2 Thessalonians – Chapter 3

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.

 

 

 

2 Thessalonians – Chapter 2

Verse 1 – Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

Verse 2 – not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

There had been false prophecies given, that said the day of the Lord had already come. Paul tells them not to be troubled with what they had heard because they all would be gathered together when it happened.

Verse 3 – Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

The word “apostasy” can also mean a great rebellion. It carries the idea of “defection” or “departure” of the true gospel. The “falling away” will come first. People are more open now then ever before in their rebellion against God. We see it every day. What they used to do in secret, now there is no shame in the open.

I believe before the church is raptured the man of perdition, lawlessness, will be revealed. Only two things need to happen before the time-clock starts ticking toward the rapture and the seven-year tribulation starts.

Verse 4 – who oppose and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

When the Anti-Christ does this, it will be what Daniel spoke about, the abomination of desolation. People will be so deceived by what this man says and does, he will say that he is God and millions upon millions will believe him. This will occur during the great tribulation period (Matthew 24:15; see also Daniel 9:27).

However, when he first appears on the scene, he will be all nicey nice, acting like he has all the answers to world peace. Because the true believers are aware of this, they will see right through his deception.

Verse 5 – Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

Verse 6 – And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

There will come a day when the “restraining’ no longer restrains the Anti-Christ from appearing. We can assume this is done by the power of God’s Spirit. Does He not set things in motion and control all? In God’s timing this man of lawlessness will be revealed.

Verse 7 – For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

Let me ask you a question. When the rapture occurs, and all believers which are filled with the Holy Spirit are removed from this earth, what state is the rest of mankind left in? That’s not to say that there wont’ be any saved during the tribulation, because there will be.

Verse 8 – And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

Even though Satan knows his true end, he is so prideful and arrogant, he always thinks he can over power our Redeemer. His main goal is to take as many people who are the “lost’ to hell with him. But his end is sure to come, as it is written!

Verse 9 – The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

The “lawless one” will use counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders. God’s miracles always have a purpose to help, heal, and strengthen our faith towards Christ. However, the man of lawlessness will have power to do miracles, signs, and wonders, that comes directly from Satan. Those things will be used to deceive and destroy people and lead people to worship himself, not Christ.

Verse 10 – and with all unrighteousness deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Verse 11 – And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

Verse 12 – that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We all have the freedom of choice to either believe the truth of the gospel, or reject it, accept God’s Son, or reject Him. These who are condemned ad sent a strong delusion, had already turned their hearts away from receiving Christ.

Those who keep putting off turning their hearts and minds toward God are fooling themselves in thinking there will always be another opportunity.

Comfort To the Believer on the Day of the Lord

Verse 13 – But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

The following things are affirmed or implied here: (1) God chose or elected each one that believes the truth unto salvation. The doctrine of election therefore is true. (2) This was from the beginning, from eternity. (3) This was and is the choice of the person who believes to follow Christ. (4) It is clear that all believers know they were chosen by God and therefore should always give thanks and be grateful. There will be evidence in a person’s life that they were chosen by God – look at Paul as an example.

Verse 14 – to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 15 – Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Verse 16 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,

Verse 17 – comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

 

 

 

2 Thessalonians – Chapter 1

Thanksgiving for Their Growth

Verse 1 – Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Verse 2 – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 3 – We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds towards each other,

Verse 4 – so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecution and tribulations that you endure,

Verse 5 – which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgement of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you suffer;

Verse 6 – since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

As we live for Christ, we will experience troubles because we live in a perverse world. Some people like to say that these troubles come because of sin or lack of faith, but Paul teaches that they may be a part of God’s plan for believers. Our troubles can help us to depend more on Christ than ourselves and others, instead of on our own abilities. Sometimes our troubles indicate your strong faith and taking a stand in that faith. A day is coming when God will punish those who have persecuted Christians. It will be a just punishment.

Verse 7 – and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

Verse 8 – in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The future happiness of believers is often represented as rest. Rest from hardships and rest from pain and sorrows. There is no envy among those who anticipate heaven, there will be none there.

Those who do not know God – those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, and those who do not embrace the precepts and practice the gospel, will be judged.

Verse 9 – These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

Verse 10 – when He comes in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

The word “destruction” does not imply ceasing to exist or annihilation, but separation from God in a miserable state. That is why it’s described as eternal. There comes a day when God throws all His enemies into the lake of fire to be eternally judged (Revelation 20:11-15).

Prayer For God’s Blessing

Verse 11 – Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,

Verse 12 – that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our “calling” from God, as Christians, is to strive to be more like Christ. This is a gradual process and lifelong process that will be complete when Christ returns and we see Him face to face. To be “worthy” of this calling means to want to do what is right and good and then do it. None of us are perfect, but we still are moving in that direction as God through His Holy Spirit works in us.