2 Thessalonians 1 Outline
– Paul greets the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 1:1-2)
– God’s judgment on the last day (2 Thessalonians 1:3-12)
2 Thessalonians 1 Bible Study
In 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2, the letter is from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy. Silvanus, also called Silas, traveled with Paul during the second missionary journey. Timothy had a Greek father and Jewish mother. He was like a son to Paul and had been working alongside with him on many occasions. Â Paul often traveled together with Silas and Timothy in his gospel missionary work. Paul wrote the letter when he was carrying out his missionary work at Corinth. This happens during the second missionary journey. Before Paul arrived at Corinth, Paul was working at Athens, Berea, and Thessalonica. When Paul established the Thessalonian church, Silas and Timothy were with him. Paul greeted the Thessalonians in the usual ways by asking the grace and peace from God to be with them.
In 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4, the Thessalonians has a good role model for other Christians. Their faith and love are growing continuously despite the persecutions. Because of this, Paul used the Thessalonica church as a role model in his speech while he was preaching in other churches. Everything that has life will grow. Just like we exercise to strengthen our muscles, we can increase our faith and love by demonstrating them in our lives. Our love and faith in Christ needs to keep growing so that we can become more and more like Jesus. As the disciples of Christ, we can demonstrate our faith and love by living a life that honor him.
In 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8, Paul said that the sufferings that the Thessalonians faced made them worthy to inherit the kingdom of God. If we continue to be faithful in all persecution, Jesus will bring us up to heaven in a flame of fire during the rapture in the end time. Anyone who does not obey God’s commandment will be punished. Therefore, we must make up our mind to change our sinful ways right now so that we can be innocent and blameless what that day comes.
In 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10, those who disobey God will get eternal punishment in hell. On the Day of Judgment, those who disobey God will be thrown into hell and be separated from God’s presence in heaven forever.
In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, Paul assured the Thessalonians that he and his companions will pray for them so that they will be strengthened while facing the persecution. Paul prayed that the Thessalonians will be strengthened with God’s power so that they have the courage to do God’s work. Every Christian has a calling from God. The purpose of every Christian is to see himself glorified in Jesus. We can glorify Jesus’ name by acting out in our lifestyle and not just merely saying you glorify Jesus’ name with words. We glorify Jesus’ name when we depend on him as our only source of hope. We should put God first above everything else so that we can bear a good testimony to others.