2 Thessalonians 1:1-2 “Foundational Truths”

2 Thessalonians. 1:1-2 – “Foundational Truths”

Paul’s purpose in writing:

  • Paul is encouraging the church in the midst of trials.
  • Paul is admonishing them to stand fast in their faith.
  • Paul teaching them the truth about the Day of the Lord.

Intro and Background:

  • Prominent seaport and capital of Macedonia
  • Main road from Rome to the East.
  • Paul was there on 2nd Missionary Journey – Acts 17:1-10
    • Macedonian call – Acts 16
  • Wrote 1st and 2nd Thess. From Corinth. – Acts 18
  • Probably on of his first letters to a specific church – (early 50’s)

In these first two verses we discover important foundational truths we need to consider as we begin our journey through 2 Thess.  We tend to overlook the greetings of the Epistles, but there are some important truths we need to apply to our life.

God saves, calls, equips, and uses us to impact others – v. 1

  • Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy
    • FAITHFUL MEN!
    • Not perfect, but willing, committed, devoted.
  • Faithful to the Lord is being faithful to His Purpose and Mission.
  • 2 Cor. 5:14-21
  • Where ever I am… I am there for the Lord

So goes YOUR understanding of the Church, so goes YOU

  • To the church
  • A local congregation.  A particular church at a particular place.
  • Utilize your gifts (the make a difference in our Christian life and they also have an impact on HIS Church– 1 Cor. 12 (overview of chapter)
  • Build one another up – Heb. 10:19-25
  • We can do more together than we can alone – 2 Cor. 8 (overview of chapter)

Without true conversion we have no hope – v. 2

  • Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 17:1-9 – (Go back to this scripture)
  • Reasoned from Scripture
  • Explaining and Demonstrating
  • JESUS IS THE CHRIST
  • Some were, Some were not
    • NOTICE THE KEY.  SCRIPTURE AND JESUS
    • No gimmicks, No events, No emotional encounter….JUST THE GOSPEL
    • Pray, Proclaim, Persuade (not beg)

Scripture:

Acts 17:1–10

[1] Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. [2] And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, [3] explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” [4] And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. [5] But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. [6] And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, [7] and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” [8] And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. [9] And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

[10] The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:14–21

[14] For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; [15] and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

[16] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. [17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. [18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)

Hebrews 10:19–25

[19] Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, [20] by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, [21] and since we have a great priest over the house of God, [22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. [24] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, [25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

Phase 1 of Regathering- Worship Services Starting on May 17

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (from the White House Coronavirus Task Force)

  • Elderly individuals
  • Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised (such as by chemotherapy or cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy).

DURING PHASE 1 WE ARE ENCOURAGING ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS to continue to shelter in place.


Phase 1 For FBCAP

Beginning May 17th

Sunday Morning Worship Services Only

  • With 6-foot Social Distancing.
  • Every other pew will be available.
  • We will have congregational singing.
  • The service will be recorded.

PM Services                    No

Sunday School               No

Nursery                            No

Choir                                 No

Children Activities        No

Youth Group                  Some activities with Social Distancing

Adult Small Groups      No

Meals at Church           No

  • We will be setting up family tables in the Fellowship Hall with a live stream of the service.  This is an option for the families with small children that may not feel as comfortable in the sanctuary. We realize the little ones may not be ready to sit through “Big Church” so this is an option to consider.
  • We will not be passing an offering plate, but you will have the opportunity to give as part of your Sunday of worship.
  • We are encouraging people to enter only through the Mall Area and the Main Sanctuary doors.
  • We are stressing 6-foot Social Distancing for the entire time you are on the campus.
  • Hand sanitizer is available and we are conducting a detailed cleaning before and after each service.
  • Masks are not mandatory, but you are more than welcome to wear one.

Office Hours

  • Open with adjusted schedule
  • Call to set appointment if an essential visit is needed.
  • Phone and Email correspondence will still be available 8:00-5:00 each day.

