“May We Hold Fast to God’s Word for Salvation through Sanctification 願我們持守神的道，藉著成聖而得著救恩“（2 Thessalonians 帖撒羅尼迦後書 2:13-15）
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
God’s love for us is the primary motivation for all His work in and through us. Before we chose God, He chose us for salvation through sanctification. Salvation and sanctification go together. Those who claim to be chosen but lack evidence of sanctification (separation from the world and unto God) are on shaky ground. We cannot see if a person is chosen, but we can see if that person is sanctified. God the Holy Spirit and His Word are essential to our sanctification. The call for this salvation comes through the gospel of the crucified Christ that will enable us to share His glory. It is only the anchor of God’s Word that can enable us to stand firm under the weight of our present tribulation (including persecution, deception and judgment) and the weight of our coming glory.
Prayer: God of Trinity, we are so amazed that your love for us has often been with pain unless Jesus Christ returns for His final judgment and then brings along the coming of a new heaven and a new earth. Thank you for your word of truth and the Holy Spirit of truth being always available for us to anchor our saving faith in Christ alone enabling us to confirm our genuine spiritual birth and to pursue spiritual growth towards maturity as well as to revive our love for you even though all these could cause pain in our ‘own self’. Amen.