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CHAPTER IV.

EXHORTATION

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ADVANCE IN GODLIN ESS-TO DILIGENCE IN

TEMPORAL CONCERNS.

Did not Paul counsel the Thessalonians that they should continue to advance more and more in godliness?

1. We exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye bave received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

3. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.

What was that prudent caution he gave them respecting their temporal concerns ?

11. That ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.

12. That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

CHAPTER V.

GENERAL ADMONITIONS.

Recite the apostle's general exhortation in concluding this Epistle.

14. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men,

16. Rejoice evermore. 17. Pray without ceasing. 18. In every thing give thanks. 19. Quench not the Spirit. 20. Despise not prophesyings. 21. Prove all things; hold fast that which is

good.

22. Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly.

SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE

APOSTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS,

CHAPTER I.

PABL'S JOY ON ACCOUNT OF THE THESSALONIANS,

Did it not afford comfort to the apostle to observe the disposition in which the Thessalonians bore persecution and other trials 2

4. We glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith, in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye.endure.

11. Wherefore we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power ;

12. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you.

CHAPTER II.

EXHORTATION TO STEADFASTNESS, &c.

In what manner did Paul encourage his fellow believers to sieadfastness, forewarning them that a time of apostasy would come ?

1, Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him,

2. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us, as that the day of Christ is at band.

3. Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

What was it that he esteemed .a cause of thanksgiving on their behalf?

4. We are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the Truth.

How did he commend them to Divine notice for consolation and support?

16. Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

17. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

CHAPTER III,

SEVERAL PRECEPTS AND DIRECTIONS.

How does the apostle express his concern for the spreading of the Gospel ?

1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified ; even as it is with you.

With what expression does he commend the Thessalonians to Divine influence ?

5. The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

How should idle and disorderly professors be dealt with ?

10. Even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11. For we bear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies.

12. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

14. And if any man obey not our word by this Epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

15. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother,

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