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2 Thessalonians 2:1-12–More Thoughts

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?

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  1. Reading verses 1-12 gives me the same feeling I get when reading Revelations….a glimpse of what is really going on between God and Satan on a daily basis. The war that is going on for our souls gives me goosebumps. We are so preoccupied with our physical lives that it is easy to forget what is really at stake. These verses tie back to verses 6-10 of Chapter 1 when Paul talks about Jesus coming and how it will be for them, the believers, and for those who don’t believe. The verses in the second chapter that discuss His coming, seem more specific to the man of lawlessness. All the verses reminded me of the importance of keeping my eye on the true prize which is Heaven and to be ready for His return.
    To picture Jesus coming back and overthrowing this enemy “with his breath and destroying with the splendor of His glory” paints an amazing picture. Jesus came to this world the first time so quietly…in such a humble way. When He returns to take Christians home to Heaven, it is going to be so much louder and triumphant. The day He was crucified, people questioned His deity. The day He returns, everyone will know immediately that it is Jesus and His angels in the sky!

  2. Wesley

    December 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Well put. I think we cannot miss the last two verses in that we are develop a love for truth and make that a positive defense to all that is going on in this world.

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