2 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Judgment Day is good news for every Christian, and it is meant to shape and strengthen our hearts; so we must live today in light of that day.
In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul brings encouragement to a church experiencing confusion, disillusionment, and discouragement. They believe that Jesus had returned, and that they had been left behind. Paul responds with instructions about Judgment Day--the transition between redemption and restoration. We, too, experience challenging circumstances that confuse and discourage us. So we, too, must be reminded about how we will be judged, what will happen on Judgment Day, and the ultimate results of Judgment Day. Doing so encourages and strengthens us for the journey.
Point 1: How Will We Be Judged?
Paul gives thanks for the faith, love, and hope displayed by the Thessalonian church (v. 3-4). Such expressions of God’s grace act as “evidence” brought to “court” by which we will be judged on Judgment Day. We do not act as our own judge; our own self-judgment will always be inaccurate (favorably or unfavorably). God will look for ever-increasing demonstrations of trust, obedience, genuine sacrifice, endurance, and steadfastness in our lives despite our circumstances.
Point 2: What Will Happen on Judgment Day?
When we present on Judgment Day the fruit (“proofs of purchase”) of faith, love, and hope in our lives, God counts us worthy of the kingdom of God (v. 5) by His grace alone (2 Thess. 2:13, 3:3). Also, God promises to afflict those who have afflicted us (v. 6) and to grant us relief from all persecution, trials, and afflictions (v. 7).
Point 3: Result of this Day
On Judgment Day we will marvel at the revelation of the majestic and victorious Jesus (v. 7-8) and at those destined for eternal destruction because of their unbelief (v. 8-9). Humbly, we shall ask ourselves, “Why them? Why not us?” Lastly, we will marvel at Jesus glorified in us (v. 10).
There is only one way for this to be a reality in the church--for us to marvel at our wonderful Savior.
- Do you believe the gospel? Do you obey the gospel?
- How do you assess your life (individually and corporately)?
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