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Summary: Pain is a part of life. God assures us it is always purposeful.

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LIGHT FOR DARK DAYS

2Thessalonians 2:13-17

November 12, 2005

INTRODUCTION

A. Who among of you here want/don’t like pain?

B. Thousands babies are born with a rare disease of familial dysautonomia.

1. The disease prevents a child from feeling pain.

2. What would it be to you if your child has this disease?

C. Imagine the possibilities of boxer who don’t feel pain.

D. Imagine the possibilities of a child who don’t feel pain.

1. A child will never live long enough to know the glory or joy of childbirth

2. A cavity will rot the tooth without an ache.

3. An appendix will burst without a sharp pain in the side.

E. Pain in itself is not bad.

1. It is an indication that something is wrong.

2. Its function is the restoration of normal function.

3. It is a means of preservation, of preventing injuries

Thus pain is a wise ordination of Providence.

F. Kinds of pain

1. Physical

2. Emotional

3. Spiritual

FOUR REASONS WE SUFFER

Pain is a part of life. God assures us it is always purposeful (Rom.8:28)

1. To develop our faith – just endurance is developed in a long-distance runner through strenuous exercise, so faith grows through testing (Jas.1:2-4)

2. To learn obedience – Our relationship with God grows through as we learn obedience.

3. To create humility - Our thorns in the flesh have a way of piercing pride and deflating an overblown estimation of ourselves (see 2Cor.12:7)

4. To bring glory to God – See 1Peter 4:16

TRUTH THAT ENCOURAGES (vs.13b-14a)

Paul exhorts to stand firm in the doctrines that he had taught them. These truths comfort us in the times of suffering and pain.

1. He chose us from the beginning for salvation (2:13b) - In this statement, as it springs from God’s eternal love, we see the ultimate cause and source of our salvation in Christ—divine selection.

• This choice was not on the basis of their love for God (1 John 4:10) or any merit on their part,

• but because of God’s love for them.

This salvation is a matter of present confidence, enjoyment, and future anticipation in contrast to those who will go through the Day of the Lord

2. He sanctified us (set us part) by the Spirit (2:13c) – .” It carries the idea of a “setting apart” from the secular to that which is holy or reserved for God’s special purposes.

• to illuminate, convict, and lead a person to faith in Christ (cf. John 16:8f; Acts 1:8; 16:14; 1 Pet. 1:2)

• to bring believers to spiritual maturity and conform them into the character of Christ.

3. He called them to this salvation through the Gospel (2:14a) “Our gospel” naturally refers to the message about the person and work of Jesus Christ.

• In verse 13 Paul spoke of God’s pre-temporal choosing of the Thessalonians for salvation.

• Here he speaks of the actual work of bringing them to Himself by calling them through the message of the gospel.

4. He called us to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (v.14b) – This points us to the ultimate goal – sharing in the glory of eternity with the Lord Jesus.

• The Thessalonians are suffering severe persecution. Think what this verse meant to them. They were bound for glory.


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