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Summary: Paul demonstrates his thankfulness for the workers of the church while encouraging them to stay faithful and to continue pressing forward towards the eternal reward of Jesus Christ!

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A Study of 2 Thessalonians, Part 4

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Introduction

- When we look at each of these they are all enough to make a believer cringe

- It is one of those short letters that seems harmless; until we see Paul’s intent

- APP: The msg is simple: To glorify Jesus and reform us to following Him alone

- I’ve broken this down into 5 areas; all are very fascinating topics:

-- 1. Living in Thanksgiving

-- 2. The Anti-Christ

-- 3. (Tonight) Standing for the Lord

-- 4. Praying for others

-- 5. Warning against standing around (idleness)

- In studying the man of lawlessness we identified several key points to remember

1. Matthew 24:26-27 discusses the return of Jesus

2. We are encouraged to not just “believe what we hear”; but look it up!

3. Deception is the VERY best tool that the enemy uses (v3)

4. God is the restrictor of Satan; nothing happens without his permission (v6)

5. It is important to remember that the victor will always be Jesus (v8)

BIG APP: Even though the delusion is very evident; Jesus will always win

- Stand and read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

- Pray

Point 1 – Thank God for the Workers (13-14)

- Often times, these verses get us into conversations of “predestination”

-- God already chose who He is going to save so why should we bother witnessing

- However, if that were true 2 Pet 3:9 would be false; God desires all to be saved

- It is in this teaching that Paul is encouraging the church to be grateful for work

- APP: Together, we can rejoice in what God has done and reflect that to all we see

- Paul is grateful for the work of the church; and brings great praise to them

-- We (the readers) have been called (v14) to this work through the Gospel

- It is through the Gospel that we are called to work for the Lord

-- What is the Gospel? It is good news – it is the death and resurrection of Christ

-- It is the revelation of who God is through the man, Jesus Christ

-- It is the knowledge that b/c of what Jesus did we can be saved forever

- Being called to the work of the Gospel is something each believer has within

-- Talked on Sunday about God’s revelation to mankind about Jesus’ sacrifice

-- This concern for His creation is in such a way that He pleads with us to choose

-- And in choosing to follow Christ, we share in His glory and reward

-- Testify: Romans 8:17, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

- TRANS: When Paul thanks the church, he then exhorts them to STAND

Point 2 – Standing Firm (15)

- Paul’s direction to the church is clear: STAND on what you know

-- “know what you know” … look it up … must understand what is real and fake

- To hold fast (“stand fast” in KJV) is a military term of preparation

-- When the enemy would charge the command is given to HOLD or STAND

-- This command calls on their willingness to obey and to follow their leader

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