11: Closing Appeals (2Thess 3:1-18)
In the first two
chapters, Paul wrote extensively about the coming judgment and the Lord’s
return in order to reassure the believers and to discredit any false claims
that might have shaken them. Now he turns his attention to practical Christian
living. He teaches them how they ought to conduct themselves in their daily
lives and in the church, stressing the importance of order and responsibility.
“And we have confidence in the
Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you”
Did You Know…?
1. “Bread” (3:8): “A Hebraism for “make a living”
(see, e.g., Gen 3:19; Am 7:12).”
2. “Own hand” (3:17): “Paul had probably dictated
this letter to his secretary, as was his custom. He adds his name and a closing
sentence in his own handwriting to confirm that this letter is unquestionably
from him (see 2:2).”
1. What word
indicates that this passage is a new section?
1. What are Paul’s prayer requests? Explain what
these requests mean.
2. Why does Paul add the words “for not all have
faith” in verse 2?
3. How does verse 3 stand in contrast with verse
4. What is the basis of Paul’s confidence that the
believers will obey what he commands them?
5. In view of the context, why are the love of God
and the patience of Christ in our hearts so essential?
6a. What problem does Paul address here?
6b. What is Paul commanding the believers to do concerning the
6c. What is the purpose of this command?
7. What examples did Paul and his companions leave
with the Thessalonians?
8. How does the command in verse 13 relate to the
9. In verse 15, Paul places a restraint on the
extent of the disciplinary action against the disorderly. Under what
circumstances should we cast someone out of the fellowship completely? And when
should we apply restraint in disciplinary action?
10. What lessons
can we learn from this passage regarding our personal responsibilities in the
fellowship of believers?
11. What do you
see in the words “always,” “every,” and “all” in
12. Why does
Paul call attention to the fact that He wrote the salutation with his own hand?