Monday, April 4, 2011

Praising God for the Church

The Thessalonians were a unique church in the sense that Paul does more praising of this church than any other church we see in Scripture. In his second letter to the Thessalonians he starts by giving thanks for this church:

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for another is increasing.

By no means was this a perfect church (that is impossible because the church is made up of sinners) but they were a church worth watching because of their lives of godliness. As I read 2 Thessalonians this weekend a part in chapter 2 really stood out to me as encouraging to my soul that I wanted to encourage you all with today:

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken work or by the letter.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who love us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

The church is built upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and comprised of sinners who have been called by the Father through the gospel. What a joy it is to be part of a local body of believers much like the Thessalonians.

Grace upon grace,

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