2 Thessalonians 2 Resources

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Addresses how the Thessalonians were evangelizes as they received the Word of God

Addresses how the Thessalonians are being edified, noting their progress in faith, love, and patience

The imminency and importance of the Lord’s return is emphasized

Misunderstandings about the Lord’s return are corrected

The saints are comforted and encouraged

The saints are assured of God’s judgment on His enemies

Paul is concerned with the church and its hope of the rapture (meeting Christ in the air)

Paul is concerned with Satan, the man of sin (Antichrist) and their destruction at the revelation (return of Christ to the earth)

Contains the outstanding passage on the rapture of the saints in 4:13–18

Contains the outstanding passage concerning the day of the Lord in 2:1–12


CAVEAT: Not all these resources interpret prophetic passages literally! BE A BEREAN. Acts 17:11+!  More literal interpretations are marked "Millennial." 


HENRY ALFORD 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY The New Testament for English Readers

HENRY ALFORD 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY  The Greek Testament

PAUL APPLE 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

72 page modern commentary. Conservative. Evangelical. Literal Interpretation of 2 Th 2:1-12. Each section includes numerous quotes (including "Quotes for Reflection"), devotional thoughts and questions.

BRIAN BELL 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS Calvary Chapel, Murrieta

WILLIAM BARCLAY 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

James Rosscup: This is a lucid and well-organized exposition of the epistles with many helpful lists on different facets of truth John can have in mind at different points as on “light” and “darkness” in I John 1:5. There is stimulating background material and warm application. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works).

D Edmond Hiebert - Prints the author's own translation. A series of popular studies whose strong point is word study. Contains good illustrative material. Part of the author's interpretation follows a liberal position. Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance.

Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".

ALBERT BARNES 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY Notes on the New Testament

James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial...Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil....Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

JOHANN (JOHN) BENGEL 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY The Critical English Testament

JOHANN A BENGEL 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY Gnomon

JOSEPH BENSON 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

Spurgeon - Adopted by the Wesleyan Conference as a standard work, and characterized by that body as marked by “solid learning, soundness of theological opinion, and an edifying attention to experimental and practical religion. Necessary to Methodist Students.

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

ANDREW BONAR

WILLIAM BURKITT 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

Spurgeon - We liked Burkitt better when we were younger. He is, however, a homely and spiritual writer, and his work is good reading for the many. Burkitt is somewhat pithy, and for a modern rather rich and racy, but he is far from deep, and is frequently common-place. I liked him well enough till I had read abler works and grown older. Some books grow upon us as we read and re-read them, but Burkitt does not. Yet so far from depreciating the good man, I should be sorry to have missed his acquaintance, and would bespeak for him your attentive perusal.

JOHN CALVIN 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

Cyril Barber - he messages were taken down in shorthand and were later translated by a person who signed himself "L.T" Spurgeon highly esteemed these messages, and they are now available again in the same format as that which graced the homes of Puritan laypeople three hundred years ago. Their richness and relevance will amply repay the time spent mastering their contents. This is a worthy reprint, beautifully bound, and printed on fine paper. Recommended

D Edmond Hiebert - Valuable for insights into Reformation day views.

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES - George Findlay

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT

DONALD CANTRELL

RICH CATHERS

ADAM CLARKE - AMILLENNIAL

STEVEN COLE 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS Well done. Millennial.

WILLIAM W COMBS

THOMAS CONSTABLE 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

James Rosscup - A diligently prepared brief work by an evangelical, who explains profitably verse by verse and comments well on many of the difficult passages. He deals with passages about the rapture and “Day of the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4–5; II Thessalonians 2) in a premillennial, dispensational way. A similar but more detailed effort of this nature is in the commentary by Robert L. Thomas. Constable is quite helpful in giving views, for example in regard to problems in II Thessalonians 2:1–12. He takes the restrainer to be the Holy Spirit.

MAL COUCH - literal

W A CRISWELL 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

RON DANIEL - SERMONS

J N DARBY - MILLENNIAL

DAVID DEAN

BOB DEFFINBAUGH - SERMONS - Millennial. Well done.

FRANK DENNISON - AUDIO ONLY

JAMES DENNEY 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY The Expositor's Bible

PAUL DIXON

JOHN DUMMELOW

EASY ENGLISH

CHARLES ELLICOTT - FOR ENGLISH READERS

EXPLORE THE BIBLE 2 THESSALONIANS Teacher helps - MILLENNIAL

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY James Moffatt

FIRST EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH - WICHITA, KS - SERMONS

Each transcript averages about 10 pages.

