• History and the Christian Faith Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 1-3

    All three of these types of problems still exist in the church today. Determine to stand strong in the face of persecution. Beware of false teachers—be discerning whom you follow. Resist the temptation to be idle. Pray that when the kingdom comes you will be found faithfully working the field God has given you. View Resource

  • The Restrainer Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:1–12

    Knowing the identity of the restrainer mentioned in today’s passage would indeed be a good thing for our understanding of this text. However, whether or not we are ever clear of the identity of this restrainer, the important point of today’s passage is that we see God’s sovereign control of the return of Christ. For it is God who ordains these signs and who ordains the time of Jesus’ return. Let your trust in His sovereignty sustain you as you hope for the return of our Lord. View Resource

  • Confusion about the End Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

    The false teaching that troubled the Thessalonians apparently came to them in a letter purporting to be from Paul and from a supposed “spoken word” of prophecy (2 Thess. 2:1–2). This reminds us that many people will try to speak in the name of the Lord or one of His Apostles when they deliver false teaching. The only way we can keep from being deceived is to test the teaching we hear according to the Word of God. View Resource

  • Who Is the Antichrist? Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

    Read the verses cited above in John’s epistles. How were you antichrist before you believed? What antichrists do you see operating both nationally and locally today? Practically speaking, what can you see in John’s letters that indicates how you should respond to such people? View Resource

  • The Son of Destruction Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

    It is important to note that regardless of whether there is one final Antichrist who comes before Jesus returns, the “spirit of antichrist” has been in the church since the first century. We are warned about this in 1 John 4:3, so we should not think that opposition to the Lord will exist only at the last day. Even now, there are some who will try to infiltrate the visible church and lead us astray. Those who would do that are following the spirit of antichrist and must be opposed. View Resource

  • The Restrainer Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:5-7

    Over the centuries, many people have sought to identify the Antichrist and have developed theories as to who he is and when he will come. It is worthwhile to try to figure out who Paul might be thinking of when he speaks of the “man of lawlessness,” but we should not spend too much effort on this. We should be content to know that God knows who this man is and that the Antichrist cannot operate outside the Lord’s sovereign plan. View Resource

  • The Coming of the Lawless One Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:8-10

    Satan loves to disguise himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), so we should expect him to present himself as a counterfeit savior and even as one who can do signs and wonders. The true messenger of God is not one who claims to be able to do miracles but is one who loves God’s gospel, teaches God’s Word faithfully, and does not practice deception. View Resource

  • A Strong Delusion from God Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

    Since the fall, none of us by nature—except Christ—can love the truth. Only if the Lord gives us a new heart and mind in His sovereign act of regeneration will we love the truth (John 3:1–8). And once we have been given the love of truth, we should ask the Lord regularly to increase our love of the truth. Let us do so this day, praying that God will sustain our love for His Word and His truth and allow it to grow. View Resource

  • Obtaining the Glory of Christ Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

    We will obtain the glory of Christ in that we will share in His glorified body, bearing His image fully in perfected, glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:49). In turn, this will redound to the glory of God, for we are saved and glorified only because He has chosen us and has atoned for our sin in Christ. Salvation is in no way of ourselves, but God chooses us, sovereignly grants us faith, and guarantees that we will exercise trust in Him. View Resource

  • Confident in Truth Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:15

    It is hard to be a Christian in a culture that says the only certainty is that there is no certainty. We have a universal gospel that demands allegiance from all people without exception, and we must be clear on this as the relativism around us tries desperately to make us uncertain about the exclusivity of Christ. Pray that you will stand firm for the certainty that salvation is available only in Jesus (John 14:6), and flee any “church” that would try to tell you otherwise. View Resource

  • Standing on the Apostolic Tradition Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:15

    Scripture is sufficient to tell us what we must believe in order to be saved and how we must live in order to please God. Discovering the will of God does not require any special methods; we simply need to study God’s Word and pray for the Lord to illumine its meaning to us. May we never look to anything other than the Word of God written for infallible direction on what we must believe to be saved and what we must do to please Him. View Resource

  • Established in Good Works and Words Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

    Divine grace is not something that we need only at the start of our Christian walk but at every step of the journey. Thanks be to God, He not only brings us into the faith, but He also sustains our faith and will complete the good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6). Let us thank the Lord for His grace this day and admit our continual need of His sustaining work in our hearts. View Resource