But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
– 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
As is so often the case, here we are presented with clear teaching on God’s sovereign work in salvation, joined to our responsibility in salvation. God chose you for salvation, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to which He called you, according to belief in the truth. Therefore, stand fast and hold the traditions.
Divine sovereignty and human responsibility are inseparable in the Scriptures.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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Additional Daily Devotionals
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon