2 Thessalonians 1:5-12
5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you’ve heard a person explain away their physical abuse of someone else by saying, “An eye for an eye! It’s in the Bible!” That’s true; “… if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot … (Exodus 21:23-24).
However, this call for judgement between two men is a paraphrase which means pecuniary (monetary) mulcts (fine or penalty), “monetary fine or judgement.” Righteous judgement belongs to God (v. 5)—not man.
The Scripture reading for today, in context, is about God’s grace which helps believers endure affliction from others, making them worthy of his call on their life. When Jesus comes again, God will dispense his righteous judgement. More importantly, “the name of our Lord Jesus … [will] be glorified in you (those who love God), and you (those who love God) in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. We will become One with God in his glory!