The passage for today is 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Someone must have been alarming the Thessalonians about missing Christ’s return. Paul sought to reassure them by reminding them of what he had already told them would transpire before Christ’s return. (Vs. 5) A man under Satan’s power, who is being held back now, but will be released, will come and seemingly do miraculous things. He will deceive those who have rejected truth and have chosen to indulge in the pleasures evil. It is interesting that God then somehow sends a delusional influence on the people who reject truth. I have heard people say, “it’s never too late for someone to believe and be saved.” It seems here that people can reject God, and God then doesn’t try harder to convince them, but does the opposite, sends delusional influences so that they will continue living in the lies of evil so to be judged accordingly.
Paul wrote this letter to genuine believers in Christ. Genuine, true, real believers are “born again,” “sons of God” and therefore are not to fear the future, whatever it may be. God works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. God is now a caring father to the believer and will not send deluding influences on his own children, but rather, when necessary, lovingly chastise them when in error. God loves those whom he has called too much to allow them to continue living in the lies of evil.
Almighty Judge, thank you for Christ, who has paid for my every sin, past, present and future, and because of my faith in his payment, has saved me from eternal judgment! By thy Spirit in me, I will not believe the lies of evil, but rather walk in thy ways. Amen.
This post was written by Kelly Gebert.