Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
August 17, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<065> Thesis: Paul's reference, again, to the coming of "our Lord Jesus Christ" indicates the link between our "deliverance" and our entrance into "the Joy". Introduction: As Paul winds up this second chapter (the translators' division of his material, not his own) of his letter, we find him returning to his main theme: the coming of Jesus as the "Hope" of the believer. In this return to his main theme we find him linking the two issues first mentioned in 1:9-10: the "turn to God" was "to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven". There is, in this, a clear declaration that the "service" is motivated by "the Hope". This evening we are going to consider Paul's example as something to imitate.