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Entrusted with the Gospel (2 of 13)
Series: Living While Looking Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 2:1-4
We are studying the book of 1 Thessalonians these days under the heading: LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP.
Now somebody says, "Pastor, LIVING while looking up is better than WALKING while looking up. For if your WALKING while looking up you it's just a matter of time before you run into something and that could hurt."
Well .. that's true. If you're WALKING while looking up you could very well run into something and that would hurt. But if your LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP .. it's just a matter of time before you not only RUN INTO some things … but you will RUN FROM some things and that will help. You say, "help how?" Help you live ready for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ .. that's how.
That's why in every chapter of 1 Thessalonians Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica to be LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP .. that is … to be living in light of the return of Jesus.
In chapter 1.10 Paul says to "wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."
In chapter 2.19, "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?"
In chapter 3.13, "so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints."
In chapter 4.16, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first."
In chapter 5.2, "For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night." Verse 11, "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing."
It is the theme of the book: the literal, soon to be, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. And God helps us get ready for it through the pages of ...
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