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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three


V.13 ** Having so commanded and exhorted the unruly, what does Paul have to say to the obedient Christians in the group?

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.” Even though others might be disobeying the Lord, do not let that have a negative impact upon your living for Jesus Christ. Paul had the same issues on his heart when he wrote to the Galatians. cf. Galatians 6:9-10

** Why would Paul have to tell obedient Christians to “not grow weary of doing good”?

Because that is exactly what we do! In our self-centered, sinful flesh, we grow tired and
loose interest in the welfare of others and feel like giving up. That is not to be the heart of a Christian. cf. Philippians 2:3-4 and Hebrews 12:1-3


** Paul has been instructing us with the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. We had better be paying attention and applying all that he has said to our lifestyle. In the next two verses he gives us two things to do and two things to not do, in response to anyone who “does not obey our instruction in this letter”. Let’s begin with our “not to do” list. What are we to avoid doing?

1) “...do not associate with him...” (V.14)

As we have already seen in this chapter, for the purity of the body, we must “keep aloof” from disobedient Christians.(V.6) Remember that our continuing intimate association with them gives an implicit approval for their sinful lifestyle. cf. 1Timothy 5:22

** What is the effect of this corporate withdrawal upon the disobedient Christian?

“...so that he may be put to shame...” He is to feel sorrow over his sin.
All see - 2Corinthians 7:8-10

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