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The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians.

The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. JAMES DENNEY, B.D.


A great subject of apostolic preaching at Thessalonica
had been the Second Advent. So characteristic was
it of the gospel message, that Christian converts
from heathenism are defined as those who have
turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true
God, and to wait for His Son from heaven.
BY REV. JAMES DENNEY, B.D.


A great subject of apostolic preaching at Thessalonica
had been the Second Advent. So characteristic was
it of the gospel message, that Christian converts
from heathenism are defined as those who have
turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true
God, and to wait for His Son from heaven.

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THE SECOD EPISTLE TO THE THESSALOIAS.BY REV. JAMES DEEY, B.D.COTETSI.PA6ISALUTATIO AD THAKSGIVIG . . • • 27 1II.SUFFERIG AD GLORY 189III.THE MA OF SI • .... . > 3<>5IV.THE RESTRAIT AD ITS REMOVAL . . . .3^3V.THE THEOLOGY OF PAUL 34 1VLMUTUAL ITERCESSIO ...... 359VII.THE CHRISTIA WORTH OF LABOUR . . . . 375VIII.FAREWELL «•••«•<•• 391THE SECOD EPISTLE TO THE
 
THESSALOIAS.tSALUTATIO AD THAKSGIVIG.S69" Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessa-lonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ; Grace to youand peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."We are bound to give thanks to God alway for you, brethren, evenas it is meet, for that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the loveof each one of you all toward one another aboundeth ; so that weourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience andfaith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which ye endure." —a Thess. 1 1-4 (R.V.X170I,SALUTATIO AD THAKSGIVIG.T  beginning to expound the Second Epistle to the-¦¦ Thessalonians, it is necessary to say a few words byway of introduction to the book as a whole. Certainquestions occur to the mind whenever such a documentas this is presented to it ; and it will put us in a better
 
position for understanding details if we first answerthese. How do we know, for instance, that this Epistleis really the second to the Thessalonians ? It hasbeen maintained that it is the earlier of the two. Canwe justify its appearance in the place which it usuallyoccupies ? I think we can. The tradition of thechurch itself counts for something. It is quite unmis-takable, in other cases in which there are two lettersaddressed to the same people, — e.g., the Epistles to theCorinthians and to Timothy, — that they stand in thecanon in the order of time. Presumably the same isthe case here. Of course a tradition like this is notinfallible, and if it can be proved false must beabandoned ; but at the present moment, the tendency271272 THE EPISTLES TO THE THESSALOIAS.in most minds is to underestimate the historical valueof such traditions; and, in the instance before us,tradition is supported by various indications in theEpistle itself. For example, in the other letter, Paulcongratulates the Thessalonians on their reception of the gospel, and the characteristic experiences attendantupon it ; here it is the wonderful growth of their faith,and the abounding of their love, which calls forth histhanksgiving, — surely a more advanced stage of Chris-tian life being in view. Again, in the other Epistle thereare slight hints of moral disorder, due to misapprehen-sion of the Lord's Second Coming ; but in this Epistlesuch disorder is broadly exposed and denounced ; theApostle has heard of unruly busybodies, who do nowork at all; he charges them in the name of the LordJesus to change their conduct, and bids the brethrenavoid them, that they may be put to shame. Plainlythe faults as well as the graces of the church are seen

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