JAMES FRAME 2 Thessalonians Commentary 1912

BOB FROMM

A C GAEBELEIN - MILLENNIAL

James Rosscup - This dispensationally oriented work is not verse-by-verse, but deals with the exposition on a broader scale, treating blocks of thought within the chapters. Cf. also Arno C. Gaebelein, Gaebelein’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible (I Volume, Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux, 1985), the Annotated Bible revised. The author was a popular evangelical Bible teacher of the first part of the century, much like H. A. Ironside in his diligent but broad, practical expositions of Bible books. Gaebelein was premillennial and dispensational, and editor for many years of Our Hope Magazine.

TONY GARLAND

GENE GETZ - LIFE PRINCIPLES - SHORT VIDEOS

  • 2 Thessalonians; Principle #1; 2 Th. 1:3-2:4; Clarifying Doctrinal Issues: Local church leaders should discover and address areas of spiritual weakness among their disciples. Video
  • 2 Thessalonians; Principle #2; 2 Th. 2:5-17; Preparation or Speculation: No matter what happens in the future, we are to encourage believers to stand firm in their faith, hope, and love, always being ready for Christ's return. Video

JOHN GILL

James Rosscup - Gill (1697–1771), a pastor of England, wrote these which are two-column pages, ca. 900–1,000 pages per volume, Originally they were 9 volumes, folio. He also wrote Body of Divinity, 3 volumes, and several other volumes. His commentary is evangelical, wrestles with texts, is often wordy and not to the point but with worthy things for the patient who follow the ponderous detail and fish out slowly what his interpretation of a text is. He feels the thousand years in Revelation 20 cannot begin until after the conversion of the Jews and the bringing in of the fullness of the Gentiles and destruction of all antiChristian powers (volume 6, p. 1063) but in an amillennial sense of new heavens and new earth coming right after Christ’s second advent (1064–65), and the literal thousand years of binding at the same time. He feels the group that gathers against the holy city at the end of the thousand years is the resurrected wicked dead from the four quarters of the earth (i.e. from all the earth, etc. (1067).  

Spurgeon - Beyond all controversy, Gill was one of the most able Hebraists of his day, and in other matters no mean proficient...His ultraism is discarded, but his learning is respected: the world and the church take leave to question his dogmatism, but they both bow before his erudition. Probably no man since Gill’s days has at all equalled him in the matter of Rabbinical learning.

He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. 

GOTQUESTIONS.ORG - MILLENIAL

GRACE NOTES - MILLENNIAL

L M GRANT - MILLENNIAL

JAMES GRAY

GEORGE GUNN

DAVID GUZIK 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

GREGORY HARRIS

ROBERT HAWKER

MATTHEW HENRY

Spurgeon - A Christian man wishing for the cream of expository writers could not make a better purchase. Ministers, as a rule, should not buy condensations, but get the works themselves.

James Rosscup - This evangelical work, devotional in character, has been in constant demand for about 280 years. Its insight into human problems is great, but it often does not deal adequately with problems in the text. The one-volume form eliminates the Biblical text and is thus less bulky. It has sold very well. The late Wilbur M. Smith, internationally noted Bible teacher, seminary professor and lover of books, tabbed this “The greatest devotional commentary ever written”. Henry was born in a Welch farmhouse, studied law, and became a Presbyterian minister near London. He wrote this commentary in the last 13 years before he died at 52 in 1714. The first of six volumes was published in 1708. He completed through Acts, and the rest of the New Testament was done by 14 clergymen. (Ed: Thus James are not the comments of Matthew Henry).

F B HOLE

HOLMAN STUDY BIBLE

DAVID HOLWICK 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

HOMILETICS

H WAYNE HOUSE

HYMNS RELATING TO 2 THESSALONIANS

THOMAS ICE

H A IRONSIDE

John Cereghin - . Popular expositions. He urges the joy of soulwinning (14); stressses the enabling power of God (34); teaches unlimited redemption in Christ (55); emphasizes that only God can qualify men for the ministry (73); attacks Theosophy, Seventh Day Adventism, Christian Science (103); warns against the "social gospel" (111): holds that the Sermon on the Mount is for all believers (139); warns against evolution (155).

James Rosscup - He is staunchly evangelical, showing good broad surveys based on diligent study, practical turns, even choice illustrations. In prophecy he is premillennial dispensational....Many preachers have found that Ironside works, read along with heavier books on details of exegesis, help them see the sweep of the message and prime their spirits for practical relevance.

