In this commentary Gordon Fee aims first and foremost to offer a fresh exposition of the text of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He shows the reader what is in the biblical text, what the text meant in the first century, and what it means now. Fee reveals the logic of each argument or narrative before moving on to the details of each verse, and he concludes each section with a theological-practical reflection on the meaning of the text today. Among other things, Fee explores the occasion for writing for each epistle, restoring 2 Thessalonians to the place it deserves as a full companion to the first letter, rather than merely a tagalong to 1 Thessalonians.
The most likely suggestion is that we are here dealing with a prophetic word on the part of the apostle.52 Thus, Paul is so certain of God’s soon-coming judgment on his ancient people that he speaks of it—future though it still is—as an event that has already taken place.5 people highlighted this
Although this verb has been seen by some as referring to a “secret rapture of the church,” Paul himself could hardly have intended such a meaning here.5 people highlighted this
In secular Greek, in fact, the word was used to refer to a political or military revolt, not in the sense of “falling away” from a position once held, but of a rebellion against a power or deity to whom one was not committed.5 people highlighted this