Application of 2 Thessalonians
1) How do you react in trials? How do you respond to persecution? Does your response glorify God? Do people see your faith? Is His love evident?
2) Do you lead a disciplined life? Does your lifestyle encourage laziness in others? Or can you say, “Follow my example”? Are you doing your share for the furtherance of the kingdom, or are you just waiting for Jesus to come back?
3) When the good you do doesn’t seem appreciated –or even noticed- how do you feel? For whom are you doing it? Will you persevere?
4) Does what you believe about prophecy or any other doctrine come from a careful, personal study of God’s Word or is it from what others teach you? Are you holding fast to what you know of the Word of God- or are you easily persuaded by “faddish” teaching?
2 Thessalonians Themes of Application
Paul encouraged the church to persevere in spite of troubles and trials. God will bring victory to his faithful followers and judge those who persecute them.
God promises to reward our faith by giving us his power and helping us bear persecution. Suffering for our faith will strengthen us to serve Christ. We must be faithful to him.
Since Paul had said that the Lord could come at any moment, some of the Thessalonian believers had stopped working in order to wait for Christ.
Christ will return and bring total victory to all who trust in him. If we are ready, we need not be concerned about when he will return. We should stand firm, keep working, and wait for Christ.
Before Christ’s return, there will be a great rebellion against God led by the man of lawlessness (the Antichrist). God will remove all the restraints on evil before he brings judgment on the rebels. The Antichrist will attempt to deceive many.
We should not be afraid when we see evil increase. God is in control, no matter how evil the world becomes. God guards us during Stan’s attacks. We can have victory over evil by remaining faithful to God.
Because church members had quit working and become disorderly and disobedient, Paul chastised them for their idleness. He called on them to show courage and true Christian conduct.
We must never get so tired of going right that we quit. We can be persistent by making the most of our time and talents. Our endurance will be rewarded.