Well what about those that have already been hurt and therefore they hurt others. 4 How much longer will those criminals brag about the evil they did? No one stood with me against those who do evil.17 And if the Lord had not helped me,    I would have been silenced by death.18 I know I was ready to fall,    but, Lord, your faithful love supported me.19 I was very worried and upset,    but you comforted me and made me happy! What if God is abundantly good, and we are part of a world in rebellion against Him?  What if God is love, and you are running from Him?  What if He sees a future disaster that is hidden from you, and He is reaching out to save you from it? When will you learn your lesson?You are so stupid! On the cross, Christ was punished for our sins. Where do you begin in loving your enemies? Suppose a middle school student punches another student in class.  What happens?  The student is given a detention. You must try to understand.9 God made our ears,    so surely he can hear what is happening!He made our eyes,    so surely he can see you!10 The one who disciplines nations will surely correct you. “This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates, Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical…, Staying the Course (When You're Tired of the Battle).  This is the Gospel by which we are saved and by which all who come to the Lord will be saved.  It is good news, not only for all of us here today, but for every person in this community. The sword = the power execution and waging war. Instead, ask God to help you trust in those who only want great things for you. No one will escape from the justice of God.  God knows all things.  Nothing is hidden from Him.  No one intimidates Him. Genesis 12:3 - And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Right there in the dust, this man repents and believes.  This violent man was transformed. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International, Easy-to-Read Version (ERV). God, come punish them. 4. God Will Punish Those Who Destroy the Earth/Animals? The justice of God is a central truth in the Bible.  Now the Spirit of God is on him giving him these words to write to the church. A deep grasp of this truth will help you to pray for those who’ve harmed you.  Bitterness cannot survive for long when you begin to pray. If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. We will never sell or misuse your information.  It tells you that you have not yet seen the end of the story. I know there is a verse in the Old Testament that supports the fact that God will punish those who literally kill animals, destroy the earth, pollute the earth, etc but I just do not recall the book, chapter and verse. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving … This doctrine helps. If you would like to engage in some further study, here are key verses about God’s hatred of wicked people. Think about the man writing these words.  He once persecuted Christians himself!  Saul of Tarsus was the terror of the early church.  Breathing fire and slaughter, he was on his way to Damascus on a campaign of violence. Bible verses related to Those Who Hurt Children from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order Matthew 18:6 - But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he … The Lord our God will destroy them. 12 Lord, great blessings belong to those you discipline,    to those you teach from your law.13 You help them stay calm when trouble comes. If you would like someone from our staff to call you, please include your phone number. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. Isaiah 60:12 - For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, [those] nations shall be utterly wasted. The justice of God will often not be obvious in this world.  People who do good often suffer and people who do evil often prosper.  That means your gifts, talents, time, money, the strength of your body and the affections of your heart. These Bible verses on betrayal remind us that forgiveness is an important part of our spiritual … You will help them until the wicked are put in their graves. However, forgiving those who hurt you can be a cleansing process.  God never acts out of vindictiveness.  He always acts with justice. This truth is meant to help someone who’s been wronged, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:18-20). When someone hurts you, your immediate and natural instinct will be to want to hurt them back. As Christians, we will never be condemned for our sin. He knows that their thoughts are like a puff of wind. The hardest truths can produce the most tender hearts.  If you do not believe this, you will always be trying to even the score.  But God is just, and even though His justice may be hidden now, it will become obvious when Jesus Christ is revealed (1:8). Revelation 2:11. Here is what the Scripture says: God is just.  He will punish through everlasting destruction and those who are so punished will be shut out from the presence of the Lord, forever. The combination of these two words is terrifying, but the meaning is clear—this is a destruction without end. That’s the power of the Gospel!  This is the Gospel that we believe and that we proclaim. You may have wondered, “How can one man bear the sins of many?  How can His hell on the cross remove our everlasting destruction?”  The weight of our sin is measured by the One we offended.  The value of Christ’s sacrifice is measured by the One who is offered.  This is the Son of God!  What He suffered on the cross is able to atone for all our sins forever.  You can have absolute confidence that no one will be punished for a sin he or she did not commit.  