"Not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled..."
Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:2
A DIFFICULT DOCTRINE
The doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ is not an easy doctrine to comprehend for a number of reasons:
1. It concerns the future.
2. It is essentially prophetic.
3. There are many aspects to this doctrine that are complex.
AN UNTROUBLED MIND
The apostle Paul understood some of the difficulties that the Thessalonians had with reference to this doctrine. He wrote to encourage them to hold fast to the truths they had been taught.
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled,
either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us,
as though the day of Christ had come.”
2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
1. The focus of this text
a) The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
b) Our gathering together to Him.
i) The dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:13-15)
ii) Those who remain behind will be raptured (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
2. The danger confronting the Thessalonians
a) They were shaken.
b) They were troubled.
c) They thought that the day of Christ had already taken place.
d) They were left behind!
3. Possible sources
a) There were false teachers around.
b) They used different means to contact and trouble the Thessalonian brethren.
c) Some may even have used Paul’s name as authority.
The apostle Paul had not said that the Day of the Lord had already come and gone! The brethren were encouraged to hold fast to what they had been taught. They must not be so easily troubled or shaken in their faith in the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!