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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Two



** What are the results of our suffering?

First - On our persecutors...

They will receive the Lord's retribution, eternal destruction and darkness, away from the presences of His glory.

Second - For Christians...

We are considered (or counted) worthy, by God Himself, to be recipients of the Kingdom of God. He fulfills our desires for goodness and completes our "work of faith" with His power. cf. Philippians 1:6


** How willing are we to suffer for Christ and the truth of the gospel? That is a serious question! Could we join Paul in verse eleven and ask God to count us worthy of our calling, based upon our willingness to suffer for His name's sake?

If I am willing to suffer for Him, then I am most certainly willing to stand for Him and speak up for Him, whenever the truth of God's word is being reviled by the lost world around us.


** We are not to take what we have learned today and then become "self-imposed" martyrs. We simply are supposed to be willing to suffer, if that is God's expressed will for our lives.

Paul said in Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me."

If we will allow Christ to live unrestricted in our hearts, then we will be prepared to suffer for His name, if and when He asks us to do so.

In the meantime, we should be willing to boldly stand up for His gospel truth. May we so live for His glory sake.

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