Some questions regarding 2Thessalonians have been brought up. The non-bold text below shows the post questions. Also, the Scripture below is what was posted, which I believe is from the NIV. 2Thessalonians 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and DESTROY by the splendor of his coming.
The letter goes on speaking about how Satan deceives those that ”will perish because they refuse to love the truth...”. God sends non believers a ”delusion” so they believe the lies and in turn be condemned. My question is what could this ”powerful delusion” be? If they are already non believers why the delusion? Aren’t they already condemned by their delight in wickedness?
Paul is addressing believers; he is commending them, and also letting them know he prays for them and gives thanks for them:
Their faith is growing abundantly
Their love for the brethren is increasing
They are steadfast in enduring persecution and affliction
They are faithful (trusting in God) in enduring persecution and affliction
Paul goes on to tell them that these characteristics are evidence that they are worthy of the Kingdom of God! He also encourages them that relief, total relief, from persecution and affliction is coming – but it is coming at the return of Christ. When Jesus returns He will have H