« Prev THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS - Chapter… Next »

THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS - Chapter 3 - Verse 3

Verse 3. But the Lord is faithful. Though men cannot be trusted, God is faithful to his promises and his purposes. He may always be confided in; and when men are unbelieving, perverse, unkind, and disposed to do us wrong, we may go to him, and we shall always find in him one in whom we may confide. This is an exceedingly interesting declaration, and is a beautiful illustration of the resource which a truly pious mind will feel that it has. We often have occasion to know, to our sorrow, that "all men have not faith." We witness their infidelity. We see how they turn away from the truth. We see many who once gave some evidence that they had faith, abandon it all; and we see many in the church who seem to have no true faith, and who refuse to lend their aid in promoting the cause of religion. In such circumstances, the heart is disposed to despond, and to ask whether religion can be advanced in the midst of so much indifference and opposition? At such times, how consoling is it to be able to turn, as Paul did, to one who is faithful; who never fails us; and who will certainly accomplish his benevolent purposes. Men may be faithless and false, but God never is. They may refuse to embrace the gospel, and set themselves against it, but God will not abandon his great purposes. Many who are in the church may forget their solemn and sacred vows, and may show no fidelity to the cause of their Saviour, but God himself will never abandon that cause. To a pious mind it affords unspeakably more consolation to reflect that a faithful God is the Friend of the cause which we love, than it would were all men, in and out of the church, its friends.

Who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. See Barnes "Joh 17:16".

Comp. See Barnes "Eph 6:16".

The allusion is to the Evil One, or Satan, and the meaning is, that God would keep them from his wiles.

{a} "is faithful" 1 Co 1:9 {b} "keep you from evil" Joh 17:15

« Prev THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS - Chapter… Next »





Advertisements



| Define | Popups: Login | Register | Prev Next | Help |