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If a person cannot work, is he condemned?

This passage does not specifically mention the ability to work, but the desire to work. The portion in question you are mentioning is specifically the phrase "that if any would not work, neither ...
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Antichrist, Man of Lawlessness, Beast of Revelation 13

Tau's answer explains why the antichrist may be synonymous with the man of lawlessness and the beast described in Revelation 13. I would add to that as the question also asks: Are there any reasons ...
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What does 'the spirit of his mouth' mean in II Thessalonians 2:8?

My own understanding of that text is that what is present on earth, a mysterious presence called 'Wicked', shall be consumed ('annihilated' is quite a good translation of αναλισκο, analisko Strong 355)...
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Is God being Deceitful?

The concept of God sending evil spirits to bring judgment is throughout the whole Bible. The ‘demonic’ realm operates entirely within God’s will. There is nothing they can do without permission or ...
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A question regarding the anarthrous use of θεος in 2 Thessalonians 1:6

The potential for exegetical error by treating "God" as a noun to which simple anaphoric axioms are applied may be seen by comparing the openings of the two letters to the Thessalonians: ...
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What is the opposite of Love?

The opposite of love is selfishness:  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the ...
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Who are the so called gods in 2 Thessalonians 2:4? How is the man of destruction able to sit himself in the temple of God?

Paul himself declares elsewhere that the Christian community is the temple of God. Speaking to the Corinthian church; "Do you not know that you [plural] are God's temple and that God's Spirit ...
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How is Jesus with us when two or three are gathered, if he is still hanging out in the clouds?

Because God is both immanent and transcendent. He is omnipresent and not bound by the confines of His creation (transcendent). He is uniquely separate from His creation; thus He is not "hanging out ...
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Why does Paul refer to both 'God' and 'Father' in 2 Thessalonians 1:1?

The beginning of the second letter should be compared to the first: Here are the keys phrases: ἐν θεῷ πατρὶ καὶ κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστῷ ἐν θεῷ πατρὶ ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστῷ χάρις ὑμῖν ...
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What is the opposite of Love?

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own ...
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How to reconcile 2 Thessalonians 1:9 with Revelation 14:10

2 Thess 1:9 "away from the presence of the Lord". They are cast out of heaven. Proverbs 15:11. "Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord". Psalm 139:8 "if I make my bed in ...
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Does 'of us' relate to both 'word' and 'epistle' (2 Thess 2:15)?

The short answer to the question is "Yes" - this is a standard Koine construction with the repeated use (to make a list of alternatives) of ειτε. Thus the meaning is: either this or that ...
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2 Thess 2:1-2 - what is the timing relationship between the rapture and the day of the Lord?

The grammar certainly joins the return of Christ to the Christians alive at the time of that event being gathered to him. It is clear from the construction of verse 1 that when Christ returns, then ...
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What is the accurate translation for 2 Thessalonians 3:3?

The correct translation is "from the evil." >"2 and that we may be delivered from the unreasonable and evil men, for the faith [is] not of all; 3 and stedfast is the Lord, who shall ...
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who were the idle people St Paul admonishes in 2 Thessalonians 3?

This is how the English Standard Version puts it: V10: For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. V11 For we hear that some ...
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How should 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 be interpreted?

I've spent some time wondering about this passage also, and will share my current exegesis, without trying to say any other answer is wrong. There may be many interpretations of this dense passage. ...
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Antichrist, Man of Lawlessness, Beast of Revelation 13

The "Beast" and the Antichrist have been interpreted as being one in the same because from the days of the Early Church Fathers, they have been considered as one and the same. Even prior to the ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:15, who or what is "Belial"?

The question has jumped from 2 Corinthians ch. 6 and makes an invalid association with the "man of sin" of 2 Thess. 2:3 which is not meant in 2 Cor. 6. The verse is dealing with ...
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In 2 Thessalonians 2:4, how does the man of sin actually “seat/sit” in the Temple of God?

Temple means the sanctuary consisting of the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place [ναός-naos]. These contained five pieces of furniture: a table for showbread an altar for incense a lampstand for light ...
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What afflictions did the church in Thessalonica suffer?

Paul does not tell us of the afflictions that the church at Thessalonica suffered, other than to compare them closely to the afflictions suffered by Jewish Christians in Judea. I could provide an ...
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In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, are "the lie" and "the truth" some particular lie and some particular truth?

The NIV translation of 2 Thessalonian 2:9 seems to be a minority view among popular English-language Bibles. An interlinear translation leaves little room for "serve the lie". In this case, ...
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Who is "taken out of the way" and what is the function of "ginomai" in 2 Thessalonians 2:7?

'o katechwn arti ews ek mesou genetai. [Stephens 1550 Text} who now restrains, out of the midst be. [EGNT] My understanding of this is that one is in the midst and this is a restraint. Once that ...
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Is 2 Thessalonians 3:17 enough to reject Paul as the author of Hebrews?

2 Thessalonians 3:17 isn't enough evidence to dispute Paul's authorship of the book of Hebrews, Paul being the apostle to the gentiles as clearly identified in his commission: Acts 26:16-18 16 But ...
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Is 2 Thessalonians 3:17 enough to reject Paul as the author of Hebrews?

Paul would very likely have used his handwriting for authentication as you pointed out, but as Origen wrote, “Only God knows for certain who wrote this book.” Here are three excellent links that ...
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Is 2 Thessalonians 3:17 enough to reject Paul as the author of Hebrews?

"The salutation of Paul ..." What Paul is saying here is not that every single letter by him will contain a special sign (σημεῖον) or that this particular greeting is the special sign. As is ...
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Did Paul write 2 Thessalonians?

The first verse of 2 Thessalonians is "Paul, and Sylvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." The letter clearly claims to be a joint work ...
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