2 Thessalonians Chapter 1
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The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written soon after the first. The apostle was told that, from some expressions in his first letter, many expected the second coming of Christ was at hand, and that the day of judgment would arrive in their time. Some of these neglected their worldly duties. St. Paul wrote again to correct their error, which hindered the spread of the gospel. He had written agreeably to the words of the prophets of the Old Testament; and he tells them there were many counsels of the Most High yet to be fulfilled, before that day of the Lord should come, though, because it is sure, he had spoken of it as near. The subject led to a remarkable foretelling, of some of the future events which were to take place in the after-ages of the Christian church, and which show the prophetic spirit the apostle possessed.The apostle blesses God for the growing state of the love and patience of the Thessalonians. (1-4) And encourages them to persevere under all their sufferings for Christ, considering his coming at the great day of account. (5-12)1-4 Where there is the truth of grace, there will be an increase of it. The path of the just is as the shining light, which shines more and more unto the perfect day. And where there is the increase of grace, God must have all the glory. Where faith grows, love will abound, for faith works by love. It shows faith and patience, such as may be proposed as a pattern for others, when trials from God, and persecutions from men, quicken the exercise of those graces; for the patience and faith of which the apostle gloried, bore them up, and enabled them to endure all their tribulations.
5-10 Religion, if worth anything, is worth every thing; and those have no religion, or none worth having, or know not how to value it, cannot find their hearts to suffer for it. We cannot by all our sufferings, any more than by our services, merit heaven; but by our patience under sufferings, we are prepared for the promised joy. Nothing more strongly marks a man for eternal ruin, than a spirit of persecution and enmity to the name and people of God. God will trouble those that trouble his people. And there is a rest for the people of God; a rest from sin and sorrow. The certainty of future recompence is proved by the righteousness of God. The thoughts of this should be terrible to wicked men, and support the righteous. Faith, looking to the great day, is enabled partly to understand the book of providence, which appears confused to unbelievers. The Lord Jesus will in that day appear from heaven. He will come in the glory and power of the upper world. His light will be piercing, and his power consuming, to all who in that day shall be found as chaff. This appearance will be terrible to those that know not God, especially to those who rebel against revelation, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the great crime of multitudes, the gospel is revealed, and they will not believe it; or if they pretend to believe, they will not obey it. Believing the truths of the gospel, is in order to our obeying the precepts of the gospel. Though sinners may be long spared, they will be punished at last. They did sin's work, and must receive sin's wages. Here God punishes sinners by creatures as instruments; but then, it will be destruction from the Almighty; and who knows the power of his anger? It will be a joyful day to some, to the saints, to those who believe and obey the gospel. In that bright and blessed day, Christ Jesus will be glorified and admired by his saints. And Christ will be glorified and admired in them. His grace and power will be shown, when it shall appear what he has purchased for, and wrought in, and bestowed upon those who believe in him. Lord, if the glory put upon thy saints shall be thus admired, how much more shalt thou be admired, as the Bestower of that glory! The glory of thy justice in the damnation of the wicked will be admired, but not as the glory of thy mercy in the salvation of believers. How will this strike the adoring angels with holy admiration, and transport thy admiring saints with eternal rapture! The meanest believer shall enjoy more than the most enlarged heart can imagine while we are here; Christ will be admired in all those that believe, the meanest believer not excepted.
11,12 Believing thoughts and expectations of the second coming of Christ should lead us to pray to God more, for ourselves and others. If there is any good in us, it is owing to the good pleasure of his goodness, and therefore it is called grace. There are many purposes of grace and good-will in God toward his people, and the apostle prays that God would complete in them the work of faith with power. This is to their doing every other good work. The power of God not only begins, but carries on the work of faith. And this is the great end and design of the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ, which is made known to us, and wrought in us.
Mas's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 comment on 12/28/2012, 7:12am...
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 is for those who willfully refuse to accept the truth, and obey God. It is not for those who actually have not been preached to, as Romans 10:13-21.
