Don’t you love it when a verse jumps off the page and speaks directly to you? His Word is alive and active, is it not? (Heb. 4:12) Well, here is one such verse for me.
I’m going to be so bold as to tell you to memorize it:
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, – 2 Thes. 2:16
Allow me to unpack that for you:
may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself,
Jesus is “our” Lord; He is mine and yours. That is a possessive pronoun: own it! He is Lord (Kýrios) = someone exercising absolute ownership rights; master. Does He exercise absolute ownership rights to your life? Does he hold the deed, so to speak, to your heart, mind, & strength?
and our God and Father,
God is our Father. Father (Patér) is one who imparts life and is committed to it. And really get this: Patér is a progenitor – which means bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness. Wow! God brought us into being in His image to pass on the potential to be more like Him! How’s that potential going in your life?
Also, “father” is the description given over and over again in scripture of God. He is described as a loving Father who cares for (and that includes discipline) His children!
who has loved us
and given us everlasting consolation
He has already given us (past tense, mind you) “everlasting consolation.” Other translators say: eternal encouragement/comfort and unfailing courage. I’ll take that gladly, won’t you? Give me double! This was His gift to us. Gifts are not earned, they are merely graciously received. That is the very definition of “gift.” His gift? Consolation, right? Here’s where it gets really exciting: “consolation” is the Greek word paraklésis (#3874) which is a cognate of paráklētos (#3875) = “the legal advocate that comes along beside to offer assistance.” This is the same word used to describe the Holy Spirit… which God the Father gives to us… to comfort us… (and that consolation is everlasting)… because He loves us.
(Please hold your applause. It gets even better!)
and good hope
“Good” means intrinsically, inherently excellent and originating from & empowered by GOD.
“Hope” means to anticipate with pleasure; to expect with confidence. It is sure.
Our hope, which is 100% ironclad guaranteed, is good because it is inherently excellent as it come from and is powered by God.
Grace, of course, is charis = one of my 2 favorite Greek words (the other being hesed). Charis means favor, kindness, inclined favorable towards, and leaning towards to share benefit. Think about that: JESUS IS ALWAYS LEANING TOWARDS PEOPLE TO FREELY GIVE HIMSELF AWAY.
Come on! Doesn’t that stir up your spirit?
As if that weren’t wonderful enough, that’s just HALF OF THE SENTENCE! Let’s finish the whole thing:
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. – 2 Thes. 2:16-17
Boom. That’s what I’m talking about! (I don’t know: can you do a mic drop with Scripture? If so, consider this mic, dropped.)
What a wonderful God we serve!
Now get to memorizing that verse!
“Lord” – http://biblehub.com/greek/2962.htm
“Father” – http://biblehub.com/greek/3962.htm
“Good” – http://biblehub.com/greek/18.htm
“Hope” – http://biblehub.com/greek/1680.htm