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You Can Stay Calm     2 Thessalonians 2:1-17     Feb. 15, 2009

 

Introduction

       Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Calmness grows out of peace; therefore if we possess the presence of Jesus

He will produce a calmness in our lives. Because of that I say Yes, in Christ You Can Stay Calm.

 

1.   Stay Calm . . Reject Deceptive Opinions.     2:1-4

       A.   Reject Phoney . . Messages. 2:1-2

1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: we ask you,

       brothers, 2 not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if

       from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come.

 

       B.   Reject Phoney . . Messiahs. 2:3-4

3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first

       and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above

       every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God's sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is

       God.


       I believe verse one speaks both of the Rapture and the actual second coming of the Lord. I know some Bible scholars are divided over this, but that is where I place myself related to the return of the Lord. If we stay calm we will need to reject phoney messages and so-called “Messiahs”. In Paul’s day someone circulated a phoney message that claimed that Christ had returned as it reported the Day of the Lord had occurred. This shook the faith of some. Paul took time to identify several characteristics of the Anti-Christ. Of course if the rapture comes when I believe it will, we will not deal with the Anti-Christ. However he will claim to be the Messiah and must be rejected. If we reject error and focus on truth we will remain calm.

 

2.   Stay Calm . . Remember The Truth. 2:5-10

       A.   Remember The . . Teaching Paul Gave. 2:5-7

            5 Don't you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this? 6 And you know what

       currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already

       at work; but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way,

 

       B.   Remember The . . Timetable Paul Shared. 2:8-9

8 and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His

       mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is

       based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,

 

       C.   Remember The . . Transformation Salvation’s Truth Gives. 2:10

10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did

       not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.


       We must remember the truth that comes from God’s Word, and the teaching of those like Paul. A big question comes about, “the one restraining.” In my opinion this refers to the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. Again many opinions are given about this verse. Truth clarifies God’s timetable, and magnifies the transforming effects of His salvation. In fact the transformation of salvation changes us so much we confound the world. They cannot understand our calmness in times that produce turmoil for them. They do not have the Lord or the qualities of His peace to strengthen them.

 

3.   Stay Calm . . Respect the Plan Of God. 2:11-12 

       A.   Respect The . . Delusion Included In The Plan of God.

11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,

 

       B.   Respect The . . Damnation Included In The Plan of God.

12 so that all will be condemned—those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.


       In God ‘s plan for the future He will cause delusion and allow damnation for those who reject His Son. They “. . . . did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.” The Bible tells us sin may produce pleasure for a season. What happens when that season is over? Sometimes the sinner does not recognize it, but sin produces consequences immediately, gradually, and permanently. The story Jesus told of the man in hell teaches it is an undesirable place of torment. It is wise to respect the plan of God. 

 

4    Stay Calm . . Rejoice In The Blessings of Salvation. 2:13-17

       A.   Rejoice In The . . Choice Of God. 2:13

13 But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

 

       B.   Rejoice In The . . Call Of God. 2:14

14 He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

       C.   Rejoice In The . . Consolation Of Paul’s Encouragement. 2:15-17

15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or

       by our letter. 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us

       eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good

       work and word.


       Do you believe God chose you for salvation? Well, He did, and He did it from the beginning. It is humbling to realize God chose us, called us, and consoles us.  This choice came through, and with, the sanctifying work of the Lord. His call for those of Paul’s day, and we, today, came through the gospel of Jesus. God’s consolation comes through the written and spoken Word of God. So can we stay calm? Yes, in Christ You Can Stay Calm