2 Thessalonians 1
Paul notes that the gospel is Not only to be believed but obeyed! When the gospel was preached there was always a call to respond to the call of the gospel by repenting of our sins (Acts 17:30), being willing to publicly take a stand that Jesus was now Lord of our lives (Rom. 10:9-10), and submitting to a water baptism in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38). It is worth noting that “obey” in this text is in the present tense, so it is implied that one must continue to obey the gospel in order not to receive punishment when Jesus returns!! So how does one continue to obey the gospel? Jesus made it very clear that response to the gospel was on going when He told the apostles “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt 28:20). So not only is our initial obedience to the gospel important, but so is our on going commitment to strive to do ALL of God’s will. Paul when he closes this letter will talk about those who are Christians but are not continuing to obey the gospel. Paul also noted in our reading that it is God, through The Spirit, that provides the power to continue to obey.