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Lawless, Lawlessness

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Term used by modern translations to describe people not restrained or controlled by law, especially God's law. As rebellion against God, sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4 ; compare 2 Thessalonians 3:4 ). Those responsible for Christ's death are characterized as lawless (Acts 2:23 ) as are Gentiles in their idolatry (1 Peter 4:3 ). The leader of the eschatological (end-time) rebellion is called the man of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2:3 ; compare 2 Thessalonians 2:8 ). The lawless one is already at work but is presently restrained (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 ). The lawless one will be revealed before the return of Christ who will slay him with His breath (2 Thessalonians 2:8 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Lawless, Lawlessness'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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