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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

ETERNAL DESTRUCTION            Page 5
V. 11 (cont'd.)

** In the context of verse five, what does that mean?

1. God would recognize their willingness to suffer for His name and "count them worthy".

2. Paul is asking God to give Christians the privilege of suffering for Christ, to prove they should be counted as worthy. That is the basis for our encouragement, knowing we are His and that the normal byproduct will be suffering. All see - 1Peter 4:12-13

** Before we leave verse eleven, for what else does the apostle pray on behalf of the Thessalonians?

That God would fulfill every desire for godliness in our hearts and fulfill the "work of faith" with power. cf. 1Thessalonians 1:3 and Ephesians 3:14-16

V.12 ** What will be the ultimate outcome of our lives, if God answers Paul's prayer in the affirmative?

We will become vessels of God's glory! "...the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him..." cf. 2Corinthians 3:18

** What a wonderful outcome, for the life completely dedicated to the glory of God. How is it all made possible for sinners such as we?

"...according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ". Do not be mistaken, even when we bring glory to God, we did so by His loving grace.

EXTRICATE

** What is a defining characteristic of Christians, which has been so eloquently pointed out to us in this passage?

If we are genuine and desire to live godly, the world is going to hate us. That will bring about persecution which will vary from social exclusion to the taking of our lives, if God should so design. (Remember - 2Timothy 3:12)

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