Brent Karding
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Arc of 2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
God is holding tightly to you.
Published October 23rd, 2018; Updated November 16th, 2018
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Arc of 1:3-12
Arc of 1:3-12
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
b We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, 1
as is right,
because your faith is growing abundantly,
and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
Therefore c we ourselves boast about you
d in the churches of God
for your steadfastness and faith
e in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
This is f evidence of the righteous judgment of God,
that you may be g considered worthy of the kingdom of God,
for which you are also suffering—
since indeed God considers it h just
i to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
and to grant j relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us,
when k the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven l with his mighty angels m in flaming fire,
inflicting vengeance on those n who do not know God
and on those who o do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
They will suffer the punishment of p eternal destruction,
q away from 1 the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
r when he comes on s that day
t to be glorified in his saints,
and to be marveled at among all who have believed,
because our u testimony to you v was believed.
To this end we w always pray for you,
that our God may x make you worthy of his calling
and may fulfill every resolve for good and every y work of faith by his power,
so that the name of our Lord Jesus z may be glorified in you,
and you in him,
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
SUMMARY: Because it is right for us to thank God for your growing faith and love, we boast about your steadfastness and faith , which proves that God will consider you worthy of his kingdom. Therefore we pray that God would keep making you worthy and enable your good works of faith by his powerful grace, for Jesus’ glory and yours .
Mildred Codilla
Brother, I find it hard to analize the connection between v.4 and v.5, since the pronoun THIS refers to the STEADFASTNESS & FAITH, but the mainpoint of v.4 is 4a while the mainpoint of v.5 is 5b.
Brent Karding
Yes, and the main point of v. 5-10 is v. 6-10. It might help you to summarize v. 6-10 first of all, which has as its main point v. 6a: "God considers it just." And then the main point of the entirety of v. 4-10 is v. 4 - "we boast about you because of your steadfastness and faith." They boasted because their endurance proved that God would consider them worthy of his kingdom, because God is just.

So v. 5-10 says: "God will consider you worthy of his kingdom because he is just." V. 4 says, We boast about your steadfastness and faith." The connection between them is that their steadfastness is the Ground of God's considering it just to have them enter his kingdom.

In that light, perhaps a better relationship between v. 4 and v. 5-10 would be Ground, instead of Id-Exp. Does that make more sense to you now?
Mildred Codilla
Ammm brother, please be patient, but I still have question. I was really thinking that in two arcs with GROUND relationship, the arc with LETTER G in it is not the mainpoint.
Brent Karding
Of course, you're right about that - I got mixed up. I think my point still holds, as God's justice is the main point of the part without the label in v. 5-10 - verse 5.
Mildred Codilla
I hope it's okay with you that I have questions brother.
Brent Karding
Yes, it's fine! :)
Mildred Codilla
Wow, thanks for publishing brother..
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