Like, 1 Thessalonians, Paul’s 2nd letter to the fledgling church in Thessalonica is unique because we know the immediate context for the letter. Acts 17 tells us that Paul had to flee the city after only being there a few weeks because of a riotous mob that got the house church leader Jason arrested. Paul moved onto Berea but the trouble from Thessalonica followed him so he was forced to go alone to Athens. He is very worried about this new church, planted in great turmoil, which he did not have sufficient time to instruct in the gospel. 1 Thessalonians is in response to Paul finding out that the church is thriving despite it’s rough start! 2 Thessalonians is written soon after and seems to clarify some of the parts of the first letter that the young Thessalonians may have mis-applied.
“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:15
This verse sums up Paul’s intent with the young church. There’s so much that can knock us off course – we have to stand firm with right teaching.
Vision of God
I’m so thankful to God that he gives us his word and a great church to help us persevere and grow.
Vision of Self and Others
I want to see the power my words have. Paul was very aware that his words (spoken and written) would have great impact. All of our words have impact so we should be prayerful as we speak the truth in love.
Go With God
I appreciate Paul’s humility and attention to the needs of the church. He’s not afraid to send a letter to clarify things that were confusing. I want to be clear and considerate in my speech.
Jesus is the word made alive so it’s ultimately about him.