Chapter Two, Lesson Three
HAVING FAITH IN THE TRUTH Page
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 Gods comfort
and strength to live each day Having Faith in the Truth.
** According to Paul, what is the environment for us to receive Gods
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 Gods 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
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.
** 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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