This chapter contains the review of Paul's previous ministry in Thessalonica. But the points raised in contrast, in 1Thessalonians 2:4-12, seem to preclude this meaning, which would be more likely to introduce some substantiation of the gospel truths, as in 2Peter 1:16. In Ephesians 4:19, Paul speaks of working uncleanness (ἀκαθαρσίαν) in a spirit of selfish desire (πλεονεξία) which is the spirit of covetousness. 11 Now may our God and Father(V) himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. Then some false notions crept into the Church from teachers who speculated that the coming of the Lord was already at hand. An appointment to affliction. First 30-days on us! All the Epistles are addressed to Christian people. * [2:1–17] The Thessalonians have been shaken by a message purporting to come from Paul himself that the day of the Lord is already present. The opponents attacked Paul on three grounds: (1) the Thessalonians’ conversion was not genuine—hence, Paul’s me… (3) To teach pure doctrine faithfully and with a pure heart. The same Gospel which exhorts comforts. The Antichrist is to have a coming (2Thessalonians 2:9) and a manifestation (2Thessalonians 2:3), so as to be instantly recognised, and will display himself by significant acts (2Thessalonians 2:4), which all require a person. 2 Thessalonians Chapter 3 is the final part of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. The tendency of the gospel was just the reverse.Nor in guile - Not by the arts of deceit. 2 Thessalonians Greeting. To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:. Sagacity and shrewdness are always allowable in ministers as well as others; trick and cunning never. It may imply deceit as accompanying or causing error, but it does not occur in the sense of deceit. Elsewhere in N.T. That’s why there is so much disagreement over when it will occur. (S) 10 Night and day we pray(T) most earnestly that we may see you again(U) and supply what is lacking in your faith. 1 Thessalonians 2 - NIV: You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. Tools 1Th 2:3 The word aporphanizo (we get our English word "orphan" from the same root --orphanizō), can have two meanings: "to make an orphan of someone" (BDAG 119) and "to bereave of a parent or parents" … After students respond, consider asking a student to read aloud the student manual commentary for 1 Thessalonians 3:10, 12; 4:1–10. All positions are based on inferences in the Scriptures. c. Acts 14:22; 2 Thes 2:5–7; 2 Tm 3… The progress is not that of a flowing river, but that of a building in course of erection. . (2) Meanwhile, he prays that the love of the Thessalonians for each other will “increase and overflow” (1 Thess. Exhortation or counsel is Paul's usual sense. The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example 2 d We give thanks to God always for all of you , constantly 1 e mentioning you in our prayers , 3 remembering before f our God and Father g your work of faith and labor of h love and i steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ . In 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Paul returns to his conduct at Thessalonica; 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 speak of his general policy. establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God. (6-10) And for their increase in grace. We were guided by "the spirit of truth"; See 1 John 4:6, and comp. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. (H) 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer,(I) I sent to find out about your faith. Nor of uncleanness - Not such as to lead to an impure life. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. Perhaps this is accounted for not only by the continuing harassment but also by the shortness of his own stay in Thessalonica (even if that were over twice as long as the conventional three weeks that Luke assigns to it, Acts 17:2). 4 For we know , j brothers 2 loved by God , k that he has chosen you , 5 because l our gospel came to you not only in word , but also in power … Exhortation.—Exhortation is an attempt to make men take a particular line of action. In Ephesians 5:3, uncleanness and covetousness are closely associated. May the Lord . 2 Thessalonians 1:3 “We are bound to give thanks to God always to you, brethren, even as it is meet, for that your faith growth exceedingly, and the love of each one of you all toward one another aboundeth” “Are bound”: “We owe a constant debt of thanksgiving to God” (Knox). (G) 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. (P) 7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. I. He warns against this deception in eschatology by citing a scenario of events that must first occur (2 Thes 2:3–12) before the end will come. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm(Q) in the Lord. The apostle sent Timothy to establish and comfort the Thessalonians (1-5) He rejoiced at the good tidings of their faith and love. Here in the sense of impurity on the side of sordidness. