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Paul clarified his earlier teachings about Jesus' future return and rebukes the Christians who were disrupting the community.
Watch our Read Scripture video on 2 Thessalonians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 2 Thessalonians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 2 Thessalonians
In 2 Thessalonians, Paul addresses ongoing problems in the Church. Despite intense persecution, Paul encourages them to show victory over the world by imitating Jesus' non-violent and patient endurance.
While they also worried they had missed Jesus' return, Paul clarifies that they should not fuel apocalyptic speculation but recall Jesus' words in Mark 13 about the public and obvious events leading up to His return. They should also remain faithful, hopeful, and confident and not fearful while waiting for Jesus' return and deliverance from the evil ruler.
Finally, Paul addresses idleness and challenges believers to imitate Jesus' self-giving love. Their hard work provides for themselves and benefits others. Throughout the book, we see that what we hope for shapes what we live for.
In 2 Thessalonians, the persecuted Church continues to suffer. They participate in God's kingdom and show victory over the world with non-violent and patient endurance.
Pain is Temporary
When Jesus returns, He will bring final justice on those who persecute believers. They will experience relational distance from God their creator, the ultimate tragedy.
Day of the Lord
Thessalonian Christians feared they missed Jesus' second coming. Paul reminds them it will be obvious. In the meantime, they should remain faithful, hopeful, and confident.
Evil Will be Destroyed
Since Isaiah and Daniel, evil rulers rebelled against God and exalted themselves above Him. Jesus will return to confront evil perpetrators and deliver His people.
Challenge to the Idle
Followers of Jesus should not be idle but should imitate His self-giving love by working hard so they provide for themselves and benefit others.