We are instructed in 2 Thessalonians
3:10 'For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.'
The early church leaders regularly commended the believers for these two spiritual qualities (Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Thessalonians
: An Introduction and Study Guide: Encountering the Christ Group at Thessalonike
Our reading from 2 Thessalonians
provides an interesting challenge to the various understandings of Scripture as the inspired word of God.
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat." 2 Thessalonians
Readings from Malachi 4 verses 1-2 and 2 Thessalonians
3 verses 6-13 were by Carolyn Hansom.
His six chapters describe (1) the formation of the Pauline corpus, (2) the pseudepigraphic letters (Colossians, Ephesians, 2 Thessalonians
, the Pastorals, and the non-canonical 3 Corinthians, Letters to Laodicea and Alexandria, and the correspondence between Paul and Seneca), (3) Paul's influence on the Epistolary tradition in early Christianity (Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 Clement, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp and Dionysius of Corinth), (4) The Narrative Tradition (Acts and different Acta Apostolorum, Apocalypses and the Pseudo-Clementines, (5) Representatives of Anti-Paulinism (Matthew, Hegesippus, etc., and (6) Paul as interpreted from Marcion to Irenaeus (including Gnosticism).
Haggai 1:15b - 2:9; Psalm 17:1-9; 2 Thessalonians
2:1-5,13-17; Luke 20:27-38
In the Ephesians through 2 Thessalonians
paraphrases, Erasmus stresses the image of the church as a body with Christ as head to which the members with their varied gifts are united, an image that proved central to his proclivity toward accommodation.
He had known personal heartaches but lived by the promise of 2 Thessalonians
2: "Now may our Lord Jesus Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation, and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."
Closer to Paul's ways of thinking are Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians
, which someone wrote in Paul's name--and therefore with his authority.
Precept Bible Studies - Registration is under way for an 8-week Bible study on 2 Thessalonians
to be held Tuesdays from noon to 2:15 p.m.