But if they just go on, with no awareness of what they have done, or worse, if they continue doing the same thing, it is very hard to have compassion. A legitimate, biblical function of government is to punish those who do wrong. Asaph comes to understand that a time will come when, “in a moment,” God will “destroy those who destroy the earth,” as John states it in Revelation 11:18. They say the God of Jacob does not know what is happening. That means you can have confidence in the absolute justice of God. Jesus Christ came into the world because there is a future catastrophe that you need saving from. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The Bible tells us, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). The obvious question for people who are experiencing this kind of thing is, “Where is God in all this?  How are we supposed to stand up under it?”  This is the kind of thing the people in Thessalonica were experiencing and this letter was written to give the answer. That was done once for all: “There is now no condemnation for those … Lord,  It is on this foundation that God says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. God loves animals. “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord” (1:9). But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. Therefore, for those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior, the punishment for sin is no longer upon us. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. If you have suffered at the hands of other people, or if someone you love has suffered as these Christians did, you will face with this great question: “How can I really believe that God is a loving God and God is a just God when so often good people suffer and those who do evil prosper?”.  He was shut out from the presence of God. Question: "Does God punish us when we sin?" I have overcome the world. But what if God was, before us?  What if God is, without us?  And what if God always will be, despite us?  What if God is not dependent on us, but we are dependent on Him?  That’s why He cried out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)  Christ endured everything that hell is on the cross.  He entered hell so that you would never know what it is like.  That is the heart of the Gospel. Give proud people the punishment they deserve.  You will be amazed at the way compassion sneaks in the back door of your heart. When the time comes, you can talk with God about rebuilding trust with the person who hurt you as well. So if they were punished wouldnt it be like being punished all over again.  How can any sin deserve everlasting destruction?  If God is just, how can He punish like this?”, The best answer I ever heard to that question was given by a friend of mine who is a middle school pastor…. God, come punish them.2 You are the judge of the whole earth.  God will deal with this.  You can leave it to Him. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. “He will punish those who… do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8. In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you. Then you will see the full measure of My love.”  So, use this to sustain your faith in a suffering world.  Saul the persecutor became Paul the Apostle. In this world you will have trouble. God will repay, so leave room for His wrath.  You don’t need to take it into your hands when you know it is in His. They use the law to make life hard for the people. We have a direct PROMISE from God that He WILL AVENGE US of those who have hurt and wronged us. Suppose during the detention, this boy punches the teacher.  What happens?  The student gets suspended from school. He is the one who teaches us everything.11 The Lord knows what people are thinking. You have a PROMISE from God Almighty that He will PUNISH …  Eternity hangs on this. 3 Lord, how long will the wicked have their fun? 2 You are the judge of the whole earth. He will not leave them without help.15 Justice will return and bring fairness. [1] Matthew Henry, “Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible,” Hendrickson, 1991. 5.  He is shot dead by the secret service. God no longer punishes us for our sin; Jesus took that punishment. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. These saints were not to interpret their painful experiences as God’s angry punishment for their sins.  You trust Christ because He is altogether worthy of your trust. 5 Lord, they hurt your people and make them suffer. You have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  There’s a real relationship here in which you trust that He is the Son of God.  You trust His death on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, and you trust His resurrection power, that it is sufficient for everything you face in life and death. How much longer? The Lord is good to all. They say innocent people are guilty and put them to death. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. I have been studying this book all of my life, and this is the message that I find in it and that I want you to grasp.  God says, “I am who I am.  I am not whoever you want me to be.”  He speaks to us in this book so that you may find Him and know Him and enjoy Him forever. Sign up for these short lessons that answer basic questions about the Bible, ERV God's Word : Your Journey to Freedom - Slightly Imperfect, Portuguese Easy to Read Version (ERV) Bible.  Again, the teaching we are considering today helps.  When you think about everlasting destruction, and what it would mean to be shut out of the presence of the Lord forever… you would not wish that on your worst enemy.  