2016-11-27 - 2 Thessalonians Study
Letters to a Young Church ~ The Prayer of Exhortation
These truths are the foundation by which Paul continued to lift them up in prayer. His desire was that God would continue to strengthen them and to help them to mature in their faith and deeds, so that they would become more conformed to Christ’s image.
And as these believers continued to grow, the name of Christ would be glorified. Why? Because their faith was a demonstration of God’s working in their lives. Additionally, they would receive the blessings that come from being God’s children.
Now first it should be noted the specific type of trials the Thessalonians faced were at the hands of men. They were being persecuted for their faith. It was for this reason that Paul stressed that those who rejected the truth of the gospel would be eternally separated from God, and would experience eternal ruin.
Second, with the coming of Christ, they would experience an end to all suffering and pain. Just as those who have rejected Christ would be rejected, the believers would receive the reward of their faithfulness.
Their faith and perseverance were not the criteria by which they were saved. These were the fruits demonstrating their salvation. Works are not the basis of salvation, but the product of a saved condition, though without any works, there is real doubt if salvation is present.
“ … Someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18).
Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.