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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

ETERNAL DESTRUCTION            Page 2

Eternal Destruction

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V. 5 ** Our passage begins with "This is a plain indication of God's righteous judgment". To what is Paul referring with that statement?

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 4:7-8

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 accomplish?

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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