EVERLASTING CONSOLATION

2 Thes 2:16 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

What a beautiful word to describe the precious work of our Savior – CONSOLATION. This word is closely related to the Holy Spirit, paraklesis. It means “imploration, hortation, solace: — comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty”. This is the work of Jesus on troubled souls. To the broken hearted He speaks words of healing. To the confused He speaks words of stability. To the troubled He speaks peace into our souls.

This reminds us of Jesus speaking forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery. Exhortation was what Jesus did when the storm was about to sink the disciples’ boat. The last night Jesus spent with His disciples was a night of consolation. “Let not your heart be troubled…” as He proceeded to teach them about the Consoler Who was about to come, the precious Holy Spirit. He said I will not leave you as orphans, I will send the Comforter to come and be with you. Here is how Spurgeon describes this phrase.

“Consolation.” There is music in the word: like David’s harp, it charms away the evil spirit of melancholy. It was a distinguished honor to Barnabas to be called “the son of consolation”; nay, it is one of the illustrious names of a greater than Barnabas, for the Lord Jesus is “the consolation of Israel.” “Everlasting consolation”—here is the cream of all, for the eternity of comfort is the crown and glory of it. What is this “everlasting consolation”? It includes a sense of pardoned sin. A Christian man has received in his heart the witness of the Spirit that his iniquities are put away like a cloud, and his transgressions like a thick cloud. If sin be pardoned, is not that an everlasting consolation?”

Are you troubled today? Have the storms of life overtaken you? The lover of your soul, the Consoler Himself has not abandoned you. He is here today and only a breath away. His words of consolation are here telling you that He has got this; He has got you. This storm is temporary and His plans are still on time. He is our eternal hope and our beautiful comfort and He cannot fail.

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