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2 Thessalonians

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A Message From The God Of Grace And Peace

2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

Thessalonica lay south west of Philippi, one hundred miles along the Roman Via Ignatia road. Paul and Silas made that journey, still suffering from the beating and imprisonment in Philippi, soon to face another barrage of opposition in Thessalonica (Acts 17:1).

Faith And Love Grow Through Perseverance

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5

Often, trouble brings tension between people. But Paul heard reports of the Thessalonian church being under pressure from persecution, but binding together instead of tearing each other apart – so different from the church in Corinth (

God Is Just

2 Thessalonians 1:6-8

Although suffering is used by God to deepen our love and trust, pain and injury are not good; and those who cause suffering will be dealt with by God. In the Old Testament, even though the Lord used the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles to discipline His people, those nations were eventually punished for their arrogance in capturing God's people (

The Nature Of Eternity

2 Thessalonians 1:9-10

Paul had assured the believers in Thessalonica that, when Jesus Christ comes again, God will deal with their persecutors if they refuse to obey the gospel call (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8).

God Has Power So We Pray

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

These believers in Thessalonica were a great example of faith and love growing despite, or even because of, persecution (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4).

'The Man Of Lawlessness'

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Has the Lord Jesus come back already? This question was in the minds of some believers in Thessalonica, encouraged by false teaching (2 Thessalonians 1-2).

Evil Restrained

2 Thessalonians 2:5-7

In discussing the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, Paul has just taught about the 'man of lawlessness' (

Choosing Lies Or Loving Truth

2 Thessalonians 2:8-10

It is easy to be deceived if you do not know the truth. Satan is described as a deceiver (Revelation 12:9); his only weapon against God is to convince people that truth is a lie, and lies are the truth.

People Who Hate Truth Will Believe Lies

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

These verses follow Paul's statement, "They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:10b), combining to give a powerful message of what will happen just before the Lord Jesus returns. The storyline is that people who refuse to love the truth of the gospel will perish. It will be just because God will highlight their 'truth refusal' by providing an immensely enticing lie for them to believe and obey. As they obey they will demonstrate the wickedness in their hearts showing that God is just in His judgement.