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George Milligan - Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians

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Book Overview - 2 Thessalonians

by George Milligan


The writers now pass to teaching of a more directly consolatory and hortatory character, and, as in their former Epistle (1 Thessalonians 5:25), accompany it with the request for their readers’ prayers.

3:1, 3:2. Request for the Thessalonians’ Prayers.

3:3–5. Confidence in the Thessalonians’ Progress.

From the want of faith on the part of men, the Apostles turn to the thought of the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus (cf. 2 Timothy 2:13) with the view moreover of reassuring not themselves, but their converts.

3:6–12. Charge with regard to the Disorderly.

It is ‘in the Lord,’ as has just been shown, that the Apostles’ trust for their converts is centred. At the same time they are anxious that these should not forget the responsibilities resting on themselves. And accordingly in a section, in which the severity of the language shows the serious nature of the evils complained of, they once more (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 f.) rebuke the idle and disorderly behaviour, which at the time certain members of the Thessalonian community were displaying.

3:13–15. Exhortation to the Loyal Members of the Church.

After the digression caused by the rebuke of the disorderly, the writers, fearing that their example may have a bad effect, address a special word of exhortation to the main body of their readers.

3:16. Prayer.


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