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That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to help you live the kind of life
he called you to live.


We pray that with his power God will help you do the good things you want and
perform the works that come from your faith.


2 Thessalonians 1:11


We began to speak about the role our faith plays in our entering into the covenant
agreement. how faith turns into faithfulness the knowledge God leads to our faith

which places us us in righteous state with God as part of the new covenant.


Covenant requires two parties fulfilling their obligations.


Covenant of equal partners or another type where one is God and his people.


You see covenant language throughout the scripture and when we study what that means
to have God the father as a covenant partner.


We spoke about the different agreements God makes with his people and how each
covenant reveals a attribute of God.


6 covenants
Adam
Noah
Abraham
Moses
David and now Christ the new covenant


What is the difference between Abraham and Moses and all the other covenants


For Abraham Faith is the entrance, this is why Paul uses Abraham as the entrance is
always by faith, which leads us to faithful living. The Just live by faithfulness


Each covenant added another aspect another understanding of God commitment to man.


The law was given by Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ

 

Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness. Now to the
one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed. But to the

one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the ungodly to be
righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness.


Romans 4:1-5


Paul uses faith as the path to right standing with God and not obedience to the law as in


Moses Deuteronomy 30 11-20


Looking at Abraham and His Visible acts of faith proceed


Faith love and truth


Ps 85


Love and truth belong to God’s people;
goodness and peace will be theirs.


On earth people will be loyal to God, and
God’s goodness will shine down from heaven.


Psalm 85:10-11


Reading this morning about the our part we play in Gods promises


The new covenant replaces the old but does absolve us of responsibility


We have a generation that knows more about their rights than their responsibilities


Psalm 85 is this kind of psalm


Our role is to walk in love and truth, another translation says faithfulness


Being truthful is being faithful


God then promises goodness and peace


Loyalty to him and he shines his face upon us


In covenant language


I will be your God you will be my people


Put your faith in me and I will reward you.

 

I will make you great and a blessing and through you all nations of the earth with be
blessed.


In a covenant agreement there are two parties, with God it is notable that one party higher
and stronger than the other. One offers loyalty and the other protection.


Paul writes to this church in Thessaloniki to encourage the to persevere in the face of their
trials. Reminding that God will keep his promises to stand by them.
pray that we will be protected from stubborn and evil people, because not all people
believe.


But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the Evil
One.


The Lord makes us feel sure that you are already doing and will continue to do the
things we told you. May the Lord lead your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s
patience.


2 Thessalonians 3:2-5


Paul writes to this church to address their concerns about the second coming of Jesus.


False teachers had convinced many that the Day of the Lord had already come and that
they had missed the resurrection of the church spoken of in Paul’s first letter to this church,
2:1-12.


He writes to challenge this church to deal with those in their number who refuse to walk by
the Lord’s commands, 3:6-12.
 
This is a church in crisis, and the true believers in Thessaloniki needed a solid word of
encouragement. In the verses that form our text today, the very word they needed is given
to them.
 
In verse 3 of our text, Paul says, “…the Lord is faithful…”


That was what the people in Thessalonica needed to hear, and it is the what you and I
need to hear today.


The Faithful God. Who keeps his word.


Since “God is faithful,” He can be counted on the stand by His Word. Paul reminds the
people in Thessalonica that God


“will establish you and keep you from evil.”
 
The word “establish” has the idea of “making stable, placing firmly, setting fast.” It means
that God will “strengthen them and cause them to become constant in their lives and
confirmed in their mind.”


The word “keep” means “to guard.” It carries the idea of “protection.” It is God’s promise
that He will protect them from every enemy whether they are inside or outside the church.
 
Because “God is faithful,” He can be trusted to do what He says He will do. That is the
testimony to the faithfulness of God.


•    “For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of
God by us,” 2 Cor. 1:20.
•    “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to
perform,” Rom 4:21.
 
God will stand by His Word!


I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your
lovingkindness and for your truth: for you have magnified your word above all your
name,” Psa. 138:2.
 
He is not like us humans. We make our promises and we cannot always stand behind
them.


God is not like us at all! What He says He will do, He will do, because He cannot lie.
•  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should
repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make
it good?” Num. 23:19.


Back to Abraham and covenant promises


Hebrews 6.13


God made a promise to Abraham. And as there is no one greater than God, he used
himself when he swore to Abraham, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you
many descendants.” Abraham waited patiently for this to happen, and he received
what God promised.

 

People always use the name of someone greater than themselves when they swear.
The oath proves that what they say is true, and this ends all arguing. God wanted to
prove that his promise was true to those who would get what he promised. And he
wanted them to understand clearly that his purposes never change, so he made an
oath.


These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he
cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for
safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given.


We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong.


Hebrews 6:13-20


Abraham entered into this agreement with God, first by believing what God said, he took
him at his word and then acted upon it.


In faithfulness and truth.


Abram believed the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith, and that faith made
him right with God.


Genesis 15:6


So our part of the agreement is that we believe what God says, hold firm in faithfulness
and truth.


God in turn promises he is the one who rewards those who seek him.
Jesus establishes this about God as a covenant keeping Heavenly Father.
“Be careful! When you do good things, don’t do them in front of people to be seen
by them. If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 4 Your
giving should be done in secret. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he
will reward you.


6 When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your
Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will
reward you. 7 “And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God.
They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them
because of their many words.

 

8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you
ask him.


31 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we
wear?’ 32 The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your
Father in heaven knows you need them.


33 Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be
met as well. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own
worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:1,4,6-8,18,26,31-34


Jesus ushers in the kingdom of God in his teachings amd the idea of knowing God,
knowing God is a covenant type of language and brings the most unlikely people in.
Bringing in this notion that this covenant keeping God is a loving father who sees and
rewards our job is to seek his kingdom and what he wants.


Are we faithful in seeking God, faithful in giving faithful in pray, faithful in the way we treat
others, faithful in following what God has placed in us. Faithful in coming to church faithful
in good works. Live the kind of life god called us to live.


He then institutes the new covenant at what we call the last supper.

Hebrews explains this covenant the new agreement that Jesus brought from God to his people is much greater than
the old one. And the new agreement is based on promises of better things.


If there had been nothing wrong with the first agreement, there would have been no
need for a second agreement.


This is the agreement I will make with the people of Israel at that time, says the
Lord. I will put my teachings in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be
their God, and they will be my people.


Then he says: “Their sins and the evil things they do— I will not remember
anymore.” Jeremiah 31:34


So that is his role in the agreement what is ours ...
let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have
been made free from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with
pure water.

 

Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to
do what he promised.


Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.
You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you
should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the
day coming.


If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any
sacrifice for sins.


Hebrews 8:6-7,10,10:16-17,22-26


Close where we started


That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to help you live the kind of life
he called you to live.


We pray that with his power God will help you do the good things you want and
perform the works that come from your faith.


2 Thessalonians 1:11

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