Thankful Confidence, Part 2
Topic: Second Coming Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13–2:17
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. He provides an overview of the Triune God’s saving work, which spans from eternity in the past, is realized in the present and culminates in eternity in the future.
Specifically, in 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, Paul gives thanks to God for four aspects of His saving work in the Thessalonians. He is confident of the outcome of the Thessalonian’s faith and filled with thanksgiving because of what the triune God has done, is doing, and will do through them.