Paul warns of problems to come.
1. What does Paul say must be seen before the day of Christ comes?
v 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,
2. What does Paul say that the man of sin will do?
v 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
3. Why does Paul give thanks to God for the Thessalonians?
v 13 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth,
- v 1 and 2 Paul appeals to the Thessalonians not to be deceived by false ideas that Christ has already come
- v 3 to 5 Before Christ’s coming there will be a rebellion and the man of sin will be seen who will exalt himself against anything to do with God and will claim he is God
- v 6 and 7 Paul says this man of sin is currently being restrained, but the restraint will eventually be removed
- v 8 to 12 This lawless one will then be seen. He will use his power, signs and lying wonders to deceive those who don't want God's truth until he is destroyed by the Lord
- v 13 to 17 Paul gives thanks for the believers because they have believed the truth of God's Good News. He appeals to them to hold onto the Good News they received from Paul and his companions