II Thess. 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
I. The Omnipotence of the Word
- God’s Word Creates – Genesis 1:2 And God said, Let there be light…
- God’s Word Comforts – Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
- God’s Word Convinces – Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
- God’s Word Converts – Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:
- God’s Word Chastens – Rev. 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
- God’s Word Corrects – II Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction…
- God’s Word Cleanses – Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
- God’ Word Charts – Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- God’s Word Captivates – Deut. 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
- God’s Word Conquers – Rev. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations…
So – is it possible for the word of the Lord that has all this power to actually be hindered from having free course?
Obviously! Paul prayed that the Word of the Lord may have free course.
II. The Opposition to the Word
It is apparent from Paul’s prayer request that he was concerned about the word of the Lord having free course.
It is clear that verse 1 and verse 2 are one complete thought. Verse 1 ends in a colon.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Verse 2 and verse 1 are the same prayer request.
There are three kinds of people that will prevent the Word of the Lord from having free course.
Paul breaks it down for us. These are the types of people that have the ability to hinder the Word of God’s influence.
1. Unreasonable Men
- II Thess. 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable …men
At a first glance, we might misunderstand the usage of this word.
We hear the word “unreasonable” and we think of people that are hard to reason with.
That is not what this word means.
Unreasonable here is the Greek word: atopos
It comes from the root word topos – with an a in front of it, it means it is the opposite of
The word topos means – a space that is marked off; like a place in a book, or an inhabited place, like a village or the station held by one in a company or an assembly.
In other words – unreasonable men is simply those that are out of place; not where they are supposed to be;
Paul asked for prayer that God would deliver him from men that wouldn’t be in their place.
Men that won’t stay put; that won’t cooperate with God’s plan; men that won’t respect their place; their function in the body
Men that are unfaithful and uncommitted; unreliable.
Men that are atopos – out of place – will most definitely hinder God’s Word from having free course.
2. Ungodly Men
Here again we find a word that we are familiar with – the word “wicked”.
In researching this word, I discovered that it didn’t mean what I thought it meant.
Wicked is the Greek word poneros – full of labours, annoyances, hardships
Comes from the root word ponos – great trouble, intense desire, pain
Jesus used this word in his model prayer in Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Paul’s prayer request was for God to deliver him from men that made the ministry difficult and annoying; not because of their ignorance, but because of their refusal to listen to God’s Word.
3. Unbelieving Men
The word “faith” here is the Greek word pistis meaning conviction of the truth of anything, belief;
It is derived from the word peitho meaning to persuade, i.e. to induce one by words to believe
Paul asked for God to allow his word to have free course, and to be delivered from those men that refuse to be persuaded; those that are so skeptical and unbelieving that they refuse to be convinced of the truth of anything.
The same Word of God that created the heavens and the earth is hindered by an unbelieving heart.
III. The Objective of the Word
The Objective of the Word is simple; to exalt and glorify the Word of God.
Look at what Paul said in verse 1:
- II Thess. 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
Paul’s desire was for the Word of God to have freedom to run its course; to do its work, and in so doing, the word of the Lord would be glorified.
How important is it that the word of God be glorified?
Notice David’s revelation:
- Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
DEFINITION: Glorified: to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate; to cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged
Paul’s prayer was for the Word of the Lord to produce a life that had a positive reflection on the Word.
He wanted the people to hear the Word and for it to produce a life that acknowledged and manifested just how powerful the Word of God really is.
In another place, Paul was concerned about actions casting the Word of God in a bad light.
Notice what Paul said:
- Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
DEFINITION: Blasphemed: to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at
It is possible for my life to blaspheme the Word of God rather than to glorify it!
In Conclusion: Paul’s prayer request was simple:
- Pray that the Word of God would have free course to do what it is supposed to do
- Pray for us to be delivered from those that oppose the Word of the Lord
- Pray for the Word to be glorified; to produce changed lives that will reflect on the Word of the Lord
Notice Paul’s confidence in verse 3 and 4:
- 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
- 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
Are you allowing the Word of the Lord to have FREE COURSE in your life today? Are you doing, and will you continue to do the things that His Word commands you?