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2 THESSALONIANS Date A.D. 51
The Second Book of Thessalonians was written almost immediately after the first letter to correct false doctrine of the End Times and to encourage believers and to exhort those to stand firm on the truth of Christ.
Thessalonica, was a large seaport city that was an important communication centre in Macedonia (Northern Greece), an Ancient Roman Naval base.
The Apostle Paul was the leading spiritual minister to the Gentiles, exhorts and reminds disciples that suffering because of persecution from unbelievers, will be rewarded and to patiently endure. The text is closely linked to the previous letter but also corrects a misunderstanding of doctrine that some believers held to be true about Christ's return. The Return of Christ is reassuring but those who had given up their jobs and stopped working because of expecting the Return of Christ were rebuked for over-reacting. The Book teaches that idleness is sinful and is disruptive to The Church. Incorrect doctrine obstructs and apostasy always occur. The trust of believers is weakened and gives a reason of excuse for the wrong conduct of living off others.
There is a re-affirming prophecy regarding The Day of The Lord and concerning the Man of Lawlessness doomed for destruction. There will be rebellion against a just and holy God during the Last Days.
The Second Coming of Christ is mentioned 318 times in the work of The New Testament. When Christ returns to judge He will find the Antichrist carrying out satanic plans.
The Second Book of Thessalonians is the last of nine New Testament doctrinal and discipleship letters written by The Apostle Paul to the early churches. These books are also considered History Books containing teaching. It is also the fourteen of twenty-seven Books of The New Testament.
Faith, Love and Perseverance
The Lawless One
Call to Prayer
Discipline the Disorderly
Live Holy Lives
2 THESSALONIANS 3:13
" NEVER BE TIRED OF DOING RIGHT "
Doing right acts is designed to benefit others, which is a characteristic trait of God. Salvation leads to do good works that glorify God. The Holy Spirit enables believers to do good to others. It is better to be doing right than to be idle. A believer should be an example of acting nobly towards those who have no faith, never tiring of doing good, just as did Jesus. Growing tied and exhausted is physical, whereas weariness is a spiritual attitude of fatigue, hampered by impatience or dissatisfaction at excess or overlong continuance often followed by excuses. It is not right however to continue to help those who truly persist in laziness.
Believers are not to lose heart in being honest, good and lawful, but to continue without weakening. Many grow weary because their action seems not to produce any tangible outcome, but are to persist and trust God for the result. Good works is not a natural characteristic of the sinful nature without getting or expecting a reward. Christians are encouraged to continually do good works for selfless reasons. Good works is a result of true repentance and evidence of God's grace in the lives of believers. Good works are purposed by God for His people.
Opportunities that come to believers are unique privileges, by which they can serve others in Christ's Name, especially their own fellow members of The Kingdom of God. Good works are an important fruit in a Christian's life. Believers are not be known as close associates of those who disregard authority and whose actions are a contradiction of the Word of God.
CHRIST IN THE SECOND BOOK OF THESSALONIANS
Jesus is The Joyful Blessed Hope for Believers.
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