But 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 word or by our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
—2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
by: Kay Samuels.
We are faced with false teachings, discouragement, and new-world ideas. Sometimes what is wrong is just a shade from the truth, which can be confusing—like standing on the border between two states where just one step can take you from one to the other. Paul admonished his readers to stand firm and to hold on to the teaching of Christ. Be emboldened by the conclusion of Paul’s prayer: “May Jesus [H]imself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, MSG).