What persecution says to us

2 Thessalonians Bible Background

10.18.2017 – New Testament: 2Th 1.5

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Thessalonians 1 on October 18, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

We try to avoid persecution, but we should not because it says two things to us; one about our persecutors and the other about us. Paul reminded the Thessalonian Christians of how he boasted of their faith, even while they suffered persecution and tribulation, which, he said,

…is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer… (2 Thessalonians 1.5). 

The fact that people persecuted the Thessalonians manifested God’s judgment against their enemies, for they showed that they did not have the Spirit of Jesus. However, the same persecutions worked to make the Thessalonians worthy of the kingdom of God, since they were suffering for it!

Questions:

  • What are you willing to endure for the kingdom of God?
  • What have you endured already?

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