… 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
-2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NASB)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
Paul cared for all the churches where he taught the glorious gospel of the grace of God, desiring that they would hold fast to the truth and stand firm in the teachings passed on to them by Paul himself. How he praised the Lord for the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit that was carried out in their lives – and how he encouraged the saints themselves to always give thanks to the God and Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s desire for their ongoing sanctification and maturity in the faith was so strong that He prayed often and continuously that the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father (Who loved us and gave us eternal encouragement by His grace), would encourage their hearts and strengthen their soul in every good work and word.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God the Father Who continues to love us as well. It is the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father Who has given us eternal comfort too – by grace through faith – and it is the Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father Who have given us a good hope by His grace.. and in the world to come, life everlasting.
Thank You Father for the Lord Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in my life today. Thank You that You loved us so much that You sent Him to be the propitiation for my sins and that through Him I have received eternal comfort and a good hope – by grace through faith in Christ, in Whose name I pray, AMEN