March 27 - 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27 - 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

How many times are you inspired on a Sunday morning to change your attitude, knowing that it will transform the entire rest of the week, but by Monday afternoon you have not only forgotten everything thing you heard, but have already messed up so badly you wonder if you’ll ever pull out of the hole?

This is one of the reasons I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I used to get all excited as I prepared for the beautiful new me and within less than twenty-four hours, I had actually forgotten what it was I intended to change.

Our memories are sometimes fickle little things when we need them.

Paul’s message to the Thessalonians regarding the coming of the lawless one had apparently been forgotten and they were beginning to be concerned again with false teachings.  The church had been given sufficient teaching to withstand the false teachings that were coming at them, but instead of standing firm, they were wavering and questioning the truth that Paul had given to them.

We have the truth.  We have the means by which we can remind ourselves moment by moment of that truth. We don’t have to wait until Sunday mornings to hear it and then lose it by the time we wake up on Monday.  Open the Book, read the Words, know the Truth.