II Thessalonians (7)
The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to humanity. The Scriptures of the Old and New testaments contain the inerrant & infallible truth about who God is, and what He has done. The Scriptures have been breathed out by God the Holy Spirit through prophets and apostles who have recorded the very Words of God. The entire Bible is a theology book because it helps us to know what God is like and how we should relate to Him.
Today, we are going to wrap up our study of II Thessalonians by doing a summery of the Theology of Thessalonians. Basically, we are looking over this second letter and asking the question, “What has the letter revealed to us about God?”. What we will soon find is that in answering that question we will also find answers to, “how should we relate to Him?”.
Transition: Today we will focus on God the Father while we also recognize that God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are always working in unison together as three persons in one God.
God the Father : Working notes… Describe the Biblical concept of Father and then point out the immediate impact that has on how we relate to God. Especially in being a part of the church and prayer. Answering the question how can we be (in) God our Father? see 2:13-16 (also emphasizing His grace and love 1:3;12, 3:5 b ), and approaching God with thanksgiving? see 1:3,
Point: God is a gracious and loving Father who will bring righteous relief to His adopted children.
The church is in God and of God. [1:1, 1:3]
Grace and peace come from God. [1:2], Grace of God. [1:12]
Thanksgiving is to God [1:3,2:13]
Pray to God [1:11]
God is our Father who loves us and gives eternal comfort and good hope through grace. [2:16]
God the righteous judge [1:5]…our endurance
a. Kingdom of God [1:5]… our consideration
b. Justice of God [1:6-7] … our relief
c. Vengeance (retribution) of God [1:8]… our knowledge (we do know Him and have believed & obeyed His gospel)
d. Punishment of God [1:9]… our marvel [1:10]
e. Plan of God [2:1-12]…the righteous delusion of some (2:11) but our righteous deliverance [2:13-15]
A. Because God loves [2:13, 3:5]
B. Because God chooses [2:13]
C. Because God calls [2:14]
Point: There are only two possibilities for humanity. Only two identities. Only two eternities.
Point: He is the steadfast Lord who establishes His church to walk worthy until His glorious return.
By giving peace