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August 23-24, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Thessalonians? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Thessalonians 1 (ESV)

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus....Continue Reading

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  1. 11To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.❤️

  2. 9They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.

  3. As Paul attempts to encourage the Thessalonians in the midst of their persecution, he first encourages them on a human level. He reminds them that their lives have not gone unnoticed but have brought results in their own maturing as well as their reputation amongst other believers. They are important things for them to recognize and can be ways for us to encourage others as well.

    He then directs their attention to the supernatural. He first reminds them that God in His justice will punish those who come against them. We should never relish in this thought in our own circumstances but it is also a reenforcement that we are on the right side and God at some point will clearly act on our behalf. There is also affirmation that the punishment for those who reject the gospel will suffer everlasting punishment. He then reminds them that to be faithful is to act in a way worthy of God’s call and their obedience will bring God glory.

    All good things to encourage our hearts as well as those we would seek to build up in the faith!

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