Wait Patiently For Christ
Verse 1 – Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, just as it is with you,
Verse 2 – and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.
Not all people are silent and nice when we try to tell them about Christ. Some will get angry, mock, even persecute, but we should pray fro strength, not only for ourselves, but for those who preach the gospel, that it can be freely preached without obstruction.
Verse 3 – But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
God is always faithful to His promises and purpose. As a believer, we turn to Him in prayer and we have confidence that He hears us.
Verse 4 – And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.
Verse 5 – Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
In other words: Have the love in their hearts toward God and others and have the patience that Christ had when going through trials.
Verse 6 – But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.
Verse 7 – For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you;
Verse 8 – nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of change, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,
Verse 9 – not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
Verse 10 – For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
Some in the church had grown idle because they thought Christ’s return would happen very soon. I’m sure that some were just lazy and didn’t want to work. I’ve been in several churches where very young people, in their twenties, had no desire or intention of working. It was easier to collect benefits from the government and church. There are all kinds of excuses not to work, but the lamest of all is, “I’m waiting on the Lord to come back!”
Verse 11 – For we hear that there are some who walk among you in disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.
Busybodies are people who have nothing better to do but meddle in other people’s affairs.
Verse 12 – Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that we work in quietness and eat their own bread.
Provide for yourselves, and mind your own business.
Verse 13 – But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.
Verse 14 – If anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Verse 15 – Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. (Correct them.)
Verse 16 – Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Verse 17 – The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write.
Verse 18 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
And why is it we don’t hear sermons on this subject anymore? I think because, if a pastor stood in the pulpit today and told their congregation, “If you don’t work neither should you eat,” there would be a lot of people offended and walk out. There are a lot of teachings that are disregarded today because of offence. Well guess what? Sometimes the gospel does offend so that people’s hearts can be changed toward God.