2 Thessalonians 3* The apostle expresses confidence in the Thessalonians, andprays for them. (1-5) He charges them to withdraw fromdisorderly walkers, particularly from the lazy and busybodies.(6-15) And concludes with a prayer for them, and a greeting.(16-18)1-5 Those who are far apart still may meet together at thethrone of grace; and those not able to do or receive any otherkindness, may in this way do and receive real and very greatkindness. Enemies to the preaching of the gospel, andpersecutors of its faithful preachers, are unreasonable andwicked men. Many do not believe the gospel; and no wonder ifsuch are restless and show malice in their endeavours to opposeit. The evil of sin is the greatest evil, but there are otherevils we need to be preserved from, and we have encouragement todepend upon the grace of God. When once the promise is made, theperformance is sure and certain. The apostle had confidence inthem, but that was founded upon his confidence in God; for thereis otherwise no confidence in man. He prays for them forspiritual blessings. It is our sin and our misery, that we placeour affections upon wrong objects. There is not true love ofGod, without faith in Jesus Christ. If, by the special grace ofGod, we have that faith which multitudes have not, we shouldearnestly pray that we may be enabled, without reserve, to obeyhis commands, and that we may be enabled, without reserve, tothe love of God, and the patience of Christ. 6-15 Those who have received the gospel, are to live accordingto the gospel. Such as could work, and would not, were not to bemaintained in idleness. Christianity is not to countenanceslothfulness, which would consume what is meant to encourage theindustrious, and to support the sick and afflicted. Industry inour callings as men, is a duty required by our calling asChristians. But some expected to be maintained in idleness, andindulged a curious and conceited temper. They meddled with theconcerns of others, and did much harm. It is a great error andabuse of religion, to make it a cloak for idleness or any othersin. The servant who waits for the coming of his Lord aright,must be working as his Lord has commanded. If we are idle, thedevil and a corrupt heart will soon find us somewhat to do. Themind of man is a busy thing; if it is not employed in doinggood, it will be doing evil. It is an excellent, but rare union,to be active in our own business, yet quiet as to otherpeople's. If any refused to labour with quietness, they were tonote him with censure, and to separate from his company, yetthey were to seek his good by loving admonitions. The Lords iswith you while you are with him. Hold on your way, and hold onto the end. We must never give over, or tire in our work. Itwill be time enough to rest when we come to heaven. 16-18 The apostle prays for the Thessalonians. And let usdesire the same blessings for ourselves and our friends. Peacewith God. This peace is desired for them always, or in everything. Peace by all means; in every way; that, as they enjoyedthe means of grace, they might use all methods to secure peace.We need nothing more to make us safe and happy, nor can wedesire any thing better for ourselves and our friends, than tohave God's gracious presence with us and them. No matter wherewe are, if God be with us; nor who is absent, if God be present.It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we hopeto have peace with God, and to enjoy the presence of God. Thisgrace is all in all to make us happy; though we wish ever somuch to others, there remains enough for ourselves.
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