Category Archives: Day of the Lord

NEW CREATION AND HIS RETURN

SYNOPSIS – The arrival of Jesus in glory will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation – 2 Peter 3:3-14

In his second epistle, Peter addressed the growing weariness and discouragement of some Christians over the apparent “delay” in the promised “coming” of Jesus, an open door that false teachers and critics were exploiting. Instead of all the predicted terrestrial and cosmic upheaval, daily life continued as it always had.

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HASTENING THE DAY

SYNOPSIS – The conduct of the church may “hasten the Day of the Lord.” In the interim, God has granted humanity the opportunity to repent before that day inevitably arrives – 2 Peter 3:3-14

In his second epistle, Peter explained the apparent “delay” in the arrival of Jesus and the “Day of the Lord.” In doing so, he linked that day with the final judgment and the new creation. Moreover, the Apostle argued that the conduct of the church could, in fact, “hasten” the day’s arrival. According to his letter, God is characterized by mercy and responds positively to repentance – Peter was no fatalist. The relationship of men and women with the Father is dynamic, not static.

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IS THE DAY OF THE LORD IMMINENT?

SYNOPSIS – Disinformation fed to the Thessalonians about the “day of the Lord” alarmed many members of the congregation – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

In his second letter written to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul addressed a claim that the “day of the Lord has set in,” which caused alarm among some members of the congregation. Apparently, the rumor was spread by a “spirit,” word (logos), or a letter, “as if by us”. In the process of settling the turmoil, Paul listed two events that must occur BEFORE the parousia or “arrival” of Jesus and the “Day of the Lord”:

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REVELATION OF JESUS FROM HEAVEN

SYNOPSIS – The coming of Jesus will mean vindication for the righteous but everlasting loss for the wicked – 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10.

The second letter to the Thessalonians was written in the months following Paul’s departure from the city. His first epistle was positive and expressed joy at the receipt of the good news that the Thessalonians were remaining faithful despite persecution. In the second letter, the Apostle addressed three main issues – Persecution, church members who refused to work, and questions related to the “arrival” of Jesus.

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SUMMARY OF HIS RETURN

SYNOPSIS – The New Testament foresees a single event that means nothing less than the resurrection of the dead, New Creation, and final judgment

Several Greek terms are applied in the New Testament to the future “coming” of Jesus Christ. This includes the noun parousia with the sense of “advent,” “arrival,” or “presence.” It occurs most frequently for his advent in the letters of Paul to the Thessalonians. In each instance where parousia refers to the “arrival” of Jesus, only one final event is in view.

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UNBLAMEABLE BEFORE HIM

SYNOPSIS – Paul prays for the Thessalonians to be found sanctified on the day when Jesus arrives in glory with his holy angels – 1 Thessalonians 3:13.

The passage from the end of Chapter 3 is a wish-prayer that concludes the first half of the epistle. In it, Paul reiterates two previously stated requests – First, for the opportunity to visit the Thessalonians again. Second, for God to increase their love for him and others – (1 Thessalonians 1:2 – 3:13).

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