Scripture Memory Meditation | 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
13 But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, whether by what we said or what we wrote.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
In recent events we might find it difficult to be grateful for anything. From the unjust acts in recent news, to the pandemic affecting the world, to the economic and political climate, we often find it difficult to be thankful--especially when we are being bombarded 24/7 by all that is wrong in this world.
While we find it difficult to give thanks, believers in Thessalonica would have undoubtedly faced greater hardships in giving thanks to God. These believers were encountering fierce persecution and animosity for their faith in the risen Christ. Yet, as Paul seeks to encourage them he finds cause to give thanks to God despite their dire circumstances.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15, Paul draws the believers into thanksgiving by reflecting on the awesome reality that “from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation.” The truth that God instigated their salvation isn’t meant to be a mere fact or something they acknowledge only. The truth that they’ve been specially chosen and saved by God is meant to spur them on to abundant thanksgiving! Paul is in a sense saying to these believers that God saved and chose you despite your sinfulness, despite your rebellion, and despite your complete unworthiness. He brought you to faith in the gospel and made you a child of God. Thanks be to God!
Furthermore, Paul confirms that God saved these believers through the gospel “so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul is bringing to light the great hope that all believers have. The hope that one day all believers will be with Jesus who will finally and fully satisfy the yearning desire of every person’s heart. This is the great hope every believer has. And this is a great cause for thanksgiving no matter what is taking place around us.
Because of these great realities, we too as believers can be encouraged and thankful despite the brokenness around us. For we know that we have a Savior who will one day make all wrong things right. So let us stand firm in gospel hope until that day when we are with Jesus in glory.