Ready when Christ is revealed!

Scripture reading for October 13th: 2nd Thessalonians 1:1-12

Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God and making intercession for His bride, the Church.  (Romans 8:34) We don’t see Him, but He is our brother and Priest.  One day, He will be revealed from heaven to this earth.  Jesus taught that the Son of Man would come on the clouds with power and great glory.  His angels would gather the elect from all over the earth.  No one knew when this day would occur, but all should be ready and working!  (Matthew 24:30-31, 36, 46)

Paul wrote a second letter to the Thessalonians in which he sought to refute a false teaching that Jesus had already come and to strengthen the church there in preparation for the reality of the Day of the Lord.  The Thessalonians had taken Paul’s Gospel and instructions in his previous letter to heart.  They were growing in faith and love for each other.  They were persevering in trials in the face of persecution from the pagans in the culture.  (2nd Thessalonians 1:3-4)

Paul told them that those who were troubling them would get their due punishment.  They must have patience and endure.  “This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.” (2nd Thessalonians 1:7b-10)

Jesus will be revealed from heaven!  He will come in blazing fire with His holy angels and those who are not standing in faith will not stand.  It is truly a terrifying thing to know this truth and not be sharing the Gospel with those who are still lost.  The punishment of unbelievers is an everlasting punishment, just like the reward of Christians is everlasting life with Christ!  Unbelievers will be shut out from God’s presence forever, in outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!  (Matthew 24:51) Are you ready to meet our Lord?

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