“Pray for Us…”
Paul is wrapping up the letter…
2 Th 3:1
brothers and sisters,
pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified,
just as it was also with you;
and that we will be rescued from troublesome and evil people; for not all have the faith.
Paul called for his brothers and sisters in the faith to pray for him.
To pray that the Word of the Lord would spread rapidly.
To pray that the Word of the Lord would be glorified.
To pray that the Word would be received as it had been among them.
Paul also asked for prayer related to troublesome and evil people.
These are people who have not the faith.
Paul wanted to be rescued from them.
Sounds familiar, no?
Let us pray in this manner for one another.
“Now, May Our Lord and God…”
Paul brings a point of summation to what we call the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians.
He is not yet finished…has one more “chapter”.
Read what the Spirit was leading him to write…
2 Th 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father,
who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
Give close heed and rejoice in this doxological declaration.
Paul was calling for “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father” to do something.
Paul wanted the Lord/Father to comfort.
Paul wanted the Lord/Father to strengthen their hearts.
Comfort and strengthen in every good work and word.
The same God who loved them…and us.
The same God who gave them…and us…eternal comfort.
The same God who gave them…and us…good hope by His grace.
This is what the Lord does for those who believe.
He gives eternal comfort.
He gives good hope by grace.
He strengthens our heart in every good work and word.
Therefore, why worry?
Why walk in anything other way than the very Presence of the Lord?
Quick word for today.
2 Th 2:15
So then, brothers and sisters,
stand firm and hold on to the traditions which you were taught,
whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
Paul exhorted them to stand firm and to hold on.
“Hold on” to what?
The traditions that he had taught them.
Traditions he spoke to them.
Traditions he communicated by letter.
We often think that “traditions” are a bad thing.
There are good traditions, as those of Paul's.
There are bad conditions, as here…
But He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
‘AND IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.’
“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
What is the difference?
Jesus warned those who neglected the commandment of God and held to the tradition of men.
The tradition of men did not align with the commandment of God.
Do not follow such tradition.
Paul’s tradition aligned with the Word of God.
How do we know?
We have some of Paul’s teaching and writing in the Word.
It aligns with God.
Follow the tradition of God, not the traditions of man.
“Obtain the Glory”
Do you believe?
That Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.
Have you repented?
Of sin, etc.
Those who believe are chosen and called.
Hear the Word of the Lord.
2 Th 2:13
But we should always give thanks to God for you,
brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord,
because God has chosen you from the beginning
for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Chosen from the beginning.
Chosen for salvation through/in sanctification.
By the Spirit.
By faith in truth.
It was for this He called you through our gospel,
that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who believe are called.
Called through the gospel - the good news.
Called to obtained the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Think on that.
We are chosen and called to obtain His glory.
Do we walk in the glory He had given?
Do we manifest His glory in all things?