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2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 (NKJV) 1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. One common theme in all of Paul’s letters is prayer. He often spells out exactly how he prays for those disciples and he encourages them to pray for him. Paul asks for specific pr
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  2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 (NKJV)1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and beglorified, just as it is with you,2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not allhave faith.3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. One common theme in all of Paul’s letters is prayer. He often spells out exactly how heprays for those disciples and he encourages them to pray for him. Paul asks for specificprayer regarding deliverance from “unreasonable men” – been there Paul, I canunderstand exactly how you feel!! 3:2 The third request is that the apostle and his co-workers might be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men . Heseems to be referring to some specific opposition, probably from Jews in Corinth (Acts 18:1–18). The choice of the word unreasonable was appropriate; there is nothing more irrational than people’s opposition to the gospel and itsmessengers. It is something that baffles explanation. They may talk reasonably about politics, science, or a host of other subjects, but when it comes to the gospel, they lose all sense of reason. Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and willdo the things we command you. G3982 - confidence Πειθωpeithō  pi'-tho A primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to  pacify  or  conciliate (byother fair means); reflexively or passively to assent  (to evidence or authority), to rely  (by inwardcertainty): - agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey,persuade, trust, yield. Confidence is related to being convinced – by argument or analogy. It is okay to useyour brain in understanding your faith. God put your intelligence there for a reason –use it. Remember – it is unreasonable men who don’t have faith! 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patienceof Christ.6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that youwithdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to thetradition which he received from us.7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderlyamong you;8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toilnight and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of howyou should follow us.10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will notwork, neither shall he eat.11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner,not working at all, but are busybodies.12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord JesusChrist that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and donot keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.  15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. TheLord be with you all.17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so Iwrite.18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 3:10 The apostle Paul finds himself in agreement with the biblical spirit which isexpressed in the commandment, “Six days you shall labor” (Ex. 20:9). The Scripturesmake provision for benevolent support for those physically unable to perform gainfulwork (cf. 1 Cor. 16:1–3); but for those who are able to labor and choose to do otherwise,Paul simply says that such a one should not eat. This solution remains the best approachfor any society (cf. Titus 1:12, note).  Believer’s Study Bible. The Protestant work ethic is basically rooted in this passage of Scripture. Early Puritansin the colonies of the new United States implemented this verse of scripture with avengeance - If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. One time a bunch of us young kids (16-18) went to our neighbor’s campground for the weekend.We were looking forward to a Holy Ghost meeting Friday night and staying over for fun andfellowship the next day. When we got there Friday afternoon – everyone wanted to go playinstead of helping my neighbors get things set up for the meeting. This was soon settled by theabove verse announced over the loudspeaker. Everyone promptly showed up – grabbed a broom,vacuum or dishtowel and went to work!! Try it – it may work in your home!
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