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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

In these words we have the apostle's earnest prayer for them, in which observe, I. To whom he prays: Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father. We may and should direct our prayers, not only to God the Father, through the mediation of our Lord Jesus Christ, but also to our Lord Jesus Christ himself; and should pray in his name unto God, not only as his Father but as our Father in and through him. II. From what he takes encouragement in his prayer?from the consideration of what... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

2:13-17 We ought always to give thanks for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the consecration of the Holy Spirit and by faith in the truth. For this he called you by the good news which we brought that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand fast and hold on to the traditions which you were taught either by word of mouth or through our letter. May the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:17

Comfort your hearts ,.... That is, apply the comfort given, and cause it to be received, which unbelief is apt to refuse; and increase it, by shedding abroad the love of Christ, and of the Father; by the discoveries of pardoning grace; by the application of Gospel promises; by the word and ordinances, which are breasts of consolation; and by indulging with the gracious presence, and comfortable communion of Father, Son, and Spirit. The Arabic version reads, "comfort your hearts by his... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Thessalonians 2:17

Comfort your hearts - Keep your souls ever under the influence of his Holy Spirit: and stablish you - confirm and strengthen you in your belief of every good word or doctrine, which we have delivered unto you; and in the practice of every good work, recommended and enjoined by the doctrines of the Gospel. It is not enough that we believe the truth; we must love the truth. Antinomianism says: "Believe the doctrines, and ye are safe." The testimony borne by the Gospel is: Believe, love,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

When that restraining influence was removed, the man of sin would be revealed, accompanied with powers and signs and wonders of falsehood, and would succeed in deceiving those who were destitute of the love of the truth. Then would the Lord Jesus Christ come and destroy him by the breath of his mouth and the appearance of his presence. The apostle thanks God that the Thessalonians, on the contrary, were chosen to salvation and to a participation of the glory of the Lord; he exhorts them to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

The apostle's main design in this Epistle is to correct a most disquieting error that had arisen upon this point. I. THE PANIC IN THE THESSALONIAN CHURCH . 1 . It was concerning the date of the second coming of Christ. "Touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together unto him." The facts of this august event had been prophetically described in the First Epistle. 2 . The misapprehension caused a sort of panic. "That ye be not soon shaken in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:17

Comfort your hearts, and stablish you; or, according to the best manuscripts, stablish them. namely, your hearts. These verbs are in the singular, but their nominative is our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, thus implying the unity between these Divine Persons. In every good word and work. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Thessalonians 2:17

Comfort your hearts; - see the notes, 1Th 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:14. The Thessalonians were in the midst of trials, and Paul prayed that they might have the full consolations of their religion.And stablish you - Make you firm and steadfast; 1Th 3:2, 1 Thessalonians 3:13.In every good word and work - In every true doctrine, and in the practice of every virtue.This chapter is very important in reference to the rise of that great anti-Christian power which has exerted, and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

2 Thessalonians 2:15-17. Therefore, brethren, stand fast In your adherence to the truth and possession of the grace of the gospel; and hold Without adding to or diminishing from them; the traditions which ye have been taught The instructions which have been delivered to you; whether by word When we were present with you; or our former epistle He preached to them before he wrote, and he had written concerning the things which he wished them to hold fast in his former epistle. The... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

2:13-3:18 PRESENT NEEDS IN THE CHURCHStability amid persecution (2:13-3:5)From considering the terrible judgment that awaits the wicked, Paul turns to look at the bright future that awaits the Thessalonian believers. God will destroy the man of lawlessness and his followers, but the same God loves the Thessalonian believers. Their salvation is certain because God chose them as his from eternity, called them to himself through the gospel, and will in due course give them a share in Christ’s... read more

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