This is a verse by verse study of Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians.

Here was the situation in Thessalonica…

Paul had established the church in Thessalonica, and it was growing well. However, the Christians there were being persecuted. At the same time, some people were trying to tell the Christians in Thessalonica that the rapture had already taken place. This made the Christians in Thessalonica question their situation, because they expected that, after the rapture, the persecution would stop and that their persecutors would be punished.

When Paul heard about their situation, he wrote this letter was written to the Christians in Thessalonica, explaining to them that the rapture hadn’t yet occurred, and to assure them that after the rapture occurred their persecutors would indeed be punished.

There are people, even today, who (like the Pharisees in Jesus’ time) teach wrong doctrines, putting unnecessary burdens on Christians – burdens that they themselves don’t carry, burdens that Christians were never meant to carry.

One lesson to learn from Paul’s second epistle to the Thessalonians is that one must challenge everything, and carefully examine how people support their position. Sometimes, people support their position on a verse, or a set of verses, that don’t exactly say what they want it to say. Therefore, they extend the meaning of the verse or set of verses, or twist their meaning. Don’t fall for such tricks. Also, look for other verses (the ones that they don’t show you) that contradict their position (you need to be thoroughly familiar with the Bible to do this), and don’t let them explain those verses away. Be bold. Don’t be gullible, and don’t think that just because someone has a degree from a seminary that they are an authority on the Bible. Never forget that it was the fishermen who recognized the Son of God when He was on earth, not the scribes or Pharisees or Sadducees or lawyers.

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