The second letter to the Thessalonians continues the theme that is found in the first letter to the Thessalonians: living in the light of eternity. Having our eyes on eternity and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ changes how we live in this world. In his first letter to the Thessalonians he wrote to them about the expectation of the Lord’s return and our gather to him. They needed to be ready for the day of the Lord to come like a thief in the night. This preparation of the imminent return of Christ seems to have been mixed with some false teachings and severe persecution that led to the writing of the second letter just a few months later.
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