“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, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
This reference to “every good word and work” offers a preview of what is to come in the final chapter of 2 Thessalonians. For example, this terminology draws our attention to the things we say (“every good word”) and the things we do (“[every good] work”). This is important, for if there is a disconnect between the things we say and do, it likely means that something is wrong. It also means that others are sure to notice and make their own judgments concerning the things we claim to believe. As the old adage reminds us, “actions speak louder than words.”
This represents an important consideration, especially in an era where we have an unprecedented opportunity to amplify our thoughts, opinions, and ideas through various forms of social media. An objective look at an average social media feed will often reveal the true nature of our words and works. Even our volume of activity on social media reveals something important about our priorities. Do such things function as a “good word” or a “good work” that reflects well upon Christ?
In a larger sense, this reference to our words and works serves to remind us that everyone carries a philosophy, worldview, or set of principles that governs their choices. Those principles are subsequently expressed through the decisions of daily life. If our principles are built upon a Biblically-sound relationship with God through faith in Christ, then we can count on Him to establish us in every good word and work.
Unfortunately, we’ll soon find that some among the Thessalonians held principles that led to decisions that reflected poorly upon their relationship with Jesus. As we consider their example, we are sure to discover some insights that can help us avoid a similar mistake. But for now, we’ll close our study of 2 Thessalonians chapter two with a few important observations from the following commentator…
“Notice that believers are encouraged to do and say ‘good things.’ We are not saved by doing good things but we are saved for doing and saying good things. Our relationship with Christ must lead to Christlikeness. We were called unto good works (cf. Eph. 1:4; 2:10). The goal of every believer is not only heaven when we die but Christlikeness now.” (1)
(1) Dr. Bob Utley. Free Bible Commentary, 2 Thessalonians 2:17 Copyright © 2014 Bible Lessons International http://www.freebiblecommentary.org/new_testament_studies/VOL07/VOL07C_02.html