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2 Thessalonians 3: 2 (KJV)
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
It was, no doubt, with surprise and regret that Paul wrote these words, as it is with surprise and regret that any Christian recognizes how vast a multitude of men have not faith. In considering the causes which prevent men from coming to Christ and believing in Him he must divide them into two great classes, those who have never felt any desire to enter into fellowship with Christ, and those who have had some desire, but have stumbled at some difficulty.
Moffatt suggested “That the general aim of this passage is to widen the horizon of the Thessalonians, by enlisting their sympathy and interest on the part of others.” They were not the only ones who needed encouragement and the prayers of fellow-Christians. The characters from whom Paul sought deliverance were doubtless those violent and fanatical opponents whom Gallio drove from his judgment seat in Corinth (Acts 18:12-17). Their unreasonableness was apparent in the fact of their beating the ruler of the synagogue, it not being clear whether or not he was a member of their own party!
The word which we translate unreasonable, signifies rather disorderly, unmanageable; persons out of their place – under no discipline, regardless of law and restraint, and ever acting agreeably to the disorderly and unreasonable impulse of their own minds. In addition, the word translated faith is without doubt, to be taken here for fidelity or trustworthiness, and not for faith; and this is agreeable to the meaning given to it in the very next verse: But the Lord is faithful.
In essence, these individuals gave an undue prominence to certain things, and less importance to others than they deserved. They had a distorted vision of the value of objects, and in tenacious adherence to their own views, and prosecuting their own objects to the exclusion of all others, they presented a constant obstruction to the true gospel. This word would apply, and probably was designed to be applied, to Jewish teachers (see Acts 18:5-6), who gave an undue prominence to the laws of Moses; but it will apply well to all who entertain distorted views of the relative importance of objects, and who put things out of their place.
We are aware that people often have a hobby. They give more importance to some object than it deserves. They, therefore, undervalue other objects; press their own with improper zeal; denounce others who do not feel the same interest in them which they do; withdraw from those who will not go with them in their views; form separate parties, and thus throw themselves in the way of all who are endeavoring to do good in some other method. It was from people who thus put themselves out of place, that the apostle prayed to be delivered.
So, then this is a reminder to us that no matter how successful the gospel might be in certain places, there will always exist those who reject it (Matthew 7:13-14). Refusing to trust God or refusing to embrace the contents of “the faith” (Jude 1:3), has definite moral consequences and side effects. “Unreasonable” or wrong-headed people are those without faith. The word “faith” here may mean faith in the sense of trust or faith in the objective sense of the contents of the Christian faith, that is, the body of truth embraced by God’s people. There are many, even of those who have received a measure of the Divine light, in whom we cannot confide; they are irregular, disorderly, and cannot be brought under regular discipline: to these we cannot trust either ourselves or anything that concerns the cause of God. But friends, the Lord is worthy of your whole confidence; let us not doubt Him not; because He will establish you, and keep you from any evil to which you may be exposed by these or such like persons.
Have a great and God filled day!