JESUS IS COMING SOON: STAND FIRM

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      09/15/19
 
“Jesus Is Coming Soon: Stand Firm”
2 Thessalonians 2:1 – 17
 
INTRODUCTION: We all ask God “Why?” sometimes. We are perplexed by the corruption, confusion, and criminals. We are troubled by illness, disease, and difficulties. We feel slighted, cheated, and rejected at times by even our friends. Good people let us down and bad people seem to win. Life seems stacked against us and we do not think we can go on. The Apostle Paul tells us that afflictions and trials are normal and to be expected. During all these things, “Stand firm” (15). Jesus Christ will destroy evil and reward his faithful people when he comes again!
 
WE WAIT FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD (1-12).
 
*Paul explains the difference between the Rapture (2:1) and the Day of the Lord (2:2). “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come” (2:1-2).
 
*End Time events outlined:
  • the Rapture of the saints (1).
  • the rebellion against God (3).
  • the man of lawlessness (6-9).
  • the rebuilt Temple of God (4).
  • the removal of the Restrainer (6-7).
  • the false signs and wonders (9).
  • the delusion of the wicked (10-11).
  • the second coming of Christ (8).
  • the condemnation of the lost (10-11).
 
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…” (2 Peter 3:9-10).
 
WE MUST SERVE THE LORD TODAY (13-17).
 
*We are saved through the Spirit by faith in Christ. “But we ought always
 to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (13-14).
 
*We stand firm through the teachings of Christ. “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter” (15).
 
*We are loved and encouraged through hope in Christ. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts” (16-17).
 
*We are strengthened by God to serve Christ. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father…comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word” (16-17).
 
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:11-12).
 
Are you willing to serve?