2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

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Introduction

THE main object of this chapter is to correct an erroneous impression which had been made on the minds of the Thessalonians respecting the second coming of the Saviour, either by his own former letter, or by one forged in his name. They had received the impression that that event was about to take place. This belief had produced an unhappy effect on their minds, (2). It became, therefore, necessary to state the truth on the subject, in order to free their minds from alarm; and this purpose of the apostle leads to one of the most important prophecies in the New Testament:

The chapter comprises the following points: --

I. An exhortation that they would not be alarmed or distressed by the expectation of the speedy coming of the Saviour, (1f).

II. A statement of the truth that he would not soon appear, and of the characteristics of a great apostasy which must intervene before his advent, (3ff)

In this part of the chapter, the apostle shows that he did not mean to teach that that event would soon happen, by stating that before that, there would occur a most melancholy apostasy, which would require a considerable time before it was matured.

(a.) That day would not come until there should be a great apostasy, and a revelation of the man of sin, (3).

(b.) The character of this man of sin was to be such that it could not be mistaken: he would be opposed to God; would exalt himself above all that is called God; and would sit in the temple showing himself as God, (4).

(c.) There was a restraint then exercised which prevented the development of the great apostasy. There were indeed causes then at work which would lead to it, but they were then held in check, and God would restrain them until some future time, when he would suffer the man of sin to be revealed, (5ff).

(d.) When that time should come, then that "wicked" one would be revealed, with such marks that he could not be mistaken. His coming would be after the working of Satan, with power and signs and lying wonders, and under him there would be strong delusion, and the belief of a lie, (8ff). This great foe of God was to be destroyed by the coming of the Saviour, and one object of his appearing would be to put an end to his dominion, (8).

III. The apostle then says, that there was occasion for thankfulness to God that he had chosen them to salvation, and not left them to be destroyed, (13f).

IV. An exhortation to stand fast, and to maintain what they had been taught, (15) and a prayer that God, who had given them a good hope, would comfort their hearts, closes the chapter, (16f).


Text

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

2: That 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. edit

3: Let 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; edit

4: Who 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. edit

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

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

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

8: And 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: edit

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

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

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

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

13: But 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: edit

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

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

16: Now 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, edit

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

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