2 Thessalonians 3 Commentary

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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

2 Thessalonians 3:1  Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;

  • pray : Mt 9:38 Lu 10:2 Ro 15:30 2Co 1:11 Eph 6:19,20 Col 4:3 1Th 5:17,25 Heb 13:18,19 
  • the word of the Lord : Ac 6:7 12:24 13:49 19:20 1Co 16:9 2Ti 2:9 The power in the Word alone: 1Th 1:5, 2:13 1Co 4:20 1 Th 1:8  For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.
  • will spread rapidly: Ps 147:15 Gr. run
  • be glorified: Ps 138:2 Ac 13:48 
  • just as it did: 1Th 1:5 2:1,13 
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Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;

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2 Thessalonians 3:2  and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.

  • and that we will be rescued: Ro 15:31 1Co 15:32 2Co 1:8-10 1Th 2:18 2Ti 4:17 
  • for not all have faith: De 32:20 Mt 17:17 23:23 Lu 18:8 Joh 2:23-25 Ac 13:45,50 14:2 Ac 17:5 28:24 Ro 10:16 2Co 4:3,4  1 Th 2:14 
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and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.

2 Thessalonians 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

  • But the Lord is faithful: 1Co 1:9 10:13 1Th 5:24 
  • He will strengthen: 2Th 2:17 
  • and protect you from the evil one.: Ge 48:16 1Ch 4:10 Ps 19:13 121:7 Mt 6:13 Lu 11:4 Joh 17:15 2Ti 4:18 2Pe 2:9 Jude 1:24 
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But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:4  We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.

  • We have confidence : Ro 15:14 2Co 2:3 7:16 8:22 Ga 5:10 Php 1:6 Phm 1:21 
  • that you are doing and will continue to do: 2Th 3:6,12 Mt 28:20 Ro 2:7 15:18 1Co 7:19 14:37 2Co 2:9 7:15 Php 2:12 1Th 4:1,2,10 
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We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.

2 Thessalonians 3:5  May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

  • May the Lord : 1Ki 8:58 that He may incline our hearts to Himself, 1Ch 29:18 and direct their heart to Thee; Ps 119:5,36 Incline my heart to Thy testimonies, And not to dishonest gain.Pr 3:6 Jer 10:23 Jas 1:16-18 
  • into the love of God : De 30:6 the LORD your God will circumcise your heart Jer 31:33 Ro 5:5 8:28 
  • 1Co 8:3 but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.Ga 5:22 Jas 2:5 1Jn 4:19 
  • and into: Ps 40:1 130:5,6 La 3:26 Lu 12:36,37 Ro 8:25 Php 3:20,21 1Th 1:3,10 2Ti 4:8 Tit 2:13 Heb 9:28 2Pe 3:12 Rev 3:10,11 13:10 
  • the steadfastness of Christ. :  Heb 12:2,3 1Pe 4:1 
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May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 3:6  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

  • in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,: 1Co 5:4 2Co 2:10 Eph 4:17 Col 3:17 1Th 4:1 1Ti 5:21 6:13,14 2Ti 4:1 
  • that you keep away: 2Th 3:14,15 Mt 18:17 Ro 16:17 1Co 5:11-13 1Ti 6:5 2Ti 3:5 Heb 12:15 Heb 12:16 3Jn 1:10,11 
  • who leads an unruly life: 2Th 3:7,11 1Th 4:11 5:14 
  • and not according to the traditio: 2Th 3:10,14 2:15 
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Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

2 Thessalonians 3:7  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,

  •  For you yourselves know how: 2Th 3:9 1Co 4:16 1 Cor 11:1 Php 3:17 4:9 1Th 1:6,7 1Ti 4:12 Titus 2:7 1Pe 5:3 
  • for: 2Th 3:6 1Th 2:10 
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Related Passages:

1 Corinthians 11:1  Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. 

Philippians 3:17   Brethren, join in following (be followers together) my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

1 Thessalonians 1:6; 7  You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example,

because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,

2 Thessalonians 3:8  nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;

  • eat: 2Th 3:12 Pr 31:27 Mt 6:11 
  • but: Ac 18:3 20:34 1Co 4:12 2Co 11:9 1Th 4:11 
  • night: 1Th 2:9 
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nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;

2 Thessalonians 3:9  not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.

  • not because we do not have the right: Mt 10:10 1Co 9:4-14 Ga 6:6 1Th 2:6 
  • in order to offer ourselves as a model for you: 2Th 3:7 Joh 13:15 1Pe 2:21 
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not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.

