2 Thessalonians 1:5 – This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering…
Paul opens his letter by telling the believers that he and his senior leadership team with Silvanus and Timothy are for them and there to help. Paul also says that “grace and peace” come from the Father through the Son to teach them that the troubles they are battling are not from God but because God’s Enemy and enemies are now theirs as well.
In this way, getting attacked and having trouble is a good sign, because it reveals that the church has been loyal to King Jesus, which made them a target for the Kingdom of Darkness. As God often does, the pressure on the church increased the “love” in the church, as they are “steadfast”, rock solid, and immovable in their loyalty to the Lord.
Paul then reminds us all that Jesus Christ is coming. Jesus Christ came the first time in humility and will come the second time in glory. Jesus Christ came the first time to die for sinners and will come the second time to put sinners to death. Jesus Christ came the first time as a Lamb and will come the second time as a Lion.
Do you see Jesus as more of a Lion or a Lamb?
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