Friday, May 25, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Promised Security

"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, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word," (II Thessalonians 2:16,17).

* As Paul seeks God's comfort and strength for the Thessalonian believers, he cites three (3) ways in which the Lord has committed Himself to His chosen children: (1) He has loved us, unconditionally, from all eternity; (2) He has given us eternal comfort--- the on-going, inner security of His acceptance; and (3) He has given us good hope by grace, the Holy Spirit-produced certainty of salvation.

* In this brief benediction, Paul desires God's comfort and strength for the Thessalonians' daily living. He reminds them of three areas in which God has provided assurance of their security: (a) God has expressed His love for His own through sanctification by the Holy Spirit; (b) precious and magnificent promises in God's Word related to their eternal election from the beginning unto salvation; and (c) His grace has given good hope, the certainty of seeing Him face to face.

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