of the gospel. They were the first generation of the body of Christ. Because of our place in history we can’t claim that honor, but Paul’s encouragement remains the same for us.

God chose each and every one of us before the foundations of the earth were even laid. He chose us “to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in truth” (verse 13). All we needed to do was accept that calling by saying “yes” to Jesus’ substitution sacrifice. Jesus did all the work for us. Read more »

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 An Order of Events

Those who are looking will see the difference.

Paul is reassuring some very worried readers. They have the misconception that they have missed the return of Jesus. Whoever convinced them of this should be ashamed of themselves! Paul assures them there are still events to come before Jesus’ return.

Revelation and Daniel are full of prophecies that have to take place before Jesus returns. I am NOT an expert in interpreting these prophecies. But the one Paul is pointing out is a big one that he feels is unmistakable. Read more »

I Found It!

I love a good plausible backstory

When we looked at Lazarus and Mary, his sister, story I wanted to share a book with you that I had read. It is a fictional account of Lazarus and his family before and after his resurrection. I love reading biblical fiction as they provide the possible backstory I so long to know. This one is called “Jesus Wept” and is book one in the Jerusalem Chronicles series.

I couldn’t remember the post where I mentioned this book and had searched for it unsuccessfully. While looking again for some of my “favorite books” I found it today and had to share. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

2 Thessalonians 1:5-12 God’s Righteous Judgement

Thank You Father for BOTH of these!

Paul takes a moment to emphasize that God will square all the accounts when Jesus comes back. Those who reject Him will reap their “reward” as well as those who serve Him.

God is the one who will make the ultimate judgement, not man. We never really know what is in the heart of others but we can get a fair read by watching their behavior. Also, if ANY of us were to be judged on our own merits we would wind up on the losing end of the equation. We are only righteous because Jesus made us so through His sacrifice. Read more »

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4 Greetings Again Thessalonica

Jesus is the reason we can face the storms

Paul begins his second letter to the church in Thessalonica. A few things have changed since his last letter and he needs to address them. But first he wants to give them a warm spiritual hug.

First things first, Paul insures that those reading this letter know who it is from. By the end of this letter we will learn that there appeared to be false letters out there. Paul wanted to make sure those reading knew who was writing. All three of these men were familiar with this group and this group familiar with them. Read more »