December 18, 2022
2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Hard to believe we are wrapping up our series on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Next Sunday, Christmas worship, will be bathed in song and prayer and Scripture. Today, we finish up 2 Thessalonians.
2 Thessalonians, only three chapters, is shorter than 1 Thessalonians. Nevertheless, its three chapters are filled with confrontation of false teaching, confusion over the return of Jesus Christ, and a smattering of lazy, undisciplined Christians. In fact, Paul calls some of them "busybodies." Paul deals with it all openly and honestly, not holding back when confronting sin. We would expect nothing less from him.
One writer sums up this second letter, saying, "It is a tempestuous epistle." But here's the best thing. Paul loves these people fiercely. He does not patronize them by pulling punches. As turbulent as the letter is, he closes with the calm that follows a raging storm. The Thessalonians have been tormented by persecution. They've been tossed about by false teaching. They've been fearful and confused. Through it all, Paul has provided the steady hand of solid instruction.
And so he comes to a beautiful conclusion: