Living in Hope of Jesus’ Return
Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians shares similar concerns of the first letter. For example, Paul commends the church for enduring persecution (1:3-12). He also continues his focus on eschatology or the meaning of the “day of the Lord.” There are similarities in how both letters describe the day of the Lord—e.g., that day involves surprise and judgment for unbelievers but anticipation and vindication for believers. However, in 2 Thessalonians, Paul clarifies the topic and comforts the church, which was frightened by a false claim about the day of the Lord. Lastly, Paul instructs the church on how to deal with its idle members (3:1-15).