Judgement(click Here for study notes) (2 Thessalonians 1:3-10)John Nunes, November 21, 2010
Part of the Exposition of 2 Thessalonians series, preached at a Sunday Service service
2 Thess 1:3-10
Our preacher spoke about thanking God for the Thessalonians. What are the reasons for thanking God?
There might be causes for concern as well, but in this case Paul is emphasizing the thanksgiving. What kind of things you could thank God in each other in the home group?
Count God's blessings in each other!
What were the circumstances of life for the Thessalonian Christians? (verse 4)
What is the matter which is regarded as evidence about the correctness God's judgment? (verse 5)
In other words, Paul is saying that the judgment of God is justified by this argument. (verse 6)
Many people now say that God has no right to judge us. Many people say that hell is wrong. How can we use this argument in the discussion with people?
In verse 9 it says that those people who reject the Gospel will be "shut out from the presence of the Lord". What does this expression really mean? So many people shut God out from their life. How is this different? What is the absolute and final shutting out? Is God unfair when he does this?
How does the cry of Jesus on the cross "my God why have you forsaken me!" relate to this?
Look how Jesus paid the price of sin!
Think about the cost!
Return to ponder on the perseverance in this faith.
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2 Thessalonians 1:3-10
3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
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. (ESV)