Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Belief in the truth grows stronger as we wait on God with great hope.
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved in the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13, NKJV)
In our previous meditation on waiting we considered those who did not receive the truth, and in a few verses later Paul gives thanks for the beloved who believe in the truth. We who are led in the truth wait upon the Lord because of our belief in the truth.
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you. In the Greek bound is metaphorically, to be bound or obligated to perform a duty, meaning I ought, must. Because the Thessalonians were believers Paul felt it was his calling of duty to thank God for them always. Part of Paul’s ministry for disciples was his obligation to give thanks; this theme is seen in other letters (Ephesians 1:16; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2 and 3:9; and 2 Thessalonians 1:3). Always means all the time Paul was never ceasing in giving thanks for other believers. Do you have the same attitude of Paul? How is your thanksgiving for your brothers and sisters in Christ?
Brethren beloved in the Lord. Those who Paul gave thanks for were loved of God, those who believed in the truth.
Because God from the beginning chose you for salvation. Paul was thankful that God chose these believers in the past to believe in the truth and to be sanctified by the Spirit of truth. Surely the Father is to be thanked for His great grace and mercy.
Through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. We have earlier discussed sanctification, the process by which we are separated apart for God as holy, and by which we grow day by day into the character of Christ. This process is clearly stated by Paul to be that of the Holy Spirit and belief in the truth. The Spirit and the truth work as a team to sanctify us. The Holy Spirit uses the word of God, the truth, to sanctify us. As we wait upon the Lord with hope we will realize we need to submit so the Spirit and the truth can have their way with us, to create anew, a life called out of darkness.
…which God has created to be gratefully shared in those who believe and know the truth. (1 Timothy 4:3, NASB)
Paul is comparing the unbeliever with the believer in this passage. God created the disciple to believe and to know the truth. Belief and knowledge are the same gift of grace for the disciple. This knowledge of the truth is precise and experiential knowledge of the truth. When we wait upon the Lord with hope He leads us to belief and knowledge of the truth.