Chapter Two, Lesson Two
REJECTING THE TRUTH Page
V. 6 (contd.)
** For what purpose is he being detained?
...so that in his time he may be revealed. cf.V.3
** Who sets his time to be revealed?
Our gracious Heavenly Father sets the time for all events through
His sovereign rule and will.
cf. John 7:6-8, Matthew 8:29, Mark 13:32-33 and Acts 1:6-7
V. 7 ** If THE antichrist is being detained, does
that mean that lawlessness is idle or ineffective while we wait for him
to be revealed?
No - the mystery of lawlessness is already at work!
** Why does Paul refer to it as a mystery?
Leon Morris - Man can never, by his own reasoning, plumb the
depths of iniquity, the reason for its existence, or the manner of its
working. Paul simply said that sin is utterly sinful!
cf. Romans 7:13
** Was this mystery at work in Pauls day?
Yes as we have seen, Paul said that it was already at work,
and it is working through the spirit of antichrist. cf. 1John 2:18,
** How about for us today - does this mystery of lawlessness still effect
Yes - the system is hopelessly corrupt! Evil men are proceeding from
bad to worse.
cf. 2Timothy 3:13
** According to verse seven, how long will the antichrist be restrained
Until He who restrains him is taken out of the way.
** That introduces us to a most interesting question. Who or what is
it that is detaining the appearance of the antichrist?
The problem initially is that the restrainer is referred to as What
in verse six and as He here in verse seven. There are two
popular views of what Paul had in mind in this verse.
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