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Scott Grant - May 10, 2015
Setting the Stage
God wants to “sanctify” us for his purposes. How might we go about cooperating with him? Does he do everything, and do we do nothing. Or do we do everything and does he do nothing? The apostle Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, recommends a third way. We have a part, and God has a part.
Scripture References: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
From Series: "Between the Times"
We live between the times: between the first coming of Christ and the future coming of Christ. It’s a hard place to be, because what we long for hasn’t been fully realized. But it’s also an exciting place to be, because what we long for has been partially realized. As we experience something of what we long for, we anticipate the coming day, but we also appreciate the present day in light of the coming day. In his two letters to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul references the future “coming” of Christ more than he does in all his other letters combined. Our study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians therefore will help us live—really live—in the present, between the times, leaning into the future.