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Clarence E. Mason's "Earlier New Testament Epistles"
Second Thessalonians



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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible


  1. Time of writing
    Shortly after the first letter (AD 53; within one year)

  2. Place of writing
    Presumably still at Corinth

  3. Occasion and double purpose of writing

    1. To correct errors concerning the Day of the Lord.
      They thought they were already going through the tribulation (1:4-5), and were being troubled by false teachings and spurious letters (2:1-2). For the Day of the Lord see: Daniel 7-9; Revelation 4-19:Isaiah 13; Amos 5; Jude 14-15.

      The trouble and judgment of this period, Paul tells them (1:7-10), is not for His own but His enemies, and will take place on earth when the true Church is taken home to heaven to be evaluated at the Judgment Seat of Christ (The Day of Christ, see special note at end of 1 Thessalonians).

      In the first epistle, they were troubled concerning their friends who had died, and Paul instructed that they were to wait while working, being assured concerning their loved ones.

      In the second epistle, they were troubled concerning themselves, thinking they were in the Day of the Lord. Paul instructs that they were to work while waiting, being assured concerning themselves.

    2. To correct their conduct.
      Some had quit work--now that the Lord was coming! It was commanded that if they did not work, they had no right to eat, 3:10.


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