September 23, 2001

                                I Thessalonians 2:17-3:5



v. 18 - “Satan hindered us”                           ch. 3:3-5


Rev. 20:3 -                  I Cor. 10:11-14           Rom. 8:28


II Cor. 11:2-4             Gal. 1:8-9                    I Peter 5:4



vs. 19-20 - As woman in I Cor. 11:7 is said “to be the glory

                        of the man” so converts are here said to be

                        the glory of ministers.


The aim  is not to appear before Christ empty - “Behold, I

and the children which God hath given me” - Heb. 2:13


A very sad reflection indeed, for any parent to think within

himself that he should be instrumental in giving his child

a body only to damn his soul!



                                    Ch. 3


v. 3 - Forewarnings of the apostle & our own experience!


Fitness for Heaven - learning patience & resignation -

Can’t be learned in health & prosperity.


II Cor. 4:17-18     Useful to a world of glory!


“KNOW that we are appointed thereunto”


Prosperity promise of OT - Affliction the NT

Example of Paul - Acts 9:16              Acts 14:22


John 16:33                  Romans 12:1-2


That man should not be moved by these afflictions -



Steadfastness - I Cor. 15:58


Prayer - Watchfulness - praying for perseverance,

being distrustful of self, trusting only in Christ, watching

always.  Expecting afflictions, chastisements, a necessary

part of Christian experience. 


Thus prepared beforehand, the affliction, instead of shaking

you, confirmed and solidified you in the faith that was once

delivered unto the saints.


Pressing for the mark of the high calling of God in Christ



v. 4 - Not something strange!            I Peter 4:12-13




Tribulation - Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says - it is a time mentioned preceding Christ’s Second

Coming, and as a period in which the Jewish nation, restored

to Palestine in unbelief by Gentile instrumentality, will suffer

an unprecedented outburst of fury on the part of the antichristian powers confederate under the Man of Sin.


Matt. 24:21-22

John 16:33

Acts 14:22

Rom. 5:1-4,     8:35,    12:12

Rev. 7:9-17

I John 5:1-5    4:1-6    2:15-17


Song - Faith is the Victory” that overcomes the world.


Faith is the shield - Eph. 6:16


I Peter 1:7-13


v. 5 - I Peter 5:8-11               


II Cor. 2:11“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us for

            we are not ignorant of his devices”