Awhile back, some friends of mine were discussing the most recent unsettling developments in our world. A couple of days later, as a matter of course, I came upon 2 Thessalonians 2 and found it apropos to the discussion. The original recipients of that letter were believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, those who had repented of their sins and trusted Christ. They had been tempted to be shaken from their composure by the misleading of false messages about future things. The last part was so encouraging. It says,
“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” (2 Thess. 2:13-15)
About followers of Christ, we observe:
- A child of God is loved by the very source of love, the Lord (13).
- Salvation for the believer was initiated by God (13).
(It doesn’t depend upon me.)
- A child of God has been chosen from before Creation (13).
(It wasn’t a recent whim.)
- Because God’s calling is irresistible it worked (13).
God Himself gives the believer power to believe.
- A child of God is saved (13).
He is saved from the penalty of sin.
- A child of God has been sanctified by the Holy Spirit (13),
positionally set apart from sin to God.
The Holy Spirit creates in him a new inner man with a holy nature, set apart to God.
- A child of God has been called (14),
called to glory through salvation. (In Scripture, the word “call” refers to a call to salvation, not to a job or mission.)
- The Lord had a purpose for the calling; He did all of this so that the believer can share the glory of Christ (14).
All of these blessings are overwhelming to me, but that last one especially. Can it be that creatures get to share the glory of Almighty God? Besides being mere creatures, people have sinned against God. Can it be that any fallen creature would get to share the glory of He who is sinless? What a privilege! What hope! What joy!
* So stand firm in the truths of Scripture (15).
“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.” (2 Thess. 2:16-17)