You can read my preliminary thoughts on this section here.
We will eventually get to a discussion of my view of the man of sin (eventually as in the next post), but I felt that since we have nearly a two week break from our 2 Thessalonians study I wanted to make sure we are back in the right frame of mind. Also I want to make sure that we do not get so preoccupied with who the man of sin is that we miss why this section is in 2 Thessalonians.
There are three ways that this section fits into the overall theme of 2 Thessalonians (for more on the theme of the book read here).
1. It clears up what seems to be a major problem in this book. The people of Thessalonica had gotten so caught up in the eminent coming of the Lord that they had become lax in their day-to-day activities (such as working to provide for yourself and others). Not providing for your own and “mooching” off the church was no way to live worthy of God.
2. It reveals the consequences of not being established in truth. Those not established in truth would follow the great apostasy and the man of sin. Thus we need to be established in truth if we are to continue to walk worthy.
3. It shows the victory that is found in Jesus. Paul, in verses 8 and 9 reveals that Jesus is greater than the man of lawlessness. Therefore, men should want to do things in accordance with His will.
From you reading of this section and 2 Thessalonians, what else would you say it teaches us? And how do you think it connects with chapter 1?