2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 - Faithful Through Faith In A Righteous God
Notice the remarkable couplets of this chapter. Grace and peace, 2 Thessalonians 1:2; faith and love, 2 Thessalonians 1:3; faith and patience, 2 Thessalonians 1:4; tribulation for those who trouble, and rest for those who are troubled, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7; know not, obey not, 2 Thessalonians 1:8; the presence of the Lord, the glory of His power, 2 Thessalonians 1:9; glorified and admired, 2 Thessalonians 1:10; the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith, 2 Thessalonians 1:11. Like mirrors that face each other, these words flash back and forth their depths of sacred significance.
What marvelous scenes the future conceals for believers!-such as rest for the weary, palms of victory for the defeated, glory for the name and cause of Christ, and, above all, the revelation of that dear Presence with which we have been so constantly in touch. But how inexpressibly awful and terrible, on the other hand, the fate of the willful rejecters of the love of God!
The final prayer has always been highly prized by God's people. If they shall ever be worthy of their high calling, it is for Him to make them so. His being glorified and admired in His saints is not a far-off event, but one within the possibilities of the present hour; and the name of Jesus may be magnified here and now in us, as it will be finally and more perfectly. Compare II Thessalon ians 1:10, 12. [source]
Chapter Summary: 2 Thessalonians 1
1Paul certifies the Thessalonians of the good opinion which he had of their faith, love, and patience; 11and therewithal uses various reasons for the comforting of them in persecution
What do the individual words in 2 Thessalonians 1:2 mean?
Greek Commentary for 2 Thessalonians 1:2
These words are not genuine in 1 Thessalonians 1:1, but are here and they appear in all the other Pauline Epistles. Note absence of article both after εν en and απο apo though both God and Lord Jesus Christ are definite. In both cases Jesus Christ is put on a par with God, though not identical. See note on 1 Thessalonians 1:1 for discussion of words, but note difference between en in the sphere of, by the power of, and apo from, as the fountain head and source of grace and peace. [source]
Reverse Greek Commentary Search for 2 Thessalonians 1:2
Identical language of 2 Thessalonians 1:2 save absence of ημων hēmōn (our), Paul‘s usual greeting. See note on 1 Thessalonians 1:1 . [source]