Day 18

2 Thessalonians

from the This Is the New Testament reading plan

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, Psalm 22:25-31, Matthew 26:36-46, Hebrews 12:1-2, James 5:7-11

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll continue reading the Pauline Epistles.

What Is 2 Thessalonians? A follow-up to Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, the book of 2 Thessalonians offers further clarification on how to live the Christian life in light of Christ’s promised return. This letter calls believers to stand firm in their faith, following Christ’s example.

How 2 Thessalonians Fits Into the Story: Second Thessalonians continues the themes found in 1 Thessalonians: persecution, sanctification, and the second coming of Jesus. The letter proclaims that salvation in Christ, though already true, will be ultimately fulfilled when He comes again, overthrowing evil and bringing rest and glory. This letter reminds us that God loves His people and gives them great comfort and hope, even in the midst of persecution. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. How does Christ’s endurance provide you with hope in your current circumstances?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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41 thoughts on "2 Thessalonians"

  1. AG says:

    Even as believers, we will face adversity. We must continue to stand firm in our faith and be patient while waiting for the Lord to fulfill his promises. Knowing He will and they will be so worth the wait. Lord help me to have endurance like Christ’s.

    Rhonda J. Thank you for sharing worship songs you are listening to. I love to add to my playlist!

  2. Makenzie Benish says:

    We can face difficult times in life knowing with certainty that God will meet us in that situation and provide us with what we need to get through it. The Holy Spirit will give us comfort, peace, etc, just like He did with Jesus, who was fully human. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

  3. Madison says:

    I’m so thankful for God’s Word. Standing firm in the faith, knowing God’s will is better than my own, being patient in suffering. I pray I would become more like Jesus in these things.

  4. Maura says:

    ERB, not sure you will come back to look at this, but I just got home from work, and finally read what you wrote this morning. All good. Would be lovely to sip tea with you and discuss all of these things. I loved the verses about His delight and so will your Builder marry you. Amen that He is anxious to complete the work He starts. May we all find joy in the way He shapes us, through His Word, the circumstances we have to deal with, and the way His Spirit teaches us through others, and challenges. Hugs dear Sister. So blessed. Don’t know if you will check this, but hope you do. Or I will mention it tomorrow.

  5. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I feel like the reading today is urging us believers to live our life’s as a witness to those around us. I pray that I would do that. I pray that I would witness to those around me by the words I say, by my actions and by the way I treat people.

  6. Cindy Hanna says:

    Christ’s endurance is explained in Hebrews as being: “For the joy that was set before him.” I keep circling back to this verse. It’s so not the way I endure difficulties or injustice. I try to remember that as a believer, the endurance of Christ is available to me. I too can have opportunities to persevere… “For the joy that will be set before me”! What Hope filled thought!

  7. CeeGee says:

    After multiple interruptions, I can finally comment!
    What a thrill it was to see the passage in Matthew (that I referred to yesterday)! Knowing that these readings are scheduled way in advance, I feel like that is something God really wanted me to see. I will be chewing on that for a while! My takeaway today is from Hebrews 12:1-2: paraphrased -Knowing Heaven is the “finish line” (victory circle, etc.), we should run the race of life with our eyes on Jesus trusting Him to keep us on course.

    TINA, you blessed my heart this morning! My heart goes out to you and your family in your sorrow and I continue to lift up little Ollie and his mom. <3 Hugs to you dear sister from across the pond!!!

    Shes, Praying God hears and blesses each and every need, spoken and unspoken!

  8. Kathy A says:

    Love your comments @Kelly, writing down, “I can have hope because God is using every circumstance for His glory”. ❤️

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