2 Thessalonians 1

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

1  Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

4  so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,

5  which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;

6  since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

7  and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

8  in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9  These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

10  when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

11  Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,

12  that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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1 year ago

There is a response to trials of this temporary life that secures a place of confidence and peace in the time when judgment will separate from God’s presence. Rather than becoming discouraged and overwhelmed, especially in persecutions that come because of faith, there is an opportunity to, by patience and faith, grow in the knowledge and understanding of God. How much more sensible it is to be impacted and influenced by the One who will judge unbelief with fire than by those who will endure that very fire.
It’s interesting that Jesus will be glorified in us, that our triumph over trials is not just for us, but for His very glory. This calling is a much higher one with an eternal reward for those who remain undefeated by the speed bumps. Our Father has a perspective of our response to these things that is either favorable with empowered grace or displeased with undermined enablement because of disbelief. Such a great opportunity is everything that rises as a threat or hindrance. Running to Him always yields an eternal benefit – now and forever.

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