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2 Thessalonians 3

1 Paul was a great and influential apostle. Nevertheless, his success did not depend on his own strength and ability; rather, it depended on God’s grace and on the prayers of other Christians (see Colossians 4:3-4 and comment).

15 However, we must behave toward the sinning brother, not as an enemy, but as a brother. He is still a beloved brother in the Lord. All discipline must be given in love and because of love.

16 See Philippians 4:7 and comment.

17 See Galatians 6:11; Colossians 4:18 and comments.

18 See 1 Corinthians 16:23 and comment.


1 For believers, heavenly rewards for good works are in addition to their salvation. Salvation itself does not depend on good works, but on faith.

2 In place of the word prophecy, some translations of the Bible say “spirit,” that is, man’s human spirit. Prophecy that comes from man’s spirit is likely to be false prophecy; only the prophecy that comes from God’s Holy Spirit can be trusted. For further discussion, see Word List: Prophecy.

3 It is not certain what temple Paul has in mind here.

4 The thing or person who is “holding back” the man of lawlessness is the same as the one who now holds … back the power of lawlessness in verse 7 (see verse 7 and comment).

5 In place of the words secret power of lawlessness, some translations of the Bible say, “mystery of lawlessness.” The meaning is the same.

6 Even those who are handicapped can usually do something to help earn their living. Those, of course, who are truly unable to meet their own needs will require assistance from others. But if they are believers, they should not resort to begging.

7 Bread is the main food of the Middle East.


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