2 Thessalonians 3:2
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not everyone holds to the faith.
Sermons
A Marvellous DeliveranceJ. L. Nye.2 Thessalonians 3:2
God a Protector2 Thessalonians 3:2
Lacking the EssentialArchdeacon Richardson, M. A.2 Thessalonians 3:2
Prayer for MissionsB.C. Caffin 2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2
The Prayers of the Thessalonians Asked by the ApostleT. Croskery 2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2
Intimation of the Close of the EpistleR. Finlayson 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5


He had prayed for them; he now asks them to pray for him.

I. MINISTERS NEED THE PRAYERS OF THEIR PEOPLE. "Finally, brethren, pray for us."

1. Because their work is a great work.

2. Because it is weighted down with opposition and hinderance.

3. Because ministers feel their need, not only of human sympathy, but of Divine grace, wisdom, and strength.

4. Because such prayers knit the hearts of pastor and people more closely together.

II. THE DOUBLE PURPORT OF THE PRAYER FOR THE APOSTLE. It was for no mere personal or selfish object, but had exclusive reference to the furtherance of the gospel. To pray for ministers is to pray for the gospel.

1. It was a prayer for the rapid spread of the gospel. "That the Word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as it is also with you."

(1) There were grave hindrances in its way presented by Jewish prejudice, Gentile fanaticism, and the jealousy of the Roman power. He is anxious that the gospel should not go halting and picking its steps, but "like a strong man rejoicing to run a race," overleaping all barriers of space and prejudice and hatred, Ministers have their "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." It is God only who can remove all impediments and make the mountains a plain before Zerubbabel.

(2) The apostle was anxious that the gospel should be glorified - as "the power of God unto salvation" - by the conversion of large numbers of people, by their cheerful obedience to the truth, and by their orderly walk in the gospel. He quotes the example of the Thessalonians themselves - "even as it is with you" - as worthy of imitation in spite of some exceptional defects. The courteous reference would lead his converts to pray for him with deeper interest and. fervour.

2. It was a prayer for deliverance from obstructive enemies. "And that we may be delivered kern unreasonable and wicked men." The impediments to the free progress of the gospel were evil men. They were his Jewish enemies at Corinth who rose against the apostle and brought him to the judgment seat of Gallio (Acts 18:12).

(1) It was a prayer that his career might not he cut short by their malignity. The apostle's life was, perhaps, the most valuable in all the world in that generation, but it seemed to be at the mercy of men without scruple or mercy. He was, indeed, "in deaths oft." His enemies either lay in wait for him to destroy him, or roused the fanaticism of mobs against him.

(2) It was an enmity directed by men without any check from' reason or principle. His most persevering enemies through life were the Jews. No reason or argument could satisfy them or mollify their hatred. Their conduct was easily explained by the fact that "all men have not faith." As if nothing better could be expected from godless and blaspheming Jews. - T.C.







That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men
A worthy servant of God, pastor in one of the cantons of Switzerland, took a lively interest in a prisoner condemned to death. On the evening before the execution the pastor could not account for a strange repugnance to perform a duty that he had hitherto discharged without hesitation. A voice within him seemed to say, "Do not go." Fearing to neglect a duty, he ran to the prison. Arrived at the gate, the same irresistible voice seemed to say to him, "Do not enter." The pastor returned to his study, assured that he was obeying the will of Him whom he desired to serve. He afterwards learned that the prisoner had resolved to make a desperate effort to escape, and as soon as the pastor entered that day, to attack him, and then escape to some place of concealment. The unhappy prisoner, exasperated by disappointment, roared with anger. The gaoler, hearing an unaccountable noise, suddenly entered the cell. The condemned man, supposing this was his intended victim, threw himself, with the fury of despair, on the gaoler, and struck him on the head with his irons. The gaoler fell dead, while the prisoner ran towards the gate to escape, and was only secured after a terrible conflict.

(J. L. Nye.)

Some years ago, a band of missionaries in the Fiji Islands found their home surrounded by a troop of savages armed for battle. Being both unable and unwilling to fight, they shut their door and began to pray. Presently the howling of the savages ceased. Then one of the missionaries went out, and found only one savage there. Said the missionary: "Where are your chiefs?" "They are gone. They heard you praying to your God; and they know yours is a strong God, and they are gone." The savages were right at last. God is a strong God; strong to help those who love Him — strong to punish His enemies.

All men have not faith
I. WHAT FAITH IS.

1. It is taking God at His word. Noah did it about a thing unknown (Hebrews 11:7); Abraham did it about a thing unlikely (Hebrews 11:17-19); Moses did it about a thing untried (Hebrews 11:28).

2. It is trusting Jesus at His invitation. The Jews who had no faith, had no profit (Hebrews 4:2); Peter who had little faith, had little comfort (Matthew 14:28, 30, 31); the woman of Canaan, who had great faith, had a great blessing (Matthew 15:28); the centurion, who had most faith, had most honour (Matthew 8:10). Trust your souls to Christ's care (Acts 7:59); trust your sins to Christ's cleansing (1 Peter 1:18, 19); trust your life to Christ's keeping (Colossians 3:3, 4).

II. WHENCE FAITH COMES.

1. From God's grace (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 12:3).

2. From God's Word (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:15).

3. From God's working (1 John 5:1; Colossians 2:12).

4. From man's heart (Romans 10:10; Romans 6:17).

III. HOW FAITH WORKS.

1. It overcometh the world (1 John 5:4).

2. It purifieth the heart (Acts 15:8, 9).

3. It worketh by love (Galatians 5:6). Two great benefits come from faiths.

(1)the preciousness of Christ (1 Peter 2:7);

(2)the blessedness of Christ (1 Peter 1:8).

(Archdeacon Richardson, M. A.)

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