Paul knew how important it was to stand fast in the midst of persecution and pain. Good deeds, acts of faith have an even higher purpose than merely helping someone. 1871-8. χάρις: the former expresses God’s pitiful disposition towards man as weak and wretched; the latter, His loving, forgiving disposition toward man as guilty and lost. Morris notes, “Since there is an article before ‘our God’ and none before ‘Lord Jesus Christ’, it is grammatically possible to understand the expression to mean, ‘our God and Lord, Jesus Christ’. This stupidity and indifference is the most unaccountable fact on earth, and probably distinguishes this world from all others. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". Hence it is opposed, in Pauline teaching, not only to sin which it abolishes, but to human merit which it sets aside—to “works of law” regarded as means of salvation, and to everything that would make God’s benefits, conferred in Christ on mankind, matter of “debt” on His part: see Romans 3:19-21; Romans 4:4-15; Galatians 2:15-21; Ephesians 2:1-10. Whatever is excellent in their character is but the reflection of His own. See notes on Romans 12:1-2. In the final revelation (2 Thessalonians 1:7), His redeemed people will supply the best reason for calling Jesus “Lord”: cf. “Of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ”: Notice how "grace" proceeds from both the Father and the Son, this is another indication of Jesus" Divine status. The believer‘s graces redound to Christ‘s glory, and His glory, as their Head, reflects glory on them as the members. Rare with Paul compared with ινα — hina (1 Corinthians 1:29; 2 Corinthians 8:14). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gmt/2-thessalonians-1.html. This is full of comfort to God’s people, because they have the greatest security in His guardianship and love. American Tract Society. According to Hofmann and Riggenbach, Christ is here named both our God and our Lord,—an interpretation which, indeed, grammatically is no less allowable than the interpretation of the doxology, ὁ ὢν ἐπὶ πάντων θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, Romans 9:5, as an apposition to ὁ χριστός, but is equally inadmissible, as it would contain an un-Pauline thought; on account of which also Hilgenfeld, Ztschr. [6] Lastly, χάρις bears in the N.T., as in common Greek, the sense of thanks, gratefulness; so in 2 Timothy 1:3. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". 1879-90. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/2-thessalonians-1.html. I deem it unnecessary to explain at present in what sense he represents the glory as belonging to God and Christ in common, as I have explained this elsewhere. 2 Thessalonians 1:12. τὸ ὄνομα, the name) We confer nothing on the Lord, whereas the Lord really confers upon us salvation; and hence His name is glorified in us; and we ourselves moreover in Him.— χάριν, grace) with this grace in view, he mentioned ἀγαθωσύνης, of goodness, 2 Thessalonians 1:11. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, According to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ -, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, That the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, tou theou hēmōn kai kuriou Iēsou Christou, en tēi basileiāi tou Christou kai theou, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. 1974. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him; opwv. How shall a man be induced to take measures to escape a danger of the existence of which he is not convinced?