Today you should read: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Paul’s reasoning for writing this passage comes in verses 1-2. The Thessalonians had believed a false claim about the second coming of Jesus. They thought that Jesus had already come back for a second time and they were left on earth. You can imagine the panic in their hearts. But Paul assures them that two things must happen before Jesus comes back: (1) a rebellion and (2) the revelation of the ‘man of lawlessness’. When the ‘man of lawlessness’ is revealed, he will come proclaiming to be God (v. 4). His mission comes from Satan (v. 9). But those who follow him will be sent into delusion from God because they did not believe the truth (v. 11-12).
This is definitely a difficult passage to understand, and sometimes we have to be okay with not understanding. We are not meant to know all things. If we did, there would be no reason for God. But we do not understand everything, and we just have to have faith in the good and righteous God we serve.
We may not understand everything in this passage, but there is one thing that is clear. Jesus will have the final victory (v. 8). The ‘man of lawlessness’ will be killed by the breath of Jesus. Jesus has already won, but there will be a day when everyone knows about it!
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate
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