Summary: To show that we glorify JESUS by: (1) constant prayer for others, (2) based on FATHER GOD's Grace and the LORD JESUS CHRIST's Grace.
Do you glorify JESUS?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we glorify JESUS by: (1) constant prayer for others, (2) based on FATHER GOD's Grace and the LORD JESUS CHRIST's Grace.
2 Thessalonians 1:12 (Amplified Bible)
Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
We glorify JESUS by: (1) constant prayer for others, (2) based on FATHER GOD's Grace and the LORD JESUS CHRIST's Grace.
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 50 to 54 A.D.
C. Purpose: To correct the coming of the LORD as not having taken place yet and is still a future event for all of us living in the last days.
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church, 2nd epistle
E. Main Theme: Second Coming of CHRIST
F. Keywords: Day of CHRIST
G. Key verse:
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (Amplified Bible)
May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Thru constant prayer for others
"Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you,"
Intercessory prayer is the secret, not praying for yourself but praying constantly for other's needs especially those of the brothers and sisters.
Example of the LORD JESUS CHRIST praying for those who will accept the message of the Apostles.
John 17:20 (Amplified Bible)
Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
Example of Apostle Paul praying for the Romans, Ephesian, Colossian believers.
Romans 1:9-10 (Amplified Bible)
For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my [whole] spirit [rendering priestly and spiritual service] in [preaching] the Gospel and [telling] the good news of His Son, how incessantly I always mention you when at my prayers.
I keep pleading that somehow by God’s will I may now at last prosper and come to you.
Ephesians 1:16-17 (Amplified Bible)
I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
Colossians 1:3 (Amplified Bible)
We continually give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), as we are praying for you,
Colossians 4:12 (Amplified Bible)
Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always striving for you earnestly in his prayers, [pleading] that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear conviction] stand firm and mature [in spiritual growth], convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God.
B. According to FATHER's Grace and the LORD JESUS CHRIST
"and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)."
What does it take to glorify GOD?
Romans 15:6 (Amplified Bible)
That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
1 Corinthians 6:20 (Amplified Bible)
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
We look backward to the finished work of the LORD JESUS CHRIST on the cross of Calvary that prompted us to bring more glory to GOD thru our bodies.
FATHER GOD's Grace are:
a. Freely given
Psalms 84:11 (Amplified Bible)
For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Acts 11:23 (Amplified Bible)
When he arrived and saw what grace (favor) God was bestowing upon them, he was full of joy; and he continuously exhorted (warned, urged, and encouraged) them all to cleave unto and remain faithful to and devoted to the Lord with [resolute and steady] purpose of heart.
b. Empowers men for service - Grace prompts us to work harder for GOD.
1 Corinthians 3:10 (Amplified Bible)
According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,