2 Thessalonians 3:10  For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

  • when: Lu 24:44 Joh 16:4 Ac 20:18 
  • if anyone is not willing to work: Ge 3:19 Pr 13:4 20:4 21:25 24:30-34 1Th 4:11 
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For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

2 Thessalonians 3:11  For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

  • are leading an undisciplined life: 2Th 3:6 
  • doing no work at all,: 1Th 4:11 1Ti 5:13 1Pe 4:15 
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For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

2 Thessalonians 3:12  Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

  • Now such persons we command: 2Th 3:6 
  • work in quiet fashion: Ge 49:14,15 Pr 17:1 Ec 4:6 Eph 4:28 1Th 4:11 1Ti 2:2 
  • eat their own bread: 2Th 3:8 Lu 11:3 
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For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

2 Thessalonians 3:13  But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

  • But as for you, brethren: Isa 40:30,31 Mal 1:13 Ro 2:7 1Co 15:28 Ga 6:9,10 Php 1:9 1Th 4:1 Heb 12:3 
  • not grow weary of doing good De 20:8 Ps 27:13 Isa 40:29 Zep 3:16 *marg: Lu 18:1 2Co 4:1,16 Heb 12:5 Rev 2:3 
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But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

2 Thessalonians 3:14  If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.

  • If anyone does not obey our instruction: De 16:12 Pr 5:13 Zep 3:2 2Co 2:9 7:15 10:6 Php 2:12 1Th 4:8 Phm 1:21 Heb 13:17 
  • in this letter, 2Th 3:6 Mt 18:17 Ro 16:17 1Co 5:9,11 Tit 3:10 
  • so that he will be put to shame.: Nu 12:14 Ezr 9:6 Ps 83:16 Jer 3:3 6:15 31:18-20 Eze 16:61-63 Eze 36:31,32 Lu 15:18-21 
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If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.

2 Thessalonians 3:15  Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

  • Yet do not regard him: Lev 19:17,18 1Co 5:5 2Co 2:6-10 10:8 13:10 Ga 6:1 1Th 5:14 Jude 1:22,23 
  • admonish: Ps 141:5 Pr 9:9 25:12 Mt 18:15 1Co 4:14 Tit 3:10 Jas 5:19,20 
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Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

  •  Now may the Lord of peace Himself : Ps 72:3,7 Isa 9:6,7 Zec 6:13 Lu 2:14 Joh 14:27 Ro 15:33 16:20 1Co 14:33 2Co 5:19-21 13:11 Eph 2:14-17 1Th 5:23 Heb 7:2 13:20 
  • continually grant you peace in every circumstance: Nu 6:26 Jud 6:24 *marg: Ps 29:11 85:8-10 Isa 26:12 45:7 54:10 66:12 Hag 2:9 Joh 16:33 Ro 1:7 Php 4:7-9 
  • The Lord be with you all: 2Th 3:18 1Sa 17:37 20:13 Ps 46:7,11 Isa 8:10 Mt 1:23 28:20 2Ti 4:22 Philemon 1:25 
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Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all

2 Thessalonians 3:17  I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write.

  • with my own hand: 1Co 16:21 Col 4:18 
  • a distinguishing mark in every letter: 2Th 1:5 Jos 2:12 1Sa 17:18 
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I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write.

2 Thessalonians 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

  • grace of our Lord Jesus Christ - Ro. 16:24; 2Co. 8:9; Gal. 6:18; 1Th. 5:28
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Related Passages:

2 Corinthians 8:9   For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Galatians 6:18  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:28  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all