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2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 3

Request for Prayer

1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Warning Against Idleness

6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

Final Greetings

16Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20thess%203&version=NIV

…For the first time (that I’ve noticed) Paul isn’t praying for someone else, he asks for prayer. This is hard to do, especially when others look up to you for wisdom and guidance and always seem to have this notion that you have everything together. It is humbling to ask for help and to admit that you need it. We need to be asking others for prayer, not only because we need others to intercede for us, but also to give them the opportunity to share in our lives and see our vulnerability and to be given the opportunity to love us more through Christ, and to see God answer their prayers in our lives.

…I love this statement “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” This is such a powerful blessing/prayer. There is something so beautiful in the simplicity of the request, and so powerful in it’s meaning. Just dwell on the implications of such a prayer…

…Then Paul talks about idleness. He reminds them of the example he set, and the guidance he gave about working hard. He goes on to say that if someone is being lazy and not earning their own food, others should not associate them–only in order to make them feel ashamed–they are still your brother or sister in Christ and you are simply warning them. Paul goes on to command that we never tire of doing what is good. I don’t feel like I’d be a good judge of anyone else being lazy (unless they just sat on the couch all day… and then I’d have a pretty good guess…) because I feel like I myself often could manage my time much better. I feel that I should focus more on doing what is good and working hard rather than looking for someone to warn and shame. I do feel that it’s easy to get caught up in work and not take time to spend with other people or to enjoy the rest God gives us as well, and I don’t want to go to that extreme, but I do want to work hard and honor God in that way.

My friends, May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance and may He  fill you with His Peace.

 

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness

1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He 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.

5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 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, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[b] to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[c] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20thess%202&version=NIV

… Paul talks about the end times, reassuring the Thessalonians that Christ has not come back, and stating that He will not do so until the Antichrist comes. It seems to me that Paul was saying that the purpose of the Antichrist is to rid the world of fence-post sitters. You either believe in Christ or the Antichrist.  I l like that, y’know? Not the fact that we have to wait longer for Christ to come, or that He is sending a wicked man to deceive the whole world first… but the fact that He is forcing people to choose a specific side before He returns, so they have no excuse. I appreciate that.

…Paul reminds us that we are loved by the Lord, chosen by Him to be saved–through sanctification and belief in the Truth. Because of that we should hold fast to the teachings that have been given us.

This is basically the only charge throughout the chapter. Hold fast to the teachings you have been given, whether by word or by letter. We have the Bible–full of letters, and we have pastors and teachers and those with more experience than ourselves. What have they encouraged or challenged you to do recently?

…Finally Paul blesses the Thessalonians and prays, “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

2 Thessalonians 1

2 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, Silas[a] and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

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

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,[b] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 4Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 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. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[c]

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Thessalonians%201&version=NIV

…Paul mentions that the Thessalonians are being persecuted, and he encourages them both through telling them that he is telling other people about their perseverance and faith, and he also reminds them that their suffering is being noticed by God and God will bring justice in His timing. Being persecuted is never easy, and I’m sure there were plenty of people struggling to not fight back, and hearing Paul remind them in vivid detail of the things their persecutors were going to suffer probably helped a lot. It makes me wonder about the forgiveness aspect. I know that if I told some friends who had been deeply hurt by others that their violators would be subject to everlasting destruction and what not that my friends would probably enjoy the thought… But we are supposed to love our enemies. Yes maybe being told that would help them not take revenge themselves, but it doesn’t seem to really help them to forgive and love and pray for those hurting them either. I do like what Paul did about telling other churches though, having a reputation being spread about perseverance and faith would give them a standard that many people would recognize them for and as a Church they would not want to hurt that reputation, but continue to do even better… at least… I would…

… I love Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians… He says that he prays that
(1) God would make them worthy of His calling
(2) That His power would make their desire for goodness a reality
(3) That His power would make their every deed prompted by faith
(4) That Christ would be glorified in them according to God

I would love this to be my prayer for myself, and for those around me…