This is a section of scripture that’s difficult to understand, and it’s easy to get bogged down in some of the language. Paul talks about the “man of lawlessness” and people being lost in their separation from God and their inability to recognize the truth. Where do we find the Gospel in this? The Gospel is supposed to be good news, but sometimes, because of our life-circumstances, it might not seem like good news. But the Gospel does not depend on our circumstances. The Gospel is the good news that a battle has been won on our behalf. The Gospel is Jesus Christ. Our God, who is the God of justice and grace, has put the world right through Jesus Christ and is now at work to implement that action through the Spirit-filled church. Though the Enemy’s goal is to steal, kill, and destroy – to separate us from God, abundant life can be found when we look for meaning and value within our relationship to Christ. The Good News is that, in the end, Jesus wins. With one breath, the enemy will be blown away. In the meantime, our circumstances are an opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, to speak truth to our hearts, and to turn our focus toward the Kingdom and the ultimate reality that the God of heaven and earth is at work, even now.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:1 - 12