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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three


Having Faith in the Truth


V.13 ** How do we know that Paul is shifting his attention away from the wicked system which he had been speaking of in our study together last week?

He begins our study for today with “But, we should always give thanks to God for you...” Paul uses the word “but” as a transition from one subject to another.

** Who had Paul just been talking about?

Specifically, “those who perish” (V.10), sinful man who lives his entire life “Rejecting the Truth” and taking “pleasure in wickedness” (V.12).

** After expressing his thankful heart for the believers in Thessalonica, Paul describes these people from two different perspectives. From his own and then from God’s. First, how does Paul feel about them? What word does he use that describes his perspective of their intrinsic value?

He calls them his “brethren”. From the Greek word adelphos, this term is one of endearment; and became common in its use to describe the closeness of the relationship which can only be experienced by two brothers or sisters in Christ. Paul would use this term 25 times in his two letters to the Thessalonians.

** Second, how does God feel about these believers?

“...beloved by the Lord...” All Christians are loved by a gracious God, who has the authority and expressed will to deliver them from sin unto eternal life in Christ Jesus.
cf. 1Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 1:13-14

** How often did Paul say that we are obligated to be thankful for one another?

“...we should always give thanks to God for you...”

Remember what we learned in 2Thessalonians 1:3, we are obligated by God, for His glory sake, to give thanks for one another. cf. Romans 1:8, 1Corinthians 1:4

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