A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
#And the Lord directs your hearts into the love of God and into the patient waiting for Christ. II Thessalonians 3:5
The Greek word for the patient is Hypomone which means remaining behind and steadfastly enduring. James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and tender of mercy. This is the same patient enduring that we must do for the coming of the Lord, for He is not willing that any would perish but that all would come unto repentance. So we must patiently wait as Job said all the days of my appointed time I would wait until my change comes. We are like gold in the furnace when the fire removes all the dross from our lives so that we will come out as pure gold. Jesus said all those whom I love I chasten. So despise not the chastening of the Lord for soon afterward it yields the peaceful fruits of righteousness. So as we see the Day of Christ approaching let us provoke one another to love and do good works.
#And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. II Thessalonians 3:4
The Greek word for confidence is Peitho which means to persuade or to convince by analogy, to pacify or conciliate (by inward certainly) agree, assure, and believe by making friends trusting and yielding to. This is what Paul is assured of in the Lord touching you and the things which we command you to do and are doing them. I Cor. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. This is the confidence we have when we preach the Word of God that the Holy Spirit will give us the power to give confidence to the hearers to be doers of the Word and not just hearers only deceiving themselves. May the Lord Jesus comfort your hearts to obey the scriptures and impart your faith to others powerfully.
#But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you and keep you from evil. II Thessalonians 3:3
The Greek word for evil is Poneros which means toilsome and bad. From a derivative of Ponos; hurtful, i.e. but especially (morally) culpable and malicious. Matt. 12:45 Then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter in and dwell there and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so, shall it be also unto this wicked generation. This is the epidemy of evil as the man that was delivered from the demoniac returned to his old way of life and then the demons took seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter and dwell in that home and the last state is worst than the first. Therefore, pray that the Lord who is faithful will deliver us from this evil and pugnacious generation.
#And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. II Thessalonians 3:2
The Greek word for unreasonable is Atopos which means out of place or strange and amiss. From Topos; out of place, i.e. (figuratively) improper and injurious. Luke 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds but this man hath done nothing amiss. This was what the thief on the cross saith to the Lord Jesus, and then he said Lord when you come into your kingdom remember me. Then Jesus told him this day shalt thou be with Me in paradise. Paul is asking for prayers to be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men because not all men have faith in Jesus. Thank God that He answers those prayers and protects us from such people and we can witness to them by the way we live and win them to Christ. Never feel like you are out of place for God, for just like that thief on the cross, he was at the right place and the right time to see Jesus and be saved.
#Finally brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have a free course and be glorified, even as it is with you. II Thessalonians 3:1
The Greek word for a free course is Trecho meaning to run or to run or walk hastily. I Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. Paul is using this term as a free course and Trecho to tell the brethren that the Christian life is like running a race. So run, that ye may obtain the prize by allowing the word of the Lord to have a free course in their lives. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus who is the Author and finisher of our faith who endured the cross and despised the shame, now He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.
#Comfort your hearts and stablish you in every good word and work. II Thessalonians 2:17
The Greek word for stablish is Sterizo which means to make fast and establish. To turn resolutely in a certain direction and confirm steadfastly. Thus Paul is telling the brethren to comfort themselves and establish their hearts with a good word and work. That is what we are seeking to do with this Blog by trying to comfort those with mental illness into the word of God with good works. Jesus told Paul my grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect with your weakness. Thus Paul learned to boast of his weaknesses. So if you have been diagnosed don't let this be a stigma but rejoice in the Lord always for His grace is sufficient for thee, just as it was for the apostle Paul. Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD cursed be the man that trusted in man and maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from Jehovah. Trust in the word of God and put not your confidence in a man whose breath is in his nostrils.
#Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God, even our Father, which hath loved us and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, II Thessalonians 2:16
The Greek word for consolation is Paraklesis which means a calling to one's aid or encouragement and comfort. II Cor. 8:4 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. Paul used much consolation and entreaty to minister to the needs of the Church in Thessalonica and in Corinth. He did this with good hope and through the grace of our Lord Jesus. It is a blessing to minister to the saints and give them the everlasting consolation of their salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the Lord use us to encourage the saints as we are facing bank failures the likes of which we have not seen since the great financial crisis of 2008. The Lord told us through Paul to not trust in uncertain riches. Also, godliness with contentment is a great gain. So put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and not your money in the bank. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and the righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.
#Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions you have been taught, whether by word or epistle. II Thessalonians 2:15 The Greek word for traditions is Paradosis which means a handing down or over. From Paradidomi; transmission, i.e. (concretely) a precept; especially the Jewish traditionary law and ordinance. The act of giving up, the surrender of cities according to Polybius, Josephus, and Aristotle. I Cor. 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. Paul is telling the brethren to stand fast and hold the traditions by keeping the ordinances he delivered to them. We must be careful not to follow vain traditions taught by men, but the Jewish law handed down to us by holy men of God.
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#Where unto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ II Thessalonians 2:14
The Greek word for gospel is Euangelion which means good news. The same as Euaggelizo; a good message, i.e. The gospel. Good tidings: Lucian and Plutarch. and others. Matthew 26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a Memorial of her. So it is like what the woman did in anointing the body of Jesus was a sign of the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the same is so of Paul preaching this gospel to the Thessalonians. What an honor to preach the good news and see souls saved for the kingdom of God.