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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: Since this letter is the second, the exegetical consideration of an anaphoric use does not begin with the second greeting. Rather, the greeting in the first ...


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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 same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more ...


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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 works were evil, and his brother's righteous. [1 John 3:13 KJV] Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from ...


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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 καὶ εἰρήνη χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ The addition of ...


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I would translate 2 Thess 1:1 as - Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the congregation of Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: This should be compared to a very similar address at the head of 1 Thess 1:1 - Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the congregation of Thessalonians in God [the] Father and the Lord Jesus Christ … Note that in ...


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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. Background First, let's understand the background. The Church in Thessalonica was worried that the Day of the Lord had already come, and they were left behind (...


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Your question sent me searching amongst various Bible commentaries for various translations, and it seems to be as you suggest – all the translations I consulted supported the view that there is one who allows, until that one is taken out of the way; he hinders until he is taken out of the way, then this evil party is unrestrained for a short season. ...


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In v.6, and 7, Paul goes from the "what" (neuter), in restraining, which most likely is the active force (spirit) of God & Jesus through the Apostles, that restrains/holds down the Man of Lawlessness, whoever that may be in Paul's day, to projecting forward in time with regard to the future (end time) M of L, whoever that may be. The nominative,...


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Summary Is the article τοῦ anaphoric in the phrase τοῦ θεοῦ ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ? Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:12 NLT) ὅπως ἐνδοξασθῇ τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ κυρίου ...


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