2 Thessaloniker 1

2 Thessalonikerbrev 1:1

Paulus og Silvanus og Timoteus,
Til thessalonikernes kirke i Gud vor Fader og Herren Jesus Kristus:

(en) Paul. Forfatteren til det andet brev til Thessalonikerne var apostlen Paulus. Det er sandsynligt, at dette brev blev skrevet ikke længe efter det første, sandsynligvis omkring 50/51 e.Kr.

(b) Silvanus was the Romanized name of Silas, Paul’s colleague and friend. After experiencing imprisonment and an earthquake in Philippi, Paul and Silas travelled along the Macedonian coast to Thessalonica. Together they planted the church in the face of strong opposition (Acts 17:1-10).

(c) Timothy. Paul’s spiritual son and co-worker, was with Paul and Silas when they visited Thessalonica. Sometime after they had been driven out of the city, Paul sent Timothy back to check on the health of the new church (1 Th. 3:2, 6).

(d) Kirken. Det oprindelige ord (ekklēsia) means an assembly of people. In the New Testament, it normally refers to a church, but not always (e.g., Acts 19:32).

(e) Den Thessaloniker boede i Thessalonika, en velstående havneby i Makedonien.

(f) I Gud. Kirken er "i Gud og Herren Jesus Kristus", hvilket betyder, at vi er i koinonia-fællesskab med treenigheden. Vi er ikke Her nede mens Gud er deroppe. He is God with us (Matt. 1:23). Our home is the Lord (Matt. 28:20, John 14:20). We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16).

(g) Herren Jesus Kristus. Paul introduces the Lord Jesus Christ at the start of all his letters, and he encourages his readers to confess Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9, Php. 2:12). True preachers reveal Jesus as Lord of all. Jesus is not merely a teacher or historical figure. He is the exalted Son of God and his Name is above all names (Php. 2:9). Before the cross, Jesus was known as the Christ or anointed one. But after the cross, Jesus is the Lord or kyrios eller "den der er den øverste over alt."

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Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud Fader og Herren Jesus Kristus.

Nåde til dig og fred. Nådens apostel indledte alle sine breve med denne elskværdige hilsen. Se indgang for Rom. 1:7.

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Vi bør altid takke Gud for jer, brødre, som det kun er passende, fordi jeres tro er meget udvidet, og hver enkelt af jers kærlighed til hinanden bliver stadig større;

(en) Sig tak. As in his first letter, Paul begins by expressing his gratitude for the Thessalonians (1 Th. 1:2). Paul’s gratitude is the heartfelt gratitude of a parent for their children (1 Th. 2:7-8, 11). What made Paul happy was seeing the Thessalonians standing firm in the Lord (1 Th. 3:8). The Thessalonians were so much more than another notch on Paul’s church-planting belt. They were his crowning joy (see 1 Th. 2:19).

(b) Din tro er meget udvidet. You may say, as the disciples did, “Lord, increase my faith” (Luke 17:5). But you don’t need extra faith any more than you need extra arms and legs. You just need to use the faith you have (Rom. 12:6). Just as you build your muscles with use, you can grow your faith by putting it to work (2 Cor. 10:15, 2 Th. 1:3).

One of the ways we strengthen or enlarge our faith is by growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (2 Pet. 3:18). As our understanding of God’s love deepens, it strengthens our trust in him. As God gets bigger, our faith in him grows stronger. See indgang for Troen.

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For når alt kommer til alt, er det kun retfærdigt for Gud at gengælde dem, der plager jer, med nød, og give lindring til jer, der lider, og også os, når Herren Jesus vil blive åbenbaret fra himlen med sine mægtige engle i flammende ild,

Dig der er ramt. In this life we will have trouble, but God promises to be with us and comfort us in our troubles. The Christians in Thessalonica were experiencing trouble, but Paul promised that the Lord could be counted on to “strengthen and protect them from the evil one” (2 Th. 3:1). The word for relief can be translated as rest. In the middle of life’s storms, we find our rest in Jesus.

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(b) Revealed from heaven. The final return of the Lord to earth. This event is also referred to as the day of Christ (Php. 1:6, 10, 2:16), the day of the Lord (Acts 2:20, 1 Cor. 5:5, 1 Th. 5:2, 2 Th. 2:2, 2 Pet. 3:10), the day when the Son of Man is revealed from heaven (Luke 17:30).

(c) Mighty angels. Whenever the Son of Man is described as coming with his angels, it is a reference to his final and glorious return to earth (Matt. 25:31, Mark 8:38).

(d) Flaming fire. The ungodly and all those things that are opposed to God’s goodwill will be destroyed by fire (2 Pet. 2:6, 3:7).

On numerous occasions, the Lord spoke of fire in connection with Judgment Day (Matt. 5:22, 13:42, 50, 18:9, 25:41, Mark 9:43, Luke 17:29–30, John 15:6). He did not dread this fire but he looked forward to it knowing that it would spell the end of sin and usher in eternity (see indgang for Luke 12:49).

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at uddele gengældelse til dem, der ikke kender Gud, og til dem, der ikke adlyder vor Herre Jesu evangelium.

(en) Uddeler gengældelse. Når Herren vender tilbage, vil der være en endelig dom for dem, der ikke adlyder evangeliet.

(b) Dem, der ikke kender Gud. We are not saved on account of our good works or moral purity; we are saved because the Good Shepherd knows his sheep. How do we come to know God? Through the gospel that reveals Jesus, God’s Son. Jesus is express revelation of God’s character, and the only way to the Father (John 14:6, Heb. 1:3).

(c) Dem, der ikke adlyder evangeliet. At adlyde evangeliet er at lytte til det. Det er at åbne døren til dit hjerte og modtage det. Det ændrer dit vantro sind og tror på de gode nyheder.

(d) Vor Herre Jesu evangelium is synonymous with the gospel of grace (Acts 20:24) for Jesus is the embodiment of the Father’s grace (see entry for 1 Cor. 1:4).

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Disse vil betale straffen for evig ødelæggelse, væk fra Herrens nærhed og fra hans magts herlighed,

Evig ødelæggelse. A similar message of eternal destruction or second death was preached by Peter, James, John and Jude (2 Pet. 3:7, Jas. 4:12, 1 John 3:15, Jude 1:7). People don’t go to hell for their sins, for all our sins were dealt with at the cross. But those who reject the Lord reject life itself.

God is not willing that any perish (2 Pet. 3:9), and he has gone to extraordinary lengths to make death unnecessary. Yet people condemn themselves by preferring the path of death to the way of life (Pro 14:12). In the end, everyone gets what they ask for.

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