2 Thessalonians

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Early Christian were not engaged in the covetous practices of Rome or the Corban of the pharisees because that was idolatry. They provided a means by which to practice Pure Religion for the people through a daily ministration of faith and hope.

2 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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;
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token[1] of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
Comments 2 Thessalonians 1
The first three verses mention our Father in heaven as opposed to the fathers of the earth. And emphasizes that "faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;" Without charity to provide a daily ministration and the network of tens Christ commanded His disciples to make the people organize themselves into the people would have to pray to the fathers of the earth as their benefactors for their daily bread and welfare during the dearths that rolled through the Roman empire.
The "churches of God" meant the "called out" of God that had been appointed a dominion by Christ to serve the people in that network. They were able to do this because they were not of the world of Rome.
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

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:
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together[2] unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken[3] in mind, or be troubled,[4] neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand."

Comments Chapter 2
This warning in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 of being deceived or troubled in the mind is about a conflict while waiting for the day of Christ, the anointing of our hearts and minds as priest faith and not fear[5], is at hand for all of us who continue in the way and gather together as Jesus commanded.
Understanding the Christian conflict with Rome and its government supported Temples, the teachings of God concerning the error in the thinking and practices of the Nicolaitan and Balaam can help us grasp the difference between Pure Religion and public religion which like the Corban of the Pharisees makes the word of God to none effect.
Understanding also the "mystery of iniquity" in verse 6 of who the workers of iniquity are, what the wages of unrighteousness consists of, and the difference between the mammon of righteousness and unrighteousness which includes the praying to the fathers of the earth for our daily bread and our Father in Heaven may challenge our delusions the wantonness and deceivableness of the systems of the world that operate by way of force, fear and fealty and the Kingdom of God that operates by faith, hope and charity through the perfect law of liberty.
Can we refuse to see these differences and the conflict with the covetous practices of modern Christians and the love and charity of the early Christians? If we follow the Modern Church rather than The Way of Christ and the early Church shall we not be made blind?
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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 things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 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 saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 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.

2 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: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all [men] have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

6 ¶ 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. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 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. 15 Yet count [him] not as an enemy, but admonish [him] as a brother.

16 ¶ Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all. 17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.

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  1. 1730 ἔνδειγμα endeigma [en’-dighe-mah] from 1731 n; AV-manifest token 1; 1
    1) token, evidence, proof
    • similar to 1731 the verb endeiknumi to "show, demonstrate, prove, ... to manifest"
    • and 1732 the noun endeixis a "demonstration, proof"
    • not like semeion 4592 which is "a sign, mark, token" 2 Thessalonians 3:17 Paul's hand writing
    • not like sussemon 4953 "a sign given according to agreement" Mark 14:44 Judas kiss
  2. 1997 ~ἐπισυναγωγή~ episunagoge \@ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay’\@ from 1996; n f AV-gathering together 1, assembling together 1; 2 1) a gathering together in one place 2) the (religious) assembly (of Christians)
  3. 4531 σ αλεύω saleuo [sal-yoo’-o] from 4535; v; TDNT-7:65,996; [{See TDNT 698 }] AV-shake 10, move 1, shake together 1, that are shaken 1, which cannot be shaken + 3361 1, stir up 1; 15
    1) a motion produced by winds, storms, waves, etc
    1a) to agitate or shake
    1b) to cause to totter
    1c) to shake thoroughly, of a measure filled by shaking its contents together
    2) to shake down, overthrow
    2a) to cast down from one’s (secure and happy) state
    2b) to move, agitate the mind, to disturb one
  4. 2360 θροέω throeo [thro-eh’-o] from θρεομαι threomai (to wail); v; AV-trouble 3; 3
    1) to cry aloud, make a noise by outcry
    1a) in the NT, to trouble, frighten
    1b) to be troubled in mind, to be frightened, alarmed
  5. 1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, [that] shall do according to [that] which [is] in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.