Paul commends the believers in Thessaloniki for their growth in the faith. And he corrects a false teaching about the day of the Lord.
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.
THE MEANING OF HUMAN SUFFERING
THE END TIMES
GROW FURTHER AS A DISCIPLE
2 Thessalonians 3:3. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
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