Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 4
September 20, 2015
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
1901 ASV Translation:
7 and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire,
8 rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus:
9 who shall suffer punishment, [even] eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
10 when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at in all them that believed (because our testimony unto you was believed) in that day.
- I. The Outpouring of Retribution Upon The Wicked.
- A. Retribution is legitimate, and a pervasive biblical doctrine even in respect to the salvation we have in Christ.
- B. This outpouring will begin within the context of "the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven".
- 1. It is called a "revelation".
- a. The Authorized Version translation is completely off base because it treats a noun as if it was a verb.
- b. As a "revelation"...
- 1) The most basic issue of a "revelation" is that the cover that has been in place to keep something hidden is removed so that the hidden becomes available to the senses of those to whom the "revelation" is given.
- 2) The word used is the word in the title of the book of the "revelation" in Revelation 1:1. It indicates that the written information in the book will permit the readers to "see" what has been hidden about the Lord as the One John "has seen", what "is", and what "is to come" (Revelation 1:19).
- 3) The fact that this word is used in multiple places in the context of the future when God's plan regarding His placement of His Son upon the throne of David is to take place is an indication that there are many things about Jesus as Lord that we do not yet "see" (the "cover" is still on the reality so that it is hidden).
- 2. The object of the revelation is "the Lord Jesus".
- a. That Jesus is "revealed" as "the Lord from heaven" is an old, and a new, truth.
- 1) It is "old" in the sense that Jesus has been identified as "Lord" for approximately 2000 years.
- 2) It is "new" in the sense that there are many aspects of "Jesus as Lord" that have not even entered into the minds of men, let alone have been understood. Even in our text there is a hint that many may not think it "legitimate" for God to "give back" to men what they, themselves, have dished out to others. This is Paul's opening declaration as he moves into the major themes of what "Jesus as Lord" will mean to those upon the earth.
- b. That Jesus is to be "revealed" as "the Lord from heaven" is also indicative of the fact that "believers" have no "hope" if they are not fixated upon "waiting for Him" (1 Thessalonians 1:10). There are two major characteristics of those who "believe" and enter into the Truth: they "serve the living and true God" and they "wait for His Son from heaven" (again, 1 Thessalonians 1:10). It is interesting that when John saw the truth about Jesus on the isle of Patmos, on the Lord's Day, he passed out in a dead faint, a fact that surely indicates that we have a seriously deficient grasp of Him Who is to be "revealed".
- 3. The characterization of the "Lord Jesus" is that He is "from heaven".
- a. Everywhere in the Bible, "heaven" is presented as the immediate dwelling place of God even though the magnitude of the heavens cannot contain Him.
- b. That "heaven" is the true "tabernacle of the living God" indicates that those who enter there see "an abundance of revelations" (2 Corinthians 12:7) and those who come from there are going to have a seriously significant impact upon the creation of God.
- c. The "hope" of the "believer" is that one of the aspects of this "seriously significant impact" is a "glory" that is unparalleled on the earth.