Wed Night Bible Study – “The Meaning of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper”

The Ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

The Deliberate Church (Chapter 10) – Mark Dever & Paul Alexander

Baptism

Baptism is a physical sign of a spiritual reality (Dever)

The Bible and Baptism:

Matt. 28:18-20

  • Important from the very beginning
  • for believers only
  • Initial step of living the life as a disciple

Romans 6:1-4

  • Our death and burial with Jesus Christ as our representative head
  • Our resurrection with Him from the symbolic grave

Colossians 2:11-14 (Gen. 17:11, Deut. 10:16)

  • Physical representation of the spiritual circumcision of our hearts

Things to consider:

Baptism is the believer’s public profession of faith.

  • Not walking an aisle, but rather their baptism.

Baptism is where a born-again believer acknowledges:

  • Their new life in Christ.
    • They have repented of their sin and placed their faith in Christ
  • Their new life in Christ’s Church
    • They are expressing their desire to be part of the local body.

The steps at FBCAP that lead to baptism:

  1. Acknowledge your DECISION to one of our church staff.
    1. As soon as you believe God has quickened your heart. Acts 2:37-42
      1. At the conclusion of one of services.
      1. Contacting one of the staff directly.
  2. Meet with one of the leaders of the church.
    1. To walk through the Gospel and the decision you are making.
  3. Work through the material given by the church.
    1. Material (Bible Study) will be given to you that must be completed on your own. (the go and do)
  4. Once the material is completed a date for baptism will be set.

Lord’s Supper

What 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 teaches us about the Lord’s Supper

  • An opportunity to express the unity of the church (vv. 18-19, 33)
  • Therefore, it is a fellowship of God’s people  and devoted to the Lord (vv. 20-21, 33)
  • It is a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s sinless life and atoning death, resurrection, and return (vv. 24-25).
  • It is a proclamation of Christ’s death, resurrection, and return (v. 26).
  • An opportunity for self-examination (vv. 28-29).

Taking the Lord’s Supper, then, is a participation in the unit of the church’s fellowship around the remembrance of Jesus Christ and the proclamation of His saving person and work through the symbols of bread and wind.

Concluding Thoughts:

Both ordinances are symbolic acts of worship that stress the importance of one’s assurance in their conversion and the importance of one’s devotion to the Lord’s Church.

  • Union with Christ
  • Union with the Church

Scripture References:

Matthew 28:16–20 – [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Romans 6:1–4 – [1] What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? [2] By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? [3] Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [4] We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (ESV)

Colossians 2:11–14 – [11] In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, [12] having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. [13] And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, [14] by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. (ESV)

Acts 2:37–41 – [37] Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” [38] And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” [40] And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” [41] So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 11:17–34 – [17] But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. [18] For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, [19] for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. [20] When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. [21] For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. [22] What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

[23] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, [24] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [25] In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” [26] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

[27] Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. [28] Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. [29] For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. [30] That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. [31] But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. [32] But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

[33] So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—[34] if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (ESV)

Isaiah 12:1-6 – A People of Praise and Thanksgiving

Isaiah 12:1-6 – A People of Praise and Thanksgiving

INTRO:

When I think of Thanksgiving I immediately think of Psalm 100.

Psalm 100 [1] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth![2] Serve the LORD with gladness!Come into his presence with singing![3] Know that the LORD, he is God!It is he who made us, and we are his;we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

[4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! [5] For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations


In the day of David their would be an emphasis on the worship of the Lord, serving the Lord, remaining faithful to the Lord. Yet, in the time of Isaiah the people had turned from God.

Chapter 6 began with the calling of Isaiah and his message of judgement and grace. Chapter 12 brings to close this section. It is a song of praise and thanksgiving for what God will do when the Messiah…

the root of Jesse established His Rule and Reign as Righteous King.

