Today we read Second Thessalonians 1 and two chapters of Isaiah.
September 8: 2 Thessalonians 1, Isaiah 60, Isaiah 61 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Thessalonians 1, After the customary greeting and prayer of thanksgiving, Paul dives in on God’s final judgment and God’s glory.
Isaiah 60. Arise, shine, for your light has come. Gross darkness covers the people. It tells of the glory of Zion and ends with a millennial prophecy of the New Jerusalem.
Isaiah 61. This is the year of the Lord’s favor. Jesus started his ministry finding this prophecy is the scroll of Isaiah. It gives “beauty for ashes” and proclaims the good news of salvation.
This is the same Holy Spirit that is granted all who truly believe.
This was the passage Jesus read in the synagogue of Nazareth right after his temptation in the wilderness at the very beginning of his ministry.
We are still in the year of the LORD’s favor, but before the day of vengeance, the age of grace.
A more exact translation: A Kingdom of Priests.
According to Mosaic Law the firstborn receives a double portion.
The everlasting covenant between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit existed before the beginning of time, before creation. The manifestation on Earth happened at the appointed time.