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2 Thessalonians

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2 Thessalonians
Chapter 2

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   1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   and by our gathering together unto him,

   2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by
   spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of
   Christ is at hand.

   3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
   except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
   revealed, the son of perdition;

   4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or
   that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
   shewing himself that he is God.

   5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these

   6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his

   7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now
   letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

   8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
   with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of
   his coming:

   9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power
   and signs and lying wonders,

   10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
   because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be

   11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
   should believe a lie:

   12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
   pleasure in unrighteousness.

   13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren
   beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to
   salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

   14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory
   of our Lord Jesus Christ.

   15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye
   have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

   16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which
   hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope
   through grace,

   17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
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   Cautions against the error that the time of Christ's coming was just at
   hand. There would first be a general apostacy from the faith, and a
   revealing of the antichristian man of sin. (1-4) His destruction, and
   that of those who obey him. (5-12) The security of the Thessalonians
   from apostacy; an exhortation to stedfastness, and prayer for them.
   (13-17)1-4 If errors arise among Christians, we should set them right;
   and good men will be careful to suppress errors which rise from
   mistaking their words and actions. We have a cunning adversary, who
   watches to do mischief, and will promote errors, even by the words of
   Scripture. Whatever uncertainty we are in, or whatever mistakes may
   arise about the time of Christ's coming, that coming itself is certain.
   This has been the faith and hope of all Christians, in all ages of the
   church; it was the faith and hope of the Old Testament saints. All
   believers shall be gathered together to Christ, to be with him, and to
   be happy in his presence for ever. We should firmly believe the second
   coming of Christ; but there was danger lest the Thessalonians, being
   mistaken as to the time, should question the truth or certainty of the
   thing itself. False doctrines are like the winds that toss the water to
   and fro; and they unsettle the minds of men, which are as unstable as
   water. It is enough for us to know that our Lord will come, and will
   gather all his saints unto him. A reason why they should not expect the
   coming of Christ, as at hand, is given. There would be a general
   falling away first, such as would occasion the rise of antichrist, that
   man of sin. There have been great disputes who or what is intended by
   this man of sin and son of perdition. The man of sin not only practises
   wickedness, but also promotes and commands sin and wickedness in
   others; and is the son of perdition, because he is devoted to certain
   destruction, and is the instrument to destroy many others, both in soul
   and body. As God was in the temple of old, and worshipped there, and is
   in and with his church now; so the antichrist here mentioned, is a
   usurper of God's authority in the Christian church, who claims Divine
   5-12 Something hindered or withheld the man of sin. It is supposed to
   be the power of the Roman empire, which the apostle did not mention
   more plainly at that time. Corruption of doctrine and worship came in
   by degrees, and the usurping of power was gradual; thus the mystery of
   iniquity prevailed. Superstition and idolatry were advanced by
   pretended devotion, and bigotry and persecution were promoted by
   pretended zeal for God and his glory. This mystery of iniquity was even
   then begun; while the apostles were yet living, persons pretended zeal
   for Christ, but really opposed him. The fall or ruin of the
   antichristian state is declared. The pure word of God, with the Spirit
   of God, will discover this mystery of iniquity, and in due time it
   shall be destroyed by the brightness of Christ's coming. Signs and
   wonders, visions and miracles, are pretended; but they are false signs
   to support false doctrines; and lying wonders, or only pretended
   miracles, to cheat the people; and the diabolical deceits with which
   the antichristian state has been supported, are notorious. The persons
   are described, who are his willing subjects. Their sin is this; They
   did not love the truth, and therefore did not believe it; and they were
   pleased with false notions. God leaves them to themselves, then sin
   will follow of course, and spiritual judgments here, and eternal
   punishments hereafter. These prophecies have, in a great measure, come
   to pass, and confirm the truth of the Scriptures. This passage exactly
   agrees with the system of popery, as it prevails in the Romish church,
   and under the Romish popes. But though the son of perdition has been
   revealed, though he has opposed and exalted himself above all that is
   called God, or that is worshipped; and has spoken and acted as if he
   were a god upon earth, and has proclaimed his insolent pride, and
   supported his delusions, by lying miracles and all kinds of frauds;
   still the Lord has not yet fully destroyed him with the brightness of
   his coming; that and other prophecies remain to be fulfilled before the
   end shall come.
   13-15 When we hear of the apostacy of many, it is a great comfort and
   joy, that there is a remnant according to the election of grace, which
   does and shall persevere; especially we should rejoice, if we have
   reason to hope that we are of that number. The preservation of the
   saints, is because God loved them with an everlasting love, from the
   beginning of the world. The end and the means must not be separated.
   Faith and holiness must be joined together as well as holiness and
   happiness. The outward call of God is by the gospel; and this is
   rendered effectual by the inward working of the Spirit. The belief of
   the truth brings the sinner to rely on Christ, and so to love and obey
   him; it is sealed by the Holy Spirit upon his heart. We have no certain
   proof of any thing having been delivered by the apostles, more than
   what we find contained in the Holy Scriptures. Let us then stand fast
   in the doctrines taught by the apostles, and reject all additions, and
   vain traditions.
   16,17 We may and should direct our prayers, not only to God the Father,
   through our Lord Jesus Christ, but also to our Lord Jesus Christ
   himself. And we should pray in his name unto God, not only as his
   Father, but as our Father in and through him. The love of God in Christ
   Jesus, is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for.
   There is good reason for strong consolations, because the saints have
   good hope through grace. The free grace and mercy of God are what they
   hope for, and what their hopes are founded on, and not any worth or
   merit of their own. The more pleasure we take in the word, and works,
   and ways of God, the more likely we shall be to persevere therein. But,
   if we are wavering in faith, and of a doubtful mind, halting and
   faltering in our duty, no wonder that we are strangers to the joys of
   Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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