THE BOOK OF 2 THESSALONIANS
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
2:13-17, Relation of the Day of the Lord to the Believer
F. Relation of the Day of the Lord to the Believer, 2:13-17
1. The believer's position, 2:13-14
13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul abruptly changes his direction here. He turns now to the Thessalonian believers and praised them for who they are. No matter where you stand on the Lords choosing and calling, you cannot deny the beauty of the process spoken of here; beloved by the Lord, Chosen from the beginning for salvation, sanctified by the Spirit and faith in the truth, called through the Gospel - that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Review Study Questions:
1. Who is Paul praising here?
2. List the significant attributes of believers from these verses.
3. What is Paul's desire as the results of these attributes?
2. The believer's practice, 2:15-17
15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
Paul tells believers to "stand firm" and to "hold to the traditions" that they have been taught through his ministry. That advice is as valid today as it was for the Thessalonians. We believe in God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible for Salvation, Faith, Hope, Love and Practice. No other person or book(s) contain the authority of God. We believe the doctrines that flow richly from that book of God. In That - we stand firm.
Paul seems to use the same situation (by word of mouth VS. by letter) as the erroneous doctrine earlier in the chapter - but we would then miss the most important item in this verse - "Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught." This is not a call to remember what got them into trouble in the first place, but a call to stand firm in the teaching of Paul.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
"This section closes with prayer for strength to stand fast and hold fast the traditions. It invokes the help of Christ and the Father who loved us (as exhibited at Calvary) and who has given everlasting consolation and good hope based on the grace of God."
Charles Ryrie sums up this chapter:
"Do not be disturbed for the Day of the Lord has not yet come. When it does come it will be a terrible time of revealing the power of Satan through his Man of Sin. But you believers will not experience these awful things, for your prospect is glory, not wrath. In the meantime, however, maintain a strong and stable Christian testimony in every word and work."
Review Study Questions:
1. What does Paul want the Thessalonians to do?
2. Why would Paul say, "whether by word of mouth or by letter from us?"
 Outline: Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, First and Second Thessalonians, Everyman's Bible Commentary, Moody Press, Chicago.