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[2 Peter 3:9; all – all of us]  God is not willing that any of his children should lose their life for the coming age.  His desire is that everyone might be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  A knowledge of the truth pertains to his coming Kingdom and glory.

[1 Corinthians 15]  We find the word “perishing” again mentioned.  We’re going to look at this in review, then continue into 2 Thessalonians.  [1 Corinthians 15:14]  There is the definite article before “faith”; “the faith of you”.  Our preaching is vain or empty or waste and the faith of you is wasted or vain.  This is not talking about the faith pertaining to being born from above, this is the faith associated with, “the just shall live by faith”.  And a life of faith is a life that will be found pleasing to the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him.”  This is that faith that is necessary for us to have grace to serve him acceptably and to stand and rejoice in the hope of glory as we find in Romans 5:2.

[1 Corinthians 15:15]  Paul is saying, “We’re preaching the resurrection”.  We’re preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we’re preaching the resurrection of the saints and all believers.  If we teach that and the dead be not raised, then I’m a false witness.  What happened to false witnesses in that day?  They were stoned to death.

[1 Corinthians 15:16-18; apollumi – to lose one’s life.]  “Ye are yet in your sins” has to do with the power of sin in your life.  In Romans 6, we are exhorted not to let sin reign in our lives.  If Christ be not raised from the dead, then we don’t have power over that sin.  Even in that passage in Romans 6, it talks about being baptized with Christ and raised again unto newness of life even as Christ is raised again unto a new ministry.  That ministry is the high priestly office of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Romans 6:4)

One thing that I want to bring out that we did not bring out last time is that now, we can appreciate Paul’s cry or prayer in [Philippians 3].  [Philippians 3:8-9a; Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ…”]  If Christ be not raised, the just don’t live by faith.  Paul refers to the righteousness which through the faith of Christ.  [Philippians 3:9b-10a; The righteousness which is of God by faith. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…”]  That’s the point that I want you to get.

Paul says, “That I may know him”.  It’s not the word “epignosis”, it’s simply “know”.  It seems strange that Paul who met the Lord Jesus Christ face to face on the road to Damascus; who spent three years on the back side of the desert in Arabia having the Lord teach him on a one-to-one basis…  Here is one of God’s servants who seems to be intimately acquainted with the Lord, and he says, “That I may know him”.  I think the evidence of knowing the Lord is that point that is brought out in Romans 10:17, which says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God Christ.”  Spending time fellowshipping with him through the word.  Paul had the privilege of knowing him on a one-to-one basis, but we can know him through the Word and knowing him through the Word, our faith is increased.

He says here in verse 10, “and the power of his resurrection”.  Paul knew the meaning of the resurrection.

[Philippians 3:10b-11; out resurrection]  This out resurrection has to do with what is brought out in verse 14.  It’s the prize.  This word “resurrection” has a little bitty Greek prefix in it, “ek”.  Meaning, out.  “Out-resurrection” is the literal translation of that.  “From the dead ones”, or “from the dead”.  Or, from those whose lives have been lost because of unfaithfulness.  The out-resurrection deals with the prize of the high calling in verse 14.  [Philippians 3:14]  That’s the out-resurrection that Paul wanted to obtain.

This word “might attain” is in the subjunctive, which means there was no assurance that he would reach that prize.  In fact, in verses 12 and 13, he says, “I haven’t apprehended that which I was apprehended for”, and that which he was apprehended for was for the prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus.  That’s what we’ve been apprehended for.

[1 Peter 1]  This is talking about the power of the resurrection; the prize of the above calling.  [1 Peter 1:3; Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively [living] hope by [through; by means of] the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  Why?  [1 Peter 1:4]  Here again reference is made to the power of the resurrection.

The Lord Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God the father, that he might minister his blood to us for deliverance; deliverance from the power of sin in our lives; because sin can reign in our lives; sin can have control; sin can have dominion.  If it couldn’t, why would Paul say, “Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies”?  Sin can reign.  So, God made provisions for us to have deliverance from anything, whether it is the world, the flesh, or the devil, which would bring us into captivity.  Bring us into bondage and servitude.  If we don’t appropriate the resurrection; if we don’t appropriate the Lord Jesus Christ as our high priest; we will perish!  We will serve sin unto death; we will serve the world unto death; we will perish; we will lose our life for the age to come.

That is what I wanted you to get by way of review from 1 Corinthians 15 and the verses we studied last time.  We did talk about waking to righteousness and sin not.  Right living and not letting sin have dominion.

The last place I want us to look regarding “perishing” is [2 Thessalonians 2].  I don’t have all the answers to this chapter, and this is a hard chapter.  Well, it’s only hard when you don’t have all the answers.  It’s not hard for the Lord; he knows all about it.  Sooner or later, he will share it with us, though, so that we might understand it.  [2 Thessalonians 2:7a; For the mystery of iniquity [lawlessness] doth already work.]  The mystery of lawlessness already works.  I think this is talking about not only in the world, but also in the lives of believers.  [2 Thessalonians 2:3a; Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first.]  The thing I want you to see is “falling away”.  Believers are going to fall away from things they held precious.  This pertains to the mystery of lawlessness.  The falling away pertains to those who not only have no respect for the laws around us (we’re surrounded by that, aren’t we?) but even no respect for God’s laws.  Christians have no respect for God’s law.  That mystery of iniquity already works, and there will be a falling away of believers from the truth!

[2 Thessalonians 7-8]  When this talks about “shall destroy and consume” (consume with the spirit of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming), it’s talking about the man of sin, or the son of perdition, and the devil and the false prophet.  We know the devil will be thrown into the bottomless pit for a thousand years, and the false prophet and his cohort will be cast into the lake of fire.

