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2 THESSALONIANS - Introduction

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2 Thessalonians - Introduction

Supplemental Commentary:

[See Introduction to 1 Thessalonians.]

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OUTLINE

Introduction 1, 1-12

I. The Second Coming of our Lord 2, 1-17

II. Exhortation 3, 1-15


Confraternity Bible:

THE SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS

Introduction

The First Epistle failed to quiet the doubts and fears of the Thessalonians, and so Paul hastened to supply them with fuller information on the subject of the parousia, or Second Coming of Christ.  He informed them that the parousia was not at hand.  It could not take place until a great apostasy occurred and Antichrist appeared.  Some of the Thessalonians who were convinced that the Second Coming of Christ was at hand thought it useless to work, and consequently lived irregularly.  Paul condemned this practice, and ordered the offenders to be corrected.  He urged all to adhere to his teachings, whether these were given orally or in writing.