02 Feb WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (2 Thess 1:13-17)
You are loved!
a) BELOVED: “Beloved by the Lord” v13, 1 Jn 4:7-10
b) CHOSEN: “God chose you as first fruits to be saved”
(Eph 1:4, 1:11)
c) CALLED: “To this he called you…” v14, Romans 8:30
You are saved!
a) THROUGH SANCTIFICATION BY THE SPIRIT:
(1 Thess 1:5, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 John 3:27)
b) THROUGH BELIEF IN THE TRUTH
(1 Thess John 17:17, Romans 8:30)
(NB These work concurrently, not sequentially)
You are secure!
a) STAND FIRM, HOLD TO
In face of false teaching, persecution and temptation, hold onto
What is true! (see 2:1-3, compare to 2:10-12)
b) TRADITIONS THAT YOU WERE TAUGHT
Apostolic traditions, not ecclesiastical traditions (Matt 15:3-6)
Christ Jesus is the foundation (Ephesians 2:19-20)
c) GLORY IS COMING
“so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ”
(2 Thess 1:10, Colossians 3:1-4)