Paul wrote this second letter probably a few months after the first one because: 1.) The Thessalonians were still suffering harsh persecutions and needed encouragement; 2.) They still had questions about the day of the coming of Jesus; 3.) Some were living idle and lazy lives and needed a warning.
THEME, OUTLINE AND BASIC CONTENTS OF 2 THESSALONIANS
“THE LORD IS COMING AGAIN”
1.Present persecutions will end at his coming. (1) Key passages: “We boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring” (1:4). “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels” (1:6-7).
2.Before his coming, “the man of lawlessness” will be revealed. (2) The man of lawlessness is the same as the antichrist. Key passages: “That day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2:3-4).
3.Christians are to live productive lives until his coming. (3) Key passage: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (3:10).
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