Jesus in the NT :: 2nd Thessalonians

The book of 2 Thessalonians gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the  New Testament (N.T).

 The 2nd book to the Thessalonians is essentially a book that clarifies some misunderstanding and questions that people had about the second coming of Christ, a.k.a. The day of the Lord. Some people felt that, that day had come and gone, which means for those who remained there was no hope. Paul quickly and deftly avers that the Day of the Lord is yet to be.

What is the day of the Lord? 1st Thessalonians talks about Rapture (caught up). 2nd Thessalonians is about his return (Second coming).  These are two distinct events.

The day of the Lord, When is it?
Let’s not get caught in that trap – Warren Wiersbe (a famous Bible commentator) I think aptly put it when he said that the PURPOSE of Bible PROPHECY is for us to build Character and Not a Calendar, as date-setters are up-setters.

The day of the Lord, What happens?
The day of the Lord is the second coming of Jesus Christ to reign on earth with his saints. It is the time frame when the anti-Christ will be vanquished and destroyed. Jesus Christ is the THE CONSUMER and DESTROYER OF THE WICKED ONE, THE LAWLESS ONE (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Anti-Christ, the man of lawlessness, the Wicked One who opposeth God will be destroyed. But the Lord will destroy the destroyer of peace as he is the Lord of peace.

Jesus is the LORD OF PEACE (2 Thessalonians 3:16). Jesus is the LORD OF PEACE that can give us peace. He won’t have to make peace, because He is peace. He gives peace to all who believe in Him.

But then Apostle Paul shifts aptly from our focus on the day of the Lord to our focus on to the duty for the Lord. 1st Thessalonians counsels us to WAIT for the Lord while 2nd Thessalonians counsels us to WORK  for the Lord (until His return).

In 2 Thessalonians, Jesus is the one revealed from heaven who is coming to earth to be glorified and admired, who is the Lord of Peace, the PEACE GIVER.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 (KJV)
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (KJV)
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

The Armor David Wore :: Shoes of Peace

The Bible records that David, the shepherd boy chose not to wear the armor of a soldier, that King Saul armed him with, when he averred to fight the giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:38-39). But David did wear another kind of armor, an armor that was more effective than the physical armor that he chose not to wear, against an armored foe. It was a spiritual armor that He wore.

The Bible records that when David faced Goliath, he RAN towards the army of the Philistines (1 Samuel 17:48) and downed him with a stone from his slingshot. The Bible also records that once Goliath fell with his face to the ground, David RAN again to slay and behead the giant Goliath. Revelation 6:4 informs us that war takes away peace and when Goliath the Philistine warrior,  stole the peace of the Israelites by defying them and the Lord who was their Captain (1 Samuel 18:51), David’s feet ran with readiness to restore peace. To run is indicative of readiness; readiness to engage in battle.

Our feet must be fitted with readiness of the gospel of peace, as was David’s. When the giants of this world (pleasure, prosperity, power, popularity, etc) deny and defy Christ Jesus, the Lord of Peace, we must run and engage with readiness to restore the Peace of the gospel in their heart.

1 Samuel 17:48, 51 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

Ephesians 6:15 (KJV)
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;