Paul’s prayer and blessing for the Thessalonians and for us shows us the power of grace and the love and eternal comfort and good hope through the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. By the grace of our God and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, God counts you worthy of your calling, and fulfills all our good pleasure of goodness and work of faith in power.
... we do pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and may fulfill all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 YLT
Paul’s prayer was rendered for the Thessalonians. They had stood up for Jesus and endured much persecution. He first commended them, thanked God for their perseverance. Then reaffirmed his teaching on the second coming of Messiah Jesus and showed how those who persecuted them would receive God’s justice. “pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes in that day to be glorified in his holy ones and to be admired among all those who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 WMB
Paul followed that prayer with this blessing: “Now our Lord Yeshua the Messiah himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 WMB
Soaking up Paul’s Prayer and blessing puts stride in our steps.
We come to the throne of grace to receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need.
14 Having then a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Yeshua, the Son of God, let’s hold tightly to our confession. 15 For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. 16 Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 WMB
The throne of grace is located in the heavenly Jerusalem. Here we see it when we set the eyes of our heart on the things that are above.
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, 23 to the festal gathering and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Yeshua, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24 WMB
We look forward to the heavenly Jerusalem to come down to the new heaven and new earth.
1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4