Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today, I want to talk to you about a passage from the book of 2 Thessalonians, specifically 2 Thessalonians 2:11-13. This passage speaks to us about the importance of believing in the truth of God and the consequences of not doing so.
Let us begin by reading the passage: "For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion to believe the lie, and all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief in the truth."
Now, what does this passage mean? In this section of his letter, Paul is warning the Thessalonian believers about the Antichrist's coming and the deception he will bring with him. He tells them that those who do not believe in the truth of God will be led astray and ultimately condemned.
The passage says that God will send a powerful delusion to those who do not believe in the truth. This delusion will cause them to believe the lies of the Antichrist and turn away from God. This is a sobering thought, as it tells us that if we do not believe in the truth of God, we can be led astray by the world's lies.
But what is the truth of God? The fact of God is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died for our sins and rose again on the third day. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved and reconciled with God. Those who believe in this truth are chosen by God to be Saved through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
As believers, we should thank God for choosing us to be saved. We must remember that it is not our works or righteousness that keep us but rather the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. This should humble us and cause us to thank God for His mercy and love.
Now, I want to give you some illustrations and quotes to help further explain the message of this passage. In his book, "Mere Christianity," C.S. Lewis writes, "Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important."
This quote reminds us that the truth of God is not something to be taken lightly. It is either true or false; if it is true, it is the essential thing in the world.
Another illustration comes from the parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. In this parable, Jesus speaks of a Sower who sows seeds on different soil types. Some sources fall on rocky ground and are quickly scorched by the sun. Others fall among thorns and are choked out. But the seeds that fall on good soil grow and produce a harvest.
This parable reminds us that the truth of God must be sown in good soil, that is, in hearts that are receptive and willing to believe.
So, what does all this mean for us today?
1. It means that we must hold fast to the truth of God and not be swayed by the world's lies.
2. It means that we must be diligent in our faith, seeking to grow our knowledge of God and His Word.
3. It means that we must thank God for His grace and mercy, which have saved us from the delusion of the world.