Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “ Probably written about 52 AD, only a few weeks or months, after the first Epistle.”
2 Thessalonians 1
What does the text say? – Paul says he thanks God for the Christians because their faith, and love towards each other, are growing. He is proud of their endurance and faithfulness in all the persecution and hardships they suffer; he said God will use the persecution to show His Justice and make them worthy of His Kingdom, also He will pay back those who persecute them. Paul reminded them they would enjoy when the Lord Jesus came again with His mighty angels, taking vengeance on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ in flaming fire, and punishing them with eternal separation from the Lord and His Glorious Power. On that day He will receive Glory and praise from His holy people. Paul keeps on praying for the Thessalonians, asking God to enable them to live worthy of the calling they received from Him, and that He will give them the power to accomplish all the good things their faith leads them to do in His Name, which is all possible because of the Grace of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Application? – Do I thank the Lord for those who heed what I tell them of the Salvation Jesus Christ offers? Am I patient in difficulties? Do I trust Jesus Christ in spite of persecutions and afflictions? Does my behaviour give evidence of my faith in Christ? Do I trust God to repay those who try to harm me, or do I take vengeance myself? Will I be on the Lord’s side when He returns to earth? Will I enjoy the Lord Presence for ever, or will I be banned from His Presence because I don’t obey the Good News of Jesus Christ? Is Jesus Glorified in, and through, me