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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

ETERNAL DESTRUCTION            Page 4

V. 9 ** What form is this retribution going to take as Christ balances the scale for the suffering we endure?

It will be a penalty!

** What are the two elements of this penalty?

1. "Eternal Destruction" - olethros literally means "to destroy". Is this talking about annihilation or going out of existence?

No, these are bodies fit for ongoing destruction throughout eternity!
cf. John 5:28-29 and 2Peter 2:1-3

2. "away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" - as joyful as our eternity will be due to the fact that we are in His presence, to that same degree, knowing that you are not in His presence will be punishment. cf. Matthew 22:13 and 25:30

V.10 ** Well that is the "form" of retribution, but when will it take place?

At the same time as our relief mentioned back in verse seven, "when He comes". The Second Coming of Christ will produce "relief" for Christians and "righteous judgment" against the unsaved. cf. Luke 16:23-24 and Revelation 6:9-11

** Even though we will experience relief when Christ judges the wicked, according to verse 10, what will be our main preoccupation when He returns?

...we will "marvel at" the splendor of Christ and worship His glory.

** Why is that? What did we do to prepare our hearts?

We (by the grace of God) believed the gospel!

V.11 ** Paul now shifts gears and describes his prayer life on behalf of these Thessalonians. He prays for that which most people would never even think to pray. What is it?

"That our God may count you worthy of your calling"

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