I’m continuing to look at Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonian church. After talking to them about the second coming of Christ, he now starts to close with some words of encouragement.
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
This is a very important message which our generation of the church needs to hear. Even though the Thessalonian church was only recently established, they had grown quickly in their spirituality.
This fact is brought out in how the Apostle describes them. Paul literally says that God took them for Himself from the firstfruits. In Paul’s mind, this was a “firstfruits” church.
There was a point in Paul’s ministry when he received a dream from the Lord that sent him into the region of Macedonia. Thessalonica was the first city in that region where he was able to preach in a synagogue.
Because of that, this church was always the firstfruits of Macedonia in Paul’s mind. But there was something they needed to do in order to claim that status. They had to believe the Word that was preached to them and then submit to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
Their goal was not only to have their sins forgiven but to become what God wanted them to be. This made them fully aware of the calling that was placed upon their lives. It’s what we need to understand as well.
There’s more to being a Christian than just getting into Heaven. We’re all called to a higher walk. The Good News is that God wants us to share in the glory of Christ.
But please notice the important word in that passage. It’s the word “might”.
This is not something you receive simply by praying the Sinner’s Prayer. It’s what you have to move forward to obtain. Yes, that’s the word translated by, share, in that Scripture. It means to obtain and surround yourself with.
I believe that this glory is not reserved for the sweet by and by. It’s something the Lord wants His church to walk in right now. If the world would see the glory of Christ surrounding us, they would be drawn to His saving grace.
What does that say to us? Paul is not trying to teach something new here. We’re called through the Gospel that we might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we need to stand firm and hold on to the teachings we’ve been given.
Then, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to complete His work in us. That means spending quality time in His presence. Time spent in the Spirit will cause us to obtain and surround ourselves in the glory of Christ.
Let that be your spiritual goal.
Question: What’s the next step you need to take to press into your calling?
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