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2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
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Summary: After Paul has opened their eyes in greater measure to the coming of Jesus and the trouble preceding it, he turns to how we live in light of this coming day. How do we live in trying times? Paul was preparing them for life as if there would be time before the return of Jesus. His instructions are clear, forgo fascination with the details of the end times but forge ahead in life prepared to stand firm to the gospel seeking God for comfort and grace as we rejoice in God's salvation.
Review and Apply
What persons of the Triune God do what parts of salvation in 2.13-14?
Why is it comforting to know that election or God choosing us is rooted in love and not our efforts?
How does this call to stand firm remind us of the times in which we live?
How in practical ways can we help one another stand firm in faith and hold on to the teachings we have received?
How often do you turn to prayer for others to persevere in faith? How ought Paul's prayer inform yours?
Compare and contrast the offer of comfort from the gospel with the comfort from the world?