IN THAT DAY. (as used in Chp. 11) There will be 2 songs of praise and thanksgiving. (When all things are made new)

  • Verses 1-2 – by each believer
  • Verses 3-6 – by the congregation of people

Yet, today we can also give praise and thanksgiving for what WE HAVE IN CHRIST in the ALREADY as we look for to the NOT YET.

My Praise – vv. 1-2

Individually (you in v. 1 – singular)

  • My Sins are forgiven. – v. 1

God’s judgment/anger is turned away

  • And I have been comforted – v. 1

Acts 3:19–20 – [19] Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, [20] that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (ESV).

  • I can trust in Him and not be afraid. – v. 2

Proverbs 3:5–8

[5] Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. [6] In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. [7] Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. [8] It will be healing to your flesh

and refreshment to your bones. (ESV)

  • For He is my strength and my song – v. 2

MY strength and MY song

  • I have a personal relationship with God.

John 1:12–13 – [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

I can praise Him today because:

  • MY Sins are forgiven
  • I Am comforted
  • I Can trust and not be afraid
  • I Am His and He is mine

Our Praise vv. 3-6

As a body (you in vv. 3-4 is plural)

  • With Joy – v. 3

John 15:11. 16:24, 17:13 (all in red…from the lips of Jesus)

John 15:11 – These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (ESV)

John 16:24 – Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (ESV)

John 17:13 – But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (ESV)

  • That comes from wells of my salvation. – v.3

John 4:13-14 – Water from the well of salvation to refresh the soul.

John 4:13–14 – [13] Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, [14] but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (ESV)

  • We can declare Him among all the peoples – v. 4-6
  • For all to hear
  • For all time

Because of His Glorious Deeds – vv. 4-5

For all that the Lord has done gloriously – v. 5

Our Salvation and Our Sanctification.

  • I am afraid we are a church ARE WAITING for God to do something….RATHER we should consider what HE HAS ALREADY DONE.
  • We are looking for heaven on Earth, rather that looking at our blessed hope in the ALREADY AND NOT YET.

Because of His Holy Presence v. 6

  • Never leave us nor forsake us. Heb. 13:5
  • The gates of hades shall not prevail against us. Matt. 16:18
  • The Household of God.  The Church of the living God. A pillar and buttress of truth. 1 Tim. 3:15

We can praise Him as God’s People today because:

  • The Joy we have
  • From the Well of His Salvation
  • Because of His mighty Deeds
  • Because of His Holy Presence

WE CAN AND SHOULD PRAISE HIM TODAY

FOR WHO I AM AND WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST!

Wed Bible Study – “When and Why We Gather”

Wed in the Word – Acts 2:42-47, Acts 11:19-26

Deliberate Church – The Roles of the Different Gatherings

In Chapter 9 Pastor Dever shares his understanding of their different church gatherings and the role each one of them plays in the big picture of church health.  He uses the analogy of proper eating habits and the role the food groups play in our overall physical health.

  • Adult education hour – Equipping time
  • Sunday Morning – Feeding time
  • Sunday Evening – Family time
  • Wed Evening – Study time

As we think through these things let’s consider Scripture and the early Church.

Acts 1:14 – One accord

Acts 2:1 – All together

Acts 2:42-47

  • Preaching – vv. 40-41
  • Balance in their spiritual growth – vv.42
    • Teaching
    • Fellowship
    • Prayer
  • God honoring worship – v. 43
    • Understanding and acknowledging who God is.
  • Building of Christian relationships – vv. 44-46a
  • Reaching their community with the Gospel – vv. 46b-47

Acts 11:19-26

  • Proclaimed the Gospel – vv. 19-22
  • Build one another up – vv. 23-26
  • First Called Christians

Applying what we have learned

The church was ONE. (All In)

Why do we look at church so differently in our current culture? (mega church target group…once every 4 weeks… 13 times a year)

IT STARTS WITH A PROPER MINDSET

When did we lower the expectations of what it meant to know, love, and follow after Christ?

