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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

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: Living in the Light of Return (c 3)
Message: Be Diligent until He Returns  (v 1-18)

2 Thessalonians 3 Commentary

(3:1-5) Paul's Request for Prayer - Paul had been writing about the future, describing the coming of the Antichrist and the future days of rebellion and lawlessness. That man of evil has not yet come because he is being held back. Evil is at work in the world, but it is also being held in check. What does that mean for Christians? How are they to live in this present evil world, as they are preparing for the next?

(3:6-15) An Exhortation to Proper Living - Besides the Second Coming, the topic of laziness among believers takes up the most space in the letter. The fact that Paul had already discussed this in his first letter shows that the problem had not been solved but had continued. This caused Paul great concern, so he gave stern commands.

(3:16-18) Paul's Final Greetings - Paul knew that the church would need to deal with false teaching regarding the Second Coming (as discussed in chapter 2) and with those members who were not living as they should (as discussed in chapter 3). Paul had issued teachings and commands, but the believers would have to carry them out. In his closing words, Paul prayed for peace for the church so that they could handle these issues and then continue strong in the work of the Kingdom.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Work and Pray

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 3 and in our text we see Paul's advice for living in the light of Christ's return as Paul reminds us to pray and work. In making application we see this instruction applies to us as we should continue in our ministries as we pray, seeking the Lord's will, while we anticipate His return. Today all who have been saved have a service to the Lord so let us be busy working in prayer to do the Lord's will. How about you? Are you doing the will of the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the instruction of Paul as he instructs us to be watchful for the Lord's return while we work and pray.


2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 3

 1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

 2And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

 3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

 4And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

 5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

 6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

 7For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

 8Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:

 9Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

 10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

 11For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

 12Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

 13But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

 14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

 15Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

 16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

 17The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.