2 Thessalonians

Paul commends the believers in  Thessaloniki for their growth in the faith. And he corrects a false teaching about the day of the Lord.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03

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AUTHOR. This letter says it was written by Paul.

None of the church fathers questioned that claim. But in the early 19th century, skeptics began to question that authenticity.

RECIPIENTS. The believers in Thessaloniki.

PLACE AND DATE. This letter seems to have been written quite soon after 1 Thessalonians, perhaps within a year. That would place the date of composition in the early 50s AD.

PURPOSE. Paul had heard news about the believers in  Thessaloniki. He writes to commend them for their growth in the faith.

However, false teaching concerning the day of the Lord had entered the community. It was causing confusion, and leading some Christians to quit their jobs.

Paul  corrects this doctrinal error and warns of its consequences.




2 Thessalonians 1:1-4. Greetings


2 Thessalonians 1:5-6. Their suffering has value for everyone


2 Thessalonians 1:7-12. The triumphal return of the Lord Jesus Christ

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. The rise of the Antichrist


2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Stand firm in Jesus Christ

2 Thessalonians 3:1-6. Paul asks them to pray for him

2 Thessalonians 3:7-15. Be productive members of society instead of freeloaders


2 Thessalonians 3:16-18. Final greetings



2 Thessalonians 3:3. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible



CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03

RESOURCES: SummaryOutline, Memorize

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