Friday, September 9, 2016

Patristic Wisdom: Looking to Sunday

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (2 Thess 1:11-12)

“For such reasons we persevere in praying for you, so that God may display you worthy of those good things to the enjoyment of which you have been called, filling you with every good and strengthening you, so that you may both show your faith in deeds and endure easily what is inflicted by the adversaries.  For in this way Christ will also appear glorious in you in the present age, when you are content to suffer for Him eagerly.  And you who have so steadfastly believed in Him will enjoy the glory to come, which by His grace He has promised to those who believe in Him.”  With these words he seems to have finished what was suitable to be said for praising them because they have stood fast in adverse circumstances and for exhorting them to continue to stand fast in the same purpose.

Theodore of Mopsuestia, Commentary on 2 Thessalonians

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