XVI Relief For The Church

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When, oh Lord, does Your mighty hammer of Justice drop on all this world's dysfunction, persecution and sin? Paul recognizes the suffering of the 1st Century Thessalonian church and promises its members, on God's behalf, just such Divinely-ordained relief. But it's a relief that stands 2000 years distant from the suffering this church endures as Paul writes. WUWT? Get God's perspective on our suffering here!

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  • XVI Relief For The Church

    1. 1. XVIII: II Thessalonians 1 Relief For the Church
    2. 2. XVIII: II Thessalonians 1 Relief For the Church Surprisingly, I find this chapter represents the most difficult passage I’ve ever dealt with in prophecy! I have prayed and labored over this presentation of– and about your response to!–my reaction to Paul’s teaching on relief for the Church.
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    5. 5. II Thessalonians 1 anks ought always to give th 3. We only for you, brethren, as is to God reatly because your faith is g fitting, ch one ed, and the love of ea enlarg ws toward one another gro of you ever greater; 4. therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. 5. This is a pla in indication o f God’s righteo us judgment s o that you will be co nsidered wort hy of the kingdom o f God, for whic h indeed you ar e suffering. Look at all the positives! See how Paul throws a spotlight on two elements: God’s righteousness Their persecution
    6. 6. This material begs the question: S God allow His people Will a RIGHTEOU SECUTION without ever to SUFFER PER AVENGING them? And when, if ever, does God repay these persecutors and bring relief to the Church?
    7. 7. Relief and Retribution Together: after all it is only 6. For for God to repay just liction those who with aff afflict you, d to give relief to 7. an u who are afflicted yo o us as well . . . . and t Paul tackles that question! A just God does repay those who afflict His people Paul talks of God’s just character: In punishing the persecutors AND In giving relief to the Thessalonians and to Paul, as well.
    8. 8. Relief and Retribution Together: Paul tackles that question! A just God does repay ly For after all it is on 6. Bud whrepay those who afflict His people t to en, P just for Go aul?!? W Thiossaho se who hen can Paul talks of God’s just lict e n t l onians e t he ith aff w xpect rel pursecut ief from character: afflict yoe , ion? In punishing the d to give relief to 7. an persecutors AND u who are afflicted yo o us as well . . . . and t In giving relief to the Thessalonians and to Paul, as well.
    9. 9. Paul’s Astounding Answer: for God to r after all it is only just 6. Fo t yo u , liction those who afflic repay with aff u who are and to give relief to yo 7. ll . . . . licted and to us as we aff . . . when the Lord be revea Jesus w ill led from heaven w His migh ty angels ith fire, in flamin g 8. dealin g o u t re t ribution t those wh o o do not know Go and to th d ose who do not o the gosp bey el of our L o rd Je s us. Here, Paul gets specific. Relief and vengeance for First Century AD Thessalonians have a due date! The day of reckoning for their 1st Century suffering comes at THE END OF THE AGE!!! What’s up with that?? What help is this to the Thessalonians?!?
    10. 10. It’s a Matter of Spiritual Perspective: 10. when He come be glorifi s to ed in His saints on that day, to be ma and rveled at among a ll who ha ve believed —for our testimon y to you was believed . Paul doubles down and leaves no doubt as to just when this relief and retribution occur. Paul spiritually connects his historical Thessalonian Christians to the entire Body of Christ, to all who have believed. The full identification of any individual sufferer with the full Church Body is the key to fully understanding this passage.
    11. 11. It’s na Matter of Spiritual Perspective: I d ividualit y in the p us huma hysical b ns. od y makes se ns leaves Paul doubles down ande to Member no doubt as to just when this 10. when ship of the in makes se He com divirelief and retribution occur. dual in a nse, too.es to be glorifi social gr ed in His ou p saenns on B i i t g in th cluateday, a tspbr ma d in thedcor Paul spiritually connects his o ie n itualrented a porate ex Thessalonian vel it t historicalperie y like the among a nce of a presses tll who Bride or ChristiansB the entire Body of the to dy believed oo harhavn d o e eve o of C —for our n acChrist, to all who haverbelieved. h ist tive imag tLeti’mlon es s e t y inations. soo you b t me bi w lias l exam believed ca . The he ples fulllidentification of any p, sufferer with the full if they ca individual n. Church Body is the key to fully understanding this passage.
    12. 12. Here’s Evil’s Spiritual Reality: Daniel’s Image of Gold showed the progression of SEPARATE gentile empires that swallowed Israel-from Babylon at the head down to the AntiChrist’s kingdom at the feet. The Stone Cut Without Hands (Jesus) strikes at the END OF TIMEat the empire of the AntiChrist-an event at a point in our future. Yet the WHOLE structure falls as if a single living entity, whose life span began with Nebuchadnezzar, had been slain at the time of the end. Thus we have a full identification of INDIVIDUAL world empires with a WHOLE spiritual body of evil.
    13. 13. Here’s A Believer’s Spiritual Reality: For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5) Christians are “Members of one another”, across aisles and sanctuaries, continents and centuries . . . Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the Church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. (Col 1:24) Our individual experiences of affliction affect a spiritual Body of unimaginable proportions and mystical significance.
    14. 14. Homework for the Weak (A Group of Nested References) Read 2 Timothy 3: 1 and 2 Timothy 4: 1-5 and 1 Timothy 4:1 and 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-7!
