As the End Comes Message Series

AS THE END COMES – 2 THESSALONIANS

Part 1 – Judgment Can Be A Great Thing!

(2 Thessalonians 1:1-12)

April 8, 2018

Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor – SCBC

INTRODUCTION

2 Thessalonians 1:1-3 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.

1. IF YOU ARE A CHRIST FOLLOWER, YOUR JUDGMENT BEFORE GOD CAN BE A FANTASTIC MOMENT. (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5)

A. A Christ follower is someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. You are trusting in Christ alone to save you, not your own good deeds.

Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV)

B. 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 5 All 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.

C. When the Bible talks about God’s judgement it talks about one judgment for Christ followers and a different judgement for non-Christ followers.

D. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

E. Judgement day for followers of Jesus Christ is good news because it tells us that every sacrifice, no matter how small, will one day be rewarded.

Mark 12:43-44 Calling His disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.” (NIV)

1. Every act of love and kindness toward others. Every act of forgiveness toward someone who hurt you. Everything you do that demonstrates love instead of hate, kindness instead of retaliation, giving instead of hoarding, selflessness instead of selfishness…everything…God sees.

2. Judgment is a good thing. Judgement means that your life decisions matter.

F. Judgment day means that you can forgive.

1. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you… (NIV)

2. We can forgive because we know God will deal with it.

G. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

Every day of our lives we are sending up to heaven building materials for our heavenly home.

H. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am ready to be poured out, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.

2. THE JUDGEMENT OF SOMEONE WHO HAS REJECTED CHRIST WILL BE A TERRIBLE TIME. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9)

A. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you… 7…This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.

B. Revelation 20:11-12 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

1. The first book is called the “Book of Works.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or evil.

2. The second book is called the “Book of Life.”

The only way to have your name in the Book of Life is by accepting Jesus as your Savior. The criteria for determining your fate will be what you did about Jesus Christ.

Revelation 20:15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

C. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power.