I plan on sharing my notes with you here once a week. I think it is so important for us to get in the Word; to find the promise that keeps us moving forward, to find the truth that roots our feet, and to remember that we serve (and are served by) a Father who is for us.
Within the body of SOMA, we look at Bible passages with four key questions-
Who Is God?
What Has He Done?
Who Am I?
What Is My Response?
I have found this to be such a fruitful way for me to journal and seek out the truths that are held for me within the Word. Therefore, this is how I intend to share my notes with you here.
2 Thessalonians 3:13-17
As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.
Who is God?
The Spirit, Jesus, Father, eternal
What has He done?
Loved us, chose us, made us holy, called us to salvation, told us the Good News, gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope by His grace, placed His hand upon us
Who am I?
Loved, chosen, saved, holy, set free, comforted, strengthened, endowed, assured, His
What is my response?
Gratitude, thankfulness, believe in truth, stand firm, keep a grip on the teachings I have been given
I am continually reminded through these verses that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. He left us with the Spirit through His grace to allow us to reflect more of Him. In that knowledge it is difficult to forget the realities and ramifications of Christ's love and life. We have been given an eternal comfort (that was intended for us from the beginning) that surpasses death and uncertainty.
This is a sign of not only His grace but His provision.
I encourage you to rest in this passage yourself asking that the Spirit would impress upon you the hopes that resonate within your story and your heart. The Word was meant for you to receive as a gift full of promise. Feel free to use the outlined questions above in your own way, for you have been set free and in that there is no one way but Him.