Just as a god who is shaped by me will die with me.  Such a god cannot help you, because he or she has no existence apart from you. He did so much good in three years of ministry.  Just think what He could have done in thirty years!  Yet He tells His disciples repeatedly that He came to die.  “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man…” (1 Timothy 1:12).  I deserve this judgment, but God has shown me mercy.  And the mercy of God has transformed my life! Celebrate Impact: Take a bold stance with Unlocking the Bible to proclaim Christ mightily in 2021! Give proud people the punishment they deserve.3 Lord, how long will the wicked have their fun? They murder orphans.7 And they say the Lord does not see them doing these evil things! It’s often tempting for a preacher to fit the message to what he guesses people will want to hear.  But I am not helped by people who only say what I want to hear.  I am helped by people who “tell it like it is.”  I am helped by those who are willing to confront what I may be hiding from without even knowing it.  And I need to hear what God has to say, especially when it makes me feel uncomfortable. “It is to always be dying and never to die.” [1] You may say, “Wait a minute. At the end of the day, what use is a god who was designed by you?  A god who is shaped by you will die with you.  Isaiah says, “The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).  Bearing our sins means that Jesus bore our punishment for sin.  This is what was happening at the cross.  Isaiah says, “The punishment that brought us peace was on Him” (53:5). This is one of the hardest truths in the Bible.  But here is something I’ve discovered—the hardest truths can produce the most tender hearts.  If you grasp this most difficult of doctrines, and place yourself under this truth, God will use it to soften your heart today. That’s why so many people have come to see Christianity as a projection of human thought.  And they have rejected Christianity for this very reason.  If Christianity was only a power play by the church, then they would be right to reject it. No sin will be punished in a way that is disproportionate to the offense.  They brought you down, and you find a certain pleasure in bringing them down.  How do you restrain the desire to even the score? And those who want to do right will be there to see it. The 2 John passage refers to people who distort Christ and the Gospel. It would be very easy to come to the Bible, picking the bits that we like, and ignoring anything that makes us feel uncomfortable. Key Verses. I will save my hurt people and bring back those who were forced to leave. I praise you for the work you are doing in my life, teaching and perfecting my faith. 8 You evil people are foolish. Last summer, long before we knew the date of this public launch, we planned to listen to God through 2 Thessalonians, and the verses that were read were set for today! Power and wealth count for nothing with Him. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. And His loving-kindness is over all His works. God, my Rock, is my safe place!23 He will punish those evil judges for the bad things they did. And those who want to do right will be there to see it. I think God teaches lessons over time and sometimes that may require punishing and other it may require forgiveness or forgetfulness. He died as a sacrifice, and in the great love and mercy of God, our sins were laid on Him. God hates the workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5) God hates the wicked (Psalm 11:5) God hates the sacrifices of the wicked (Proverbs 15:8) God hates the ways of the wicked (Proverbs 15:9)  But idols in our times are more sophisticated.  They are not metal, they are mental.  We hammer out our own ideas of who we think God is and what we want him to be like in our own mind.  But if we did that then we would only hear a reflection of our own preferences.  We would always be affirmed, but never challenged.  We would always be comforted, but we would never actually be changed. “God is just.  [He will repay those who persecute the church,] with an everlasting destruction…”  2 Thessalonians 1:6,9. “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”. At that time I will punish those who hurt you. That angry punishment was completely spent on Jesus — once for all — on the cross.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head” (Romans 12:20). He will destroy them because they sinned. After all, it is only right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,  But such a god is only a projection of you. Ephesians 4:30-32 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Christ stopped him in his tracks with a blinding light and an audible voice, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me!” (Acts 9:4).  The risen Christ was saying, “Saul, your real fight is not with Christians, or with churches.  The conflict that’s going on in your soul is a fight against Me!”. Nothing is hidden from Him. No one stood with me against those who do evil. They say innocent people are guilty and put them to death.22 But the Lord is my place of safety, high on the mountain. Suppose some years later, the very same boy is in a crowd waiting to see the President of the United States.  As the President passes by, the boy lunges forward to punch the President.  What happens?  