Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and Crown Christian School in St. Francis, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17.
St. Paul makes it clear in this text that his preceding teaching concerning the end times has been for the Thessalonians’ comfort. He assures them that their salvation rests not on their own work, but upon God’s alone. God is the One who has chosen them for salvation. Not only has He accomplished their justification, He also accomplishes their sanctification through His Spirit until the end. This too is for their comfort, as they undergo suffering right now even as they await the Lord’s glory. This comfort is the ground by which the Thessalonians stand firm in the traditions Paul has given them. These are not man-made traditions, but the Word of God that has been passed down faithfully and is now being preached and written faithfully by Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Paul concludes with a Trinitarian blessing, confident that the one true God will do for the Thessalonians, and for all Christians, what He has promised.
“Christ Is Surely Coming” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that journeys through the two epistles to the Thessalonians. Through these two letters, Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy encouraged the young church in Thessalonica to stand firm in the midst of persecution as they eagerly waited for Christ’s second coming. This Word of God still strengthens the Church today to live now with faith, hope, and love, even as we long for the Day of Christ’s return, the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits[a] 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.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Some manuscripts chose you from the beginning
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