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FRAMEWORKS: Paul's SECOND letter to the Thessalonians

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Frameworks: 2 Thessalonians 2


v.1-12 The man of lawlessness

v.13-17 Stand firm


[Chapter Synopsis: About the enemy activity that must precede Christ's eventual return, encouragement to go on well and remain strong and be encouraged.]



v.1-12 The man of lawlessness


[Passage Synopsis: Christ has not yet returned and indeed the representative of the enemy who will exhibit rebellion and lawlessness must come first, only to be overthrown by Jesus when he does return.]


v.1,2 (be reassured that the rumours that Christ has come, are false) Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us  whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter  asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

v.3 (he won't come until after a period of lawlessness) Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

v.4 (where the enemy will oppose God and set himself up in opposition in the temple) He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

v.5 (remember I have already warned you about this) Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

v.6 (he is being held back until God decides) And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.

v.7 (but lawlessness is in the world now but restrained) For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.

v.8 (but he will eventually be revealed but overcome by Jesus when he returns) And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming.

v.9,10 (in the meantime he will deceive and lead many astray even by signs and wonders) The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

v.11,12 (he will add to the hardness of heart that stops so many believing) For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.



v.13-17 Stand firm


[Passage Synopsis: We are blessed by the way you are doing, so keep on and be strengthened and encouraged.]


v.13 (but we can thank God for you and the way you are working out your faith) But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first-fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

v.14 (you were called to share in Christ's glory) He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

v.15 (so stand firm holding fast to our teaching) So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

v.16,17 (may the Lord encourage and strengthen you even more) May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.



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