Bible Commentary: 2 Thessalonians 1

It’s very possible to render 2 Thessalonians 1:9 as such: “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” This rendering fits very much with a description of the day of the Lord in the Prophets, where the destruction that comes on that day comes by the presence of the Lord (Amos 4:12; 5:17).
2 Thessalonians 1:11,12: “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according tot he grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The end to which Paul prays this prayer is that Jesus may be glorified in us, and we might be glorified in him. What is the basis for God glorifying us? It is “according to the grace of our God,” who by his very own power makes us worthy of his calling and works every good work and act of faith that we do. He is the source of our sanctification, he makes us holy, he works our faith out in us by his power. The basis of God glorifying us is that he himself has made us like him, to glorify and marvel at him. May we pray this for each other, and may we marvel at him together on that day.
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