2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 (NRSV)
1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered
together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters,
2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by
spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect
that the day of the Lord is already here.
3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not
come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed,
the one destined for destruction.
4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god
or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of
God, declaring himself to be God.
5 Do you not remember that I told you these things when
I was still with you?
13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers
and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first
fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through
belief in the truth.
14 For this purpose he called you through our proclamation
of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus
15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast
to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of
mouth or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good
17 comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good
work and word.