2 Thessalonians 2
2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

1  Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

2  not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

3  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

4  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

6  And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

7  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

8  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

9  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

12  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

14  to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15  Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,

17  comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

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7 months ago

We have received this precious presence of Truth on the inside to teach and guide us into all truth. It is by this inward witness that we can be kept through the endless alternatives that come our way, through both ill-intended and well-intended motives. Even the return of Christ was apparently being declared to already have occurred by persuasive voices. Every notion coming our way, though, should undergo a proving by inner witness most of all, but also in light of related truth already received. Paul restates the circumstances that must precede Jesus’ coming, something they should have already used to deflect the lies coming their way. There is a clue here, though, about how we can be susceptible to the following of a lie to an undesirable end. For truth to be heard and embraced through the onslaught of deception, there must be a love for it that is faithful to obey its every reception from the Word. To be established immovable in the time when others are falling prey to a great deception, there must be adherence to the truth already received that is continually working to sanctify us by the Spirit and the Word. Rejection of truth transformation on any level positions for conforming to the world when its lies arrive. However, remaining true to fellowship with the Father by His Word and His servants is authentication of a calling so much higher than the destabilizing notions of worldly origin. How critical it is to honor each other by holding faithfully to those things that bind us together, safely secure from the consequences of followed deception.

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