Watching a game go into overtime, especially during an end of the season bowl game, keeps viewers and players alike tensely on edge. Watching a replay of a past sporting event where you already know the outcome, however, is much more relaxing.
Tension builds as followers of Jesus all over the world ask questions such as, "Are we living in the last days?" and, "Are we moving toward a one-world government and leader?" "When will Christ return for the elect?"
First century believers lived in turbulent times and their political environment prompted them to ask similar questions. Paul addresses their fears and calms their hearts by reassuring them that the Risen One, the Lord Jesus Christ, would one day intervene "And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming" (2 Thess. 2:8).
Paul offers a number of truths that calm the turbulent heart:
Christ-followers may sometimes feel that they are living in spiritual "overtime," but they must not allow fear to rule their hearts. The end is sure and near. He will come again!
Let genuine faith in Him displace the fear that rises in your heart during troubled times, and remember the Psalmist's words "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you" (Ps. 56:3).
How does Paul invite or include the Thessalonian believers in his ministry?
Why does Paul warn the believers regarding idleness and proper living?
What does the Lord reveal to Paul regarding Corinth? How does He protect Paul and his ministry there?
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