2 Thessalonians 3 Outline
– Paul Asks the Thessalonians to Pray for Him and His Partners (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)
– Laziness is a Sin (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15)
– Paul Offers Final Prayer (2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
2 Thessalonians 3 Bible Study
In 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, Paul asks the Thessalonians to pray for his ministry. He asked them to pray that they will be delivered from the enemies that persecute the gospel. We should always pray for God’s servants so that all hindrances that prevent them from doing the work of God will be removed. When you pray for God’s servants, God will send his angel to protect them. God promised that he will never let us experience more burden than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). The Holy Spirit that lives in us will guard us against all temptations to sin so that we can walk uprightly in God. Paul prayed that the Thessalonians will grow to be as loving and patient like Jesus.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Paul warns the Thessalonians to stay away from people who are idle and don’t obey God’s commandment. We should always mix with people that are spiritual so that we can grow in Jesus progressively. It is wrong to be idle and not do anything to earn a living. If you have already grown up, you should start working and earn money. Paul gave the Thessalonians that if they don’t work, they don’t eat. We should not always expect others to care for our needs. It is our responsibilities to work and earn a living to take care ourselves. Christians must always do what is right according to the standard of God’s words. Paul said that he refuse to would rather work to support his lifestyle although he can ask someone to provide food for him since he is doing God’s work. Laziness is a sin so we must never think that we can keep on depending on others to support our lifestyles.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:14-18, Paul asks the Thessalonians to be on their guard against those who do not want to obey the Lord Jesus Christ. Finally, Paul closed the letter by praying God’s peace will be with them. He signed his name Paul to the letter so that the Thessalonians know it is him who writes the letter. In the New Testament times, people usually hire scribes to write the letter on behalf of them. Most of the letters that Paul written were dictated to a secretary. Many people like to forge Paul’s signature and influence others with false teachings so Paul had signed his signature on the letter to show that he is the author.