THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISTLE AS A WHOLE.
A  1:1,2. Epistolary. Introduction. Grace and peace.
 B  A  D  1:3-. Thanksgiving.
        E  1:-3-5. Reason. Their faith and love and patience.
         F  1:6-10. The obtaining of rest and glory.
          B  G  1:11. Prayer for them.
              H  1:12-. That the name of the Lord may be glorified.
               J  1:-12. And the glorified in Him.
                C Admonition.
 B  A  D  2:13-. Thanksgiving.
        E  2:-13. Reason. Their salvation.
         F  2:14,15. Tho obtaining of glory.
          B  G  2:16-3:1-. Prayer for Paul.
              H  3:-1-4. That the Word may be glorified.
               J  3:5. And their hearts may be directed into God's love.
                C  3:6-15. Admonition.
A  3:16-18. Epistolary. Conclusion. Peace and grace.

   1. The 2nd Epistle to the Church of the Thessalonians was, like the 1st, written from Corinth, and at no longer interval after the earlier letter, both Silas and Timothy being still with the apostle. Apparently it was called forth, and sent, in order to repair for its recipients, and for us too, the mischief caused by false teachers. And the new revelation made here by the Holy Spirit through Paul concerning "things to come", and promised in John 16;13, gives important details connected with the coming of the Lord and "the day of the Lord". Paul reminded the Thessalonians [2:15] that he had told them these things, yet some part at least had taken up the belief that that day had already "set in" [2:2]. Hence the apostle's warning that that day would not come unless the falling away come 1st, a warning much needed in these days when it is widely taught that the ay of the Lord will not come until the world is converted to Christ.

   2. The important prophecy regarding the "man of sin" ["lawlessness"] has been the subject of many divergent interpretations. With regards to its main features, no interpretation is needed, for we have here a careful statement in plain terms of events that were then in the future, and which, not having yet taken place, are future still. The prophecy is given in such language that the simplest reader may understand. There is yet to appear an individual who will be the very incarnation of evil, of whom past opposers of God and His Christ were but faint types. Him will the Lord "destroy with the brightness of His coming". It may be added that all the "early fathers" believed this great opposer would be an individual. But it is in fact Satan here on earth defacto.

THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE

TO THE

THESSALONIANS.

2 Thessalonians 1)

1 Paul, and Silas, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God (Gr. Theos, Heb. equivalent to Elohim) our Father (Gr. Pater, it denotes His relationship to His "beloved Son") and the Lord (Gr. Kurios, Heb. equivalent to Yahaveh) Jesus (Gr. Iesous, Heb. Yahshua = Yahaveh's Savior) Christ (Gr. Christos = the Anointed One, i.e. the Messiah.):
2 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Do you enjoy that peace? Or do you get all shook up about the problems in this world? We are to be watchmen; therefore, it is necessary that we pay attention to the things going on in the world. Don't let things upset you. God is on the throne. Tomorrow is no great mystery to you; because you have read the letter God wrote to you.)

3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is necessary,

because that your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each one of you all toward one another abounds; (After only 30 days. Paul was proud of their faith and love in Christ.)
4 So that we ourselves glory (see Rom. 2:17) in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations (see Acts 7:10) that you endure: (Separates true Christians from so-called Christians. There are persecutions and tribulations on the horizon for God's election. Can God count on you to endure?)
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, to your being counted worthy (see Acts 5:41) of the kingdom of God, for which you suffer also: (Little problems strengthen you. Those who don't become unfasted from God are going to end up in the kingdom of God.)

1:6-10. THE OBTAINING OF REST AND GLORY.
F  K  6. Tribulation to the troublers.
    L  a  7-. Rest to be troubled.
        b  -7. When the Lord shall be revealed.
   K  8,9. Vengeance to the enemies.
    L   b  10-. When He shall come.
       a  -10. To be glorified in the saints.

6 If so be it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; (God is going to take care of it. God considers it the right thing to do to pay those who trouble you back. You shouldn't fear them. You should pity them. This applies especially to God's elect.)

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us,

in the revelation of Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of His power, (When you rest, or Sabbath, in the Lord, you loose yourself from the troubles of this world. Unfasten yourself from this world, and find true peace of mind.)

8 In fire of flame (i.e. shame. See Luke 16:24. Acts 7:30. Heb.;7. Rev. 1:14; 2:18; 19:12) giving vengeance to them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (The time for these events draws near. It is important for you to stay focused on the truth.)
9 Who shall pay the penalty [even] everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord (this is were the fire comes from), and from the glory of His power; (That is the reason you don't want to be separated from God. Only you can cause that separation. God has promised He will never leave you or forsake you, but you can separate yourself from Father.)

10 When He shall have come

to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 With a view to which we pray also always for you, in order that our God would count you worthy of this calling (see Acts 15:38), and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: (Work goes with faith, "show me your works, and I'll show you your faith". It doesn't matter how bad things become in this world, don't ever let doubt concerning God enter your mind. God is in control, and He is on the throne.)

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. (God should be glorified in His elect. Father didn't choose a bunch of worry warts that would become tied up in the ways of the world. Unfasten yourself, and enjoy liberty and true peace of mind.)

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