Read: II Thessalonians 2 by November 2nd
For the Church in Thessalonica, they started to waver in their faith because of a fake letter sent to them (2:2) that had told them that they missed the second coming of Christ. They began to doubt themselves, doubt what the Paul had taught them. They began to doubt God Himself, all because of a lie spoken to them about the nature and truths of God. You can almost hear Paul’s frustration and heavy hearted reply to them in verse 5: “Don’t you remember that when I was still with you, I used to tell you these things?”
It is because of this that Paul encourages Christians to stand firm in the faith. Even today it is hard to hold onto the truths of God. It can be hard to walk the Christian life. When the going gets tough, we can sometimes want to give up, just like the Thessalonians. At those moments, we must remember that there is coming a day when this will end. Christ will return and take us to be with Him forever. Until then, we need to go hard for Him, knowing that the sufferings that we face today are only for a short time.
“Therefore, brothers, stand firm; and hold to the traditions you were taught by us whether we spoke them or wrote them in a letter. And may our Lord Yeshua the Messiah Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and by His grace given us eternal comfort and a good hope, comfort you hearts and strengthen you in every good word and deed.”
~2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 (JNTP)
1) What does it mean to stand firm in the faith?
2) Why does it seem to get hard at times? What should we do at those moments?
3) How does knowing that Christ will return for us, help us to endure today?