  • If we are going to do it…then let’s all do it
  • IT IS OK TO BE DIFFERENT.

IT STARTS WITH OUR LEADERSHIP

  • We should expect more (the best) from our leaders.
  • Staff, Deacons, Teachers, Committee Members

Church is not about YOU…It is about US

  • Some the reasons I have heard people leave a church.

While numbers may be important the task of disciple making is the key

  • We are consumed with NUMBERS, but rarely consider the TASK of MAKING DISCIPLES.
  • Mile wide…inch deep.  More is not better.

Ministries and Activities are not the same thing.

  • Busyness
  • Spiritual Purpose
  • Churches seem to do more “building relationship activities”

MINISTRIES SHOULD BE IN PLACE TO ENCOURAGE BELIEVERS

  • Know the Bible more accurately
  • Live the Christian life more faithfully

Each member should be involved with ALL our MINISTRIES because our MINISTRIES are in place to encourage HEALTHY SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

  • Are we here to feed the sheep or amuse the goats – Spurgeon.

Where one sets the bar will be what they attract.

The sinfulness of Complaining

Complain, Complain, Complain. This is something that really comes natural to most of us. Yet, we need to see that it is sinful and is a direct reflection of God’s goodness and providential care for His people.

The mind of man is a “factory of idols.” We are infested with lusts. Listen closely to any person given to complaining, and you will observe the creativity of our cravings.

David Powlison. Seeing With New Eyes, P&R Publishers, 2003, p.152

See here the evil of murmuring and complaining at our lot in the world. How apt are ye to quarrel with God, as if He were in the wrong when His dealings with you are not according to your own desires and wishes? You demand a reason, and call God to an account, Why am I thus? Why so much afflicted and distressed? Why so long afflicted? And why such an affliction rather than another? Why am I so poor and another so rich? Thus your hearts rise up against God. But you should remember that this is to defame the counsels of infinite wisdom, as if God had not ordered your affairs wisely enough in His eternal counsel.

Thomas Boston. Of the Decrees of God, Commentary on the Shorter Catechism

Consider these verses then walk through the study by Daryl Wingerd

and stop complaining.

Philippians 2:14–18 – [14] Do all things without grumbling or disputing, [15] that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, [16] holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. [17] Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. [18] Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. (ESV)

1 Thessalonians 5:15–18 – [15] See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. [16] Rejoice always, [17] pray without ceasing, [18] give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (ESV)

Ephesians 4:29–32 – [29] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. [32] Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

A 12 Point Cure for Complaining

Daryl Wingerd

Complaining is unbecoming of the true Christian and yet we are proficient at it. The cure is found in these verses. In Christ we are never hopeless or forsaken. Every trial has meaning.

Meditate on this cure in order to change both your language and your heart.

1. God commands me never to complain (Phil. 2:14).

2. God commands me to give thanks in every circumstance (1 Thess. 5:18).

3. God commands me to rejoice always, and especially in times of trial (1 Thess. 5:16; Jas. 1:2).

4. I always deserve much worse than what I am suffering now, in fact, I deserve hell (Lam. 3:39; Lk. 13:2-3).

5. In light of the eternal happiness and glory that I will experience in heaven, this present trial is extremely brief and insignificant, even if it were to last a lifetime (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:19).

6. My suffering is far less than that which Christ suffered, and He did not complain (1 Pet. 2:23).

7. To complain is to say God is not just (Gen. 18:25).

8. Faith and prayer exclude complaining (Psalm 34:4).

9. This difficulty is being used by God for my good and it is foolish for me to complain against it (Rom. 8:28).

10. Those more faithful than I have suffered far worse than I, and did so without complaint (Heb. 11:35-39).

11. Complaining denies that God’s grace is entirely sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9).

12. The greatest suffering, the worst trial or difficulty, can never rob me of that which is of greatest value to me and my greatest joy, namely the love of Christ (Rom. 8:35-39).

