THESSALONIANS-2 TOTAL CHAPTERS: 3
THESSALONIANS-2 TOTAL VERSES: 47
TOTAL WORDS: 1,042
DATE WRITTEN: 51 AD
Living in Hope. Preparation For The Second Coming: Doctrinal Correction.
BOOK OF THESSALONIANS-2 KEY VERSES:
1:6-7: God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with powerful angels.
2:13: But we ought always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
3:3: But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
3:10: For even when we were with you we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
Thessalonica was the capital and largest city of Macedonia. Acts tells us that Paul visited this city and began his ministry in the Jewish synagogue, but broadened his outreach to Gentiles as well. Paul was not able to stay longer. After about a month in the city, the Jews caused a riot and Paul is again forced to leave. The Thessalonian church was nevertheless pretty young and inexperienced and made some errors in applying Paul’s instructions to their lives. Further, they may have felt a bit abandoned as Paul escaped the persecution that they assuredly had to face. Assume how Paul must have been touched for the believers in these towns that he was able to spend such a limited time in. His mind would have rolled with questions about their conditions, oppression. Did I teach them enough? Will, they give up and go back to their former ways? These letters form what is probably the initial writing of Paul. They were written around 51-52AD. When Paul hears from Timothy that the young believers are acting amazingly mature. That excitement and relief is reflected in the letter Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica. The letter deals mostly with questions about what happens after we die and the nature of Christ’s return. It seems that some confusion or misinformation about the last days were negatively affecting the church at Thessalonica. The central focus in these letters is the nature of the dead in Christ. It deals with their resurrection and the future Kingdom of God. It looks that Paul’s first letter raised more questions than it did answers, and the response that Paul received from the Thessalonians urged him to write another letter and address their concerns. Paul reassures his readers that Jesus Christ alone possesses the key to the future and they have to believe in Him alone to overcome the enemies and also believers have to love one another and serve one another.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1. Comfort in Persecution. Growing faith of the Thessalonians. Jesus is definitely coming again. The Judgment At Christ’s Coming.
Chapter#2. The Man of Sin Revealed. The great falling away will happen before the second coming. The Man Of Lawlessness (AntiChrist) Will Be Revealed, whom Jesus will destroy.
Chapter#3. Disorderly Christians and Busybodies. Do not be inactive while waiting for the second coming. Final greetings.