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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (51-52 AD)
Overview: Looking to the Second Coming of Christ (c 1-3)
Theme: The Bright Hope of Christ's Return (c 1-2)
Message: Standing Firm until He Returns (v 1-17)

2 Thessalonians 2 Commentary

(2:1-12) Events Prior to the Lord's Second Coming - Some of the Thessalonian believers seemed to have accepted some wrong teaching regarding Christ’s Second Coming (2:2-3) and what would happen in the world before he returned. Paul had already taught them much when he was with them and had explained more in his first letter (1 Thessalonians 4–5). This letter tells of a time of great rebellion against God led by a man of lawlessness (the Antichrist). During this time God will remove all restraints on evil, and then he will execute his final judgment.

(2:13-17) Believers Should Stand Firm - Having just painted the picture of a world taken over by evil, Paul now exhorts the believers to stand firm in their faith. Every passage in the New Testament about the Lord’s return ends with ethical mandates, as found in this section and in chapter 3.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Stand Strong

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 2nd Thessalonians with Chapter 2 and in our text we see Paul telling of the coming of the lawless one and that Believers should stand strong. In making application we see that today we live in a lawless society where evil is looked upon as good and good-evil. In this society we should stand strong knowing that the Lord is in control and the Lord will deliver us in his timing. How about you? Do you stand for the Lord in this culture in which we live? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul that the days are evil but the Lord is in control and will deliver us so let us not waver but rather stand strong.


2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2

 1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

 2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

 14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

 16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

 17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.