This is an interesting chapter and as usual the truth lies within the Scripture. There was a misconception that the time of Christ’s coming was at hand. The people are warned of a falling away from the faith and told of the revealing of the Anti-Christ, followed by the notice of his destruction and that of those that follow him. Second Thessalonians is only three chapters, 47 verses and 1022 words. Small book with a big message. I will break it down as we go beyond the words and find the comfort of the covenant and the security in the steadfastness of faith powered by our prayers.
Christians can make mistakes , a good Christian will set them straight and be careful to suppress them, making our words and actions compatible with God’s word and the teachings of the Apostles. Our adversary is one of cunning, looking to do mischief, even sometimes by perverting the very words of Scripture to gain an advantage. Paul writes to correct a problem of time concerning the coming again of Christ. He gives some solid advice…People may make mistakes about the time but the coming itself is certain. The cross, resurrection and the coming again of Christ, has been the hope and faith of all Christians in all ages of the Church, hope and faith were cornerstones of the Old Testament saints. It is promised that all believers will be gathered together, and be happy and blessed in his presence forever. It is noted here that all must believe of the certainty of the second coming and it is a danger in mistaking the time and the truth of the thing itself. False doctrines have always muddied the water creating waves of uncertainty. Paul writes of some things to look for first. There will most likely be a falling away from the faith, giving the Anti-Christ the opportunity to do his thing. Sin is wicked and encourages sin and wickedness in others. Sin is certain destruction and is the instrument he uses to destroy many others, both body and soul. God was in the temple and he is here this day in the Christian church but so too is Satan. He has many names but his soul intent is to disrupt, discredit and usurp God’s authority.
Corruption of doctrine and worship comes slowly and usurping of power is sometimes even slower, usually a gradual process. The next characteristics of this time was the, superstition, idolatry, bigotry, persecution…all these promoted by a pretended zeal for God and his word. These things were in progress even while the Apostles lived, people pretending to love Christ but were truly opposed to hm. We do find in this chapter the fall and ruin of the anti-christian state declared. It will fall because in due time the word of God and the Spirit of God will prevail against this evil and it will fade away in the brightness of Christ’ coming. There were many things being done, presented to the people as signs, wonders, visions and miracles but they were pretended, they were false. Those who engaged in these things did not love the truth and embraced that which was not true. God leaves them to their own devices and sin follows them and with it comes the judgements and eternal punishments in the hereafter. Before I move on I want to make sure that there is none of the misunderstanding as Paul found in his day, that prompted this letter. Below taken in its complete text from “Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary”
These prophecies have, in a great measure, come to pass, and confirm the truth of the Scriptures. This passage exactly agrees with the system of popery, as it prevails in the Romish church, and under the Romish popes. But though the son of perdition has been revealed, though he has opposed and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; and has spoken and acted as if he were a god upon earth, and has proclaimed his insolent pride, and supported his delusions, by lying miracles and all kinds of frauds; still the Lord has not yet fully destroyed him with the brightness of his coming; that and other prophecies remain to be fulfilled before the end shall come.
Apostasy (/əˈpɒstəsi/; Greek: ἀποστασία apostasía, “a defection or revolt”) is the formal disaffiliation from, abandonment of, or renunciation of a religion by a person. It can also be defined within the broader context of embracing an opinion that is contrary to one’s previous religious beliefs. One who undertakes apostasy is known as an apostate. (Wikipedia)
Paul makes note of the fact that while many are falling away from the faith, great joy and comfort can be found in the fact that there is still a remnant through the grace of God, who still persevere and we rejoice with those who count themselves to be among that number. The Scripture that follows leaves no gray area of thought as to its meaning or intent. The saints are preserved because God has loved them forever, from the beginning of the world. Faith and holiness are joined together and the same may be said of holiness and happiness. The gospel, the word of God calls to us and strengthens us through the inner workings of the Holy Spirit. When the sinner is confronted with the truth and relies on Christ, he is able to love and obey him, the Holy Spirit fills the heart and God’s mercy is abundant in their life. Consider this….We have no other source of certain proof of anything more than the Apostles left us with…contained within the Holy Scriptures. We must stand fast in the doctrines taught by the apostles, and reject all additions, and the pressure of culture change and the agendas of societal change for the sake of special agendas.
This chapter ends on the importance of prayer. Prayers directed toward God the Father, to our lord Jesus Christ. The love of God found in his son Jesus Christ will sustain our faith and like a well in the desert of our trials strengthen our thirst for his presence in our lives…The saints have good reason for hope through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will persevere in the reading of the word, understanding the word, the works and ways of God will prevent us from wavering in the faith and remove the doubt from our minds and we will no longer be strangers to the joys of faith in our walk with the Lord.
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