And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.
2 Thessalonians 3:4 ESV
Paul and Co. wrote 2 Thessalonians to try and reignite hope into the Thessalonian church’s hearts. They had been expecting the imminent return of Christ, but it hadn’t been forthcoming. And some false teachers were telling them that Christ’s return had already happened.
But 2 Thessalonians isn’t some desperate attempt to redress the balance, with little hope of success. Paul and Co. had confidence in the Lord about the Thessalonian church, that they would take the letter on board. It’s like I have strong Christian friends on other sides of the world, but even if we don’t hear too much from each other, I have confidence in the Lord that they’re doing well spiritually.
This was now the second letter Paul had written to the Thessalonian church. But he had confidence they were taking on board his exhortations, despite the fact he’d had to write a second letter because of troubling false teaching. It reminds me of the fact that the beast in Revelation could even deceive, if were possible, the elect. But if you’re elect, none can pluck you from God’s hand.
Paul was confident in the Lord. that the Thessalonian church would take on board his teaching in his second letter. He was required to write some correctives about laziness in anticipation of Christ’s imminent return. But he was sure by God’s grace that he would be able to redress the balance.
“Dear Father in heaven, may we be the kind of people who inspire confidence in the Lord. May we take on board the teachings and commandments of Your word and live as people of the Book, for Your honour, amen”