Date: August 27, 2017
Speaker: John Fonville
Category: Second Coming
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13–2:17
Tags: faith, election, assurance, means of grace, Trinity, Holy Spirit, Day of the Lord, thanksgiving, Second Coming, Predestination, Definitive Sanctification, beloved, perseverance of the saints, antichrist, comfort, apostasy, man of lawlessness, rebellion, hope of the gospel, condemned, consecration, seed of regeneration
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.