2016-12-09 - 2 Thessalonians Study
Letters to a Young Church ~ Chicken Littles in the Church
You all know the story of Chicken Little, right? This little chicken was walking along, minding his own business, when he was hit on the head by some debris thrown over a fence. Now being the giant intellect that he was, he immediately realized that a piece of the sky had fallen, and the world was coming to an end.
Anyway, Mr. Little ran around telling all of his neighbors what had happened, and roused them into a state of panic. They all just knew the world was coming to an end.
There have always been Chicken Littles. Some built bomb shelters in the ‘50s. Today they say California drivers will totally destroy the planet through pollution in the next ten years.
Well the church at Thessalonica apparently had their own chicken littles. These individuals knew that the Day of the Lord had arrived, and the world had come to an end. They believed in the old adage for dealing with difficult times: “When in Danger, When in Doubt, Run in Circles, Scream and Shout!”
Verses 1-5 Verses 6-12 Verses 13-17
Introduction: I suspect there are a few Chicken Littles in the church today as well. In this part of our study, we will look at the specific issue of the Day of the Lord, and why Paul pointed out that it could not have come, and why it still hasn’t come. We will also note that, regardless of one’s view of prophecy, the church’s call remains unchanged, and our responsibility is clearly spelled out. We are comforted by the promise of the Lord’s return, but as demonstrated in the Parable of the “Ten Minas,” (see Luke 19), we are to be busy in His work until He comes.
The Thessalonians were part of the kingdom of God. The proof was the strength God had provided them to withstand trials and tribulations that had continually swept over them.
Paul had made it clear God’s care of them was proof that He was just and consequently, they could look forward to a time when they would receive recompense for their suffering and vindication from those who were its source.
It is clear those who rejected Christ will have to suffer the punishment their sins deserve, an eternity of judgment and separation for God. On the other hand, those who accept Christ’s substitutionary payment for sins look forward to being rewarded for the works that had done in Him.
“… Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free” (Ephesians 6:7–8).
To be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.