II. The Content --
Encouragement and Correction
concerning the Holy Life for the Church
A. Encouragement --
A Life Worthy of the Kingdom of God
3 We ought to athank God always concerning you, brothers, even as it is fitting, because your 1bfaith grows exceedingly and the love of each one of you all to one another is increasing,
4 So that we ourselves aboast in you among the churches of God concerning your 1endurance and faith in all your bpersecutions and the afflictions which you bear,
5 A plain aindication of the 1righteous judgment of God, that you may be accounted bworthy of the 2ckingdom of God, for which also you suffer;
6 Since it is just with God to repay with affliction those afflicting you,
7 And to you who are being afflicted, 1rest with us at the arevelation of the Lord Jesus from bheaven with the cangels of His power, in flaming dfire,
8 Rendering vengeance to those who do anot know God and to those who do not bobey the gospel of our Lord Jesus 1Christ.
9 They will pay the penalty of eternal adestruction from the 1presence of the Lord and from the bglory of His strength
10 When He acomes to be 1bglorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all those who have believed (because our ctestimony to you was believed) in dthat day.
11 For which also we apray always concerning you, that our God may count you bworthy of your calling and may fulfill in cpower your every 1good intention for goodness and your dwork of faith,
12 So that the aname of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the 1grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. Correction --
The Misconception concerning the Day
of the Lord's Coming
1 Now we ask you, brothers, 1with regard to the 2acoming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our bgathering together 3to Him,
2 That you be not quickly shaken 1in mind nor alarmed, neither by a 2aspirit nor by word nor by a letter as if by us, to the effect that the 3day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one 1deceive you in any way, because it will not come unless the 2aapostasy comes first and the 3man of blawlessness is revealed, the cson of dperdition,
4 Who opposes and 1aexalts himself above all that is called bGod or an object of worship, so that he csits in the 2dtemple of God, setting himself forth, saying that ehe is God.
5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I said these things to you?
6 And now you know that which 1restrains, so that he might be revealed in his own 2time.
7 For it is the 1mystery of alawlessness that is now operating, but only until the one now restraining 2goes out of the way.
8 And then the alawless one will be revealed (whom the Lord Jesus will 1slay by the 2bbreath of His cmouth and dbring to nothing by the 3manifestation of His 4ecoming),
9 The coming of whom is 1according to Satan's operation in all apower and bsigns and wonders of a 2lie
10 And in all deceit of unrighteousness among those who are aperishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved.
11 And 1because of this God asends to them an operation of error that they might believe the blie,
12 So that all who have not believed the atruth but have taken 1pleasure in unrighteousness might be judged.
C. Further Encouragement
13 But we ought to athank God always concerning you, brothers bbeloved of the Lord, because God 1cchose you 2from the dbeginning unto esalvation in 3fsanctification of the Spirit and 4belief of the gtruth,
14 To 1which also He acalled you through our bgospel unto the obtaining of the 2cglory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers, astand firm and hold to the 1bthings which were handed down to you and which you were taught, whether by word or by our letter.
16 Now our 1Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has aloved us and given us 2eternal comfort and 3good bhope in 4grace,
17 Comfort your hearts and aestablish you in every good work and word.
1 Finally, brothers, apray concerning us, that the word of the Lord may brun and be 1glorified, even as it is also 2with you;
2 And that we may be adelivered from unreasonable and evil men, for the bfaith does not belong to all.
3 But the Lord is afaithful, who will 1bestablish you and 2guard you from the cevil one.
4 And we have aconfidence in the Lord concerning you that what we 1bcharge, you both are doing and will do.
5 And the Lord 1adirect your bhearts 2into the 3clove of God and 4into the 5endurance of Christ.
D. Correction concerning Those Walking Disorderly
6 Now we charge you, brothers, in the aname of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you bkeep away from every brother 1walking cdisorderly and not according to the 2dthings which were handed down to you and which you received from us.
7 For you yourselves know how you ought to aimitate us, because we were 1not disorderly among you;
8 Nor did we eat bread as a gift from anyone, but in alabor and hardship we bworked night and day so that we would not be cburdensome to any of you;
9 Not because we do not have the aright, but in order that we might give ourselves to you as a bpattern that you might cimitate us.
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this acharge, that if anyone does not want to work, neither should he beat.
11 For we hear of some walking among you adisorderly, doing no work at all, but being 1bbusybodies.
12 Now such ones we acharge and bexhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to cwork with dquietness and eeat their own bread.
13 But you, brothers, do not alose heart in doing good.
14 And if anyone does anot obey our word through this letter, mark this one so as 1bnot to mingle with him, in order that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but aadmonish him as a brother.