[2 Thessalonians 2:9]  Here we have reference to power, signs, and lying wonders.  Miracle working.  [2 Thessalonians 2:10a; And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;]  Here, we find the word “perish” again.  Appolumi.  “With all deceivableness of unrighteousness”.  This word “unrighteousness” is the negative of “righteous” or “just”.  The unjust.  The just shall live by faith; the unjust shall have no inheritance in the Kingdom of the Heavens.  The just are like Elizabeth and Zechariah.  They were blameless as far as the covenants and the ordinances of the Lord; they were obedient unto the Lord.

[2 Thessalonians 2:10]  The key to this passage of Scripture is the “love of the truth”.  That’s different than simply being born from above.  There’s the definite article before “truth”; “the love of the truth that they might be saved.”  This salvation has reference to verses 14 and 16.  [2 Thessalonians 2:14]  That’s the salvation referred to in verse 10.  The obtaining of the glory of our Lord.  [2 Thessalonians 2:16; agelasting]

This word “consolation” is the Greek word “calling” with the prefix “para” added to it.  When a preposition is added to verbs, it intensifies the verb.  This is an extreme supplication or an earnest calling.  This is made of the two words “para” and “klEsis”, meaning “to call”.  An earnest calling, and good hope through grace.

The calling is to the obtaining of the glory.  The hope is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  The obtaining of the glory will only be realized through God’s grace.  If we don’t have grace in our lives when we are serving the Lord, our works will not be acceptable at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

In verse 10, we find a mentioning of people who love not the truth that they might be saved.  Many people teach this passage as dealing with tribulation saints.  But, I don’t think so.  They teach that those who hear the gospel today, and the Lord were to come today, they would not have a chance to be saved.  I don’t think that’s the truth, though.  What’s the only sin that will not be forgiven?  Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  Anything done or said against the Lord Jesus Christ will be forgiven, because of the nature of his work.  But, people will be able to be saved during the tribulation period.

This passage is talking about those who reject Kingdom truths; those who reject Kingdom doctrine.  They are the ones who can be deceived, and they are deceived by power, signs, and lying wonders.

[Matthew 24:24; implication is that it is impossible]  [Matthew 7:21a; Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;]  This has to do with entrance, not seeing.  To be born from above is all you need to see the Kingdom of the Heavens, but entrance is based on whether or not we do the will of the Father.  [Matthew 7:21]  Now, we’re going to find a list of things that are not the will of the Father.

[Matthew 7:22; devils – demons]  Here, we see prophecy, foretelling the future, extra revelations from God other than through the Word of God.  Do you see people doing that today?  They’re casting out demons.  It says “devils”, but it’s the word “demons”; there is only one devil, but many demons.  And in thy name done many wonderful works; miracle working.

[Matthew 7:23; iniquity – lawlessness]  This word “iniquity” is “anomai”, which means “lawlessness”.  They don’t know the Word of God; they don’t know the will of God.  They’re interested in the sensual and external signs, wonders, and miracles.

“If it were possible, they would deceive the very elect.”  The elect are those who will rule and reign with the Lord Jesus Christ.  That’s who the elect or the called-out ones are.  The elect will not be deceived by these things, because if the elect get involved with the deceivableness of Satan…

Remember this, Satan is an angel of light.  Satan is trying to deceive us to get us to do things that are not the will of God.  He would try to get us to perform signs, wonders, and miracles; to seek after the sign-gifts; to seek after speaking in tongues.  Why?  Because he knows that if we do that, we will be disqualified from entering into the Kingdom of the Heavens to rule and to reign.  That’s his ambition and desire; to defeat us in our Christian life.  It’s a very strong tug on the heart of many Christians when they see these things being performed.

You will see many Christians who know Kingdom truths will get involved in these things and they will lose interest in things pertaining to the Kingdom.  They are interested in things that are soulish and exciting.  I’ve seen some who speak in tongues, who claim to be translated to different places, just like Peter was, preaching the gospel and then being translated back again.  This kind of talk stirs up your curiosity, if nothing else.  It makes the hair stand up on the back of your head.  They that do such things will not have an entrance into the Kingdom of the Heavens, and that’s what I’m interested in, and I’m not going to get involved with or be deceived by these things.

Satan is deceiving Christians today.  I want you to understand that they’re not casting out demons by the power of Satan.  The Lord Jesus Christ said that Satan cannot cast out himself.  The Kingdom that casts itself out is divided and that kingdom will not stand.    These miracles and signs that these people are doing fall into the classification of quail and kings.  The children of Israel wanted quail so much; they continued to insist that God give them quail.  God gave them something he didn’t want them to have and it came out their noses; it made them sick.  That’s what is going on with tongues today.  Many people are seeking after something that is not part of God’s perfect plan, and he gives it to them!  Until it makes them sick.  At the Judgment Seat of Christ, signs, wonders, and miracles are going to come out of the nose of believers who stand there and see their life that they could have had in the coming Kingdom coming from them.  I guarantee you that they will be sick.

The anguish, tears, and disappointment that the children of Israel had when they got a king like Saul was a bitter experience.  They got the king they wanted instead of living by God’s will.  Those of us who disqualify ourselves because of unfaithfulness will have a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth, because of the disappointment of missing out on ruling and reigning with the Lord.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:10, we’re told that they “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved”, and they will perish.  This is when God will let them go on and be deceived and they will not rule and reign with the Lord.  He lets them go on; he turns them over; he gives them over into captivity.  Captivity of what?  Sin; lies; Satan.

Brethren, love the truth.  Don’t be deceived.  Don’t perish.  Don’t give up your life in the coming Kingdom for immediate gratification in this life.  That’s my admonition to you.