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Bible Commentaries

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary

2 Thessalonians

- 2 Thessalonians

by Frederick Brotherton Meyer

Outline of the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians

The Second Coming of Christ

Salutation, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

1. The Integrity of the Faith and Life of the Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

2. The Man of Sin and the Coming of Christ, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

3. Prayer for the Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

4. A Request for the Prayers of the Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

5. The Christian’s Manner of Life, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

Conclusion, 2 Thessalonians 3:16-17


This second Epistle was probably written shortly after the first. The Apostle appears to have heard of some who claimed to be acting on his authority, and were announcing the immediate coming of the Lord. This had so excited and unsettled the disciples of Thessalonica that they were neglecting their means of livelihood. Writing from Corinth, where he was staying at the time, Paul endeavored to allay that spirit of unrest and to call these disciples back to their everyday duties.

e-Sword Note: The following material was presented at the end of 2 Thessalonians in the printed edition

Review Questions on the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians


( a ) What further teaching have we here about the return of Christ?

( b ) How does the Epistle emphasize (1) prayer; (2) conduct?


( c ) Where was Paul staying when he wrote this Epistle?

( d ) What conditions had developed which made it necessary for him to write again?

II Thessalonians 1-3

Each question applies to the paragraph of corresponding number in the Comments .

1. What are the contrasted destinies of those who accept and those who reject the gospel?

2. What great event must precede the coming of Christ?

3. Why did Paul desire the prayers of the Thessalonians?

4. What special command had Paul given them while with them? Why is it now repeated? What is the closing benediction?