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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

HAVING FAITH IN THE TRUTH            Page 5

V.17 ** And second, what things does he want God to do for us?

1. He wants God to comfort our hearts today. cf. 2Corinthians 1:3-4

2. He wants God to strengthen our hearts today. cf. Ephesians 3:14-16

Even though our eternal state is secure, we need both God’s comfort and strength to live each day “Having Faith in the Truth”.

** According to Paul, what is the environment for us to receive God’s comfort and strength? What are we doing at the time that God comforts and strengthens us?

We are doing “...every good work and word.” We are preoccupied in serving Him, while he comforts and strengthens us in the process. cf. Ephesians 2:10

** Remembering that this is a actual letter, and that Paul was very concerned for the spiritual stability of these Thessalonians, how does “Having Faith in the Truth” relieve their concerns?

By trusting in the truth of God’s word, the events of our day cannot shake us. Whatever He would have us experience, will only be used for building us up; which is why we can consider it all joy! cf. James 1:2-4 (trials - peirasmos, literally an experiment, a trial or test).

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

EXTRICATE

** How do we know from this letter that the apostle was concerned about the Thessalonians maintaining their spiritual composure?

In 2Thessalonians 2:2 Paul said he was writing them so “that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or disturbed...”

Paul wanted them “Having Faith in the Truth” so that they would be able to stand firm and hold fast!

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