The First Fruits of Salvation

This meditation is based on a passage for May 7, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

Reflection and Question: Like the passage from 1 Thessalonians we touched upon on Tuesday, this chapter in the second letter is concerned with the prevalent belief that Jesus was about to come again. After encouraging the people to calm down, the writer sketches a picture of a battle between Jesus and Satan that has agitated, not calmed, believers through the ages. What actually settles us down and directs our faith is the closing section where the listeners are praised as “the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit.” Which approach comforts and strengthens you best? Why?

Prayer: Standing firm and holding fast to the tradition we received, we thank You, Triune God, Parent, Brother and present Spirit, that, through grace, You give us eternal comfort and good hope, strengthening us in every good work and word. Amen.