FATHER AND LORD

Sunday Morning:  July 30, 2000

Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3  "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2. Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly [present active], and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth [present active];"

UNTO THE CHURCH

2 Thessalonians 1:1  "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church [out + called] of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

1 Thessalonians 1:4  "Knowing, brethren [vocative case of address] beloved [vocative, case of address], your election of God."

OUR FATHER AND LORD

2 Thessalonians 1:1-3  "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord [master Col. 4.1) Jesus Christ:

HONOR AND FEAR

Malachi 1:6  "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you. . ."

FEAR OF THE FATHER

1 Peter 1:17  "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:"

PERSECUTIONS

2 Thessalonians 1:4  "So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:"

GRACE AND PEACE

2 Thessalonians 1:2  "Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:32  "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

THE POWER

2 Corinthians 12:9  "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

ACCESS BY FAITH

Romans 5:2  "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

GRACE IN CHARGE

Hebrews 4:16  "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

GRACE IS TO REIGN

Romans 5:21  ". . . even so might grace reign through righteousness unto [eis, leading to] eternal [age] life by Jesus Christ our Lord."

GRACE AND SERVICE

Hebrews 12:28  "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably [well pleasing] with reverence and godly fear:"

CONTINUE IN GRACE

Acts 13:43  ". . .many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God."

PEACE

Philippians 4:7  "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

DOES PEACE RULE?

Colossians 3:15  "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."

2 Peter 3:14  "Wherefore, beloved, . . ., be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."