5 這正是 神公義判斷的明證，叫你們可算配得 神的國；你們就是為這國受苦。 6 神既是公義的，就必將患難報應那加患難給你們的人， 7 也必使你們這受患難的人與我們同得平安。那時，主耶穌同他有能力的天使從天上在火焰中顯現， 8 要報應那不認識 神和那不聽從我主耶穌福音的人。 9 他們要受刑罰，就是永遠沉淪，離開主的面和他權能的榮光。 10 這正是主降臨、要在他聖徒的身上得榮耀、又在一切信的人身上顯為希奇的那日子。我們對你們作的見證，你們也信了。 11 因此，我們常為你們禱告，願我們的 神看你們配得過所蒙的召，又用大能成就你們一切所羨慕的良善和一切因信心所做的工夫， 12 叫我們主耶穌的名在你們身上得榮耀，你們也在他身上得榮耀，都照著我們的 神並主耶穌基督的恩。
II Thessalonians Chapter 1:5-12
5All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. 11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and t he Lord Jesus Christ.
- Some people want to think of God as being “nice”. Much too nice to get angry at people, and much too nice to punish sin. The truth is that the idea of “nice” as we understand it is not found in the Bible. This passage talks about Jesus coming in “blazing fire and with His powerful angels” to “punish those who do not know God”. And they will be “punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord”. The justice of God is displayed in two ways. One is by “paying back” those who do evil (v6). The other is by taking on Himself the punishment due those who do evil. This has already happened on Calvary.
- Spend a few moments meditate on the enormity of God’s love in sacrificing Jesus to save me!! Say a word of thanksgiving to God.
- Think of the non-believing family members and friends. Choose one or more that I will FAITHFULLY pray for their salvation. Remember to pray for these people every Tuesday according to the PGC prayer calendar.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
This is not an easy message for little children to comprehend. Parents be sensitive as you read and explain Jesus’ second coming in blazing fire and His judgement. On the other hand, it’s another great opportunity to explain God’s great love through Jesus and our need of accepting God’s salvation. Be prepared to lead your child to Christ, if appropriate. Sing “thank you, thank you, Jesus” as your thanksgiving for God.