(From: 2 THESSALONIANS #3 - 3:1-18)
E. 3:1-5 PROTECTION & DELIVERANCE: A NEED FOR PREACHER & CONVERTS
1. 3:1-2 A PLEA: PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE
to loiPON proSEUches-the , a-delPHOI, peRI heMON,
For the rest, brethren, pray for us,
HIna ho LOgos tou KuRIou TREchekai doXAze-tai , kaTHOS kai pros huMAS;
that the word of the Lord run and be glorified, even as also it is unto you;
kai HIna 'rusTHOmen aPO ton aTOpon kai po-neRON anTHROpon; ou gar PANton hePIstis.
2 and that we be delivered from the unreasonable and evil men; for all have not the faith.
2. 3:3-5 STABLISHMENT IN THE FAITH: A WORK OF GOD THROUGH FAITH
a. 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard from the evil one.
PiSTOS DE es-tin ho KUrios, hos steRIxei huMAS, kai phuLAxei aPO tou po-neROU.
b. 3:4 PROPER DOING AND WILLING: A LEGITIMATE EXPECTATION
pePOItha-men  de en KuRIo eph' huMAS,
And we have confidence in theLord as to you,
HOti ha pa-ragGELlo-men  kai poiEIte  kai poiEse-te.
that you both do and will do what thingswe command.
c. 3:5 PATIENCE AND LOVE: A DIRECTION THE LORD GIVES
Ho de KUri-os ka-teuTHUnai  huMON tas karDIas eis ten aGApen tou TheOU,
And the Lord direct your :hearts unto the love of :God,
kai eis ten hu-po-moNEN tou ChrisTOU.
and unto the patience of the Christ.
F. 3:6-16 CONDUCT IN LIGHT OF THE SECOND COMING
a. 3:6 DISORDERLY WALK
Pa-ragGELlo-men  de huMIN, a-delPHOI, en oNOma-ti  tou KuRIou IeSOU ChrisTOU,
Now we command you, brethren, in the Lord Jesus Christ's name,
STELles-thai  huMAS aPO panTOS a-delPHOU aTAKtos pe-ri-paTOUNtos ,
thatyou withdraw from every brother that walks disorderly,
kai mekaTA ten paRAdo-sin hen pa-reLAbe-te par' heMON.
and not after the tradition which you received of us.
b. 3:7-9 PAUL'S EXAMPLE
auTOI gar OIda-te pos dei miMEISthai heMAS: HOti ouk e-takTEsa-men en huMIN;
For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us: for we were not disorderly among you;
ouDE do-reAN ARton ePHAgo-men paRA tin-os,
8neither did we eat bread for nothing at any one's hand,
all' en KOpokai MOCHtho, nukTOS kai heMEras er-gaZOme-noi ,
but in toil and travail, working night and day,
pros to mee-pi-baRE-SAI ti-na HUmon: ouch HOti ouk Echo-men e-xouSIan ,
that we might not burden any of you: 9not because we have not authority,
all' HIna he-auTOUS TUpon  DOmen huMIN, eis to miMEISthai heMAS.
but to make ourselves an example to you, that you imitate us.
c. 3:10 REMOVE FOOD FROM DRONES
kai gar HOte Emen pros huMAS, TOUto pa-regGELlo-men huMIN HOti,
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you that,
EI tis ou THElei erGAzes-thai , meDE es-thiEto .
If any will not work, neither let him eat.
d. 3:11 REBUKE FOR THE DISORDERLY
aKOUo-men GAR ti-nas pe-ri-paTOUNtas en huMIN aTAKtos ,
For we hear that some walk among you disorderly,
meDEN er-ga-zoMEnous , alLA pe-ri-er-ga-zoMEnous .
that work not at all, but are busybodies.
e. 3:12 ADMONITION
tois de toiOUtois pa-ragGELlo-men  kai pa-ra-kaLOUmen  en KuRIo IeSOU ChrisTO,
Now the such we command and exhort in theLord Jesus Christ,
HIna meTA he-suCHIas er-gaZOme-noi , ton he-auTON ARton esTHIo-sin .
that with quietness they work, andeat their own :bread.
f. 3:13 But you, brethren, be not weary inwell-doing.
HuMEIS de, a-delPHOI, meen-kaKEse-te ka-lo-poiOUNtes .
g. 3:14 BROTHERLY FIDELITY
ei DE tis ouch hu-paKOUei  to LOgoheMON diA tes e-pi-stoLES ,
And if any obeys not our :word by this:letter,
TOUton se-meiOUSthe , mesu-na-naMIGnus-thai auTO, HIna en-traPE.
note that one, that you have no company with him, so that he be ashamed.
h. 3:15 And count him not as an enemy, but admonish as a brother.
` kai mehos echTHRON heGEISthe , alLA nou-theTEIte hos a-delPHON.
i. 3:16a Now the Lord of :peace himself give you :peace at all timesin every way.
AuTOS de ho KUri-os tes eiREnes DO-ehuMIN ten eiREnen diA panTOS en panTI TROpo.
j. 3:16b The Lord be with you all. ho KUri-os meTA PANton huMON.
G. 3:17-18 SALUTATIONS & BENEDICTION
a. 3:17 The greeting of mePaul with my hand, which is a token in every epistle: so I write.
Ho as-pasMOS  te eMEcheiRI PAUlou, HO es-tin seMEIon en PAse e-pi-stoLE: HOUtos GRApho.
b. 3:18 The grace of our :Lord Jesus Christ bewith you all.
heCHAris tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU meTA PANton huMON.
NOTE: 3:1-2 - Both leaders and people need the above 2-fold prayer. Today, October 23, 2009, we need this prayer for our nation. We have had leaders appointed - czars - not responsible to people or government, who are seeking to remove our freedoms. How different from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln! We indeed pray for our leaders, as we are exhorted in Scriptures; and God hears. But He Himself permits such a chain of events - so that we - His people - may come alive! We have been asleep. Or like the frog in heating water, are unaware of our danger, until we have been boiled. God would spare us this, and present governments such as ours can awaken us and send us back to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
3:3-5 is the assurance in the heart of Paul that God will indeed answer the above two requests.
3:6-16 - These 2 special letters to the church of the Thessalonians are extremely practical. Paul points to himself and his team as an example to them. Laziness and being busybodies was no partof their life-style. And professing believers need to consider their example, and walk in it. These 2 letters major on the Return of our Lord. This section is a practical word in the light of this emphasis. Lewi Pethrus of Stockholm, Sweden in his great Filadelfia church, practiced the truth of this section. In a congregation of some 6000 composed even of members of the royal family and government, often 50-100 members would be seated on a raised platform at the back of the sanctuary, until they had paid the penalty for infractions such as the above. “Christian Church Discipline” was the title of a book written by Pastor Pethrus, outlining the reason for and methods of - ministering this subject. It brought the presence of the Lord, and made this church one of Smith Wigglesworth's favorite in ministering to. God is pleased when we obey His word in disciplining either our children, or church members. On one occasion one of our children said, “Dad, I know why you spank us when we need it - it's so we don't turn out to be brats like kids whose parents won't spank them!” Well said, Dr. Spock not withstanding!
3:17-18 - Isn't it sad that Paul had to personally sign letters his secretaries recorded, because of dishonest writers who sought to get their writings read by appending Paul's name to them! Dishonesty is still prevalent in our day, 2000 years later! As a matter of fact, God's word records that just prior to Christ's return, world standards will be at their lowest ebb! How many can testify to the truth of God's prophetic word in this regard? - J.A.W.