God called you by the Gospel to believe the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ, therefore hold to the Good News of justification and forgiveness that has been passed on to you.

BibleGateway: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

ESV Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (Listen)

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

     16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 260:
O Lord, Look Down from Heaven

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Lord, look down from heaven, behold 
And let Thy pity waken: 
How few are we within Thy Fold, 
Thy saints by men forsaken! 
True faith seems quenched on every hand, 
Men suffer not Thy Word to stand; 
Dark times have us o’ertaken. 

2. With fraud which they themselves invent 
Thy truth they have confounded; 
Their hearts are not with one consent 
On Thy pure doctrine grounded. 
While they parade with outward show, 
They lead the people to and fro, 
In error’s maze astounded. 

3. May God root out all heresy 
And of false teachers rid us 
Who proudly say: “Now, where is he 
That shall our speech forbid us? 
By right or might we shall prevail; 
What we determine cannot fail; 
We own no lord and master.” 

4. Therefore saith God, “I must arise, 
The poor My help are needing; 
To Me ascend My people’s cries, 
And I have heard their pleading. 
For them My saving Word shall fight 
And fearlessly and sharply smite, 
The poor with might defending.” 

5. As silver tried by fire is pure 
From all adulteration, 
So through God’s Word shall men endure 
Each trial and temptation. 
Its light beams brighter through the cross, 
And, purified from human dross, 
It shines through every nation. 

6. Thy truth defend, O God, and stay 
This evil generation; 
And from the error of their way 
Keep Thine own congregation. 
The wicked everywhere abound 
And would Thy little flock confound; 
But Thou art our Salvation. 


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