this Framework' we use our light paraphrase explanation of what
you find in this letter of Paul, not the text, to enable you to
simply as possible catch the sense of his writing.
with 1 Thessalonians if you wish to click onto specific chapter
use the following links:
Thess 1 / 2 Thess 2
/ 2 Thess 3 / Recap
2 Thessalonians 1 - Paraphrased
Paul, Silas & Timothy to Thessalonians
May you know grace & peace from God
Thanksgiving for Recollections
Thanks to God for their growing faith and love for all
There thy boast about their perseverance and faith in
the face of persecutions and trials
This is evidence of God's right assessment of them that
they are counted worthy of the kingdom for which they suffer
Because God is just He will punish those who trouble
and bring relief to both them and the apostles when
Jesus returns from heaven
He will punish unbelievers who are disobedient
They will be destroyed eternally and shut off from God
on the day Jesus returns to be glorified in his people
which includes you because you believed our testimony.
God's faith is available to see us through oppositions,
and He will deal with those who come against us when Jesus returns.)
Thinking of this we constantly pray for you that God
will make you worthy of His calling and by His power complete
your every desire for goodness and every faith-inspired deed.
We pray this so Jesus will be glorified through you
and you through him, according to the grace that is his and the
We need to constantly pray for His grace to flow in
us to change us and enabe us to serve Him.)
Thanks for their testimony in coping with persecution
and they can trust God to deal with their persecutors when Jesus
returns. Prayer for ongoing growth in goodness and faith-inspired
service that comes through His grace.
2 Thessalonians 2 - Paraphrased
The Man of Lawlessness
We want to speak of Jesus' coming again
Ignore false teachings that he has already come
Don't be deceived, that day won't come until
the rebellion comes and
the lawless man, doomed to destruction comes
He will oppose & exalt himself over God, setting
himself up in God's temple proclaiming to be God.
This will be as I told you before.
So you know what is holding him back until the proper
time when he will be revealed.
The secret lawless power is at work now, but the church
(implied) that holds it back will continue to do so until the
time comes for it to be removed.
Then he will be truly revealed but will be removed by
Jesus at his coming.
This man will work as Satan does, with lies and signs
In this way he will deceive all unbelievers because
they already refuse the truth and aren't saved.
This is a God-sent delusion so they believe his lies
and thus they will be condemned as they are clearly
seen to reject the truth and delight in wickedness.
We need to understand at the end there will be one who
will stand with Satan's power to rebel against God and deceive
unbelievers, revealing them for what they are, worthy of destruction.
But we can thank God for you because you are clearly
chosen by God, first fruits saved by the cleansing work of the
Spirit and believing the truth.
You were called through our gospel to share in Jesus'
So, knowing this (implied), stand firm and hold fast
to all we have taught you both by word of mouth or by letter.
We look to our Jesus Christ and his Father who loved
and encouraged us into hope, by their grace -
may they encourage your hearts also and strengthen you
for every good deed and word.
Our calling is revealed by the work of the Spirit in
us bringing good works. This should encourage us to stand firm
holding the NT teachings as God by His grace also encourages us
to continue on in these things)
Watching for end-time lawlessness, we should not be deceived
by it as the world will be, revealing their hearts and opening
them for judgment. In the face of this we are to stand firm with
His grace, revealing His goodness.
2 Thessalonians 3 - Paraphrased
Request for Prayer
Pray that God's message through them will spread and
be honoured, as in them.
Pray also for their deliverance from wicked people of
unbelief (who oppose them - implied)
But God is faithful and will deliver the church from
They have confidence that the church there is doing
all they were taught.
So he prays God will guide them further into His love
and the perseverance Christ gives.
Pray for the spread of the gospel and for growth of
Warnings against Idleness
Be careful to stay away from idle and disruptive believers,
who fail to live according to the way they have taught.
They had set an example in not being idle when they
were with them
not eating food without paying for it, bt instead working
and toiling not to be a burden to the church there.
They did this, not because they couldn't but to be examples
to be followed.
They had had this rule: no work, no eating
They heard of some there not working, busybodies
so they challenge such people to settle down and work
and earn their food.
so the believers should never tire of doing good.
Watch for any who reject this teaching and have nothing
to do with them so they will be ashamed.
Don't see them as enemies, just those who need correcting.
Holy living should include taking responsibility for
earning their own food as well as doing good and those who fail
in this should be corrected)
Desire for peace for the believers
Paul finishes this letter in his own hand
Desire for grace for them all.
Prayers for spread of gospel and growth. Teaching against
idleness and need to take responsibility for our own lives and
correct those who do not.
Thanksgiving for Recollections how they grow
and stsnd against persecutions, trusting that God will deal with
those people when Jesus returns
Prayer Response - prayer for their
growth and that Jesus will be glorified through them
The Man of Lawlessness warning to watch for
the time of lawlessness at the end that will come to a head then
as all unbelievers will be deceived by false power, revealing
Stand Firm - as called ones they are to stand
Request for Prayer for the gospel to spread
and deliverance from those who would oppose them and for further
growth in the believers there
Warnings against Idleness holiness is to be
accompanied by taking responsibility for your own provision ,
thus a warning against idleness. Such people to be corrected
Final Greetings desires for peace and grace
for the church as Paul signs the letter personally
1 mostly about prayer requests
2 warnings about end-time lawlessness and need to
be alert and stand firm
3 further requests for prayer and the need to deal
with those Paul has heard are there who are idle need to take
personal responsibility and correct them.
much shorter letter than the first one, expressing requests for
prayer, bringing warning to watch out for the lawlessness that
will come at the end, and the need to avoid idleness and take
responsibility for providing for your own life.