2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Bible Study and Commentary
Last time Paul told us who we were in Christ. He explained that we have been sanctified, loved, and are part of God’s plan. We should stand fast and establish our hearts to every good word and work.
Do you pray for God’s word to spread and work in the lives of people?
Do you ever think about how faithful God is concerning you?
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Paul starts this chapter by asking the church to pray for him and the others. The others would be Timothy, and Silas. I think this is very important to understand, that our church leaders need prayer. Paul, Timothy and Silas are men just like us, and they have problems, faults and trials just like we do.
Paul asks that they pray that they would preach and teach God’s word freely, and that God’s word would do its work freely in the lives of men and women, just like in Thessalonica. Paul had met great opposition on the mission field, and many tried to hinder the Gospel. We should always pray that the word be delivered without hindrance, and that it would work in the lives of those that hear it.
Paul even mentions those that hinder him and the word. It is unreasonable men and wicked men, who hinder the word of God. I think we need to realize that there are people who do not believe the Gospel, and not only do they not believe it, but they would rather others never hear it or believe it. This was true in Paul’s day, and is still true today.
Do you ever pray that God’s word will not be hindered? Do you pray that it will be used like a warrior running to battle? That it would be effective in the lives of men and women.
Although men are without faith, God is always faithful. Paul expresses who he has confidence in. Paul prays that the Lord will establish and keep the Thessalonian church from evil. Paul said that he had confidence that the Lord will keep these people on the right track. Paul believed that the people would continue doing what that had in the past and would continue to do God’s will. These people had been faithful in their work for the Lord, the love for others, and their hope that Jesus would return for them. Paul was confident that this would continue and God would see to it.
God is faithful. Do you ever just think about the faithfulness of God? God can’t lie. God can’t break a promise. God has invested greatly in your life. He is not turning his back on you. Does God’s faithfulness mean anything to you? Does it change the way you live your life today?
Paul’s big concerns are that the church stay away from evil, and those that try to hinder them. That they would continue to do God’s will. That they would have the love of God for others, and that they would be patient in waiting for the Lord to return. I think this would be any pastor’s prayer for the people he cares for.