Resources from 2 Thessalonians

The Love of God and the Patience of Christ

Jun 17 FOR the moment, Paul in spirit is coasting the purple shores of the celestial country. With his Thessalonian friends he is making a joyful voyage within hail of Immanuel’s land. The sail is bright with the sunlight, and the keel is marking a silver track behind it. The apostle’s happy soul has left far in the stern the deceivableness of unrighteousness and the rocks of error. It comes into his...

2 Thessalonians 3:5

Comfort and Constancy

Mar 15 THE Thessalonians had been a good deal fluttered by certain persons who had said that the coining of the Lord was immediately at hand. Paul therefore bade them be steadfast, and not be worried and perplexed by any such teaching; and then he presented this prayer to God for them, that they might have these two things, comfort and constancy, that God would comfort their hearts, and stablish them “in...

2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17

The Necessity of Growing Faith

Aug 30 LAST Lord’s-day I tried to say cheering and encouraging words to “Little-faith.” I trust that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, did thereby strengthen some to whom the Saviour said, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” But none of us would desire to remain among the Little-faiths; we long to press forward in our march to the better land. If we have just started in the heavenly race,...

2 Thessalonians 1:3

Free Grace a Motive for Free Giving

Jun 13 THE Thessalonian saints had been much persecuted and afflicted, and they had exhibited great faith, insomuch that Paul says, “We ourselves glory in you in the church of God for your patience and faith.” As if they had not enough trouble coming from the outside, there sprang up in their midst certain hot-headed teachers who declared that the day of Christ was immediately at hand. The coming of the Lord...

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Jesus Admired in Them That Believe

Jun 1 WHAT a difference between the first and second comings of our Lord! When he shall come a second time it will be to be glorified and admired, but when he came the first time it was to be despised and rejected of men. He comes a second time to reign with unexampled splendour, but the first time he came to die in circumstances of shame and sorrow. Lift up your...

2 Thessalonians 1:10

The Jewel of Peace

Mar 18 WHEN the heart is full of love it finds the hand too feeble for its desires. Hence it seeks relief in intercession and benediction; wishing, praying and blessing where it cannot actually effect its loving purpose. The apostle would have done for the Thessalonians all the good that was conceivable had it been in his power, but his wishes far outstripped his abilities, and therefore he betook himself to interceding...

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Facing the Wind

Sep 28 THE Christian church ought to be an assembly of holy men. Its members should all of them be eminently peaceable, honest, upright, gracious, and Christlike. In the main, and in spite of all our failures, I trust these characteristics may be seen in the churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. But, still, from the beginning there has been a mixture. Judas in the sacred college of the twelve apostles seemed...

2 Thessalonians 3:13

Divine Love and Its Gifts

Feb 16 THE Thessalonians had been much disturbed by the predictions of divers persons that the day of Christ was at hand. There always have been pretenders to prophetic knowledge, who have fixed dates for the end of the world, and by their fanaticism have driven many into lunatic asylums and disturbed the peace of others; some of this band had worried the saints at Thessalonica. The apostle, after beseeching them not...

2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17

Election

Sep 2      If there were no other text in the sacred Word except this one, I think we should all be bound to receive and acknowledge the truthfulness of the great and glorious doctrine of God's ancient choice of his family. But there seems to be an inveterate prejudice in the human mind against this doctrine; and although most other doctrines will be received by professing Christians, some with caution, others...

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14