II Thess. 3:2. “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”
Paul continues to state what it is he wants the Thessalonians to pray for concerning him. He wants deliverance from evil men. Paul is well aware that his life will be one of danger, discomfort, and constant threat. The world really hasn’t changed much, has it? All over the world today, people are suffering for the faith they have in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is active, government-endorsed persecution in nearly every corner of the earth. Never think for a moment that it isn’t also happening in America. I believe that the removal of Christian liberty will pick up in speed and severity in this second term of our President. In fact, it’s already starting with his insistence that Christian-owned businesses must provide “health care” such as medication to cause abortion. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Pardon my little mini-rant.
It is important to understand that Paul is not concerned nearly as much with his personal safety and comfort as he is with the furtherance of the gospel. If he is silenced, if other missionaries, pastors, and teachers are silenced, then the cause of Christ will suffer.
Unreasonable men: In this usage, the word does not indicate a lack of rationality or common sense. Usually, the root of this word means place-less, out of place; hence, in this passage, improper, outrageous, monstrous, unrighteous. It speaks of outrages against property. Used to describe people, it denotes men capable of wicked, outrageous, harmful conduct.
Wicked (evil): Not just passive badness, but active malice. It pictures enemies with vicious, destructive dispositions. Unreasonable describes thought conduct; wicked describes character.
For all have not faith: If I were still an English teacher, and this were a student’s essay, I would probably correct it to for not all have faith. In fact, that is the way some translators word it. What it says is that the evil, wicked behavior exists because not all people believe in Christ. Not only do they refuse faith, but they also want to destroy its existence.
We need to understand, as Paul did, that our battle is not of the flesh (carnal) but mighty in God (II Cor. 10:4-5). We are battling Satan in his ongoing attempt to destroy all that God loves and has established. Satan hates the Church. He knows that the gates of Hell itself will not prevail against it, but he is determined to keep as many souls as possible from finding refuge from his great hatred and anger against God. Since he can’t destroy the Church, he does everything possible to weaken it and water down the effective preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
Epic fail. The Bible stands, like a rock, undaunted ‘mid the raging storms of time! You can hear the music for this song at http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/b/i/bibstand.htm.
The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.
The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.
The Bible stands like a mountain towering
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.
The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.
The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.