09/02/21 THE WORD
Scripture: II Thessalonians 2
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READ and STUDY the WORD
The Man Of Lawlessness
II Thessalonians 2:1-12 (WEB) 1 Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him, we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, and not be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as if from us, saying that the day of Christ has already come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God. 5 Don’t you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6 Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; 9 even he whose coming is according to the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; 12 that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Questions and Answers:
1. What did Paul say about Jesus’ return (II Thessalonians 2:1-3a)? Paul told the Thessalonians to not be quickly shaken, unsettled or alarmed by reports that Christ had already come. Paul told them to not let anyone deceive them concerning this.
2. Why weren’t they to be shaken by this information (II Thessalonians 2:3b-4)? Paul said before Jesus’ return, first the rebellion would come, and the man of sin would be revealed, the son of destruction. He would oppose and exalt himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped. He will sit as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
3. According to Paul how will this lawless one be taken out of the way (II Thessalonians 2:7-8)? The lawless one will be killed with the breath of the Lord Jesus’ mouth and destroyed by His coming.
4. Whose plan will the lawless one be following (II Thessalonians 2:9-10)? The lawless one’s coming will be in accordance with the working of satan. The lawless one will display all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and all kinds of evil that will deceive.
5. Why will some be deceived (II Thessalonians 2:10-12)? Those who haven’t received the love of the truth will be deceived and won’t be saved. They will believe a lie.
II Thessalonians 2:13-17 (WEB) 13 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which he called you through our Good News, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word or by letter. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.
Questions and Answers:
1. What did Paul say God did from the beginning (II Thessalonians 2:13)? Paul said God chose the Thessalonian believers from the beginning to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
2. How were the Thessalonians called and why (II Thessalonians 2:14)? The Thessalonians were called through the gospel, so that they might share in the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. What did Paul say for the Thessalonians to do (II Thessalonians 2:15)? Paul told the Thessalonian believers to stand firm and hold the traditions that were taught to them.
4. Who and what did Paul want the Thessalonians to experience (II Thessalonians 2:16)? Paul wanted the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God the Father to comfort the Thessalonians’ hearts and establish the Thessalonians in every good work and word.
5. What did Paul say about God, the Father (II Thessalonians 2:16a). Paul said God loved them and by His grace gave them eternal encouragement and good hope.
HEAR the WORD
II Thessalonians 2:6 (WEB) Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the above verses. My thoughts: This is a mystery to me. But what I do believe is God is far stronger than the man of lawlessness and God will save His people.
MEMORIZE the WORD
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
We should not fear the time when the restraint is removed. We should fear God if we’ve not accepted salvation through Jesus Christ.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
God gives us freedom to turn our backs on Him and believe satan’s lies. If we say no to the truth, we will experience the consequences of our sin.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I pray we will allow no one to deceive us about the coming of Christ Jesus (II Thessalonians 2:3). Thank You Lord for choosing us to be saved (II Thessalonians 2:13). Lord, thank You for allowing us to share in the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 2:14). Lord, I pray we will stand firm and hold to Your teachings (II Thessalonians 2:15). Thank You, Lord, for loving us and giving us eternal encouragement and good hope (II Thessalonians 2:16). Lord, I ask You to encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good deed and word (II Thessalonians 2:17). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I stand firm and hold to God’s word.” <>< Dona