Transformed by Truth
We finished reading Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians yesterday, but before we move on to his letter to the Galatians, his most argumentative letter, let’s take some time to look back. Let’s reread 2 Thessalonians one more time during the weekend and remind ourselves about some of the things the Holy Spirit has emphasized through Paul. As I begin this reread, here’s a few of the things the Spirit has underlined for me to apply.
- Paul stressed that he worked as part of a team in his first letter and as he begins the second letter he again calls attention to Silas and Timothy who are still at h is side. I need to not serve solo in the ministry but with close associates and give them recognition. (2 Thessalonians 1:2)
- Both in his introduction and in his close Paul grounds everything in the gift of grace and peace that only the Lord Jesus Christ can provide (2 Thessalonians 1:2, 3:18).
- The Apostle can’t stop boasting about the faith, love, and hope that he sees demonstrated in the lives of his new converts and he applauds them for providing an example for other believers (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4)
- The Apostle Paul doesn’t teach a health, wealth, and success gospel. The Thessalonians are still suffering for their commitment to Jesus, but Paul promises that when Jesus returns, he will justly judge those who have harmed them, and they will be the ones who are blessed when Jesus sets up his Kingdom (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
- The Apostle Paul stresses that our salvation is totally rooted in God’s choice and his grace, but this doesn’t mean that we can be complacent. He earnestly prays that through God’s power we will accomplish all the good things He has planned for us. Good works don’t earn salvation, but they do demonstrate that we have received salvation. Paul agrees with James that true faith produces good works
(2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).
That takes us through chapter one and now that you have the idea, read chapters two and three and let us know what the Spirit underlines to be lived out by faith through grace in your life.
LORD, make the inspired message of 2 Thessalonians not just something that we learn intellectually in a devotional but something we embody and that produces concrete actions of love, faithfulness, and goodness.
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