2 Thessalonians 1

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The hope of the day of Christ’s coming and what that day entails gives the Christian hope and courage to endure the persecutions of today.

“It is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you.” It brings to mind Christ’s words when He said that what we do to the least of these, we have done to Him. Also, Christ’s confrontation of Paul upon the road to Damascus: “Saul, why do you persecute me,” even though Christ was in heaven and Paul was hunting Christians. Having been united to Christ and being His body, the physical and spiritual torments that are doled out upon us in this day are actually being doled out on Christ. “’Vengeance is mine,’ says the Lord, ‘I will repay.’”

From our impatient, earthly perspective, and because the wicked are spared for a moment, it seems many times that there is no justice and evil men are able to get away with no consequence. But by virtue of God being the holy, infinite, and just Judge of all the earth who will do right, this disorder and injustice we see in our day will, of necessity, be put to order in His time. God will remedy the brokenness and unrest, and the unjust will be repaid for what they have done.

It is in God’s interest to execute justice against those who are in rebellion against His glory. We can be assured that the retribution exacted against evil men who commit these injustices will be satisfying, unlike the justice administered here on earth. How many people are satisfied with the sentences our courts give to child molesters, rapists, or murderers? There are even those who are not satisfied with the death penalty because they feel that they have been so wronged by their offender.

This is not so with God’s justice. Because of the harm which they have done to His image-bearers, thereby dishonoring His image, and because they have not honored His only begotten Son, the One in whom He is well pleased, further dishonoring His image and glory, His punishment will most certainly fit the crime to its most infinite measure. Christians find their greatest honor and glory when Christ’s name is honored and glorified, and by His execution of justice upon those who do not do so, it is a rest, comfort, and joy to the believer to know that there is peace in God’s kingdom.

But this begs the question: what injustices have you done? No man can say that they have done nothing unjust because no man is innocent before God’s countenance- all are guilty. What hope do you have that God won’t seek His justice upon you?

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