Friday, May 19, 2006

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

Once again in the daily lectionary I find Paul offering comfort and direction to Christians. Ironically in this time before the release of the movie The DaVinci Code, Paul says, some rumors are going around which are supposed to be true, but don’t become worried or alarmed. Paul sets the record straight.

In regards to the time of the man of lawlessness, it sounds like a time of confusion. A person will come and set himself up to be worshipped. He will display counterfeit miracles. Many people will be deluded.

We feel like that sometimes. We get confusing messages from society. Things are hard to sort out. If we can wade through, can our children or the friends we love?

The good news comes when Paul offers comfort in verses 13-17. He tells the Christians that they are loved, and chosen by God. They are saved he says, by the work of the Holy Spirit. They are called to share in Christ’s glory. So stand firm, Paul says, don’t be confused about who you are. Hold on to what you learned about the Saviour and about your faith.

And once again, we return to God’s grace. We can’t read too many verses in Paul without being reminded of God’s grace. Perhaps being thankful for God’s grace is the best daily habit to have. By God’s grace, Paul says in verse 16, God gave us eternal encouragement and good hope. May our hearts be encouraged. (v17). These encouraging words remind me when Jesus said, “do not be afraid, little flock” (Luke 12:32) and I’m thankful for words of encouragement and even triumph in times of confusion.

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