1 Timothy 1:1–2 (ESV)
an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith:
mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Some people have thought that Timothy is Paul’s son, but that is not the case.
Not a blood relationship, but a spiritual relationship through faith. This is also how I can refer to others as my brothers… that is, brothers in Christ.
I pray: O Lord, those who believe are brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me to reach out and help all people, so that they too may become brothers and sisters in Christ… and to share in the forgiveness
of sins, salvation, and eternal life. Amen.
2 Thessalonians 3:16–18 (ESV)
may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness
in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Well, it is late and time to work on my blog… and I’m tired! Wow… the reading is short and the closing of 2 Thessalonians. The closing is a benediction. The word benediction means Pronouncement of God’s favor
upon an assembled congregation (Gn 27:27–29; Lk 24:50; 2 Cor 13:11, 14). The Lutheran Study Bible states: Paul concludes his Letter with a prayer for peace and, in his own hand, a blessing of grace. We should imitate Paul in his blessing. We should
pray for peace for others, even for our enemies. We should bless, and not curse, even those we do not like, even those who do us harm (Rm 12:19; 1Pt 3:9). Our prayer for God’s peace and grace in our lives is no mere wish. We do have peace with God and
with one another through the blood of Christ; by the grace of our Lord, this is a peace that passes all understanding and remains steadfast regardless of external assaults by the devil (cf Eph 2:11–21; Col 1:19–20; Jn 14:27).
I pray: “O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that
our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”
Amen. (LSB, p 233)
With this closing… I’m going to bed. Go in peace.
2 Thessalonians 3:6–15 (ESV)
Warning Against Idleness
6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For
you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For
even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now
such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
13 As for you, brothers,
do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him
as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
There are a lot of people in this world that don’t want to work and are lazy. They even want us to subsidize
their life. This passage tells them to get a job and support their self, or go hungry. It is one thing to not be able to work and need help, but to ask for help when you are capable of working is another thing.
It is lazy. The Lutheran Study Bible states: Those who are idle are to be avoided and even denied fellowship in order that this might cause them to repent, amend their ways, and return to their fellow believers. Laziness is a serious sin against the
God who created us and gave us talents and abilities. It is a sin against the Body of Christ, against our brothers and sisters in the Lord, to whom we have been joined and with whom we are to be co-workers. The good news is that this word of the condemning
Law is not the last word. The Law shows us our need for the Savior from sin; the Gospel gives us that Savior.
I pray: Heavenly Father, I thank You that
in Baptism You have broken into my life, unified me with the life of Christ, and chosen me for citizenship in Your kingdom. I praise You for this inheritance, this home, this family. I bless You for never having forgotten me and never ceasing to yearn for
me, to seek me, to call me, to offer me forgiveness anew. Amen.
2 Thessalonians 3:1–5 (ESV)
Pray for Us
brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But
the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May
the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
If I have a good day or a bad day, I like to have someone to talk to about
it. I turn to my wife, but I also talk to God. Prayer is communicating with God. I do a lot of praying while driving my car. I don’t close my eyes and bow my head while driving and praying, but just casual talk. I pray before
church, sermons, Bible studies… and let God lead the way. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Paul requests prayer for his missionary work and obedience to what he has commanded them. We are called to listen to those whom God has given to
teach and preach the pure Word (Heb 13:17; cf Ac 5:27–32). The Lord’s faithfulness toward us is steadfast; He is an immovable rock. Through the Church (His Body) and her pastors, He will guard us against the attacks of the evil one, the devil,
I pray: “Protect us from war, bloodshed, plagues, pestilence, and other grievous diseases. Guard us against all evil and distresses
of the body. Let Your divine will, the growth of Your kingdom and the glory of Your name be accomplished in all these things. Amen.” (Luth, TLWA, p 336)
2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 (ESV)
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. 14 To
this, he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us,
either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort
your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
I have said it before and I say it again… I get excited when we see God’s work in us.
“God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” We didn’t choose God, God chose you!” Again… “he called you through our gospel…”
What is our response? To stand firm and hold to the traditions. Too often we want to take credit for our faith, while faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8-9).
I pray: O Lord, you have chosen
me… help me to stand firm. Amen.