2 Thessalonians or the Second Thessalonians is a book included in New Testament of Christian Bible. Also referred to as the Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians, the authorship of 2 Thessalonians is conventionally accredited to Paul the Apostle who wrote it most probably between the years 52 AD and 54 AD.
Thessalonica in Greece was the 2nd European city where Paul helped in creating a properly organized Christian community. Sometime after the First Thessalonians letter was sent, there arose a growing concern among some people of Thessalonica whether the people who had already passed away would be a part of the parousia. The Second Thessalonians letter was written as a response to this growing concern. Scholars debate as to when the letter was actually written. If it is truly authentic, then it might have been written within a very short period from the first one. If not, then it might be several years later.
The traditional idea is that the Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians was composed by Paul when he was in Corinth, within a few months from the first. Paul begins the letter from 2 Thessalonians by praising the church for their faith on God and for showing perseverance when faced with threats of persecution. It also contains a complete chapter that deals with the subject of the second coming of the Christ Being. The Thessalonians were once faced with an illusory notion that the Christ Being had already returned. Paul puts this confusion to rest by telling the Thessalonians that the second coming of Christ will be preceded by a major tribulation. As such a historic event has not taken place; he argues that the Christ could not have returned yet. Paul then expresses his thanks stating that the audience he is addressing were chosen by God himself for the purpose of salvation and saved by the Lord’s grace through conscious faith, thereby not being vulnerable to the deceptions of Great Apostasy.
Paul further continues on his discourse by providing encouragement to the people of Thessalonica and asking the church to stand their ground firmly in their faith as well as to stay away from people who leads an immoral life, not abiding by the laws of tradition that they have received from Paul and his men. He further asks them not to treat him as some kind of enemy but rather admonish him like a brother. The letter finally ends with Paul saying a note that expresses the authenticity of his writing. He expresses his hope that the grace of Lord Jesus Christ remains with all of Thessalonica’s men.
In his writing of 2 Thessalonians, Paul makes reference to numerous Old Testament passages while speaking about the end of times. This allowed him to confirm and reconcile the various ideas expressed by Old Testament prophets in the past. A lot of Paul’s discourse on the end of times was taken from Prophet Daniel and the visions that he had. In fact, Paul also makes a reference to Daniel’s prophecy about “man of sin”.
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