“As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?” (II Thessalonians 2:1 – 5)
Over the years there have been many events thought to be the “rebellion” and many people thought to be the “lawless one”. Even in the midst of the elections in the United States, that has not been suggested. And if at other times, at other places, and in other situations someone or some situation was thought to be a clear sign of the end of all things, it was not. So while the times and the people in them may cause us fear and disturb our thoughts and lives, it is but a passing thing and not the end of all existence. Or at least not while I was writing this, and not if you were reading this. So be a peace beloved reader.
“But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.” (Verse 13)
Each time I check to see how many people are following this blog, I am thankful for each of you. Whether you have come out of interest in what I have to say, or some other reason that seemed to good to at the time, I am glad you are here. I would write these even if there was only one person who was interested in reading it. And would continue writing in hopes that two or more might join. You, beloved readers, number over 1,000 and I am honored that each one of you is interested in what I have to say.
I want you to know, Paul does NOT speak for me when he says, . . .
“For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.” (Verses 14 – 15)
I do have to wonder, though, what it would be like to know that someone came to faith because of what I wrote. I think quite honestly, it would scare me. I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to be responsible for someone’s faith hanging on what I said. But Paul was not speaking his own wisdom, but teaching his reader and those who came to faith by speaking about God. I assume all of you beloved readers are people of faith . . . already. And for this reason I consider myself one of you under God. So I quote Paul on behalf of all of us . . .
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.” (Verses 16 – 17)