Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
June 21, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<001> Thesis: Paul's second letter to the church in Thessalonica was designed to address a corruption of his doctrine regarding the Second Coming and the Rapture in order to further establish and maintain "Hope". Introduction: In 1 Thessalonians, Paul was fixed upon establishing and maintaining the expectation of the Thessalonians that Jesus was returning from heaven at some future point to absolutely fulfill all of the word of God to those who have trusted in the Gospel. This "doctrine" was designed to provide believers with "Hope" in the face of many persecutions and tribulations. We have to understand that "Rapture" doctrine is not designed to be an escapist concept that will deliver us from persecutions and tribulations. It is, instead, a doctrine designed to firm up the resolve of those whose commitment to the Gospel is challenged by all of the difficulties that are presented by life in a fallen world as a believer in the Truth. The bottom line in that God's promise is of a future, perfect, kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy to be established when Jesus comes again. Thus, "Jesus is coming again" is the foundational hope of the realization of all of the promises of God to the saints of all ages. There is a persistent effort from Satan's minions to undercut believers' commitments to the Truth and, thus, the program of God in this fallen era. So, if attacking the doctrine of the coming of the Son from heaven itself doesn't work, the demonic "plan B" is to corrupt the believers' understanding of some of the more salient issues so that they become confused and, thus, less committed and, thus, less a player in the warfare being waged against God by His adversaries. This evening we are going to begin to look into Paul's second letter to the believers in Thessalonica as it represents his response to the Satanic "Plan B" -- corruption of the understanding in order to diminish the participation of the confused.