2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 Are you standing fast?
Last time Paul explained to the Thessalonians that the rapture hasn’t taken place, and they have not missed it. He then explained what will happen in the tribulation period. Today, he encourages them to remember who they are and continue on in their work for the Lord.
Are you standing fast?
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
Paul once again said that he was bound or obligated to give thanks to God for those that made up the church at Thessalonica. God had saved them, sanctified them by the Spirit and the truth of the Gospel and Paul’s instruction to them. Once again sanctification means to be set apart for God’s use. We belong to him when we get saved. He have been bought with Christ’s blood. We have been redeemed. Because of who they were in Christ he goes on to say they should stand fast. Don’t waver. Don’t quit. Keep going. Be strong. Hold to the traditions and teachings of Paul. Keep in mind that today we are to be careful of keeping traditions. If we place more attention on traditions than we do on what God’s word says, we need to correct this behavior. Many churches have traditions that have no Biblical backing. Keep in mind that the church at Thessalonica doesn’t have a complete Bible like we do. Paul is referring to his teachings and traditions as an apostle. Once the Bible was complete, we were not supposed to add to it or take from it. Be careful of your traditions.
In verse 16 he tells us that Jesus and God our Father have loved us. This is why we do what we do, because God loved us first. We wouldn’t know true love had it not been for God showing us his love first. The Bible states that we love God because he loved us first. What is your motivation to do things for the Lord, to stand fast and continue to work while you can for Him? He then tells us that God has given us everlasting consolation. How does that make you feel? Everlasting consolation. How many people in your life can and will comfort you forever? How many people can you comfort? How many people will you comfort?
Paul then explains that God has given us good hope through his grace. Grace always precedes peace and hope. Grace stems from His love for us.
Paul said because of what God has done for us, and what he continues to do for us, and because of the outcome that is set before us, that our hearts should be comforted. That our hearts should be established to every good word and work.
Are you standing fast?