Sacred Work

This section of 2 Thessalonians gives instruction on the importance of living our lives.  Most of us have heard the phrase, “walk the walk”. That’s what’s on Paul’s mind here in these next few verses:  “7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.”  The way a follower of Jesus […]

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Sometimes You Have to Walk Away

The next paragraph in 2 Thessalonians speaks to how we should live and how to treat those who do not follow Jesus.  These next words are very sobering:  “6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. “  What do you when those you care about become “disorderly” and no longer seek to follow Jesus?  I don’t believe that a “one size fits all” approach is usually very effective.  And this command is difficult…it seems to go against the idea of […]

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We All Need a Little Help

In the nearly immortal words of the Beatles we read:  “Help, I need somebody.  Help…not just anybody…Help…you need I need someone…Help”.  We all need a little help…sometimes a lot of help.  In the next three verses Paul mentions some ways that God will help. “3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.  5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”  First Paul reminds us that God is faithful.  I […]

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Pray for Us

Sometimes the simplest pleas seem to be the most powerful and earnest.  Here is how Paul opens the next section of his letter:  “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”  These two ideas let us peek into the soul of Paul.  Paul asks his readers to pray for him.  He knows the power of prayer.  He knows how important prayer is to the success of his ministry.  And why does he request prayer…”that the word of […]

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What Comforts You?

Here are the closing words to the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians:  “16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts andestablish you in every good word and work.”  What brings you comfort?  Really, what brings you comfort?  We often think of comfort as something that we have in the good times.  But that’s not necessarily what Paul has on his mind. I think that Paul has on his mind an everlasting comfort, regardless of the circumstances of life.  Paul suggests that comfort comes from God’s love, […]

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Stand Fast

As Paul nears the end of this section of his letter he shares this exhortation with the Thessalonians: “ 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” What enables the Thessalonians to “stand fast”?  I think there are several elements to this.  First, they were chosen by […]

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If You Don’t Believe You Will Be Deceived

In reference to the coming of the Antichrist and his supernatural powers we read this:  “10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  As I’ve mentioned before, 2 Thessalonians chapters 1-2 are so clear regarding the judgment of those who do not obey God.  Those who did not receive the love of the truth are not saved.  And […]

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The Restrainer

Paul now turns his attention to the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit.  At least, I believe he is referring to the Holy Spirit as he writes these next few verses: “5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the […]

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The Falling Away

Apparently some in the Thessalonian church believed that the day of Christ might have already come. But Paul reminds them that this is not so.  Here is the next paragraph:  “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes […]

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Another Great Prayer

Sometimes I think people don’t pray much because they can’t think of anything to pray about. Yet in the Bible there are some great prayers that you can ask God about regarding your friends and family.  Here it is in verses 11-12 of chapter 1:  “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.” I think […]

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