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2 Thessalonians

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Lesson

Paul addresses some issues regarding the second coming of Christ, such as being responsible to work and support yourself in the meantime.

Outline

Paul and His Letters

Part 3
 

III.  2 Thessalonians

A.  Authorship - Did Paul write it?

1.  External evidence is not the issue.

2.  Alleged "differences" between 1 and 2 Thessalonians

3.  Too much like 1 Thessalonians?

4.  No reason to deny Paul as the author.

B.  Date – Shortly after 1 Thessalonians – AD 51

C.  Occasion - "Second Coming Fever" (2:1-2)

D.  Outline

1.  Salutation - 1:1-2

2.  Thanksgiving - 1:3-12

3.  Body - 2:1-17

4.  Ethical Exhortation - 3:1-13

5.  Closing - 3:14-18

E.  Various Topics

1.  Eternal Judgment

2.  Unity of the Body

3.  Problem of "Second Coming Fever"

4.  Three Things that Must Happen

5.  Traditions

6.  Christology

7.  Authoritative Writing

8.  Translation Issues

9.  Idleness