Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, September 20th)


2 Thessalonians 1 (ESV)



Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers,[a] as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

The Judgment at Christ's Coming

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from[b] the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.


  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothersor to brothers and sisters
  2. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Or destruction that comes from


Looking forward to that great day when we will marvel at Him whom we have believed! This is also a great reminder to never be afraid of opponents to the gospel because God has made clear the destruction that awaits those people. Instead of fearing earthly mocking and scorn, I pray that we all believe this coming judgment and look on these people with compassion knowing that they are dupes of Satan and enslaved to their sin...just as we once were.

I would be safe to say that it would be an honor to be afflicted, unfortunately yet fortunately, while sharing the gospel, because of taking into consideration verses 6-10. What an opportunity to share such verses. Just knowing that this has more than likely occurred amongst some we have known who have rejected Christ and have died or those still rejecting gives me determination to witness even more. Father, my prayer is for zeal and passion to proclaim your Word even in the midst of those who may turn away. We do the planting, thanking you for the watering of your divine revelation....To God alone be the glory

"11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." This is my prayer for us at BF. In light of the need of our day and the soon coming of Christ I pray that we would be resolved and work by faith trusting in the Lord's power so that He would be glorified.

Verse 9 " They will suffer the punishment of eternal distraction, AWAY FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD and from the glory of his might." What a terrifying thought - to be away from the presence of the Lord! I have often thought that being SEPARATED from him, is the most terrible agony in hell. This thought is the fuel to my prayers for the lost.

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