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2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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Summary: Final words are always important words. If you had to prepare your own final words, what would you offer to those listening? Paul offers a prayer, really a prayer wish, an expression of his heart for this church. To a church he planted, instructed, and defended, to a church under threat of persecution from the pagan culture, and threats of unruliness from the inside, Paul offers a prayer for God’s blessings upon this church. Consider his request for the peace of the Lord, his presence and his grace as essential to finishing well in faithfulness.
Review and Apply
Describe the peace that Jesus alone gives. How is this helpful in remaining faithful?
Give some personal examples of his peace to you "at all times and in every way."
In what ways can you bring his peace to the conflict in your life and relationships?
What does it mean practically to enjoy the presence of the Lord? How is this experienced as a church?
Why does Paul write this closing in his own hand?
How does this authentication change the way we listen and follow his words? In what areas do you struggle with obeying all that he commanded?
Explain your need for the grace of our Lord Jesus as you look into the times ahead.
How has this book of 2 Thessalonians changed the way you think and live?