What could He accomplish by dying that He could not accomplish by living? He knows that their thoughts are like a puff of wind. He will destroy them because they sinned. Sometimes called “the imprecatory psalms,” these songs of judgment call on God to punish the enemies of his people. To give an example, David prays in Psalm 69 against “those who hate me without cause” (Psalm 69:4). You will help them until the wicked are put in their graves.14 The Lord will not leave his people. And all those who belong to You will honor You. “They will be punished with everlasting destruction” (1:9). That is what He is saying to us through His words to us today.  Christ laid down His life for you and now He lays claim to your life for Him. since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, Berean Study Bible. Bible > 2 Thessalonians > Chapter 1 > Verse 8 2 Thessalonians 1:8 Parallel Verses. 16 No one helped me fight against the wicked. “[God] commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30, Here is where that begins: My life can no longer be about me. Romans 13: 4 (NIV) [Government] is God's servant to do you good.  It has to be, about Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave Himself for me. God will punish “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8 Psalms 122:6 - Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. If the person who harmed you was to see what they did and truly to repent, you might find it in your heart to forgive them. John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  God says to suffering believers, “There is a day coming when Jesus Christ will be revealed.  Then you will see the full measure of My justice. “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8, We are given two descriptions of this punishment…. “Salvation is not only a gift, but a vocation; we enter into it as we obey the voice of Jesus, ‘Follow Me.’” [3]. The context of those last verses has to do with people who are professing believers. 6. Maybe you have been saying to yourself “I’ll think about Christianity some day.”  Think about it today.  Turn to Him in repentance, believe in His Son Jesus Christ, and follow Him. English Standard Version. The Bible has a word for our own ideas about God—it is “idolatry.”  In ancient times, idols were made from wood, stone or metal. In every case the crime is precisely the same, but the severity of the crime is measured by the one against whom it is committed.  What comes from sinning against God?  Answer: Everlasting destruction. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. So, what did he feel as he wrote this? Verse (Click for Chapter) New International Version. That is why we use the discipline of working through a book of the Bible, so that we can listen to what God is saying, without us deciding what the topic will be. How much longer?4 How much longer will those criminals    brag about the evil they did?5 Lord, they hurt your people    and make them suffer.6 They kill widows and foreigners living in our country. Please open your Bible at 2 Thessalonians.  We saw last week that this letter was written to encourage Christians who were being persecuted (1:4).  Persecution is always a terrible thing.  A particular group of people are picked on and attacked viciously and repeatedly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. All Your works will give thanks to You, O Lord. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.  This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7), When the Scripture was read, you may have thought, “This is a strange message for a weekend when we are welcoming large numbers of first- time visitors at the public launch of a new campus.”  You may have wondered, “Is he really going to speak on these verses from the Bible?”, I have to tell you, I had the same question.  On an occasion like this you have to make a choice.  We can do something different because it is special, or we can do what we normally do and say, “This is who we are.”. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44, Anyone who has suffered at the hands of another person, as we all have in some way, will hear this and say, “Love him?  Love her?  How is that possible?”. But take heart! I will give them praise and honor everywhere, even in places where they suffered shame.  This will happen when Jesus Christ is revealed. They say the God of Jacob does not know what is happening. You can read the quote (and this entire commentary) online: http://www.studylight.org/com/mhc-com/view.cgi?book=2th&chapter=001, [2] James Denney, “The Epistles to the Thessalonians,” p. 300, General Books, LLC, 2010, http://www.amazon.com/Epistles-Thessalonians-James-Denney/dp/0217799124/, "This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates. Answer: For believers in Jesus, all our sin—past, present, and future—has already been judged on the cross. No one has leverage against Him. 5. New International Version He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. He cries out to God, Let their own table before them become a snare; and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 8:11 , “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”  During his three years of ministry Jesus did so much good—healing the sick, feeding the hungry, proclaiming the greatest teaching that this world has ever heard. 5.  No one has leverage against Him.  Power and wealth count for nothing with Him.  That means you can have confidence in the absolute justice of God. New Living Translation.  Repentance is a decisive turning from all that God calls sin to offer myself to Christ.  You may say, “How do I do that?  I know myself.  I can’t change.”. Suppose on the way home, the same boy punches a policeman on the nose.  What happens?  He finds himself in jail. They use the law to make life hard for the people.21 They attack those who do right. God is treating you as sons,” he said ( Hebrews 12:7 ). 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