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 2 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV: "We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing." Commentators divide as to if the uncleanness Paul defended himself against in 1 Thessalonians 2:3 was uncleanness of spirit or uncleanness of the flesh. of sensual impurity. Mk 4:17; Jn 16:33; Ro 5:3; 2Co 1:4; 4:17; 2Ti 3:12, Ps 15:2; 1Co 1:8; Php 2:15; 1Th 5:23; 1Ti 6:14; 2Pe 3:14, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print. (b) By any wicked and evil type of dealing. Just as those in Judea received from the Jews (14b) 1) Who killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets (15a) 2) Who persecuted the apostles, forbidding them to speak to the Gentiles (15b-16a) 3) Who are piling up their sins, and upon whom wrath has come (17) B. The context seems to suggest more of a uncleanness of motive or spirit, while the word itself more indicates moral and especially sexual uncleanness (it often appears in lists with the term fornication ). «1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy» 1 2 3 » All the Books in the Bible « A Call to Prayer In the beginning of 6 But Timothy(M) has just now come to us from you(N) and has brought good news about your faith and love. 1 Thessalonians 2 is the second chapter of the First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Besides, the types of him--Antiochus, Caligula, Nero, &c.--could hardly be said, according to Scriptural analogy, to be "fulfilled" in a mere headless movement. CONCERNED FOR THEIR WELFARE (17-20) 1. 3 So when we could stand it no longer,(A) we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 2 and we e sent Timothy, f our brother and God’s coworker 1 in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, Read more Share Copy Acts 16:1–2; 1 Cor 3:5–9. imply deception, and can never be reconciled with that entire honesty which a minister of the gospel, and all other Christians, ought to possess; see notes on 2 Corinthians 12:16; compare Psalm 32:2; Psalm 34:13; John 1:47; 1 Peter 2:1, 1 Peter 2:22; Revelation 14:5. exhortation—The Greek means "consolation" as well as "exhortation." I happen to believe that the best inference o… (O) He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Paul means that his exhortation did not proceed from greed for gain or lust for power. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. The foundation is laid; now the superstructure must be built upon it. Introduction. In it, Paul speaks about the return of Jesus Christ and the arrival of the antichrist. & C. Black, 1972), p. 124. Stott, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, pp. “Our efforts to get men to act as we wish,” St. Paul says, “do not spring from a desire to dupe them,” etc. of—springing from—having its source in—deceit, &c. not of deceit; or "error", was not "fallacious", as the Ethiopic version renders it; it consisted of nothing but truth, it was the word of truth, and the truth as it is in Jesus; nor did it proceed from any intention to deceive and impose on persons; it was no imposture: nor of uncleanness; it did not spring from any impure affection for any sin, for popular applause, or worldly interest; nor did the ministers of it connive at uncleanness in others, or practise it themselves, as did the false teachers; but bore their testimony against it, both by word and example, and taught no doctrine that encouraged to it; but, on the contrary, the doctrine which is according to godliness, and which teaches men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts: nor in guile; as there was no deceitful design in the ministry of the word, nor anything impure and immoral in the matter of it; so there was no artifice used in the dispensing of it; it was plain and simple, without any colour and guile, without the hidden things of dishonesty, without craftiness and handling the word deceitfully; and this is a reason why the apostles preached it with so much freedom and boldness, because there was nothing false, impure, or artful in it. New International Version (NIV). 1:9; 1 Thess. All rights reserved worldwide. See on Luke 6:24 and see on 1 Corinthians 14:3. Paul opens his letter with a customary salutation (1:1), written to the Thessalonian believers. 2:17 your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming … No point was carried by art, cunning, or stratagem. (F) For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 1 Thessalonians 3:2. Some believe the Rapture will occur in the middle of the Tribulation. 61-62, citing Ernest Best, A Commentary on the First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (Black's New Testament Commentary; A. He does this apparently because Jews from the synagogue in Thessalonica were trying to discredit Paul, arguing that he was no different than those who peddled their philosophy for profit on naïve audiences. The apostle appeals to what they knew to be the tendency of his doctrine as an evidence that it was true. