2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 (NIV84)
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good
deed and word.
Paul calls on the Thessalonians to stand firm in the faith the Lord has given them. He reminds them that both their
calling and comfort have God as the source. We must not seek the truth in the spirit of the age, in the fads, trends, or ideas of today’s marketplace. The God who has elected us unto salvation keeps us steadfast in the faith (cf 1Th 5:23–24). The
doctrine of election is a doctrine of the Gospel, by which we know that our salvation is guaranteed (Eph 1:14) because it depends on God alone as He has chosen us before the foundation of the world (see notes, Rm 8:28; 9:11). God assures us of this through
the external signs of His Word and Sacrament He handed down to us through the apostles.
I pray: “The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve
you in body and soul to life everlasting.” Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2063.