The Thessalonian church faced persecution from those outside of the faith, which the apostle has addressed in chapter 1. Now in chapter 2 he turns his attention to another form of opposition that can be even more difficult to withstand: false teaching.
Some had been claiming that Jesus had already returned, and that the Thessalonians had somehow missed it (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)! Sadly this sort of stuff still happens today. Just the other day the world was supposed to have ended – ooooops did you miss that!
Did you know that according to some, the so-called “Rapture” was supposed to have happened on Sep 23rd 2017. Some doomsday so-called Christians who seem more focused more on crazy number patterns & astronomy than on the Bible itself put together a Youtube clip watched by 4.5million people in under 2months claiming such.
And yet, no surprise really, but we are still all here. Or did Jesus come back and we somehow missed; ‘Jesus’ shout of command’, ‘the voice of the archangel’, the trumpet blast of God’ ‘and dead people rising up everywhere’ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-16)…?
Friend, “Let no one deceive you in any way” (vs3), “we ask you brothers not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed” (vs2). Jesus is coming back, he will destroy the anti-Christ with just the breath of his mouth (vs8) – no contest! There will be displays of power and false signs and wicked deception from Satan himself (vs9-10) but we are all called to ‘love the truth and so be saved’ (vs10)
And Jesus Christ Himself is the way and the truth, and so believing in Him, trusting in Him is the only way to life eternal. So do it, trust Him, believe in Him, and call all you know to do the same.
And, if you have already believed in Jesus, stand firm (vs15) and hold to what you know from Scripture and may Jesus Himself comfort your hearts and cause you to do great good works in the world because of Him (vs16).