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2 Thess 2:13-3:18 Keeping Church Faithful (#13 2012 3rd QT)
« on: September 23, 2012, 12:39:49 AM »

2 Thess.
 2:13   But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, fellow believers, beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 
 2:14   Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
 2:15   Therefore, fellow believers, stand fast, and hold the teachings which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 
 2:16   Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 
 2:17   Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
"God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth." [2 Thessalonians 2:13.]

Does knowing God chose us for salvation make a difference in our lives?
God desires our salvation.  He has given all heaven that we might be saved.  He wants us in His kingdom!

" Here are presented the two great forces that are to co-operate in the work of saving souls: the strong, loving, working faith of the human agent is to unite with divinity. This is what Christ means when he says, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."  It is through the sanctification of the spirit and the belief of the truth, that we become laborers together with God. God waits for the co-operation of his church. He does not design to add a new element of efficiency to his word; he has done his great work in giving his inspiration to the world. The blood of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the divine word, are ours. The object of all this provision of heaven is before us,--the souls for whom Christ died,--and it depends upon us to lay hold of the promises God has given, and become laborers together with him; for divine and human agencies must co-operate in this work."


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