Reflections on 2 Thessalonians

I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read. Other posts this month are on 1 KingsEzekiel, Daniel, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy.

This letter was written shortly after 1 Thessalonians and deals with some of the same topics (the coming of the Lord and work).

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Paul is thankful for the Thessalonians’ growing faith and love, and their perseverance in the face of persecution. This leads to an uncomfortable section in 1:5-10 regarding the day of judgment. This section hangs on a phrase in verse 6: God is just. He will bring retribution for some and relief for others. Does the fact of the coming Lord dictate how you live in the midst of trials and suffering, as it did for the apostle? Continue reading

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