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2Thessalonians, 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 their prayers.

** Back in 2Thessalonians 3:2, from where do these perverse and evil men come?

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 Thessalonians?

The Lord “will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” Paul’s 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 Jesus Christ.

** 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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