- 2 Thessalonians 3:1-6
- 2 Th 3:1 (KJB)
- Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have
free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
- May have free course - Strive to advance or make progress
- Glorified - Honor or be praised
- Paul now begins to change the subjects and the first thing which he is
requesting is that the Thessalonians pray for him. He was still in Corinth
when he penned this letter and they were facing stiff opposition since
Corinth was probably one of the worst centers of debauchery in Greece plus
it was a major port city, sailors from all over the world would stop there
and then partake in much sin. He prays that the word of God would be able to
progress as widely and strongly as it had in Thessalonica and when people
start becoming saved through the preached word, that the word of God would
be honored as the method whereby hearts are changed from sin to salvation.
Paul was hoping for a repeat situation in Corinth.
- 2 Th 3:2 (KJB)
- And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked
men: for all men have not faith.
- We may be delivered - Saved or rescued
- Unreasonable - Amiss or wrong
- Paul knew that he would face opposition but he is not asking that he be
delivered from it. He wants to be delivered from those who oppose the gospel
from wrong understandings and worldly philosophy plus those who are just
outright enemies of the gospel, who bask in wickedness. Paul was concerned
that he would be tied down with these groups and never be able to have an
opportunity to disseminate the gospel much wider as he requested prayer for.
Paul concludes this verse stating that not all have faith and that is
because true believing faith is a gift from God through being one of the
fruits of the Holy Spirit. Those who have no faith will be in opposition to
what is called faith, that is, as secular people, they live by sight and not
by faith. So they only live by what they physically see and not what is by
faith. This is why they mock because they do not have faith to see beyond
the physical horizon.
- 2 Th 3:3 (KJB)
- But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep
you from evil.
- Stablish - Set firmly, establish or strengthen
- Keep - Will guard
- Paul would know this fact firsthand how faithful the Lord is when His
children are facing times of persecution. Paul assures them that the same
faithfulness from the Lord that he has received, they will receive and
because the Lord is faithful, He will establish or strengthen these
believers. He will not allow them to be moved. A religious person can change
their views with every new ritual their church may come up with but those
who are fully established upon the Lord will not be tossed around by every
wind of doctrine. (Eph 4:14 KJV) That we
henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Children are those who are not yet grown up or mature but Christ will mature
and strengthen His Elect so they will maintain a strong, steady testimony.
Along with establishing His children, the Lord will also guard His children
from all evil and will not allow them to be hurt by the evil ones until such
a time that their ministries have come to an end. The Apostle Paul was
beheaded by evil people because his ministry on earth was now at an end and
it was time for his promotion to glory.
- 2 Th 3:4 (KJB)
- And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do
and will do the things which we command you.
- Touching - Toward or concerning
- We command - We charge or instruct
- Paul knew how the Lord had dealt with him in the past and this resulted
in the fact that Paul was conveying that confidence to the Thessalonians,
that they would do the things which Paul had commanded them. This was not
that Paul was taking over the church as the leader but he was confident that
the Thessalonians would continue to remain strong in the faith and continue
to do the things which had made them strong. Since he knew that the Lord
would establish them upon Himself, Paul was confident that there would be no
forsaking or compromising of the strong standard of Christian testimony they
- 2 Th 3:5 (KJB)
- And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into
the patient waiting for Christ.
- Direct - Guide or lead
- Patient waiting - Endurance or steadfastness
- Since the Thessalonians were undergoing persecution, sometimes under
rigorous conditions, the love of the Christian toward the Father may grow
cold. Sometimes a Christian may feel abandoned by God but here Paul is
praying that the Lord will direct the hearts of the Christians toward the
love of God wanting them to realize that the harsher the conditions, the
closer they can come to God and the love of God will overshadow them and
they will be able to love God. In the second half of this verse, it speaks
about the Christians enduring the persecution which has come their way. In 1
Thessalonians, Paul had written that there is going to come a day when the
unbelievers will pay the ultimate price for the trouble they caused the
Christians but in the meantime, they are to have the same enduring spirit
which Christ showed during His time of sacrifice and the ultimate victory
which ensued. Paul is also relaying to them that they will also have an
ultimate victory if they endure as a good soldier.
(2 Tim 2:3 KJV) Thou therefore endure hardness,
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
- 2 Th 3:6 (KJB)
- Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly,
and not after the tradition which he received of us.
- Disorderly - Irresponsibly or neglectfully
- Here Paul is commanding in the name of the Lord that if there are any
Christians who are living irresponsibly or neglecting their Christian
duties, then the other Christians are not to fellowship with them. There was
an element at Thessalonica which were not working for a living and they were
causing problems in the Christian community and probably beyond that. The
Bible commands a person that if they are able to work, then they are to
work. Laziness can infect others by causing them to become lazy plus lazy
people can hinder any type of work by stopping others from doing theirs. The
tradition which Paul gave them was that they would work when they arrived in
a place so they would not be a burden to anyone. Instead of supporting the
lazy Christians, they are to be shunned, so this way they would not receive
money in their laziness and when they got hungry enough, they would go out
and work. This principle could also be widened to those who are walking in
false teachings or some type of sinful life. They too must be shunned so
they will not affect the other Christians who are walking in the truth.