Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
August 23, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<015> Thesis: "Payback" is a "legitimate" course of action for God. Introduction: Last week we saw that Paul was arguing that it was "legitimate" for God to "count the Thessalonians worthy of the Kingdom of the God". This "legitimacy" issue is raised because of the "problem" of men being considered worthy of the Kingdom of a Just God Who considers both motive and action before making a "decision" ("judgment"). Paul's argument is a tad complicated, but its roots are established in the fact that it is God's decision to "count a person worthy" that produces the behavior of those who have been considered worthy by Him. Thus, the suffering of the Thessalonians is presented as an "after the fact" reality that is clearly visible (a "manifest token") that calls for a decision about where this "suffering" is coming from. Paul's Gospel is that people do things because of what they believe and "believing" results in loyalty to the Kingdom to some degree. That the Thessalonians were suffering for the Kingdom indicates that they have been counted worthy by God. Today we are going to begin to look into Paul's supporting argument for the "legitimacy" of God counting sinners worthy of His Kingdom.