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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

V.11 (cont’d.)

** This is such an important issue, that Peter also addressed it in his first epistle. Let’s see what he
had to say in 1Peter 4:12-16.

What is the subject in this passage? - suffering
What are we to avoid? - becoming a meddler
What does our suffering produce? - glory to God!

V.12 ** Alright then, back in our passage for today, Paul now turns his pen directly toward those Christians who are living an undisciplined lifestyle and he does two specific things. What are they?

1) He commands them!
2) He exhorts them!

** How is this different from his action in verse six from last week, where he was addressing the obedient
majority of the church in Thessalonica?

There he only “commanded” them, also in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not exhort them.

** Why is this disobedient faction of the church being exhorted? What does it mean to exhort?

parakaleo - literally means “a calling near” or invitation. The humility of the apostle becomes
evident again as he calls these disobedient ones to his side while showing his love for them.

This is the first element of a “Christ Honoring Admonition” - the role of a humble servant.

** Specifically, what is the two-fold instruction given to these disobedient Christians?

1) work in quiet fashion
2) eat their own bread (pay their own way) cf. V.8

** Is that the answer to our original question for today ? How can I show love? Are we supposed to say
to people, “Get a job”?

Absolutely - when said to individuals who have chosen to abandon responsibility, to live in disobedience to the Word of God, the best thing we can do is to lovingly direct them back to the standard by saying get back to work. Remember Paul’s posture, he is calling these people to his side. Saying in essence, become more like me as I live the example of Christ.

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