2 Thessalonians 2:13–14 (ESV): 13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote two letters to the church of Thessalonica to correct misunderstandings they had about the end times and to urge them to live holy.
For those then and now that believe the Antichrist is among us, Paul has clear instructions. The Antichrist will be one who opposes and exalts himself against every other god and takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
We have seen many heretics, false messiahs, and would-be conquerors of the world throughout history, but it would seem that none compare to this evil one who one day will rise.
Yet we are assured that when this lawless one is revealed, the Lord will kill him with the breath of his mouth. Imagine the power of destroying someone with your mere breath!
Paul’s implication seems to be that we should remain watchful for when this “lawless one” appears, but also that we should not be overly fearful or afraid. Christ is the true King of kings and he will reign over all someday soon.
Therefore, as Paul wrote in our highlighted verses, we should be grateful because God chose us to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and our belief in the truth. Indeed, this is our calling – to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we see events transpire throughout the world that seem to set the stage for the final events prophesied by scripture, we can have ultimate confidence. We have been called by Christ to be saved. He is transforming us to be more like him, and someday we will join the rest of God’s Church, the Bride of Christ, for the marriage supper of the Lamb!
While we look forward to Thanksgiving celebrations tomorrow, that feast in eternity will be so much greater!
Heavenly Father, thank you for confidence in an uncertain world. Thank you for calling me to be your child, your follower, and for your grace that saves, sanctifies, and equips me for service. May I live faithfully for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.