Monday, September 10, 2012

Sept. 10, Day 254 - 2 Thessalonians 1

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This second letter to the Thessalonians begins with encouragement for their persecution. Although we don't see the type of persecution that many Christians see around the world, there is a hope. Nothing that happens to us compares to the punishment Jesus took on our behalf.

I just recently reviewed The Open Bible by Thomas Nelson. It was the first Study Bible I had as a new Christian. One of the things I like about it is the information offered at the beginning of each book. So, I'll share little tidbits for the rest of the year.

Since Paul's first letter, the seeds of false doctrine have been sown among the Thessalonians, causing them to waver in their faith. Paul removes these destructive seeds and again plants the seeds of truth.  He begins by commending the believers on their faithfulness in the midst of persecution and encouraging them that present suffering will be repaid with future glory. Therefore, in the midst of persecution, expectation can be high. (page 1230)


  1. 11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

    Do you sometimes think it is going to be impossible to accomplish "all the good things your faith prompts you to do"? I sure feel overwhelmed sometimes. It seems like I spend so much time just taking care of basic life needs, I don't have the time I'd like to have to accomplish these things.

  2. 2 Thessalonians 1
    2 Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!

    ARE yours! Not TO you; possessing, that you can have!

    3 We always have to thank God for you, brothers and sisters. It’s right to do this because your faith is showing remarkable growth and your love for each other is increasing


    9 being separated from the Lord's presence
    8-10 He will take revenge on those who refuse to acknowledge God and on those who refuse to respond to the Good News about our Lord Jesus. They will pay the penalty by being destroyed forever, by being separated from the Lord’s presence and from his glorious power. This will happen on that day when he comes to be honored among all his holy people and admired by all who have believed in him. This includes you because you believed the testimony we gave you.

  3. I know what you're saying Sharon, but I try to remember that God asks us to give our best.