A 12 Point Cure for Complaining, Christian Communicators Worldwide, www.CCWtoday.org

Isaiah 11:1-16 “The Rule & Reign of the Righteous King”

Isaiah 11:1-16 – The Rule and Reign of the Righteous King

INTRO/The Background:

  • Remember Ahaz’s faithlessness from Chp. 7
  • Chps. 8-11 is the outworking of this faithless King.
  • 10:33-34 – the downed trees of judgment.  God will judge Assyria, Israel, and Judah.
  • As Isaiah prophesies against the people of Israel and Judah he again points to the coming Messiah.  In Chp. 9 he spoke of His incarnation.  Here in Chp. 11 he speaks of the 2nd coming.  When He ultimately will make ALL THINGS NEW.
  • He has promised a remnant. A people that will know Him and worship Him.
  • The already and the not yet…We can know this Righteous King now but will not totally experience this perfect peace until later.

The rise of His reign – v. 1

The stump is the felled Davidic House

  • Jesse, the father of David

This shoot…from the roots.  The beginning and the end.

  • God’s redemptive plan

The uniqueness of His character– vv. 2-3

Endowed with the Spirit (qualities of a divine King)

  • Different than earthly leaders
  • David – 1 Sam. 16:13. He was anointed by Samuel.
  • Jesus at His Baptism – It was unique and different
    • Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

The qualities of the Divine King

  • Wisdom and Understanding
  • Counsel and Might
  • Knowledge and Fear of the Lord

HIS DELIGHT SHALL BE IN FEAR OF THE LORD

  • Because of His divine qualities He possesses a perfect since of love, obedience, and worship in regards to the Father.
  • It is a picture of the type of relationship we can have today as we allow the Spirit to dwell in and control our life.
  • OBEDIENCE. DEVOTION. WORSHIP….and our decisions and manner of life GO HAND AND HAND.

The justice of His rule – vv. 3-5

He will not judge by what He sees or decide disputes by what He hears.

He will not rule like earthly men but will rule with a heavenly justice. He will judge according to God’s perfect will

  • Righteousness
  • Equity – straight, fair.
  • Rod – power and authority
  • Mouth and Breath of Lips – Divine Word of God
    • Thus saith the Lord
  • Belt – prepared for action.  Entering the battle with truth. Eph. 6:14

The peace of His kingdom – vv. 6-9

A picture of natural enemies at peace with one another – vv. 6-8

  • The coming Messiah will make all things news.
  • 2 Cor. 5:17-20 – New Creations.  From the inside out.

“for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” v. 9

  • The peace of the Garden of Sin, before the sin of Adam and Eve.

The restoration of His people – vv. 10-16

In that Day – vv. 10 & 11

  • At His second coming

Second time – v. 11

  • First was the Exodus from Egypt.

He will raise a signal – v. 12

  • Flag in combat.  Giving orders.  NOW IS THE TIME.
  • The banner is CHRIST

He will bring Jew and Gentile (Paul quotes this verse Rom. 15:12)

  • From the four corners of the earth. – v. 12
  • East and the West – v. 14
  • Gentile and Jew. World. Universal in nature.

Judah and Israel v. 14

  • Peace as God’s people. Restoration of Peace.

Philistines…others – v. 14

  • No longer oppressed by enemies

Sea, River, Channels – v. 15

  • Just as from Egypt the will cross with Sandals

Provide a holy highwayv. 16

  • God will provide the WAY
  • Part the seas
  • Provide a Holy Highway….

John 14:6 – I am the way…

Conclusion:

We live in the already and not yet.

We have not yet experienced the 2nd coming of Christ, but we have now the opportunity to come to Christ and BEGIN TO LIVE AS A NEW CREATION.  UNDER THE RULE AND REIGN OF THIS RIGHTEOUS KING.

Colossians 1:15–20 – [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.