2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness

1 Now concerning the coming a of our Lord b Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you,
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
2 not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit d or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord
Other mss read Christ
f has come. g
3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy
Or rebellion
comes first and the man of lawlessness
Other mss read man of sin
is revealed, the son of destruction.
4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god j or object of worship, k so that he sits
Other mss add as God
in God’s sanctuary,
Or temple
publicizing that he himself is God.

5 Don’t you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this? 6 And you know what currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time. n 7 For the
Mystery: Transliteration of the Greek word mysterion; a secret hidden in the past but now revealed
mystery of lawlessness p is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way,
8 and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth q and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan’s working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders, r 10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. s 11For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12so that all will be condemned t – those who did not believe u the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

Stand Firm

13 But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning
Other mss read because as a firstfruit
God has chosen w you for salvation through
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
sanctification y by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
14He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory z of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm aa and hold to the traditions you were taught, ab either by our message or by our letter.

16May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved ac us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
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