Showing posts with label 2 Thessalonians. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

2 Thessalonians 3


Paul asks them that they pray that the word of the Lord may run quickly and be glorified, and that there may be deliverance from the wicked who do not have faith. The Lord will guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
He is confident that the Thessalonians will continue to obey apostolic teachings. He prays that the Lord would direct their hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.

Taking on an authoritative tone, he confronts a persistent problem within the church.
First, he wants the church to keep away from those who are 'idle'. These people are best understood to be disruptive, busy doing the wrong kind of work, and rebellious.

Paul wants them to follow the example of the apostles. They were not idle, and did not drain the community. As leaders, they worked day and night laboring and toiling so that they would not be a burden to any Thessalonians. They did so, in order to offer themselves as a model to imitate.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Responsibility and privilege goes together. Some in the Thessalonian community are busy doing selfish and disruptive things which damage the community. Paul urges such members to earn the bread.
2 Thessalonians 3:12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 
Paul spells out a harsh consequence in store for those who reject his teachings mentioned in his letter. He urges Thessalonians not to not keep company with such individuals and admonish them as brothers.

In closing, Paul leaves a distinguishing mark of authenticity by writing the final greeting with his own hand. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.






2 Thessalonians 2


Paul in this chapter attempts the recent misunderstanding about Christ's return. At first, he tells them not to become unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly rumored to come from Paul - that the day of the Lord has already come.

He says that certain events must first take place: the rebellion must occur, and the "man and lawlessness" should be revealed. That man will exalt himself and claim to be God.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
The man of lawlessness is biding his time, but lawlessness is already at work. Lord Jesus will consume the man of sin with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The man of sin will come with power, signs and lying wonders. The unrighteous will believe the lie.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
God from the beginning chose Thessalonians for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit. Paul asks them to stand firm and hold fast to teachings. He wishes them to be comforted and established in every good word and work.


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This passage is one of the most difficult ones in entire Paul's writing. Even Peter found Paul hard to understand - 2 Peter 3:16.

The man of lawlessness is referred to as "Antichrist" and the "Beast of the sea".




2 Thessalonians 1


Paul opens this letter with a similar opening that of the first letter, with an additional reference to God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul boasts about the faith of Thessalonians because their faith is growing despite persecutions and tribulations. Their love of faith and love serves as an affirmation that they are citizens of God's kingdom. God, who is just will cause trouble to those who are causing them trouble, and bring relief.
2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 
God will punish those who do not recognize Him or live by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 
Paul prays that the Thessalonians will be worth of His calling, and empower them to live faithfully. He also prays that may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified.



Background of 2 Thessalonians


Certain external pressure has encouraged Paul to write this second letter.

Some of Paul's teaching in his first letter has been misunderstood - especially that of Christ's return. Certain teachers convinced the Thessalonians that 'the day of the Lord' actually took place. This letter is paying attention to that false teaching and encouraging them to lead a holy living.