Chapter One, Lesson Two
ETERNAL DESTRUCTION Page
V. 5 ** Our passage begins with "This is a plain indication
of God's righteous judgment". To what is Paul referring with that
He is looking back to verse four from last week where he said, "your
perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions
which you endure."
** How could that be an indication of "God's righteous judgment"?
God had called the Thessalonians unto salvation "through sanctification
by the Spirit and faith in the truth" (2Thessalonians 2:13) and
had equipped them to stand firm as proof of the genuineness of that
salvation! cf. Philippians 1:27-30
** Is our gracious God a righteous judge?
Absolutely! Unlike the judgments of men, our God is and always will
be, just in all of His judgments. cf. Psalm 7:11, 11:7, 50:6 and 2Timothy
God will use His righteous judgment to put Himself on display through
Christian suffering. It is only because of His strength that any Christian
can endure suffering for the cause of the gospel, and thus it is all
for His glory. All see - Acts 5:26-29, 38-41
** By God's grace, the Thessalonians had been given the opportunity and
the strength to suffer for Christ. According to verse five, what did that
It proved that they had been made "worthy of the Kingdom of God".
Even some of the unsaved watching their lives, would have to come to
the conclusion that something supernatural was going on here and consider
these Thessalonians as worthy God's kingdom.
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