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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

V. 3 (cont’d.)

** Are there any passages of Scripture that reassure our hearts of the protection the Lord affords us from the “evil one”.

Absolutely - We belong to Christ and He protects us!

James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

1John 4:4 “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you that he who is in the world.”

...and from last week

Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”

V. 4 ** Paul’s next comment is profoundly wise. Why is that?

He says, “And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you...” True wisdom trusts completely and exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ. That trust and confidence will radically effect how we live. cf. Philippians 1:6 with Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 37:1-5

** In verse four Paul mentions two elements of the life which the Thessalonians lived out in Christ. What were those two elements?

The present - “...that you are doing...”
The future - “...that you will continue to do...”

** Paul was thrilled that the Thessalonians were doing all that he had commanded them, while he was speaking to them under the direction of the Holy Spirit. He also knew that they would continue in their obedience to the Word of God. But what about their past? What about our past? What about those times in our past when we have let the Lord down or dishonored His name? What are we to do with that?

FORGET IT! All see - Philippians 3:13-14, and then press on toward the goal of honoring Christ in everything. cf. Isaiah 6:1-8 and 1John 1:8-9

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