Introduction to 2 Thessalonians!
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4
June 30th, 2019
Verse of the Week
4 “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”
~ 2 Thessalonians 1:4
1. Paul wrote this 2nd letter to the Thessalonians to CLARIFY certain misunderstandings from his 1st letter.
This letter was written shortly after the first letter around AD 50.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 – “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.”
From the very beginning, God’s holy scripture has often been misunderstood. This letter is perfect evidence. We have to be very careful to interpret all of Scripture very carefully or it could lead to error, confusion, and concern.
2. Paul offers a sweet SALUTATION and THANKSGIVING for the Church at Thessalonica.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 – “Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:2 – “Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3 – “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”
3. Paul commends the Church for PERSEVERING through serious PERSECUTION.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 – “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”
James 1:12 – “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Romans 5:3-4 – “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
1 Peter 5:10-11 – “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”