2 Thessalonians 1 Devotional Commentary

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2 Thessalonians 1:4

The Lord Jesus told His disciples some important truths concerning the trials and difficulties that are inevitable in a fallen world, where men are lovers of themselves and sin has taken root in the heart of humanity.

Jesus explained that under this world system, which is subject to the rule of Satan, those that trust in Him would inevitably go through tribulation. However, in order that they might have the peace of God in their read more...

2 Thessalonians 1:5

The Thessalonian believers had been fed some false information from a bogus letter which they mistakenly thought was from Paul. They were undergoing increasingly intense persecution and started to fear that they had somehow missed the Rapture, about which Paul spoke in his earlier letter. They feared that they were in the middle of the Great Tribulation!

These dear saints of God had to come to an understanding that suffering is read more...

2 Thessalonians 1:7

Faith and patience, in the face of trials and tribulation, were two qualities of the Thessalonian believers. Those who are persecuted for righteousness sake are blessed in the eye of Jesus, and this is the message of many New Testament writers. The apostle John tells us that sufferings, imprisonment, persecution, and even death, await many Christians in this life - but a crown of life is the promised reward for those that are faithful during the time of trial, and read more...

2 Thessalonians 1:9

We read in Hebrews that it is a terrible and terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God, but from start to finish, the Bible informs us of the singular way to avoid this horrible and horrifying happening - and it is by faith: "He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

There is

2 Thessalonians 1:11

What a glorious calling we have in Christ Jesus. Because of our faith in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, we are called children of God and have a dear and gracious heavenly Father, Who is the God of all mercies. In His grace He has promised to help us in times of troubles and to comfort us in times of distress.

Christ died so that we might live and throughout his writings to the Church, Paul emphases the read more...

2 Thessalonians 1:12

Like so many of Paul's epistles, this second letter to the Thessalonians opens with a prayer of thanksgiving and praise for the faith, hope, love, and patience of these believers, amid the serious trials and tribulation they were facing.

Paul wanted these saints to be counted worthy of their calling so that Christ would be glorified in them – and they in Him. He knew that patiently enduring the various trials they were facing read more...