Brent Karding
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Arcing Class on 2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
How God's sovereignty motivates our perseverance
Published November 29th, 2018
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Because God is in control, don't be worried about the day of the Lord, and hold tightly to God's Word.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Now concerning a the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our b being gathered together to him,
we ask you, brothers, 1
not to be quickly shaken in mind
or c alarmed,
either d by a spirit
or a e spoken word,
or e a letter seeming to be from us,
to the effect that f the day of the Lord has come.
g Let no one deceive you in any way.
For that day will not come,
h unless the rebellion comes first,
and i the man of lawlessness 1 is revealed,
j the son of destruction, 2
who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship,
so that he takes his seat in the temple of God,
k proclaiming himself to be God.
Do you not remember that
when I was still with you
I told you these things?
And you know what is restraining him now
so that he may be revealed
in his time.
For l the mystery of lawlessness m is already at work.
Only he who now restrains it will do so
until he is out of the way.
And then n the lawless one will be revealed,
whom the Lord Jesus o will kill
with p the breath of his mouth
and bring to nothing
by q the appearance of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan
r with all power and false signs and wonders,
and with all wicked deception for s those who are perishing,
because they refused to love the truth
and so be saved.
Therefore t God sends them a strong delusion,
so that they may believe u what is false,
in order that all may be condemned
v who did not believe the truth
but w had pleasure in unrighteousness.
But x we ought always to give thanks to God for you,
y brothers beloved by the Lord,
because God chose you
z as the firstfruits 1 a to be saved,
b through sanctification by the Spirit
and belief in the truth.
To this he called you
through c our gospel,
a so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brothers, d stand firm
and hold to e the traditions
that you were taught by us,
either f by our spoken word
or by f our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself,
and God our Father,
g who loved us
and gave us eternal comfort
and good h hope
through grace,
comfort your hearts
and i establish them
in every good work
and word.
Try connecting v. 3-4 with v. 5 as Id-Exp or G , and then v. 3-5 with v. 6ff with S .
Don't be worried that the day of the Lord has already come.
Don't be deceived by anyone who tells you that the day of the Lord has come.
You remember from me and you know that God is restraining the revelation of the man of lawlessness.
God will delude unbelievers so that they will be condemned.
We thank God for you because he chose you.
God will condemn unbelievers, but he will save those he has chosen.
May Jesus and the Father comfort and establish your hearts.
Therefore, stand firm and hold on to the apostolic word by God's grace.
You know that God is in control.
Paul tells the Thessalonians, " Don’t be alarmed or deceived about the Lord’s coming, and stand firm and hold tightly to apostolic teaching , with confidence in God’s grace, because God is in control and has chosen you."
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