2 Thessalonians Chapter 3 is the final part of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. In it, Paul speaks about the return of Jesus Christ and the arrival of the antichrist.
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A Call to Prayer
In the beginning of the chapter, Paul asked for prayer so God’s Word would spread freely and be glorified. He also asked people to pray that he and others with him will be protected from the evil ones, for not all men have faith in God.
Paul then asked the Thessalonians to heed whatever he was telling them so that the Lord could direct their hearts into His Love and give them patience in waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ.
Thoughts on Being Disciplined
Paul told the people of Thessalonica to withdraw from those who walk in disorder, as that was not in their tradition. He said that he and the other apostles did not behave that way during their time with them. Rather, they showed the people an example by working hard.
Paul commanded the Thessalonians to work because those who do not work should not eat. As for the busybodies who walk in disorder, Paul encouraged them to labor in quietness and earn their own food through their work.
In the closing verses of 2 Thessalonians Chapter 3, Paul asked the people to never grow weary in doing good things. He said that those who fail to follow the teaching of the apostles were to be noted so they could be avoided so that they feel ashamed. However, Paul told them to counsel them as brothers instead of treating them like enemies.
Paul ended the letter by praying for the people again and seeking the Lord for peace. He then confirmed that he wrote the letter himself by using his own salutation with his own hand on every epistle.
2 Thessalonians 3 (King James Version)
1 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.
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.
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.