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“We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him…”
August 25, 2009, 1:12 am
Filed under: I Second Letter to the Thessalonians

After reading the second letter to the church in Thessalonica the idea that God desires we share in His glory became more evident! I cannot fathom the possibilities!

This second letter seems to have been written shortly after the first letter and while Paul was still in Corinth, as Paul stayed in Corinth for over a year and a half. It seems the news of the ekklesia in Thessalonica continued to spread even to Corinth, possibly from Paul’s apprentices who perhaps traveled back and forth between the churches.

Timothy, after taking the first letter to the church, possibly returned with additional news of what God was doing in them. Somehow there had been a false letter written to try and deceive them about “the day of the Lord” having already come, causing the believers to become “unsettled or alarmed” and some brothers apparently were not following Paul’s advice to continue in the teachings of the apostles and were becoming “idle.” As a result Paul wrote another letter to his favorite church to encourage them, that they are “loved by the Lord” and chosen by Him!

Because of the suffering the church was facing Paul was compelled to share with them the truth that because God is not only a God of love but also of justice that those who troubled them will in the end pay for it by God Himself, specifically when Jesus comes again, and “punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” What an awesome statement! As a follower of Jesus I will come literally face-to-face in His presence and “the majesty of his power” and to marvel at our Lord! What a day that will be! Makes you kind of stop and just take it in for a second!

But Paul also tells the church that not only will we enjoy the presence of Jesus in His fullness one day we can enjoy His presence now! As we meet together with other brothers and sisters in Christ when we encourage each other, through the Spirit, the Lord Himself, can “encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” and that as we follow His teachings “the Lord (will) direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” God is at work in me by the evidence of our faith “growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”

How do I relate to my brothers and sisters when we come together? Does this determine whether we enjoy His presence? What demonstrates the reality that Jesus is the Head? Does Jesus really have freedom in our time together to love through each other to one another? Is Jesus really glorified in me and me in him? Perhaps the key words mentioned by Paul in these two letters to this church are that he prayed for them, asked them to pray him and his apprentices, and to pray continually for each other and to the Lord! If Jesus is my Lord, my Savior, my life, how can I not talk to Him? How can I not pray for my other brothers and sisters in Christ? If we are growing in our devotion to the teachings of the apostles and to one another then I should be able to hear from Jesus through His Body and the Bible. Jesus oh how I desire You! Jesus speak, the one whom you call a friend is listening!

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