<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1758373551078632&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's devotional reading focuses on the Epistle appointed for today and comes from the Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary: Colossians/Thessalonians.

Scripture Readings

Exodus 3:1–15
Psalm 148
2 Thessalonians 2:1–8, 13–17
Luke 20:27–40

Read the propers for today on lutherancalendar.org.

Introduction

As we focus on Paul's message to the Thessalonians about perseverance in the faith during turmoil in the end times, we are reminded of God's faithfulness. Although there may be many questions and uncertainties surrounding Christ's second coming, we rest in knowing that God's Word is certain both now and into eternity. 

Devotional Reading

Paul warned the Thessalonians not to be misled regarding the second coming of Christ, as though the day of the Lord had already come. He described those apocalyptic events yet to take place before the return of Jesus, specifically the revelation of the man of lawlessness. We must be on guard against deception. There is much false teaching, especially regarding the end times. Our only protection against falsehood is to cling to the Word of God: read the Bible, pray based on the Word, and continue to hear the Word in the communion of saints. The Lord, the Word made flesh, brings us life under this Word of truth. Paul pastorally comforts the Thessalonians, and us, that Christ will overthrow this Antichrist. We look forward, with great hope and joy, to Christ’s return in glory. . . .

Paul calls on the Thessalonians to stand firm in the faith the Lord has given them. He reminds them that both their calling and comfort have God as the source. We must not seek the truth in the spirit of the age, in the fads, trends, or ideas of today’s marketplace. The God who has elected us unto salvation keeps us steadfast in the faith (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24). The doctrine of election is a doctrine of the Gospel, by which we know that our salvation is guaranteed (Ephesians 1:14) because it depends on God alone, as He has chosen us before the foundation of the world (see also Romans 8:28; 9:11). God assures us of this through the external signs of His Word and Sacrament He handed down to us through the apostles. 

Prayer for the Day

Lord, I praise You that by grace alone You chose me in Christ Jesus and have called me through the Gospel and Sacraments. As the Thessalonians were firstfruits of the Gospel, make me a fruitful witness of Your surpassing grace in Christ Jesus our only Savior. Amen.

Devotional reading and prayer are from the Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary: Colossians/Thessalonians, pages 160–61,163–64 © 2012 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Written by

Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

Featured

shutterstock_108924560

Summer Sunday School Evangelism Opportunities

Here are some tips on how your church can reach out to families over the summer months.

new-places

Sharing God’s Love with New People in New Places

Whether meeting people on a cross-country move or in your everyday life, those are opportunities to spread God's love to new people in new...

what-we-can-learn-about-perseverance-from-nehemiah

What We Can Learn about Perseverance from Nehemiah

Nehemiah’s narrative provides a window through which we can observe how Nehemiah persevered against great odds and enemy attacks.

Latest

new-places

Sharing God’s Love with New People in New Places

Whether meeting people on a cross-country move or in your everyday life, those are opportunities to spread God's love to new people in new...

what-we-can-learn-about-perseverance-from-nehemiah

What We Can Learn about Perseverance from Nehemiah

Nehemiah’s narrative provides a window through which we can observe how Nehemiah persevered against great odds and enemy attacks.

feasts-festivals-commemorations-white

Devotion about European Missions for the Commemoration of Boniface

Boniface was an eighth-century missionary to the Anglo-Saxons. Today we remember him by reading about the history of mission work there.