PEACE AND GRACE
Suggested Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1-3
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Key Verses: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
Our key verse follows several severe warnings to false teachers and those who follow them: “Flaming fire taking vengeance”…”Punished with everlasting destruction.” Then there is the condemnation of the anti-Christ who will come. He is called “the man of sin,” “the son of perdition,” and “the lawless one.” After hearing all this read in the congregation, the believers needed words of consolation, hope and comfort. We need this also! Today there are “unreasonable and wicked men” who will try to deceive us. Representatives of the cults and of the occult are at work everywhere. The writings of the entire New Testament were being written. Paul spent three years in Corinth and it was from there that he wrote back to the Thessalonians. We have a great advantage in being able to read the completed Bible. Let’s continue to cherish our daily readings. Tomorrow we return to the Hebrew Scriptures in what many scholars consider to be the oldest book in the Bible, Job.
The return of Christ is the most often repeated truth. 318 times, including the Thessalonian letters, we are reminded of this yet future event. In Paul’s day, some false teachers messed with this fact and deceived some new believers with their errors. Let us pay close attention to Paul’s teaching so that we will not be led astray. This same heresy has deceived some believers several times in recent decades.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that You will keep me true to Your Word as taught to the Thessalonian church. May I receive grace so that I will not walk in a “disorderly” way. May I “not grow weary in doing good.” In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Besides my motivation for personal spiritual growth, I’ve read the Bible daily for many years so that I will not be deceived by what Paul calls, “unreasonable and wicked men.” I’ve heard it said that to detect counterfeit money one does not study counterfeit bills but should concentrate on the genuine bills. Therefore when the counterfeit shows up, immediately the store clerk knows something is wrong. My unrelenting pursuit of consistent daily Bible study has protected me from false teaching at my front door, in books, etc. When I was just 18, a book was given to me which almost turned me aside from winning souls to Jesus. One night after I had spent time with a friend, I realized that I had talked about the content of this book and had not mentioned “THE BOOK.” I repented that night for allowing myself to be diverted by what I began to realize was false teaching. I do read teaching books now, but I make sure to check the credentials and the life of the author first, as well as the Biblical integrity of the teaching. It’s much easier now to search out the truth about a person because of the internet. Of course, there are also lies from the father of lies on the web, but it does give a sense of who a person is. I also check up on people by asking my Pastor for his counsel.
Yours for the implementation of the last three verses of 2nd Thessalonians, peace and grace!