Summary of 2 Thessalonians
Paul writes to the Thessalonians and speaks to them about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Apostasy and Missionary Work.
In Chapter 1: Paul urges the members to have faith through their afflictions, that they may be rewarded.
In Chapter 2: Paul explains that False Teachers can lead someone away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the power and authority are not present it is a period known as Apostasy.
In Chapter 3: Paul asks the members to pray for him and the Apostles so the work of the Gospel will continue to move forward as they preach and bring more souls unto Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3: Pray for the Missionary Work
Paul asks the members of the Church in Thessalonica to help him and the brethren to preach the Gospel. “…pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1) Today we can apply this to Missionary Work and how it is important for us to pray for missionary opportunities to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2: Apostasy
Paul warns the Thessalonians and everyone reading his letter then and today about Apostasy. Paul was concerned that many people were being taught falsehoods, by false teachers.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
Essentially before Jesus Christ can come for a second time, there WILL be a falling away from His Gospel. The time when there exists no proper Authority on the earth is known as an Apostasy. After the death of Jesus Christ, His Apostles ran the Church of Jesus Christ until all of them were persecuted and finally killed. The Power and Authority that had been given to them died with them.
2 Thessalonians 1: Jesus will take Vengeance
Paul encourages the Saints to be of good courage and patient through their trials; “…we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure.” (2 Thessalonians 1:4)
Paul explains that those who knew God and suffered through trials would be rewarded and those who knew not God would be punished;
“…to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)