2 Thessalonians "In God Our Father And The Lord Jesus Christ"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series intends to help us understand how that allows God’s people receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The greeting of the letter titled 2 Thessalonians is, “Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The deepening phrase of this greeting is, “in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:” Yesterday I shared how. being “in” something is being completely united, and how the place received changes everything in God’s people’s lives.
Jesus prayed in John chapter 17, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;”
Paul is proclaiming the complete unification occurring in this greeting. People who know that both the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father are in them while they are still on the Earth allows that person to receive life more abundantly than they have ever dreamed possible.
The expanse of revelation today is the word “which” being left out of the greeting. The word “which” is a clarification word used to specify one or more from a definable set. “Which” is not used in this letter; because there was no need to specify; the church knew they were who they were at this point of their journey and Paul was addressing them instead of instructing or encouraging them.
God has this incredible map for His people, and He shares it with them as He knows they can receive it. Continue following the series and find out how amazing the journey can be.
Tomorrow’s blog is 1 Timothy which states, “by the commandment of God" and this is a milestone in the revelation. Come back tomorrow and hear the implications.