2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Bible Study and Commentary
Last time we looked at how the church continued to suffer persecution, yet they continued to love people, and work for the Lord. They were concerned that they had missed the rapture and maybe wondered why they were suffering such persecution. Paul explained to them that it was obvious that God was working through them, and that God was just. Those that persecuted the church would receive justice.
What do you desire?
What does it mean to walk worthy of the Lord?
How do we glorify the Lord?
Do you have a clear view of the future?
Is God glorified in you?
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul begins by saying that he, Timothy and Silas are always praying for the church in Thessalonica. It would be nice to know that someone is always praying for our local church, but I think the application is that we should always be praying for our church and the other churches in the community.
Paul prays for a few specific things. One he prays that they would walk worthy of their calling. God calls us to be different, and of course he has a will for our lives. The revealed will of God for our lives can be found in the Bible. For an example, let’s read Ephesians 4:1-2
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
This is a clear indication of what we should be doing each day of our lives. We should be humble, gentle, patient, and love one another.
Are you walking as God wants you to walk? Have you ever seen the trucks on the road that say “how’s my driving”? If they aren’t driving well you are supposed to call a number and let the company know there is a problem. Well, what if Christians were required to wear a shirt that said “how am I walking”? Call this number if there is a problem. Call this number if I am not humble. Call this number if I am not gentle. Call this number if I am not patient. Call this number if I am not loving others.
Paul then prays that the good desires that God places in each of us and the work he has called us to do by faith is accomplished by God’s power. Paul doesn’t expect us to do things in our own power, but instead rely on the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us.
What do you desire? If you are saved God puts desires in your heart that ultimately glorify him. Are the desires that you have lining up with God’s will? Do you have a passion to fulfill the good desires that God places within you?
Paul has been praying for all of these things to what end?
That the Lord Jesus would be glorified by character of our lives.
What does it mean to glorify the Lord? Well let’s read Psalms 19:1-2
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
We know that the heavens and the earth declare that God is perfect, wise, and powerful. What we see around us declares that God is the creator, and what he can do. But, the heavens don’t declare his grace, love and righteousness. This is what we are for. Let’s turn to Ephesians 2:7
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
He saved us that others would know about His grace, love and kindness. That he was righteous and we are not. We are to be those trophies of grace. We are to be an example to others so that they see God’s grace, love and kindness in our lives.
What does the world see when they see you or listen to you?
Do they see God’s grace, love and kindness?
We must be the example of what God’s grace and power can do.
Is God glorified in you?
The last application is simple. Paul has painted a picture of what the future will look like. We see the end. We see that Jesus returns in glory, and we are in him. We see that those who did not believe are punished for eternity. Do you see the picture? Having a clear picture of the end should change the way we live today.