2:1 Now 1 we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our a gathering together unto him,
(1) The second part of the epistle, containing an
excellent prophecy of the state of the Church, which will be from the apostles
time to the latter day of judgment.
(a) If we think earnestly upon that unmeasurable
glory which we will be partakers of with Christ, it will be an excellent
remedy for us against wavering and impatience, so that neither the glistening
of the world will allure us, nor the dreadful sight of the cross dismay us.
2:2 2 That
ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by b
spirit, nor by c word, nor by d
letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
(2) We must take heed of false prophets,
especially in this matter, who go about to deceive, and that for the most
part, after three sorts: for either they brag of fake prophetical revelations,
or they bring conjectures and reasons of their own, or use counterfeit
(b) By dreams and fables, which men pretend to be
(c) Either by word of mouth, or by written books.
(d) Either by forged letter, or falsely commented
2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: 3
for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and e
that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
(3) The apostle foretells that before the coming
of the Lord, there will be a throne set up completely contrary to Christ's
glory, in which that wicked man will sit, and transfer all things that
appertain to God to himself: and many will fall away from God to him.
(e) By speaking of one, he singles out the person
of the tyrannous and persecuting antichrist.
2:4 Who opposeth and f
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; 4
so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
(f) All men know who he is that says he can shut
up heaven and open it at his pleasure, and takes upon himself to be lord and
master above all kings and princes, before whom kings and princes fall down
and worship, honouring that antichrist as a god. (4)
He foretells that the antichrist (that is, whoever he is that will occupy that
seat that falls away from God) will not reign outside of the Church, but in
the very bosom of the Church.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
(5) This prophecy was continually declared to the
ancient Church, but it was neglected by those that followed.
2:6 And now ye know g
what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
(g) What hinders and stops.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: 7
only he who now h letteth [will let],
until he be taken out of the way.
(6) Even in the apostles time the first
foundations of the apostolic seat were laid, but yet so that they deceived
men. (7) He foretells that when the empire of
Rome is taken away, the seat that falls away from God will succeed and hold
its place, as the old writers, Tertullian, Chrysostom, and Jerome explain and
(h) He who is now in authority and rules all,
that is, the Roman Empire.
And then shall i that Wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall k consume
with the l spirit of his mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
(8) That wickedness will at length be detected by
the word of the Lord, and will utterly be abolished by Christ's coming.
(i) Literally, "that lawless fellow",
that is to say, he that will completely tread upon God's law.
(k) Bring to nothing.
(l) With his word, for the true ministers of the
word are as a mouth, by which the Lord breathes out that mighty and
everlasting word, which will break his enemies apart, as though the word were
an iron rod.
[Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs
and m lying wonders,
(9) He foretells that Satan will bestow all his
might and power, and use all false miracles that he can to establish that
seat, and that with great success, because the wickedness of the world does so
deserve it: yet in such a way that only the unfaithful will perish through his
(m) Which are partly false, and partly done to
establish a falsehood.
2:11 And for this
cause God shall send them n strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie:
(n) A most mighty working to deceive them.
2:12 That they all might be damned who believed
not the truth, but o had pleasure in
(o) They liked lies so much that they had
pleasure in them, which is the greatest madness that may exist.
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the
Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through p
sanctification of the Spirit and q
belief of the truth:
(10) The elect will stand steadfast and safe from
all these mischiefs. Now election is known by these testimonies: faith is
increased by sanctification: faith, by that which we grant to the truth;
truth, by calling, through the preaching of the Gospel: from where we come at
length to a certain hope of glorification.
(p) To sanctify you.
(q) Faith which does not lay hold upon lies, but
upon the truth of God, which is the Gospel.
2:14 Whereunto he called you by our r
gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(r) By our preaching.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been
taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
(11) The conclusion: it remains then that we
continue in the doctrine which was delivered to us by the mouth and writings
of the apostles, through the free good will of God, who comforts us with an
invincible hope, and that we also continue in all godliness our whole life