Paul again writes to the exemplary church in Thessalonica, communicating his customary greeting with great thankfulness.
Specifically, Paul shows gratitude to the Lord for the way He has grown their faith and their love for all people. He gave credit where credit was due.
Sanctification is a divine work of God that cannot be fabricated by human means.
This work caused the people to endure suffering well. Because they were maturing in the Lord, they also had a maturing perspective on hardship and trouble.
That’s what growth does…it brings us to see things the way God sees them and react the way He wants us too.
I want to camp on verse 5 here…I’ve been thinking about it since I read this passage yesterday.
“This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.” (v.5)
There is something that Paul is referring to that apparently gives us clear evidence that God’s judgments and choices are good and right.
You can find the answer in verse 4, “your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.”
So the idea is this…when we continue to trust God even when things are hard, we show the world that God is truly good and that the choices He makes are indeed good.
How do we know that having God save us was a good idea?? Look at what that choice has produced in these Christians. Look at what God can do with sinful people.
His transformation of people like you and me (as well as His ultimate judgment against His enemies) shows the world that He is truly who He says He is.
He will make us the people we need to be in order to be worthy of receiving the blessings of the kingdom of God.
God will have the last word!!