“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one“
Now Paul changes the subject from praying for the gospel team to praying for the Thessalonians.
But the Lord is faithful,
God is true to His promises. He cannot lie or pull any punches. What He promises, He delivers.
who will establish you
Paul describes two characteristics of God’s faithfulness. He will establish us and guard us against the evil one. The word “establish” means to fix, make fast, set, confirm, establish, strengthen. God will establish or confirm the Thessalonians in their belief (Luke 22:32; Acts 14:22; 16:5).
and guard you
God will also “guard” the Thessalonians. The idea is to stand guard. God is our defender. He stands guard for us.
from the evil one
Paul has confidence that God will establish and guard the Thessalonians against any problem they might face.
The more truth we have in our souls, the more stable we become because God is faithful to us.
God’s faithfulness toward us inspires trust. Trust in God’s faithfulness gives us stability because we know that He will be true to His Word (Numbers 23:19). We have His support in any situation we face.
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
“If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).