2 Thessalonians 3 - Chapter Text - New American Standard Bible (NASB)

WAIT PATIENTLY FOR CHRIST

1Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil oneWe have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

WITHDRAW FROM THE DISORDERLY

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

CONCLUSION

16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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I love the verse that was chosen for meditation at the bottom of the page " He certainly protects and strengthens us.

The Lord has been teaching me through his Word and discussions with brothers and sisters at our church regarding submission The two uses of the word "command" stuck me as I read this chapter. We are not used to being commanded by our church leaders but I believe church membership really does mean submission to pastors and elders. What they ask of us should be considered as more of a command than as a request. I don't mean to start an argument here; just to comment on what appears to be a principle that was important to Paul. Vs 14 seems to underline my point and then vs 15 softens it a bit.

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Jmack3388
Mark

Thanks Mark. I also believe that our church leaders have authority and that we should follow them, as long as their leadership is consistent with the two greatest commandments to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

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Jmack3388

I agree. There is no doubt that authority in all walks of life has been abused and has left scars on God's people. Particularly authority of pastors and authority in the home. I have been impressed in the last few years with 9Marks ministry and how it describes the relationship of church leaders and the church.

We are working through 1 Corinthians in our church and we recently covered chapter 11 where it talks about headship and headcovering. We had some interesting conversations...

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