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2 Thessalonians-Detailed Outline
A. Consolation From the Fact of Jesus' Coming
2 Thessalonians 1:3-1:7 Persecution of believers and fruits of it. In the midst of severe persecution that the church in Thessalonica was enduring, they were growing and abounding, increasing in faith and love. The Thessalonian believers were an example to other churches in patience and faith. Persecution produced these fruits. “Tribulation (trouble) worketh patience”
2 Thessalonians 1:8-1:12 Judgment of wicked at coming of Christ. Very little is said in the Scriptures about the condition of the lost...nothing to satisfy a morbid curiosity or to incite revenge. Christ said more about hell than did anyone else. There is a restrained reticence in Scripture. Countless numbers of folk are plunging into an awful eternity. Soft music, colorful flowers, and eulogistic words cannot destroy the rough reality of hell. The coming of Christ to the earth in judgment will justify the believers and glorify the Savior. The coming of Christ to the earth will bring glory both to Christ and to the church.
B. Instruction on the Time of Jesus' Coming
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Rapture occurs first. The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” and “our gathering together unto him” is the Rapture.
2 Thessalonians 2:2-2:5 Day of the Lord follows...introduced by total apostasy and appearance of man of sin. The lawless one is the final representative of man in his open opposition and rebellion against God. He himself actually assumes the place of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-2:8 Mystery of lawlessness working today: The lawless one is restrained by the Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-2:12 Lawless one to appear in Great Tribulation period. The lawless one will be a miracle worker with power. “Power” is physical power whose source is supernatural with “signs” (tokens), the purpose, of which is to appeal to the understanding and “lying wonders” which producing an effect upon observers. God sends strong delusion to believe a lie only to those who heard but would not have the truth. These will be judged because they rejected the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-2:17 God has chosen us to salvation. We are sanctified through the Holy Spirit and the belief of truth. Believers should be established in the word. The Word enables a believer to stand and be stable. The Word brings consolation and comfort. The Word and work are interrelated. The study of the Word leads to the work of the Lord.
C. Injunctions in the View of Jesus' Coming
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3:7 Believers should be established in their walk. The Word enables the believer to walk before the wicked. The Word establishes a believer in his walk. The believer is to walk in the love of God and in a patient waiting for the coming of Christ. The believer is not to walk with the disorderly. The believer is to walk as a follower of the apostle.
2 Thessalonians 3:8-3:18 Believers should be established in their work. A believer who is looking for the Lord to come is not a dreamer, but a worker. “No work means no food” is the rule laid down by the apostle. Some are working in the wrong way; they are busybodies. They are commanded to work for their own bread. A believer who holds the blessed hope should not grow weary in working for the Lord. A believer who holds the blessed hope is obedient to the Word. If he is not, he is to be avoided. An attempt should be made to win the wayward brother.

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