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Outline of 2 Thessalonians

1. Introduction (2 Thessalonians 1:1-12)

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy greet the Thessalonian church, thank God for the Thessalonians’ faith and love, and assure believers that their faithful endurance of persecution will result in Christ being glorified and the punishment of those who afflict them.

2. On the Coming of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

Refuting suggestions that the day of the Lord has already come or begun to be manifested, the letter asserts that Christ will return after a period of rebellion and lawlessness that will include the revealing of “the lawless one,” a figure referred to in some ancient copies of 2 Thessalonians as “the man of sin.”

3. Prayers and Appeals (2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5)

As they pray for the Thessalonians and ask for their prayers, the letter’s authors encourage their readers to stand firm in the teachings and traditions that they have previously received from Paul and his associates.

4. Strict Warnings against Idleness and Disobedience (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15)

The letter strongly criticizes believers who have stopped working or neglected responsible behavior and instructs other Christians to avoid them and their disruptive patterns of idleness.

5. Concluding Words and Benediction (2 Thessalonians 3:16-18)

The conclusion pronounces a blessing of the Lord’s peace and grace, then offers a final greeting that claims to come directly from Paul’s own hand.