by Jerry Vines

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Hope for the End Times
Jerry Vines
II Thessalonians 3:6-18

It's rather interesting subject, to come to the
conclusion of this book which has dealt with some of
the great prophetic themes of the Bible. This is the
book that talks about the apostasy, the appearance of
the Antichrist on the earth, it presents some of the
great glorious Gospel truths, and the great doctrines
of our faith. Now, he comes to the concluding verses
and of all things, he talks about the matter of lazy
Christians. Why do you think the Apostle Paul is
dealing with such a subject in the closing verses of
this book? You have to keep in mind that Paul is
responding to a series of problems that had arisen
among the believers in Thessalonica. These are young
Christians, very impressionable. They are just
getting started in living the Christian life. So, a
series of problems has arisen in their midst, and Paul
is dealing with these problems. He touched on them in
his first letter. Now he comes again to mention them
in this final letter.

Among the problems he deals with is the problem
of those who walk disorderly. He mentions this twice,
in verse 6 and also verse 11. "Those who walk
disorderly." The word is really a military word. It
means a soldier who is out of step. It means someone
who is unruly. We've already met these individuals
back in I Thessalonians 5:14 where it says, "...warn
them that are unruly..." Same word -- disorderly,
unruly. What is the problem? Why are these people
out of step? What's the difficulty with these
particular individuals that Paul points out and
designates in this way?

In verse 11 he specifies the problem. "For we
hear that there are some which walk among you
disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies."
Some members of the church of Thessalonica were guilty
of laziness. They were not working. I think one of
the reasons w ...

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