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This second letter to the Thessalonians begins with encouragement for their persecution. Although we don't see the type of persecution that many Christians see around the world, there is a hope. Nothing that happens to us compares to the punishment Jesus took on our behalf.
I just recently reviewed The Open Bible by Thomas Nelson. It was the first Study Bible I had as a new Christian. One of the things I like about it is the information offered at the beginning of each book. So, I'll share little tidbits for the rest of the year.
Since Paul's first letter, the seeds of false doctrine have been sown among the Thessalonians, causing them to waver in their faith. Paul removes these destructive seeds and again plants the seeds of truth. He begins by commending the believers on their faithfulness in the midst of persecution and encouraging them that present suffering will be repaid with future glory. Therefore, in the midst of persecution, expectation can be high. (page 1230)