2 Thessalonians 3



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2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
  • That the word of the Lord may spread freely.
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
  • Not all men love the Lord.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
  • Moffatt and the companion Bible translate "from evil" to be "from the evil one".
  • I would think it means both, if you understand.
  • "Who shall stablish you and keep you from evil"?
  • Or to make you strong against the Satanic force as well as Satan himself who will stand in that Holy Place?
  • Understand fully, Paul says, the Lord is faithful, and He's going to strengthen you so you can overcome this.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
  • Paul is saying, he knows the Father shall guide those, whom He chooses to accomplish His plan, by the Holy Spirit.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
  • Paul is saying, Wait!
  • God will tell you, and Jesus will return.
6 Now 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.
  • This word "disorderly" in the Greek indicates laziness.
  • Withdraw from one who walks lazily in contradiction to teaching he received of us who work hard or serve with diligence.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
  • They taught and spread the word night and day; remember?
8 Neither 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:
  • We sponged on no one, but worked for our keep.
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
  • We set an example for you.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
  • If you're not going to work, "IF you're able" = neither should you eat
  • God is not talking about the disabled people
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
  • Earn your own living.
  • Don't be idle with time for gossip and untruths.
  • Paul is talking to people that can work, and think they do not have to work.. they think you are to pay their way, why they go out being busybodies, causing trouble and gossip causing trouble.
  • He's not talking to the handicap that's disable and cannot work.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
  • Don't tire of doing what's right.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
  • Admonish him = warn him
  • God doesn't like a lazy person
  • They're going into outer darkness
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

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

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
  • In summary, there are three main topics in Paul's teaching here.
  • Point one: was addressed to our gathering back to the Lord.
  • Point two: let no man deceive you, Satan will stand in the temple before Christ returns.
  • Point three: The elect will stand against this abomination (Satan) and his children.
 
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