As I heard this verse last Lord’s Day, I was struck anew with the marvel of God’s love and mercy shown to us…”indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us…” II Thessalonians 1:6-7.
That God considers it just to reward us! It is easily granted that it is just for the Most High God to reward those who despise his name with affliction–but that he is also just to reward us along with the martyrs–that is a marvel!
“And why?”, I then asked.
Why? Because of Christ.
Because we are Christ’s. Because Christ has completely satisfied the justice of God due to us for our sins; because Christ covers us before the eyes of the Father; because the Father delights in blessing his Son; thus God delights in blessing us in Christ. We shall be justly blessed throughout eternity because the Christ has set his name on us.
This is a marvelous thing for which I am ever thankful.
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