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Counted Worthy

2 Thessalonians 1
February 8, 2009

Praise God, we are saved by grace & not by works (Eph 2:8-9); but don’t we long & shouldn’t we strive to be found worthy. Jesus said (Mt 10:38) to be worthy you must take up your cross and follow Him. Paul promotes this attitude and effort of worthiness!

1) God is Just (6-10) - Payback is Hell. But what about those (a) that haven’t heard of Jesus or (b) those that died before the Sacrifice of Jesus or (c) the Age of Accountability (Measure of Mentality)? 1John 2:2
a) Positional Mercy (Mt. 11:25-26, 18:1-6, 19:13-15, 21:14-16, 1Cor13:11)
b) No Excuses in Denying God (Ps 19:1, Rom. 1: 18-20)
c) Sins of their Fathers (Lev. 26:39, Rom. 1:21-25)
d) Recognition, Faith & Relationship with God (Rom 4:3-5,13, Heb 11:13-16,39-40)
e) ALWAYS THROUGH THE SON!!!!! (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
f) Focus on what we know; commanded to go!!! (Mt 28:18-20)
i) If they sense God, they long for Jesus. Jesus is the answer to their question!
ii) Life Reward of Salvation
(1)Fulfillment of Faith, Hope & Love
(2)Treasures in Heaven (Mt. 6:19-21, 1Tim. 6:19)

2) Evidence of Worthiness (3-5) – Col. 1:9-11
a) Faith is Growing – roots, trunk, and limbs
b) Love is Increasing – how you see & how you are seen, action
c) Perseverance – in it to win it, “I ran the sprint”
d) Endurance – take a beating and keep on ticking, “I run the race”

3) Worthy of Calling (11-12) - Eph 4:1-3
a) Power – He is our battery pack, energizer
b) Purpose – What He desires to ‘fulfill’ through you
c) Prompting – The whisper of His still small voice directing your action and illuminating your path (1King 19:12, Ps. 119:105)
d) Glorification – Your shining of Jesus & His shining on you

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins (turns aside God’s wrath), and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 1:18-20 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Leviticus 26:39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers' sins they will waste away. (Ez. 18:20, 2 Chron 25:4)

Romans 1:21-25 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 4:3-5 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. 13 It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Hebrews 11:13-16 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 39-40 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

1 Timothy 6:18-19 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.