Sunday, July 10, 2016

Terror to the Unconverted Paul's Epistles - 2 Thessalonians - Part 2

Terror to the Unconverted
Paul's Epistles - 2 Thessalonians - Part 2
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |


Thessalonica was the second city in Europe where Paul established an organized Christian community.

Paul sent his first letter (epistle) to the church after Timothy returned with good report of the community. His letter filled with praise to God for them, as well as instruction to continue to do good, and be mindful of teachers, and preachers. He instructed them to hold dearly to the teachings of Christ, and not to allow false teachings or beliefs to pollute the Truth, or they may have troubles as some of the other churches were experiencing because of influence by the circumcised, the Gnostics, and other Pagan and false beliefs that had snuck into the churches ranks.

Not long after sending his first letter, Paul felt it necessary to write to them again. This is 2 Thessalonians. The reason for this letter was because Paul had received reports that a forged letter, and a false verbal message had been spread around, supposedly coming from Paul himself.

These false teachings in Paul’s name made mention of imaginary revelations of the Spirit given through some member or members of the Thessalonian Church. The members believed they were passing through a great tribulation because of this, and were greatly distressed.

Mislead into thinking the Great Day of the Lord had come. Paul wrote this letter to set their minds at ease. Paul declares in this epistle that certain events MUST take place before “The Day of the Lord”.

A)   A great falling away from the faith.
B)    The coming of Christ for His people (Rapture)
C)   The coming into public view of the “Man of Sin”
D)  And his open and awful campaign against the Lord
E)    Then the coming of the Lord (Second Coming) with His people in terrible judgment

2 Thessalonians is really broken into four major themes.

1)     Persecution and the Lord’s Coming
a.      A comfort to the persecuted (2 Thessalonians 1:1-7)

2)     The unrepentant  and the Lord’s Coming
a.      A terror to the unconverted (2 Thessalonians 1:7-12)

3)     The Apostasy and the Lord’s Coming
a.      For His people leads to the revealing of the Man of Sin
b.      With His people means the destruction of the Man of Sin (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

4)     Service and the Lord’s Coming
a.      The delay of the Lord’s Coming for;
                                                              i.      Unique opportunities for service (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; 3)

Last week we looked at Paul’s comfort to the persecuted, today we will look at the unrepentant and the Lord’s coming.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12

 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right (speaking of the persecutions and trials the Thessalonica church was facing), and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This (Judgment) will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels (Second Coming). He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 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.

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this 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.

The Terror to the Unconverted

a. God is just
                                                                                  i. Paul encouraged them because of their endurance of affliction

                                                                               ii. Paul states that this is proof God’s judgment will be “righteous” at the last day.

b. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus
                                                                                  i. There is no need for us to attempt to “seek revenge” for ourselves

1. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians, “Make sure no one repays evil for evil.”

2. We must leave revenge to the Lord, for He is keeping track

c. They will be punished with everlasting destruction
                                                                                  i. The trouble will continue until there is rest (verse 7) when Jesus comes.

                                                                               ii. However, do not be discouraged, because at the second coming, wrongs will be made right.

1. Verse 8 “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God”

2. The everlasting destruction refers to the “Lake of Fire”, which will be everlasting. Gehenna, as Jesus referred to it.

3. They will also be separated from the presence of the Lord and from the Glory of His power.

a. Meaning, there will be no power to save them, they will be utterly rejected, and therefore, it is the end, “everlasting destruction”

a. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 The Rapture
                                                                                  i.  “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

                                                                               ii. The Lord’s Appearance;
1. Rapture – In the clouds
2. 2nd Coming – On the Earth

                                                                            iii. Seen by;
1. Rapture – Seen only by His own
2. 2nd Coming – Seen by all
a. Revelation 1:7 (speaking of the 2nd coming) “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” (Daniel 7:13)
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” (Zechariah 12:10)
So shall it be! Amen.”

                                                                              iv. For and with;
1. Rapture – For His Saints
2. 2nd Coming – With His Saints

                                                                                 v. As;
1. Rapture – The Lamb in peace for His own
2. 2nd Coming – The Lion for Judgment
a. Jude 14 & 15 “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

a. And by His power He bring to fruition every desire for goodness and every deed prompted by faith

                                                                                  i. This speaks volumes of the wonderful things the Holy Spirit desires to do for us, if we cooperate with Him.

                                                                               ii. Every desire for goodness, and every deed which was prompted by faith

b. So Jesus may be glorified in you
                                                                                  i. The reason the Holy Spirit does this work in us

c. And you may be glorified in Him

CONCLUSION – We pray this 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

We glorify the Name of our Lord Jesus

Living in this manner of obedience to His Gospel, we in turn are those who love Him (If you love me), and thus, will be glorified in Him.

In accordance to the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace. Our Father holding back His judgment and wrath for a time for us to repent and seek Him.

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