April 07, 2021 – Wednesday
2 Thessalonians 2:11-13 NIV
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
This is a continuation of Monday’s verses, so let’s take a quick look back at them, 7b This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might 10 on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. Comments may be found here.
From Monday’s verses we are able to see them in verse 11 above is referring to those, He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Today, reading a bit further we see For this reason [cause] God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. What is the reason or cause that results in God sending them a powerful delusion?
It is because they did not care in their hearts one way or the other if things were true or not. They did not care. Benson’s Commentary tells us, As a punishment of their sins, God suffers wicked men to fall into greater sins; and as the sin of the persons described in this passage consisted in their not loving the truth, what could be more just or proper than to punish them, by suffering them to fall into the belief of the greatest errors and lies?
What is the lie they will believe that will result in condemnation? Barnes’ Notes on the Bible provides this cogent explanation, first This does not affirm that God wished them to believe a lie; nor that He would not have preferred that they should believe the truth; nor that He exerted any direct agency to cause them to believe a lie. It means merely that He left them, because they did not love the truth, to believe what was false, and what would end in their destruction. Can anyone doubt that this constantly occurs in the world? No, it cannot be denied. Barnes then adds, People are left to believe impostors; to trust to false guides; to rely on unfounded information; to credit those who live to delude and betray the innocent; and to follow those who lead them to ruin. Who are these people once again? Verse twelve tells us, they are those who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Then there is the contrast in verse thirteen between those who denied the good news of Jesus and believers in the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonians who believed in the truth and were thus saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit. It is wonderful to know they, the Thessalonians, and we, later believers, are so blessed because we accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is wonderful and incredible that God provided a way for us, while still sinners, to believe in the Gospel and not be blinded by our own sins. In doing so we admitted our sins and repented, then believed Jesus died for our sins and God raised Him on the third day, and now we call upon Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Prayer: Father God, Thank You for not letting me be one of those who sought to sin more and more in greater and greater sin. Instead permitting me to see the need for a Savior, to see Jesus as my Savior. You have blessed me mightily. – In Jesus Name. Amen.