Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 Thessalonians 2 Part 1 ~ 2 Peoples

on January 19, 2013

This passage has been really difficult for me to process.  I love theology (The study of the nature of God) and doctrine (knowing firmly why I believe, what I believe).  But these verses shook my core–especially “God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false” (11) and “God chose you from the beginning to be saved.”  Does God really choose some to be saved and others to perish?  Why would we pray for people to be saved?  Why would we need to share the Good News with others?  Would that even be “Good News?”  Thankfully, as I cried out to God to help me, He reminded me that to answer big questions, we need a Big Book!  There are no inconsistencies in God’s Word, and it holds every answer to every question.

God loves the whole world (John 3:16) and He doesn’t want anyone to perish but everyone to know the truth, repent, and receive eternal life/salvation (2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4). He sent Jesus–the TRUTH (John 14:6)–into our world not to condemn, but to save (John 3:17).  Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  In Acts 16:31 it says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”

2 Thessalonians shows us that there are only two kinds of people in this world:

  1. Those who refuse to love the truth and be saved.  Their sin of unbelief leaves them condemned and headed for eternal destruction and death.  
  2. Those who believe the truth and are saved.  Belief results in righteousness before and a relationship with the God of Heaven and the hope of living eternally with Him.

When people spend their whole lives refusing to believe the truth, God will give them over to the lies that will destroy them because He is just.  Those who believe, receive from God: love, eternal comfort, good hope and grace.

How we respond to the truth–In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”–How we respond to Jesus means everything!  Will we refuse or believe?  People who are in eternal destruction are there by their choice–their refusal to believe in Jesus and be saved.

“Indeed, the “right time” is now.  Today is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

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