JOHN ANGELL JAMES

JAMES B JOSEPH

J HAMPTON KEATHLEY III 2 THESSALONIANS Exegetical and Devotional Commentary - millennial

PAUL KRETZMANN

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

Rosscup - This is a helpful old set of 1863 for laypeople and pastors to have because it usually comments at least to some degree on problems. Though terse, it provides something good on almost any passage, phrase by phrase and is to some degree critical in nature. It is evangelical. There is also a 1-volume edition, briefer at some points (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1961). Especially in its multi-volume form this is one of the old evangelical works that offers fairly solid though brief help on many verses. Spurgeon said, “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently” (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 3). Things have changed greatly since this assessment! It is primarily of help to pastors and lay people looking for quick, though usually somewhat knowledgeable treatments on verses.

Spurgeon - A really standard work. We consult it continually, and with growing interest. Mr. Fausset’s portion strikes us as being of the highest order. 

My Comment - This is one of the best older (Pre-1800) works on interpretation of prophecy as it tends to interpret the text literally and not allegorically.

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN Unabridged Version

WILLIAM KELLY - MILLENNIAL

D Edmond Hiebert - A full, vigorous interpretation with a clear Plymouth Brethren emphasis.

John Cereghin - A careful exposition by a voluminous Plymouth Brethren scholar of the 19th century.

LANGE COMMENTARIES

STEVE LEWIS 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY- millennial

Audio/slides available at Table of Contents

JOHN MACARTHUR 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS- millennial

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

HENRY MAHAN

DAVID MALICK

THOMAS MANTON

THOMAS S McCALL - Literal

J VERNON McGEE 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY Thru the Bible

F B MEYER

H A W MEYER

GEORGE MILLIGAN

Rosscup - Some regarded this in its day as the best work on the Greek text. However, it is old, and the works by Best, Bruce, Hendriksen, Hiebert, Hogg and Vine, Marshall, Morris, Thomas and Wanamaker have been more helpful to some.

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

HENRY MORRIS - DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE NOTES - MILLENNIAL

ANDREW MURRAY

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR

NET BIBLE 2 THESSALONIANS NOTES

OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional Illustrations

GENE PENSIERO - SERMONS - MILLENNIAL

J C PHILPOT

A W PINK

JOHN PIPER 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

Note: Please be aware that Dr Piper favors a Post-Tribulation rapture (read his article… Definitions & Observations Concerning the 2nd Coming of Christ). Be a Berean!

MATTHEW POOLE

CHARLES POWELL

PRECEPT LECTURES 2 THESSALONIANS Kay Arthur (KA) Wayne Barber (WB)

RAY PRITCHARD 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS Excellent Exposition

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

PULPIT COMMENTARY

DAVID REAGAN

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE NOTES ON 2 THESSALONIANS

Amillennial

RON RITCHIE 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

A T ROBERTSON  -2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY SERMONS  - AMILLENNIAL

DON ROBINSON

J C RYLE

ROB SALVATO 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS Calvary Chapel Vista

JOHN SCHULTZ - 18 page commentary by former missionary to Irian Jaya, Indonesia

SERMON AUDIO - considerable quantity, variable quality

SERMON BIBLE

SERMONS BY VERSE - at bottom of page, older messages

CHARLES SIMEON 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

CHUCK SMITH 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY & SERMONS Calvary Chapel

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

C H SPURGEON 2 THESSALONIANS EXPOSITION

C. H. SPURGEON 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

MIKE STALLARD

RAY STEDMAN 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS

THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES - "IRONICALLY" AMILLENNIAL

ROBERT THOMAS

DAVID THOMPSON 2 THESSALONIANS SERMONS Millennial. 

THOUGHTS ON ESCHATOLOGY

TODAY'S WORD 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY  Grant Richison

JOHN TRAPP

BOB UTLEY - Amillennial

MARVIN VINCENT 2 THESSALONIANS New Testament Word Studies

Notes on original Greek text.

