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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

REMEMBERING THE TRUTH            Page 5
V. 4 (cont'd.)

** Had these earth shaking events taken place yet in the lives of the Thessalonian believers?

No - and the Thessalonians knew that they had not taken place yet! But even knowing that, if they were not committed to "Remembering the Truth" they could still be shaken!

V. 5 ** What does Paul do here in verse five to bring them back to a stable minded condition, back to "Thinking Biblically"?

He asks them to remember what they already know!
The very things Paul had taught them. cf. 2Peter 1:12

** Where was Paul when he originally instructed these shaken Thessalonians?

"...I was still with you, I was telling you these things". Paul is saying, "come on you guys, you know the truth - when someone comes along with heresy, ignore it and remember the truth".

EXTRICATE

** We know that these young-in-faith Thessalonians were too easily shaken about the unknown. Worrying about the future, they became easy prey for the false teacher or false prophet. What were the three possible sources for heretical teaching?

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

DELINEATE

** If someone tries to deceive us with heresy, where should we go to maintain our stable minds?

To the Word of God. cf. 2Thessalonians 2:3

EVALUATE

** We might not be "shakable" over the kind of issues which concerned the Thessalonians, but we can be
shaken. Satan was successful in shaking Eve when he said, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" cf. Genesis 3:1

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