Members who had ceased to practice their trading activities were advised to return to their previous working and earning state, so as to provide for their needs (2 Thess.
3:610; Gordon 1987, p.
45:11, 61:7, 91:4; John 17:17,19, 8:32, 1:17; 2 Thess.
Here is a place for the exposition of 2 Thess.
Paul's example (1 Cor 8:1-11:1) provides another connection, and Ephesians 6 is a Pauline "commission." Finally, O'Brien suggests that there is so little in Paul's letters about the need to evangelize because Paul focuses on the dynamic spread of the Gospel rather than its proclaimers (2 Thess.
3:1-2), and that Ephesians 6 shows that all Christians were involved in the proclamation.
In discussing "the mystery of lawlessness" (2 Thess.
2:7), Bockmuehl considers it a distinctive Pauline way of speaking about Satan's "clandestine" present activity in the world.
The suicides and murders that occurred instead fulfilled the biblical prophecy about "the fire next time," since the Bible states (2 Thess.
The Man of Sin (referred to in 2 Thess.
2:3) is generally held to signify the Antichrist.
The discussion of 2 Thess.
3:6-15 is interesting, with its suggestion that Paul was urging Christians to avoid the patronage system and to support their own deserving (but not undeserving) poor.
8) looks like a Coptic rendering [UNKNOWN TEXT OMITTED] in John 17: 12 and 2 Thess.
2: 3 (but in John it refers to Judas; p.