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.. Thanksgiving. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials() For you know quite well that we are destined for them The Christian is to be established.—Consider what this means:— (a) Progress. In guile.—The preposition is changed;” nor yet by the use of tricks;” Not only were their motives sincere and pure, but their manner of dealing straightforward. See Romans 1:24; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Ephesians 4:19. 2 Thessalonians 3 - Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run [swiftly] and be glorified, just as [it is] with you, —1 Thessalonians 3:12-13. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Nor. And it turned out that way, as you well know. And some combine it with the Second Coming. 2 Thessalonians chapter 3 KJV (King James Version) 1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:. There was no craftiness or trick, such as could not bear a severe scrutiny. It is much when a man can say that he has never endeavored to accomplish anything by mere trick, craft, or cunning. Better, of error. While uncleanness expresses impure purpose or motive, guile has reference to improper means; plausible but insincere methods of winning converts; suppression of the truth; "huckstering the word of God" (see on 2 Corinthians 2:17); adulterating it for purposes of gain or popularity. Ἀκαθαρσία in Matthew 23:27 of the corruption of the sepulchre. Verse by Verse Bible Study on thecloudchurch.org through the book of 2 Thessalonians, covering chapter two and verses one to three by Robert Breaker. Was not of deceit - Was not founded on sophistry. This fact should be borne in mind when we consider the contents of any of them. By Dr. David R. Reagan [read in Lamplighter (pdf)] The Bible never precisely states when the Rapture of the Church will take place. (b) Fixity. “Exhortation” hardly conveys his fall meaning,— our appeal is perhaps better; it is the practical “appeal,” or “address,” which “the gospel of God,” as the missionaries of Christ preach it everywhere, makes to its hearers. Its first lesson to each is that of peace in believing amidst outward and inward sorrows. Most of the teaching of the pagan philosophers led to a life of licentiousness and corruption. Acts 17:14. b. Of uncleanness.—It is possible that the word only means “with impure (or covetous) motives;” but it probably refers to the subtle forms of temptation which often accompany spiritual work. We learn from the Book of Acts that during Paul's stay in the city of Thessalonica, he preached in a … He first asserts that “his … Paul knows that a Christian community that loves well not only reflects the Gospel in life, but provides the nurturing framework in which biblical teaching is taken on board. Paul had taught the doctrine of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ with such power that the Saints in Thessalonica were eagerly preparing for it. If ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on, For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile, Our doctrine is true; our motives pure; and our conduct straightforward, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. It was such as to lead to holiness and purity. Give students a moment to read 1 Thessalonians 4:3–10 and identify a few specific ways in which Paul admonished the Saints to live with more holiness. (J) I was afraid that in some way the tempter(K) had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.(L). 9 How can we thank God enough for you(R) in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 1 Thessalonians 3:2–3 2 and we e sent Timothy, f our brother and God’s coworker 1 in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 The First to the Thessalonians 3 So when we could bear it no longer, we thought it best to stay on alone in Athens; + 2 and we sent Timothy, + our brother and God’s minister * in the good news about the Christ, to make you firm * and comfort you regarding your faith, 3 so that no one might be shaken * by these tribulations. 2 Peter 1:16. It is authored by Paul the Apostle, likely written in Corinth in about 50–51 CE for the church in Thessalonica. Others place it near the end. 3:12). Read: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-4:2 . Everything was done on the most honorable and fair principles. (B) 2 We sent Timothy,(C) who is our brother and co-worker(D) in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ,(E) to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. The first letter — 1 Thessalonians — was written to a community of believers who had been Christians for only a short period of time, probably no more than a few months. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 "And sent Timothy, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:" “Establish … comfort … faith”: This was a common ministry concern and practice of Paul (Acts 14:22; 15:32; 18:23). 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