This week we complete our study of the Church at Thessalonica. The believer’s challenge concerning patience until the coming of the Lord is this week’s theme. The Thessalonians are waiting for the Lord’s return. Paul addresses faithful, patient, separated, disciplined, working, and loving while they wait.
2 THESSALONIANS 3
A. Stay faithful while patiently waiting for the coming of Christ (3:1-5)
1.Paul’s prayer request from the Thessalonian Church (3:1-2)
a. Paul asks for prayer that the Word may have free course. (3:1)
b. Paul asks prayer for deliverance from wicked men. (3:2)
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
2.Paul’s confidence in the Thessalonian Church. (3:3-5)
a.The Lord is faithful to establish and keep you from evil. (3:3)
b.The Lord will direct your heart. (3:4-5)
1) Into the love of God (3:4-5a)
2) Into the patient (enduring faithfully) waiting for Christ. (3:5b)
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Are we patiently waiting for the Lord Jesus? As we wait are we telling others of Christ, praying for the Word to be effective in people’s lives, and praying for the wicked? Is our concern this world or the world to come?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001