Year of the Bible – 2 Thessalonians 1-3

2 Thessalonians 1



“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10


2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18 (2:1-10)

The congregation at Thessalonica had been greatly upset when Paul wrote this letter. False reports and lies had come to them saying that the “day of the Lord” (the day of resurrection and the beginning of eternal life) had already occurred. Clearly, if that had been the case, they had been “left behind.” The Apostle Paul wanted to assure them of three things.

(1) The end had not yet arrived, indeed it would not come until the “man of lawlessness”—the Antichrist—had been revealed. He was active already in Paul’s time (2:7); he would continue and increase in power until destroyed at the end of time by Christ (2:8); He would use phony miracles and cunning deception to delude men—a delusion which God Himself increased in men as a punishment for rejecting the Gospel (2:11).

(2) That the fraud of evil would always abound in the world and should be expected. Not all men have faith. Their perseverance in the faith would be a reminder and a confirmation of their own call and election by God.

(3) That the final victory over sin and evil would only come upon the return of Christ (1:7ff).

The Thessalonians were not to look to their own righteousness and perfection for the certainty of salvation, but to the promises of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that had been granted to them before the beginning of time (2:13ff.)

Questions – 2 Thessalonians 1

  1. What false reports had the Thessalonians received?
  2. What three things did Paul want them to understand about the end of time?
  3. Who is the Antichrist?
  4. What assurances does God give to us that we are His children?
  5. When was our salvation given to us?
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