(2 Thessalonians 2:13-17) – Comfort in Christ.
Because of the false teaching being dispersed about the end times, many of the believers were becoming anxious and scared about the coming judgment of God and their relation to it.
Paul’s goal throughout chapter 2 is to comfort the believers regarding their fears by giving them clear truths about end times and their salvation in Christ.
Today’s focus is on bringing comfort through identity reminders.
They belong to God, and they were saved by God before any of the individuals that will come to know Christ during the tribulation period (firstfruits) (v.13)
They have been set apart by God’s Spirit and are believers in the truth. They aren’t crazy, and aren’t making up a lie just because it sounds nice.
The eventual goal of them coming to know Jesus is that they would be ushered into the presence of God in a glorified state.
Their identity revolves around glory, not punishment.
Because those things are real and true, they can really and truly hold on to those realities, even in the face of delusions and falsities.
They wouldn’t be clinging to a baseless claim, but to an anchor of hope…a sure foundation…a mighty fortress.
These are all revealed in God’s word. Deep and unexplainable comfort comes through a strong relationship with God’s word.
I echo Paul’s prayer for you! I’m praying that God, who has loved us and given us so much, would comfort your heart today with His word and give you what you need to keep doing His work.
“When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” (Psalm 94:19 NLT)