Scripture: II Thessalonians 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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II Thessalonians 1:1-12 (WEB) 1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you toward one another abounds, so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure. This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of God’s Kingdom, for which you also suffer. Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, punishing those who don’t know God, and to those who don’t obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus, who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of His might, 10 when He comes in that day to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.  11 To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith with power, 12 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.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why did Paul say they were thanking God for the Thessalonians (II Thessalonians 1:3-5)? Paul said they thanked God for them (the Thessalonians) because of their faith, their love, and their perseverance.  Paul said it was an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God.

2. About which two groups did Paul speak (II Thessalonians 1:6-7)? Paul spoke of those who afflicted others and those who were afflicted.

3. What will be the outcome for each (II Thessalonians 1:8-10)? Those who afflict others will be punished and receive eternal destruction.   And those who were afflicted will be glorified and admired.

HEAR the WORD

I Thessalonians 1:11-12 11 To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith with power, 12 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.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Our “calling” from God, as Christians, is to become like Christ.  This is a gradual, lifelong process that will be completed when we see Christ face to face.  To be “worthy” of this calling means to want to do what is right and good (as Christ would). 

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Thessalonians 1:11 … we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We aren’t perfect yet, but we’re moving in that direction as God works in us.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Some of the troubles we experience are not the result of sin but a part of God’s plan for us.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for growing our faith toward You and our love toward You and others (I Thessalonians 1:3).  Lord, I pray we will be counted worthy of Your kingdom (I Thessalonians 1:5).  Thank You for giving us relief when we are troubled (I Thessalonians 1:7).  Lord, I pray we will be found worthy of our calling (I Thessalonians 1:11).  Lord, I pray Your Son’s name will be glorified in us (I Thessalonians 1:12).  In His name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I bring glory to the Lord Jesus with our words and deeds.” <>< Dona