Chapter Three, Lesson One
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V. 2 ** In verse two, instead of claiming to be someone
great, what does Paul do to show his vulnerability?
He asks them to pray for his deliverance from perverse and evil men!
Perverse translates atopos, which means out of place or
strange. Paul is not a self-proclaiming Superman, he desperately
needs the Thessalonians to pray on his behalf. There is a great object
lesson for us here. We are never stand alone Christians,
but rather we need one another continually.
** Why would Paul feel that he would need deliverance?
Everywhere Paul traveled, he encountered a violent reaction to the
proclamation of the truth.
All see - Acts 16:16-22
Four years after writing this letter to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote
to the Corinthians the account of his many sufferings for the cause
of Christ (2Corinthians 11:23-26). He was correct, he definitely needed
** Back in 2Thessalonians 3:2, from where do these perverse and evil
Paul says, ...for not all have faith. This is the unsaved
world around, of which Jesus said, Enter by the narrow gate; for
the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and
many are those who enter by it (Matthew 7:13).
V. 3 ** Who does Paul now contrast with these men of no faith?
The Lord Jesus Christ, who is faithful.
** Here again, the apostle makes a subtle shift in his thinking designed
to demonstrate his complete humility. Having just asked for prayer that
the Lord might deliver him from evil men, of what does he now reassure
The Lord will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
Pauls oneness with his readers allows him to shift back and forth
between them and himself because they both share the same humble needs
and are mutually, ultimately dependent upon our gracious Lord and Savior
** According to this verse, who is behind the perverse and evil men
of no faith and is launching this all out
attack against Christians?
...the evil one... Satan is the driving force behind the
mystery of lawlessness which we saw back in chapter two,
verse seven. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:18, 3:5 and 2Thessalonians 2:9
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