Special Sub-Topic: II Thessalonians
|What is the first word of II Thessalonians?|
Paul. It says in II Thessalonians 1:1, "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
Paul wrote many of the epistles in the New Testament.
|What does Paul say they are bound to do?|
"thank God always for you". It says in II Thessalonians 1:3, "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth."
This particular epistle was meant to encourage the people of Thessalonica.
|Who does the author talk about taking vengeance on?|
them that know not God. It says in II Thessalonians 1:8, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The Bible talks about vengeance in various places. In each case it tells us that God will take care of the vengeance, so believers do not need to worry about it.
|What does Paul pray God will count them worthy of?|
this calling. It says in II Thessalonians 1:11, "Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power."
|In the beginning of chapter 2, Paul tells his readers not to be what?|
troubled. It says in II Thessalonians 2:2, "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."
Paul makes it a priority to encourage this church, and since he has done so, modern Christians can also find encouragement by reading it.
|Why does Paul say some perished?|
They received not the love of the truth.. It says in II Thessalonians 2:10, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
Paul is talking about those people that hear the truth and chose to not believe it in this particular verse.
|What does Paul tell his readers to do in verse 15?|
stand fast. It says in II Thessalonians 2:15, "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
To stand fast means to be unyielding, or to hold one's ground.
|Why does Paul ask for prayer regarding "the Word of the Lord"?|
that it may have free course. It says in II Thessalonians 3:1, "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you."
This verse says that the word of the Lord should spread quickly without obstacles stopping it; this is what Paul wants.
|What does Paul say some people are in verse 3:11?|
busybodies. II Thessalonians 3:11, "For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies."
Busybodies are people that are more concerned (in a bad way) with everyone else's problems and life than their own.
|What does Paul say to do to those who don't obey "our word by this epistle"?|
have no company with them. II Thessalonians 3:14, "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed."
Obedience is an important concept in the Bible. In the King James Version, the word "obey" appears 114 times.
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