Date: August 20, 2017
Speaker: John Fonville
Category: Second Coming
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13–2:17
Tags: election, assurance, Trinity, Day of the Lord, thanksgiving, Second Coming, Predestination, beloved, perseverance of the saints, antichrist, comfort, apostasy, man of lawlessness, rebellion, hope of the gospel, condemned
Paul’s teaching about the Day of the Lord was intended to calm and comfort the troubled Thessalonian believers. However, he anticipates that his teaching about the destruction of Antichrist and his followers may cause some of the Thessalonians to become anxious about the outcome of their faith when Christ returns.
Realizing this concern, Paul ends his discussion of the Day of the Lord in Chapter 2:13-17 on an assuring note. Paul provides an overview of the Triune God’s saving work, which spans from eternity in the past, is manifested in the present and reaches towards eternity in the future. Specifically, in 2:13-14, Paul gives thanks to God for four aspects of His saving work in the Thessalonians. In brief, Paul teaches that when the triune God sets out to save a person, a happy ending is never in doubt. For, Paul understood that the Thessalonians believers were God’s beloved (2 Thess. 2:13) in contrast to the Antichrist and his followers who are among the condemned (2 Thess. 2:12).