In My Confidence
Our God has been so generous and kind toward us. I should say is being so generous and kind toward us. Every second of every day, God is showering us with his grace whether we notice or acknowledge it or not. And not one of us deserves it. The best among us falls far short of his glory and perfection. Yet, out of his great love and compassion, God gives us life, blessings, joy, and the guarantee of eternity with him. That’s what we are seeing in our study of 2 Thessalonians: a letter saturated by grace.
In this Sunday’s passage, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Paul writes about “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him.” The people receiving the letter were struggling with fake news about his return, and their confidence in Christ was being rattled as a result. In fact, they thought they had missed his coming. Because of that, Paul sought to assure them by telling of the signs that must precede the final events of history.
All of that is yet to come for us too, of course. And the descriptions Paul gives of “the man of lawlessness” and of Jesus killing him “with the breath of his mouth” are intended to instill an unshakeable confidence in every believer in advance of his coming. And being able to have that confidence is one more way God gives his divine grace to his people.