AUTHOR: Paul
DATE: 51 AD

Not long after his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul sent another.  This one addressed a new situation. Somehow there had been misunderstanding, or misrepresentation (2:2), of Paul’s teaching concerning the coming of the Day of the Lord (1 Thess. 5:1-11) and some thought that they had missed the Rapture and judgments had begun. Thinking the end of the world was at hand, some had stopped working and were causing problems (2 Thess 3:6, 11). Paul wrote to correct their misunderstanding and to reprimand those who weren’t working.

This book gives a clear picture of the man of sin (2 Thess 2:1-12), which should be compared with other passages that tell of the Antichrist (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15; Rev. 11:7; 13:1-10).

 

OUTLINE OF 2 THESSALONIANS

I. Salutation, 1:1-2
II. Thanksgiving and Encouragement in Persecution, 1:3-12
III. Correction Concerning the Day of the Lord, 2:1-17

A. Its Relation to the Present, 2:1-2
B. Its Relation to the Apostasy, 2:3a
C. Its Relation to the Man of Lawlessness, 2:3b-4
D. Its Relation to the Restrainer, 2:5-9
E. Its Relation to Unbelievers, 2:10-12
F. Its Relation to Believers, 2:13-17

IV. Exhortations to Prayer and Discipline, 3:1-15

A. Paul’s Confidence, 3:1-5
B. Paul’s Commands, 3:6-15

V. Concluding Benediction and Greeting, 3:16-18

2 Thessalonians

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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