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2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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Summary: After thanking God for this church and for their growth in grace and for their steadfast faith in suffering, he prayed for them to live for the day of the Lord. With this encouragement, he turns to comfort a troubled church over confusion surrounding the return of Jesus. They were led to believe that Jesus had already returned and yet they were still suffering. Paul reminds the church of the events preceding the return of Jesus. While this is considered one of the most difficult passages in the NT, we can still find comfort as Paul speaks to Jesus' return in splendor, power and glory for those who believe and love the truth.
Review and Apply
How would you describe a life waiting for his return?
What are the greatest impediments to you as you consider living for that day?
How would being more heavenly minded make you more earthly good?
What must happen before the return of Jesus?
Describe the truths that comfort us as we consider the last day.
What is the difference between believing in the truth and loving the truth?
How can the church help you not be deceived in these days?