I was reading on FB someone posted this scripture, well, only verse 6, and wanted to see what it was in context.
Sure it is comforting to know God is just and God will payback those who trouble us, BUT what if that person or persons come to have a saving relationship with the God of all? What happens to that person? How are you gonna feel is the just God forgives the person, saves them and gives them a seat in heaven?
5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might
10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
Paul is discussing man of lawlessness, standing firm, requesting prayer, warning against idleness, 2 thess 1-3.
So Jesus will pay them back when He comes back and not a minute sooner. We are to wait on His time. See verse 8?
Who is He going to punish? Those who do not know Him or obey His gospel. Pretty compelling?
So, say someone really really hates me because I troubled them in high school. So I should get paid back by God because God is Just.
But I came to saving faith through Jesus, now I obey Him and love Him. So what justice wins out, the payback justice or the saving faith promise to forgive sinners?
Makes ya think, eh?