2 Thessalonians
Chapter 3

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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:

2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

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.

7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

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:

9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

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.

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.

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. (The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.)

Commentary for 2 Thessalonians 3

The apostle expresses confidence in the Thessalonians, and prays for them. (1-5) He charges them to withdraw from disorderly walkers, particularly from the lazy and busybodies. (6-15) And concludes with a prayer for them, and a greeting. (16-18)1-5 Those who are far apart still may meet together at the throne of grace; and those not able to do or receive any other kindness, may in this way do and receive real and very great kindness. Enemies to the preaching of the gospel, and persecutors of its faithful preachers, are unreasonable and wicked men. Many do not believe the gospel; and no wonder if such are restless and show malice in their endeavours to oppose it. The evil of sin is the greatest evil, but there are other evils we need to be preserved from, and we have encouragement to depend upon the grace of God. When once the promise is made, the performance is sure and certain. The apostle had confidence in them, but that was founded upon his confidence in God; for there is otherwise no confidence in man. He prays for them for spiritual blessings. It is our sin and our misery, that we place our affections upon wrong objects. There is not true love of God, without faith in Jesus Christ. If, by the special grace of God, we have that faith which multitudes have not, we should earnestly pray that we may be enabled, without reserve, to obey his commands, and that we may be enabled, without reserve, to the love of God, and the patience of Christ.

6-15 Those who have received the gospel, are to live according to the gospel. Such as could work, and would not, were not to be maintained in idleness. Christianity is not to countenance slothfulness, which would consume what is meant to encourage the industrious, and to support the sick and afflicted. Industry in our callings as men, is a duty required by our calling as Christians. But some expected to be maintained in idleness, and indulged a curious and conceited temper. They meddled with the concerns of others, and did much harm. It is a great error and abuse of religion, to make it a cloak for idleness or any other sin. The servant who waits for the coming of his Lord aright, must be working as his Lord has commanded. If we are idle, the devil and a corrupt heart will soon find us somewhat to do. The mind of man is a busy thing; if it is not employed in doing good, it will be doing evil. It is an excellent, but rare union, to be active in our own business, yet quiet as to other people's. If any refused to labour with quietness, they were to note him with censure, and to separate from his company, yet they were to seek his good by loving admonitions. The Lords is with you while you are with him. Hold on your way, and hold on to the end. We must never give over, or tire in our work. It will be time enough to rest when we come to heaven.

16-18 The apostle prays for the Thessalonians. And let us desire the same blessings for ourselves and our friends. Peace with God. This peace is desired for them always, or in every thing. Peace by all means; in every way; that, as they enjoyed the means of grace, they might use all methods to secure peace. We need nothing more to make us safe and happy, nor can we desire any thing better for ourselves and our friends, than to have God's gracious presence with us and them. No matter where we are, if God be with us; nor who is absent, if God be present. It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we hope to have peace with God, and to enjoy the presence of God. This grace is all in all to make us happy; though we wish ever so much to others, there remains enough for ourselves.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Thessalonians 3

  • Ray321
    2 Thessalonians 3:14 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. Some brothers in Christ might not have all the answers to the Word of God, but if that brother is willing to pervert the Word of God, then we must have no company with him. We still have to love and pray for him in the Lord.
  • Word
    Jim wait for true Christ hail stones won't hit you or the burning fire, God is a consuming fire, standing next to a worshipper of antichrist that fire won't hurt but will be a warm feeling of love going through you. When the vials are poured and the wrath of God hits has nothing to do with those who waited for the true Christ. They heard the message that came from the elect delivered up an waited.
  • Word
    Jim 1st tribulation is for all of us and it's a test for everyone and how some people can think they are somehow better than the elect who will stand against the false messiah and others who say they don't have to be in the tribulation is ignorance. We are all changed at the 7th trump and Christ comes here to set up His Kingdom.Listen to the two witnesses and those delivered up Holy Spirit speaks
  • Word
    I won't be troubled in mind at what is said because that day of tribulation won't come until there is a great falling away and that man of sin is revealed the devil who will stand in Jerusalem claiming he is God and I will take heed and I won't leave the field of work and chase after a false Christ when they say Christ is in the desert or in the chambers. Wait, hail stones an fire 7th trump. Wait!
  • Bruce
    Jim:We're in the tribulation. 2Timothy3:12 and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Acts14:22--we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Mark13:24 But in those days after the tribulation the sun shall be darkened,--. Those who are called John6:44, forgiving 1John 1:9, Baptized with fire Matthew3:11, Will be changed 2Corinthians 5:17.YOU WILL KNOW!
  • Irene123
    To Jim - I've seen a couple of your statements; you are right on, so KEEP ON. God bless your convictions.
    Acts2:38
  • Word
    Jim there is going to be a lot of sad faces coming out of those 1 world churches after worshipping the false messiah at the 7th trump a shamed and not able to look in the face of the true Christ but they will say but Lord we preached in your name and we healed in your name and Christ will say, I don't know you. Not excepted at the wedding because they didn't seek real truth thinking just believe.
  • Jim
    It is amazing to me how many believers misunderstand Scripture! It is also very sad. The church is a distinct group and God's wrath is not for us! Chastening yes, God's wrath and the tribulation period no! These letters were written for the purpose of clear instruction and to comfort believers. Trust the Lord and prayerfully read His Word. He will teach you. He loves you. You belong to Him!

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