John MacArthur writes that the Day of the Lord “…will mark the end of man’s day, as God acts in judgment to take back direct control of the earth from the usurpers (both human and demonic) who presently rule it. It will be an unprecedented time of cataclysmic judgment on all unrepentant sinners.” (Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5)
The Day of the Lord will have a positive aspect as it includes Christ’s rescuing of his people before His wrath is poured out
and it will also have a negative aspect because this will be the time that judgment is given.
There is an event that will take place before the tribulation and the second coming of Christ called THE RAPTURE. The rapture is the supernatural removal of the Church out of this world before the tribulation.
This passage emphasizes that there is an accountability to all who hear God’s Word. The accountability is to believe and obey because ultimately it is the Word that will judge you!
Scripture is always positively amazing! It is always positive because it is God’s Word to us. God created it by inspiring men to write His revelation to us and then He used His church to be able to recognize the works that he inspired the Bible through a process called canonicity. Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 expressing that the 66 books of Scripture have value. There is profit to them because they work, just as God said they would!!! It is an amazing work that God’s Word does.
Why do the words of Scripture have value? They have value because they are God’s words which means they are profitable words that are equipping words. In other words, Scripture is God’s message to us and that message is profitable to equip us for living this life and preparing for the next.
There is a question that pops up in the mind of many believers at some time in his/her Christian life. The question is simple yet complex. The question does not evoke skepticism nor does it necessarily question authority instead it shows a curiosity to know the mechanics behind how the books of the Bible were chosen. How did it all happen? How did the Canon come to be? The simple answer is: God did it!
Here at Broadlands Bible Church: Our Desire is to see those who know Christ, grow and be equipped for the work of ministry to the world around them and to see those who do not know Christ, to come to know Him as their Savior.
2 Peter 3:18 is our theme verse: “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
In the past few months we have learned a lot about how faith works including what is expected of us in our journey of faith …but… How can we bring all of this together? …and… Our answer comes in the first 3 verses of chapter 12 which gives us 5 Principles to live by… F. A. I. T. H.