Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 4
March 30, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<031> Thesis: Awaiting the coming of the Son from the heavens is the "other half" of "the faith". Introduction: When Paul described the impact of the Gospel upon the Thessalonians, he said that they "turned to the God from the [their] idols". This is the intention of God for the proclamation of the Gospel: to present Himself as the gracious Lover Who seeks to impart the Joy of Life to those who trust Him so that they will turn to Him in "faith". Then, Paul went on to describe the two main results of such a "turn": serving and waiting. There are three major issues involved here. That one needs a "God" to "turn" to means that creatures are not, and never will be, self-sufficient and were never intended to "live" without the "power" of the "God" being exercised on their behalf. [This counters the practice of only seeking, and only expecting from God,on a sporadic basis.] Secondly, that the "turning" results in "serving" automatically identifies the point of the availability of the "power" from the "God". [At issue here is the identification of every agenda issue: whose objectives are we seeking to accomplish?]. And thirdly, that the "turning" results in "waiting" also has an automatic implication: the available "power" from the "God" is not to be exercised "to the uttermost" in any situation so that there will always be, in time, a "need" that goes unmet for at least a while. It is this lingering neediness that makes "waiting for His Son from the heavens" such a crucial concept. If we are sufficiently frustrated with what happens to us in the present, we will go looking for another "God" to address our frustration(s). To keep that from happening, the Gospel includes a long-term commitment by God to ultimately satisfy every desire. The key word here is "ultimately" and that word insists upon "faith" that is willing to "wait" even when the desires are "overwhelming".