Summary of 2 Thessalonians 1:
Second Letter to the Church in Thessalonica. We ought to thank God for you as your faith is growing more and more and you love one another more and more. We boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
God’s judgment is right and you will be worthy of the kingdom of God. God is just. He will pay back those who trouble you and bring relief when the Lord Jesus comes from Heaven in a blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus with everlasting destruction. Those who believe will marvel in him as he’s glorified in his holy people.
We pray that God may count you worthy of his calling and that he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 19, Day 2: 2 Thessalonians 1
3a) Because their faith is growing more and more and the love every one of them has for each other is increasing. They have perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials they are enduring.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I think we all grow in our struggles, whether we think we do or not. Often, we don’t see it till later on down the road, but having the faith that we are growing helps.
4a) Jesus will be revealed from Heaven in blazing fire with powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Jesus will be glorified in his holy people and be marveled at. He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to those who are troubled. Unbelievers will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people.
5) Part personal Question. My answer: That God may count the Thessalonians worthy of his calling, that he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. Myself and everyone.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 19, Day 2: 2 Thessalonians 1
Powerful prayer we should be praying for ourselves and others regularly. That our purpose is His purpose. That we find His purpose in our lives. That we live out that purpose despite the world’s pressures to hinder and squash us at every turn. That we may be always prompted by faith in what we do. That we live for Him every moment of our lives.
Major Theme: What You Hope For is What You Live For
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End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 19, Day 2: 2 Thessalonians 1
Silas we met in Acts. He was a long and experienced companion of Paul who traveled with Paul on his second missionary journey and was imprisoned and set free with Paul in the Philippian jail (Acts 16:19-27). When Paul first came to Thessalonica, Silas came with him (Acts 17:1-9), so the Thessalonians knew him well. He also collaborated with Paul on the first letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 1:1).
Timothy was a resident of Lystra, a city in the province of Galatia (Acts 16:1-3). He was the son of a Greek father (Acts 16:1), and a Jewish mother named Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5). From his youth, he had been taught in the Scriptures by his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15). Timothy was a trusted companion and associate of Paul, and he accompanied Paul on many of his missionary journeys. Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians on a previous occasion (1 Thessalonians 3:2). With Silvanus, Timothy was also a collaborator on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 1:1).
Paul himself founded the church in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-9). This letter covers the same topics as 1 Thessalonians, but in a sterner manner.
The Thessalonians’ suffering was evidence of the righteous judgment of God. Where suffering is coupled with righteous endurance, God’s work is done.
Since God is righteous, He will repayall evil, and it will all be judged and accounted for either at the cross or in hell. A day of rest is promised for every believer. Life may be unfair, but in the end, God would make it fair.
The judgment of God means that there is nothing unimportant in my life. Everything is under the eye of the God I must answer to.
What truly characterizes hell is that people are not in the presence of the Lord, in the sense of being apart from anything good or blessed in God’s presence. The separatedness from God is eternal.
We live worthy of God’s call when we display God’s goodness to others, glorify Jesus, and we are glorified through Jesus — all by God’s grace.