One has to be taught and refuse to obey, just like those mentioned Romans 10:21.
God is just, and He has prepared a resurrection for the just and another resurrection for the unjust. But the dead in Christ come ahead of both resurrections, Acts 24:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
And there will be a time, when those who have not heard the gospel during their lifetime will be taught, and given choice to make for themselves, sometime during the apocalypse.
So letís trust Godís love and mercy shall also prevail with her.
God bless you.
Brian's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 comment on 12/27/2012, 6:03pm...
I am a Christian and a firm believer that the words in the Bible are from God. However, I have a concern regarding 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9.This is one passage in the Bible that is a contradiction to a loving God. My daughter at the age of 28, had a stroke and died. She was a loving person and a wonderful mother. She was not exposed to the Bible during her life, and although she loved nature including animal and insects, I doubt if she gave it a thought as to how they come about; God may not have been in her consciousness. I find it hard to believe that God would punish not just her, but millions of others who have not been exposed to God and/or His Son. And if someone was to reply to this comment with, "Well, she and everyone else should have given some thought as to how we come to be on this planet", I would reply in return with "But you need something to trigger that thought." Who knows, if my daughter's life had not have been cut short and had lived to an old age, she may have accepted Jesus as her Saviour. I cannot imagine God taking a "that's just too bad" attitude. That is not the God I have come to love. Feel free to reply. With love...Brian
Emma nicolas's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 comment about verse 8 on 7/06/2012, 7:11pm...
In flaming fire will those who donot know God and those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.. Means not knowing that He is ONE, never a 3 person, not god the son not god the holy spirit. Not obeying the Gospel which is written in 1 corinthians 15:1-4. not accepting to be baptize in Jesus name and being ashame of the Gospel.
Farma's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 comment on 1/13/2012, 12:46pm...
In order to reign with christ we must suffer for the gospel sake. but knowing that our trials and tribulations come to make us strong. We must stay in courage as God strenghtens our heart. He that endureth to the end will be saved.for we mus fret not ourseves of evil doers for they shall be cut off and withered away. And know that we have over come the world.for vengece is mine thus said the Lord and I will repay.Wihout faith it is impossible to please God. faith without works is dead and works without faith is dead.But to all God be the glory honor and dominion and power forever.For God works in us and through us to accomplish his perfect will. not our will but His will be done with love, commitment, dedication, and denying ourselvesand taking up our cross and follow him.
Jundaguit's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 comment on 2/23/2011, 8:43pm...
CONT*N... THROUGH MARY WHO HAST FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD BROUGHT FORTH A SON THE SON OF THE HIGHEST AND CALL HIS NAME JESUS. AND WHAT IS GIVEN BIRTH IS THE BABY DEVELOPED THROUGH MARY TO ENDWELL THE HOLY GHOST OF THE FATHER WHICH WAS GIVEN A NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME WHICH IS JESUS TO ADDRESS THE KING OF KINGS THE LORD OF LORDS THE SAVIOR AND MIGHTY GOD THE EVERLASTING FATHER. ETERNAL DAMNATION IS THE COMPENSATION IN THE SECOND LIFE TO THOSE WHO KNOW NOT GOD.
Anonymous's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 comment on 2/23/2011, 8:04pm...
2 THESSALONIANS 1:8 IS THE MOST JUDGMENTAL WORD OF GOD WHERE GOD HIMSELF WILL WAGE VENGEANCE ON US IF UNTIL NOW IS STILL IN DARKNESS WHO KNOW NOT WHO REALLY IS DESPITE OF THE ADVOCACY OF GOD WHO CAME DOWN INTO THIS WORLD TO PREACH THE GOSPEL WHICH IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION. NO ONE COULD OFFER SALVATION EXCEPT GOD. AND GOD THAT MANIFESTED IN THE DECLARED HIMSELF AS THE SON OF GOD A SON OF GOD BECAUSE HE BROUGHT HIMSELF INTO THIS WORLD AND THROUGH
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