(Part 2 of 4)
THE PASTOR’S ROLE IS CONNECTED WITH THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS
1 Thessalonians 2:19… The pastor’s joy… “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (KJV). In other words, Paul was saying, “This is what we live for and this is what gives us hope: to see you standing ready to meet the Lord at His coming.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13… The pastor’s goal… “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (KJV). Here we see the people increasing and abounding under the watchful care and teaching of the pastor and his team. Notice the area of increase, “love.” It’s love for one another that holds the congregation together during hard times.
1 Thessalonians 4:15… The pastor’s duty… “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep” (KJV). The duty here is preparing a people who can survive the difficult times that precede Christ’s coming. “Alive and remain” are key words. It refers to saints coming through as living survivors or “the living ones.” They survived because of their confidence in the word of God. The pastor’s duty was to teach believers to get a hold of the word of God from Christ Himself and from the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:23… The pastor’s ministry… “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ” (KJV). Here the pastor’s message is holiness and purity before God. Everything connected with the spirit, soul, and body. Emotions, intellect, conscience, and the physical frame must radiate holiness and pureness.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-2… The pastor’s timely exhortations… “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto jim, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit [false prophecies], nor by word [false teachings], nor by letter [printed material, unsolicited mail] as from us, as the day of Christ is at hand” (KJV). Many who opposed Paul would use Paul’s name when they propagated their false doctrines. So, Paul gave the believers up-to-date and timely exhortations aimed at equipping them to overcome deception that will be so widespread in the last days prior to Christ’s return.
2 Thessalonians 2:8… The pastor’s responsibility… “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (KJV). The truth here is the training of the saints to recognize the wicked one’s actions and to withstand them. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 says that the wicked’s workings are after those of Satan. It’s Satan who energizes the antichrist forces. He gives these antichrist forces signs and wonder-working abilities. People will follow a sign and be deceived by them. There will be some saints who will not receive the truth from pastors and will come under delusion because they will believe a lie. This is the day to learn to discern the devil’s antics. We hardly ever pray for the “discerning of spirits” gift. The Holy Spirit’s anointing on us will stop the devil’s workings. The fragrance of Christ’s anointing abides on us.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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