Saturday, January 30, 2010
May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
05/06/09 The New American Standard version of this verse begins with the word “Now.” The Greek is “de” which means but, moreover, and, etc. This implies that we are to attach this verse to the previous verse. 1 Thessalonians 3:14-15 begins this thought. In the New International Version, these verses say, “If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.” The instructions in the letter were designed to bring about repentance. Those who disobeyed weren’t persevering in the Christian life, and we who obey need to warn our brothers not to live in sin and defeat. We need to share the reason for our peace and set an example by our endurance through Christ.