Book of 2ndThessalonians
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|Apostle Paul (v 1:1), written from Corinth, also Silvanus and Timothy were with him.||
This epistle is written to the churches at Thessalonica, a town in Macedonia.
To encourage the believers, for they had become discouraged because of false
doctrine, concerning the second coming of Christ - (thinking that it
had already taken place), also they had been feeling forms of persecution and
some of the brethren were becoming lacks in their walk.
|Shortly after the writing of first Thessalonians, between 51-52 AD.|
1Paul, Silvanus and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians, that is in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3It is our fitting obligation to thank God for you, because of your faith that exceedingly grows with the love that you have for each other. 4We ourselves, boast in you among other churches because of your patience and faith, as you endure through all persecutions and tribulations. 5For we know that these things are the godly evidence that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God. 6For it is righteous for God to repay with tribulations those who trouble you 7and to give those who are troubled rest, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven, along with His mighty angels. 8With fire He will take vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9These shall be punished with everlasting destruction, absent from the presence of the Lord and His glorious power. 10When Christ comes in that day, to be glorified in His saints and to be exalted among all those who believe, (because you believed our testimony). 11Therefore, we always pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of this calling, fulfilling all the good pleasures within His goodness and that the work of your faith may show forth His power. 12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and you in Him, according to the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Brothers concerning the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering to Him. 2We say to you, do not be so soon troubled, either by spirit, word or letter, as if it were from us, thinking the day of Christ had come. 3Do not let anyone deceive you, for that day will not come until the falling away comes first and the son of perdition is revealed. 4He opposes God and exalts himself above all that is worshiped or what is of God, for he will sit in the temple as God himself.
5Remember, that when I was with you, I told you these things. 6But now know what is held back, that he shall be revealed in his own time. 7For the hidden principle of lawlessness is already at work, until he that is oppressing and hindering shall be taken out of the way. 8After this the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will then destroy. 9The coming of the lawless one is in accordance with the working of Satan, with power, signs and lying wonders. 10And with all unrighteousness and deception, those who are perishing, he will seduce because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this reason, God will send them a strong delusion, that they may believe the lie. 12So that all they who did not believe the truth, taking pleasure in unrighteousness, may be condemned.
13We give thanks to God for you always, for you are beloved by the Lord and we are bound to do so because God chose you from the beginning for salvation, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14Called by the gospel for the obtaining of the glory within our Lord Jesus Christ. 15Therefore brethren, be steadfast, holding on to the teachings that you have learned, whether through the Word or by our letter. 16May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, whom loves us and has given us everlasting hope through His grace. 17Comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
1Lastly, brothers, pray for us that we shall be successful at spreading the Word of the Lord and that His Word may be glorified, just as it is also with you. 2That we may be delivered from perverse, (morally corrupt) and evil men, for not all have faith in Christ. 3But the Lord is faithful, for He establishes us and guards us from the evil one. 4And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you will do the things that we request of you. 5May the Lord directed your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
6Now we command you brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the teaching and instructions you have received from us, that you withdraw from them! 7You know how you ought to follow us, for when we were with you, we were not disorderly among you. 8We did not eat anyone's food free of charge, but we labored night and day for our wages, that we might not be a burden to you. 9Not because we lack the right to do so, but that we wished to be an example of how you should follow us.
10Even when we were with you, we said that, "If anyone shall not work nether shall they eat". 11For we hear that there are some among you that walk in a disorderly manner, not working but have resided in themselves to become busybodies and gossips. 12We command these people and raise them up to our Lord Jesus Christ, that they work in quietness, providing for their own needs. 13But as for you brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14And whoever does not follow our instructions in this letter, do not keep company with that person, that he may be ashamed. 15Yet do not treat him as an enemy, but simply warn him as you would a brother.
16May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way, may He be with you all. 17This final greeting, I have written by my own hand, as my own mark of every letter that I write. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.