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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One


V. 2 ** Now back in 2Thessalonians, Paul had two areas of concern for these believers regarding the end time events of which he had just spoken. What were they?

1. "that you may not be quickly shaken"
2. "[that you may not] be disturbed"

** What is the significance of being "quickly shaken"?

It is speaking of the practice of acting hastily or suddenly in response to something. It is the equivalent of a spiritual "knee-jerk". cf. 1Timothy 5:22

** From what were they not to be "quickly shaken"?

From their composure - lit. "their mind". We must allow the truth of God's Word to control our lives and thinking, rather than the unknown or foolish speculations of the spiritual advisors from this world.

** In addition to not wanting their minds shaken, Paul did not want them to be "disturbed". How is that any different?

Instead of a sudden or quick shaking, this is referring to a lasting or continuing state of being troubled. cf. Mark 13:7(KJV), John 14:1, 14:25-27

** Still here in verse two, Paul warns them of three things that might be used to shake them. What are they?

1. "a spirit" - this has in mind the prophesy which is driven along by a false spirit. (1John 4:1)

2. "a message" - simply stated, a sermon or word of mouth communication from someone.

3. "a letter" - which would be a forgery "as if from us". cf. 2Thessalonians 3:17

** What would be the content of these false forms of communication?

"to the effect that the day of the Lord has come".

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