“Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thessalonians 1:1-2)
I want to pause and give acknowledgment that much of the way we address and speak to God comes from the inspiration of Paul. It was Paul taking words that had been used in other ways – “Lord”, “Father”, “Anointed One” – gave rise to how we address God. And these ways of referring to God and Jesus have passed down through the centuries. Of course it is spiritual, faith, and theological writers such as myself and others who have retained and carried on the traditions. But these ways of referring to God and Jesus have much rich tradition and heritage.
“We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.”
I do not know what trials and sufferings the believers in Thessalonica were going through. I suppose I could go look it up, do some research, and then share that with you beloved reader. But I am not going to. The reason is, in our lives in these moderns days and modern times we have our own trials, struggles, challenges, and suffering. Maybe not in your life right now or not in your faith circle, but at some point and at some time there were issues and situations that loomed large. And in the future there probably will be again. So you, beloved reader, may need and deserve someone being on your side and boasting of your endurance to others. You need support and accolades that you are persevering in the best Christian faith. So . . .
“To this end we [I] always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Verses 11 – 12)
Amen and selah!