2 Thessalonians 2
Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians was misunderstood, and he therefore wrote them a second time. They had come to believe that the Lord would appear at once, whereas all that Paul had stated was, that the Lord would certainly come, that the time was unrevealed, and that, therefore, they should live in daily watchfulness. He here corrects their wrong impressions.
2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4
It is difficult to give this passage any other interpretation than the common one. The system of Popery was foreseen by the apostle, and it is every day developing itself. A few months ago the Pope claimed to be infallible, but long before he had been publicly adored, and spoken of as “our Lord God the Pope.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7
There were elements at work even in Paul’s day, which only needed the removal of persecution to develop themselves. The traditions of men were beginning to mislead the church, and Paul saw that in after years, when the civil powers ceased their opposition, the pride of man would be rampant, and the church would yield to Antichrist.
2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12
It is hard to account for the apparent sincerity of Romish emissaries and their dupes, except upon the theory that they are given over to their delusions and justly left to perish in their own folly.
2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14
Electing love has called us out of the world and saved us from the vile priestcraft which slays its thousands: let us give thanks to God for this as long as we live.
2 Thessalonians 2:15
Hold such traditions, but not the traditions of men.
2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17
A blessed prayer. Comfort and stablish—two choice blessings; Lord grant them to us for Jesus sake. Amen.
Hasten, Lord! the promised hour;
Come in glory and in power;
Still thy foes are unsubdued;
Nature sighs to be renewed.
Time has nearly reach’d its sum,
All things with thy bride say, “Come;”
Jesus, whom all worlds adore,
Come, and reign for evermore!