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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

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"THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH"
I. WHAT IS TRUTH?
A. This was the cynical question of Pilate to Jesus.
1. The philosophers had been searching for truth.
a. One would establish a system of thought that would be accepted as truth.
b. Another would come and show the flaws.
c. Philosophy today concludes there is not a universal truth.
1. They have returned to the cynicism of Pilate.
B. Pilate had asked another question, "Art Thou the King?"
1. Jesus answered, "For this cause was I born and I came into this world to bear witness of the truth."
2. The truth is that Jesus Christ is King.
a. You need to submit to Him.
C. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life."
1. The truth is there is only one way to the eternal living God who
created the universe.
a. All other ways come short.
b. Jesus said, "No man cometh to the Father but by Me."
D. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
1. I am not saying that you are necessarily a bad person. There are many good sinners.
a. There are many bad sinners also.
b. We are not talking about degrees.
2. The truth is we have all sinned (some more than others) and come short (some farther than others) of the glory of God.
E. Sin brings death and separation from God.
1. If a man says he has fellowship with God and walks in darkness, he lies.
2. Satan's first lie to man, "You will not die."
F. God has made only one provision for man's sin.
1. That provision is in His Son, and "he that hath the Son hath life and he...."
II. THE CONSEQUENCE OF REJECTING THE TRUTH.
A. They will be deluded.
1. I am amazed at the weird things men believe once they have rejected the truth.
a. That this whole beautiful organized body was developed through trillions of fortuitous concurrences of accidental circumstances.
b. The hopeful monster theory.
c. The peace and contentment can be discovered by chanting your mantra and contemplating your navel.
B. Man will believe a lie.
1. Having rejected Jesus Christ, they will hail the anti-Christ.
2. Having rejected God's way, they will flock after man's way.
C. They will perish.
1. In spite of God's love and provision (John 3:16).
Sermon Notes for 2 Thessalonians 2:7 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 1:3 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 1 Timothy 1:15 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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