    15. 15. Surviving Individual Affliction The Thessalonians–and each Christian in every place and every age must See themselves as organically part of a living and eternal spiritual entity: The Body and Bride of Christ See themselves as spiritual warriors engaged in spiritual warfare-with all its grim physical realities! See physical historical oppressors as representatives of a real spiritual entity: The kingdom of Satan Anticipate the permanent relief Paul promises ALL persecuted believersat the end of the age. Let God bring just retribution on the kingdom of Satan when it’s time- at the end of the age. Prepare–if called–to face your share of Christ’s affliction- as joy!
    16. 16. The Beginning The Afflictions– Christ at Gethsemane 42. . . . saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 43. Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. Luke 22:42-44
    17. 17. At the Start of Filling Up What Is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions– Martyrdom of Stephen 58. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60. Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:58-60
    18. 18. Filling Up What Is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions Continues– Paul and Silas at Philippi 22. The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. 23. When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; 24. and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them . . . Acts 16:22-25
    19. 19. Filling Up What Is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions Reaches Us– Carl Lundberg “Now the soldiers have come and are going to attack us today. The Catholics are going to defend themselves but it seems of no use, we do not want to die with weapons in our hands.” “If God permits, they may take our lives. . . . God bless you all. We will meet with Jesus.” Diary, 19th century American missionary to China during Boxer Rebellion. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_boiJ7l3Cxt0/SiBdW4XYtEI/AAAAAAAAHnM/kcWoeCW16Tw/s400/Martyr_Carl_Lundberg.jpg
    20. 20. Even On The Edge Of The End: Filling Up What Is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions– Revelation 6:9-11–The Martyrs Under The Throne: 9. When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10. and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11. And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
    21. 21. What’s Old Is New Again . . . “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner Any persecutionof believers in 1st Century Thessalonica, of the saints in 9th Century Persia of Christians in 20th Century China or of saints in the Great Tribulation is ALL THE SAME in so many ways! Same purpose–thwart God’s promises Same Antagonist–Satan Same promise for relief and retribution Same faith sustaining similar believers Same triumph of the Church over evil http://pixdaus.com/index.php? pageno=14&sort=comments
    22. 22. What’s Old Is New Again . . . ce of p e ri e n “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” any ex hrist William Faulknere at esus C separ uickly ke of J the sa Great NOT q Any persecutionDo in the ion for ict t afflThessalonica, tion saints of believers inesen pr 1st Centuryuture afflic he f of the saints int9th Century Persia from of Christians la20th Century China in tion. ibu Trsaints in the Great Tribulation or of s milaritie si o many To is ALL THE SAME in so manyibulation: ways! intensity in reat Tr crease n The G s HUGE i to a the age f leads climax o eat God e th ob Same purpose–thwart God’s tpromises nd their re se n s h a n ce t a c rep t to last ttle plan Same Antagonist–Satanatan’s nex eless ba tim is S e ve rs a i Same promise for relief es ALL bel and retribution y. giv or e of vict ho Same faith sustaining rsimilar p http://pixdaus.com/index.php? ce tain believers pageno=14&sort=comments Same triumph of the Church over evil
    23. 23. As I see it, the Holy Spirit, through Paul and Daniel, asks something of believers who suffer persecution as individuals at specific points incredible in history:
    24. 24. As I Holy Spirit, thro Spirit, through Paul and Daniel, asks incredible The see it, the Holy ugh Paul and Daniel, asks somethingsomething of bel ers who suffer persecution as individuals at at spe c points in believievers who suffer persecution as individuals specificific points of redible inc hishistory: in tory: ody ntity called the B ual e rt in a living spirit ur pa y an, remember yo “Christi tan would destro d Sa iritual being calle er sp rt of hrist which anoth of C battle is really pa rical could! Your histo he rnal al by individual, if individu al realms with ete iritu , conducted in sp attle a a larger eternal b ce more to bring ry on t break into histo ill ye y. uences. Jesus w conseq t relief to the Bod wee ishment, a final s pun sure and certain in ’s sure and certa God r triumph rests in you endure and know ide.” Christian, eturns for His Br er the Body when H f to promises of relie
    25. 25. od will count you our G you always, that for work end also we pray 11. To this oodness and the for g lfill every desire nd fu be of your calling, a worthy r Lord Jesus will of ou o that the name 12. s d faith with power, ce of our God an of gra , according to the Him in you, and you in glorified ) alonians 1:11-12 hess esus Christ. (2 T the Lord J Thus, Paul closes this passage with a call for Thessalonians-and all who suffer as believers in Christ: anticipate relief when Christ returns for his Bride. Meanwhile: Endure and abide. We serve as soldiers in the battle of the age s.
    26. 26. All Through Christian History– Filling Up What Is Lacking In Christ’s Afflictions– very day, wn to this century do h ask “The the 1st From r their fait rsecuted fo ividuals pe ind uestion”: ssalonian Q The When will Go d repay these persecutors a nd bring relie Paul f says, to me? ‘Whe n will “Ask rath er, God b to the ri n g r elief Churc h?’”
    27. 27. Search the Table of Contents for Other Offerings In This Series NEXT: XIX: THE MAN OF SIN: II Thessalonians 2 The Man of Lawlessness Revealed http://www.fotopedia.com/items/blazouf-913f0b65dbf93e6f48a573d41afcdd30

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