THE BOOK OF 2 THESSALONIANS
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
may the Lord of peace himself
give you peace
at all times and
in every way.
The Lord be with you all.
I think it must have been hard to write this last chapter of 2 Thessalonians. Among all the "hurts" that Paul endured I believe the willful sin of a believer must have hurt him the most. The Law of God in the Old Testament makes no room for any sacrifice for intentional sin. That should be remembered as we view our position of grace in our salvation. The fallen angels intentionally sinned and found absolutely no forgiveness or grace. We have been lavished with God's precious grace, through His Son Jesus - and we should never be so presumptuous of God's grace as to intentionally disregard His righteousness.
Paul closes with this beautiful benediction. May we continue to be the object of His grace, and may He be with us all.
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, which is how I write in every letter. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Paul's final note is that he hand writes the very close of his letters. A demonstration of his love and sacrifice for them. The rest of the text is transcribed by an amanuensis either from Paul's original hand or dictation.
As a result of this letter we should now have a pretty firm grasp on the order of some prophetic events leading up to "The Day of The Lord." Some of which are not found elsewhere but are inferred. What a wonderful gift from God - to know some things about the future. We are to look to the sky and to human events, so examine the seasons and be ready for Him.