Called to salvation

Over the past few days, the Portuguese devotional site has focused on 2 Thessalonians 2.13-15, where Paul turns from condemnation of the rebellious to an affirmation of the readers’ salvation.

But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. He called you to this salvation through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter.

Here are the points emphasized in those devotionals, which might be of encouragement to you.

  1. Verse 13: It’s true: God has his part, the main part (“sanctification by the Spirit”), and we have ours (“faith in the truth”), to believe and obey. Let us understand both properly, for truth matters. (Portuguese.)
  2. Verse 14: Life’s great goal is possessing Christ’s glory. This is a synonym for salvation (v. 13). It means living his life, bringing pleasure and lightness to the soul. (Portuguese.)
  3. Verse 15: Unlike the Athenians, let us not run after novelties, but follow the teaching of Christ brought to us through his apostles and prophets, and available to us in the New Testament. (Portuguese.)

This passage, after the heaviness and mystery of verses 1-12, sometimes gets overlooked. But it brings great hope and encouragement to those who seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in all things.

J. Randal Matheny

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