People's New Testament
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
SUMMARY OF II THESSALONIANS 1:
Salutation. Patient Waiting Under Tribulation. The Revelation of Christ for Judgment. The Punishment of the Disobedient.
Paul, Silvanus and Timotheus. See PNT 1Th 1:1. The first two verses are nearly identical.
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:2 Grace unto you, and peace. See PNT Ro 1:7.
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
1:3 We are bound to thank God. Paul states that he prayed ceaselessly for the Thessalonians (1Th 3:9-13). Here he points out how his prayers were answered. The messenger who had returned to him told him many things concerning the church which filled him with thankfulness. One of these was that their
faith groweth exceedingly. Though persecuted, their faith did not fail, but became stronger. And with their faith their charity, love, toward each other also abounded.
So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
1:4 So that we ourselves glory. On account of these things he spoke their praises in the churches, those of Achaia, where he then was. It is always a stimulus to report to the churches the good work elsewhere,
Churches of God. A designation given by the apostles to the churches oftener than any other (Ac 20:28 1Co 1:2 10:32 11:16,22 15:09 2Co 1:1 Ga 1:13 1Th 2:14 2Th 1:4 1Ti 3:5), though also spoken of as churches of Christ (Ro 16:16).
Your patience. There was a patient endurance of trial for Christ.
Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
1:5 A manifest token of the righteous judgment of God. Your sufferings are a proof of judgment to come. The wicked are not receiving their deserts; the righteous are suffering. A future judgment, hence, must come, because God is righteous.
That ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which also ye suffer. Their sufferings not only proved a judgment to come, but tried them, purified them, and prove them worthy.
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God. Your trials prove a coming judgment, because it is a righteous thing for God to punish those who trouble you. They must be requited for their wrongs.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
1:7 And not only that, but it is a righteous thing that he give
to you who are troubled rest with us. That rest would come when there would be no persecutors, no stripes, no stonings, no prisons. It shall be
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven. At the Lord's coming. Compare Mt 24:30.
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1:8 In flaming fire. The flaming fire denotes brightness, glory, purity, and also destruction to adversaries. Dazzling brightness is always associated with his coming. God was revealed at Sinai in flaming fire (Ex 3:2; 19:18).
Them that know not God. Know him not because they refuse to know him. See Ro 1:28.
And obey not the gospel. This class refuse to accept and obey the gospel. Their day of grace will end with the day of the Lord.
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
1:9 Who shall be punished. Those who obey not the gospel shall be punished. The punishment is
everlasting destruction. This does not mean annihilation, but an eternal banishment from the
presence of the Lord. In Matthew, the doom of the wicked is Depart from me (Mt 25:41). The saints are ever with the Lord (1Th 4:17); the wicked are driven forever from his presence.
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
1:10 When he shall come. These final judgments shall be when he comes
to be glorified in his saints. The saints risen, glorious, rejoicing in salvation, shall be a glory of the Lord.
And to be admired by all them that believe. All believers will look upon him with wonder and admiration.
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you. In view of this glorious judgment, he prays that they may stand and be counted worthy.
Of this calling. The Christian calling.
Fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness. The idea is Perfect in you the love of goodness and the work of faith.
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified. Holy lives glorify the Lord.