• The Bliss for the Righteous

    2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

    What God has in store for all His servants is far better than we can describe or conceive of in our present state. Even the best that this world can offer cannot be compared to what the Lord has for ...Read More

  • What Happens at Jesus’ Return

    2 Thessalonians 1:9–10

    Hell is real, and its horror is far greater than we can imagine. All those who do not believe the gospel will suffer eternal punishment there. This is an impetus for us to believe the gospel and for us to ...Read More

  • The Righteous Judgment of God

    2 Thessalonians 1:5–8

    At times in the Christian life, believers may question whether they have genuine faith in Christ and thus whether they have salvation. One test of the authenticity of our faith is our willingness to suffer for Jesus. If we are ...Read More

  • Continuing Good News From Thessalonica

    2 Thessalonians 1:3–4

    Showing gratitude to God for other believers is an obligation that we frequently forget. However, other Christians are good gifts from the Lord, and their presence in our lives is one of the means by which we become more conformed ...Read More

  • Second Thessalonians

    2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

    Second Thessalonians goes over some of the same ground as 1 Thessalonians, but this is a good thing. We are slow to learn, and we need God to repeat Himself to us if we are to grow in the knowledge ...Read More

  • Time: The Subtle Thief

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  • Waiting for the Clouds to Break

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  • Final Greetings and Requests

    1 Thessalonians 5:25–28

    We remain ever dependent on the grace of God to sustain and change us. None of us has arrived at full holiness, and we will make progress only as we seek to grow in the grace of the Lord. We ...Read More

  • Paul’s Closing Benediction

    1 Thessalonians 5:23–24

    Sanctification is usually a slow process, so at times we may think that God is not making us holy in practice or that He will not complete the good work begun in us. However, the Lord is perfectly faithful to ...Read More

  • Prophecies and Discernment

    1 Thessalonians 5:19–22

    John Calvin applies 1 Thessalonians 5:19–22 to our situation by noting that today, prophecy means “interpretation made suitable to present use.” Our only access to prophecy today is through the faithful exposition of the inscripturated Word of God, which appointed ...Read More