DANIEL WALLACE

JOHN WALVOORD 2 THESSALONIANS COMMENTARY

DANIEL WHEDON

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW - Devotionals

SERMONS BY VERSE

Caution Against Error W. Burkitt, M. A. 2 Thessalonians 2:1
Reunion Dean Vaughan. 2 Thessalonians 2:1
The Advent as a Motive Prof. Jowett. 2 Thessalonians 2:1
The Coming of Christ C. Hodge, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:1
The Coming of Christ T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:1
A Great Delusion W.F. Adeney 2 Thessalonians 2:12
A Misapprehension, Respecting the Time of the Second Advent T. Croskery 2 Thessalonians 2:12
The Day of Christ not Immediate B.C. Caffin 2 Thessalonians 2:12
Antichrist R. Finlayson 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
A Firm Anchorage J. Hutchison, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:2
Calmness in View of the Second Advent Bp. Alexander. 2 Thessalonians 2:2
Dangers of Deception J. Hutchison. 2 Thessalonians 2:2
Dissuasives Against Error T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:2
Errors Concerning the Second Advent   2 Thessalonians 2:2
Spirits to be Tried   2 Thessalonians 2:2
An Evil and Presumptuous One T. Scott, M. A. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Apostasy and Antichrist T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Christ and Antichrist E. Irving, Bp. Alexander. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Judas a Type of the Papacy Canon Stowell. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Signs of the Second Advent Capel Molyneux, M. A. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
The Development of Antichrist T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
The Falling Away Prof. Jowett. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
The Man of Sin D. Thomas, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
The Man of Sin W.F. Adeney 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Antichrist T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:4
Restraints Removed Prof. Ganot. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
The Restraining Power and its Withdrawal Canon Body. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
Lawlessness and the Lawless One Dean Vaughan. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Development of Antichrist Bp. Jewell. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Mystery of Godliness and the Mystery of Iniquity Canon Stowell. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Mystery of Iniquity W. G. Humphrey, B. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Mystery of Iniquity Dean Close. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Mystery of Iniquity C. S. Robinson, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
Wickedness a Mystery Heubner. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Mystery of Lawlessness W.F. Adeney 2 Thessalonians 2:78
Antichrist   2 Thessalonians 2:8
The Christian Revelation of Life Newman Smyth, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:8
The Means of the Destruction of Antichrist C. Lee. 2 Thessalonians 2:8
Emissaries of Satan T. De Witt Talmage. 2 Thessalonians 2:9
The Agency of Satan J. Towle. 2 Thessalonians 2:9
The Methods of the Man of Sin and the Retribution that Overtakes His Victims T. Croskery 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
The Love of the Truth W.F. Adeney 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
Choice Influences Belief G. Sexton. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
God and Error G. Sexton, LL. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
God's Logic of Sin J. T. Wightman. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Ill-Disposed Affections Naturally and Penally the Cause of Darkness and Error R. South, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Judicial Infatuation J. Hutchison, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Natural Law in the Spiritual World G. Sexton. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Punishment According to Law H. W. Beecher. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
The Infatuation of the Followers of Antichrist   2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
God not the Author of Damnation R. S. Barrett. 2 Thessalonians 2:12
Progress in Unrighteousness T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:12
Election Charles Haddon Spurgeon 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Apostolic Thanksgiving for the Election and the Calling of the Thessalonians T. Croskery 2 Thessalonians 2:1314
The Divine Work of Salvation W.F. Adeney 2 Thessalonians 2:1314
Connection Between Faith and the Sanctification of the Spirit L. O. Thompson. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Effectual Calling   2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Election T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Exhortation to Steadfastness R. Finlayson 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
God's Salvation Clerical World 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Gratitude for Salvation C. Simeon, M. A. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Gratitude to God for Salvation T. B. Baker. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Holiness   2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Justification and Sanctification C. H. Spurgeon. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
St. Paul's Hopes for the Thessalonians B.C. Caffin 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
The Favoured People T. Kidd. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
The Nature, Duty, and Privilege of a Christian J. D. Geden, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Effectual Calling   2 Thessalonians 2:14
Effectual Calling and Divine Glory J. Burns, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Exhortation to a Steadfast Maintenance of Apostolic Traditions T. Croskery 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Inspired Traditions Viewed in Relation to the Ministry and the Church J. Woodward. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Scripture and Tradition Archdeacon Farrar. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Stand Fast C. H. Spurgeon. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
The Scripture Sufficient Without Unwritten Traditions T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
A Good Hope E. Martin. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
A Superlative Gift R. Cope, LL. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Everlasting Consolation and Good Hope Alexander Maclaren 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Everpresent Comfort C. Hodge, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
False and True Consolation A. Raleigh, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Good Hope Through Grace J. C. Miller, M. A. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Good Hope Through Grace G. Burder. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Good Hope Through Grace T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Hope and Steadfastness W. Baxendale. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Hope Without Grace H. W. Beecher. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
The Comforts Propounded to Us in the Gospel T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
The Eternal Comforters L. Abbott, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
The Inspiration of Hope T. Watson. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
The Inspiration of Hope W. M. Punshon, LL. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
A Benediction W.F. Adeney 2 Thessalonians 2:1617
Divine Love and its Gifts C. H. Spurgeon. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Everlasting Consolation W. B. Pope, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Free Grace a Motive for Free Giving C. H. Spurgeon. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Prayer After Exhortation T. Croskery 2 Thessalonians 2:1617
Divine Comfort T. Manton, D. D. 2 Thessalonians 2:17
Divine Comfort J. Spencer. 2 Thessalonians 2:17
Establishment   2 Thessalonians 2:17
Grace and Holiness W. H. Griffith Thomas 2 Thessalonians 2:17
Sustained by Christ T. De Witt Talmage. 2 Thessalonians 2:17
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