Wednesday 17 July, 2013

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

13 Brothers and sisters, we should always thank God for you. The Lord loves you. God chose you from the beginning. He wanted you to be saved. Salvation comes through the Holy Spirit’s work. He makes people holy. It also comes through believing the truth. 14 He chose you to be saved by accepting the good news that we preach. And you will share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Brothers and sisters, stand firm. Hold on to what we taught you. We passed our teachings on to you by what we preached and wrote. 16 Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loved us. By his grace God gave us comfort that will last forever. The hope he gave us is good. May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father 17 comfort your hearts. May they make you strong in every good thing you do and say.

Paul encourages the Thessalonians to “stand firm and hold on” v 15.  There has been confusion in the church about the second coming of Jesus and the ‘lawless one’ … seems nothing has changed in 2,000 years! … there are still any number of ideas and interpretations about all of that … but Paul’s advise is just as relevant for me/us as it was for them.

I’m to stand firm and hold fast to my salvation, keep my eyes on Jesus and know His word.  It really is that simple.

Thank you Father that the gospel is so simple, you love me, saved me by your grace and have given me eternal comfort and hope.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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