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II Thessalonians
Paul ends his letter by asking God to bring the Thessalonians peace.

II Thessalonians

II Thessalonians is the ninth of Paul's Epistles. It was written to the Christian Church in Thessalonica shortly after Paul's first letter to them, around 52 AD.

News had come to Paul that some people in Thessalonica had misunderstood what Paul had said about Christ's second coming. Because they believed that Christ might return at any moment, many of them had given up their jobs and were sitting around waiting for Christ to return. Christians were also being persecuted and many thought that the days in which they lived must be the last days. II Thessalonians is Paul's response to hearing this news.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
II Thessalonians begins with Paul thanking God for the faith of the Christians in Thessalonica, despite the persecution they are facing. Paul gives a reason why they are being persecuted. What is it?
So that they are made worthy of God's Kingdom
Because they are following false beliefs
So that their sins are wiped clean
Because they are worshipping idols
Because they have suffered for God they will be worthy of Heaven. Those who persecute them will be suitably punished.

II Thessalonians 1:3-6
"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you"
2.
Paul comforts the persecuted Thessalonians by saying they they will be able to rest when Christ returns. Jesus will come from Heaven with His mighty angels, in what?
In a golden chariot
In a cloud of wrath
In glory and splendour
In flaming fire
They will come to punish those who do not obey Jesus' Gospel.

II Thessalonians 1:7-10
"and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day"
3.
Jesus shall not return to Earth until the anti-Christ has come. Paul calls the anti-Christ "the man of sin" and "the son of..." what?
The son of Satan
The son of greed
The son of the Devil
The son of perdition
Perdition is another name for Hell, or etrnal damnation.

II Thessalonians 2:3-6
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time"
4.
The anti-Christ will deceive many people and they will be punished by God because they did not believe the truth. Instead they took pleasure in what?
In lies
In unrighteousness
In falsehoods
In greed
The anti-Christ will be destroyed when Jesus returns, and so will those who he has deceived.

II Thessalonians 2:7-12
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness"
5.
Paul gives thanks to God again for the Thessalonians. God chose them for salvation, he says, because of their belief, and the Holy Spirit did what to them?
Sanctified them
Awoke them
Strengthened them
Healed them
Because of their belief, the Holy Spirit cleansed, or sanctified, them.

II Thessalonians 2:13-14
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ"
6.
The Thessalonians are told by Paul to hold on to what they have been taught. The teachings came to them in two ways. What were these two methods?
The Gospels and letters
The Gospels and visions
Words and letters
Words and visions
The Gospels had not yet been written down. Instead they had been told to the Thessalonians in person by Paul before he wrote his letters to them.

II Thessalonians 2:15-17
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work"
7.
As he nears the end of his letter, at the beginning of chapter 3, Paul asks the Thessalonians to do something. What is it that he asks of them?
He asks them to preach the Gospel to all they meet
He asks them to pray for him
He asks them to send him money
He asks them to build a church
Paul wants them to pray for him to be successful in spreading the Gospel, and also for him to be kept safe from wicked men.

II Thessalonians 3:1-2
"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith"
8.
When he was with the Thessalonians what did Paul say should happen to any who do not work?
They should not come to church
They should be flogged
They should not eat
They should be fined
When he was with them, Paul had himself worked, so as to set an example to others.

II Thessalonians 3:8-11
"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: not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies"
9.
Paul tells the Thessalonians that, if one of them disobeys Paul's word he should be reprimanded as if he were what?
As if he were a child
As if he were a thief
As if he were a brother
As if he were a robber
Paul says not to treat those who disobey Paul as enemies but rather as brothers in need of guidance.

II Thessalonians 3:13-15
"But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 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. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother"
10.
Paul ends his letter by asking God to bring the Thessalonians peace. What title does Paul give to God?
The Lord of mercy
The Lord of love
The Lord of all
The Lord of peace
He also prays for the grace of Jesus to be with them.

II Thessalonians 3:16-18
"Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens"

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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