Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
April 27, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<037> Thesis: The Gospel is fundamentally an honest "summons". Introduction: In our last study we looked into the fact that Paul was calling upon the Thessalonians to "live" on the basis of what they "know" because of two major realities: living on the basis of current "feelings" leads to decisions with disastrous outcomes; and disastrous outcomes need to be identified on the basis of their long-term impact. Paul was concerned because the Thessalonians were being subjected to the pressures of the present difficulties as a way to get them to change the solid decisions that they had previously made to "believe" the "Truth". This, in spite of the fact that they "know" that operating by "Truth" in this present world will yield up a host of difficulties that cannot be made "easy". No one's life in the present world is "easy", but there is "difficult" and then there is "difficult". Difficulties that will eventually "go away" are not to be seen as anything other than temporary unpleasantness; difficulties that will not "go away" will actually get worse and these are to be seen as the final disaster. Paul, obviously, wants his readers to stay the course in spite of the unpleasantness of the opposition because there is a greater, and eternal, "weight of glory" to be possessed. The verse before us this evening is a part of his rationale and its focus is upon why the Thessalonians need to stay the course.