In 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12, the Apostle Paul conveys to the Thessalonian church a deep and meaningful message of hope and assurance. However, we also find a rather surprising and straightforward statement of the coming judgment on those who afflict these believers.
Paul brings several powerful and profound truths to light in this passage. First, our faith can be strengthened when we look forward with expectation to the day when God will bring perfect judgment upon all wrongdoers. Even during affliction or suffering, we can remain strong in knowing that God is faithful, just, and loving towards those who persevere in righteousness.
A second truth of this passage is that Jesus will judge those who oppose his people. These people are said to “not know God and not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (ESV). We must emphasize that today is the day of grace. Jesus offers grace to anyone who will come to him. However, that door of opportunity will one day shut.
I encourage each one of us to make sure our faith remains strong throughout every adversity we face, clinging firmly to the promises spoken by Paul throughout this passage – finding comfort in its assurance of divine justice being served eventually, trusting confidently in God’s unwavering love; and depending solely on His ability to sustain us during hard times by filling our hearts with hope each day despite the darkness around us. We also must proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus clearly, even to those who afflict us, so that they might turn and escape the judgment to come.