The purpose of the observation stage is to maintain focus on the text at hand in accordance with the framework in which it was written: a framework which is defined by the normative rules of language, context and logic - rules which do not impose undue, unintended meanings to the text , and which largely limit the observer to the content offered by Paul's second epistle to the Thessalonians and his other writings. In order for any passage from elsewhere to be considered, it must have a relationship with the context at hand, such as a Scriptural quotation or a specific cross reference in the passage at hand by the author. This will serve to avoid going on unnecessary tangents elsewhere; and more importantly, it will provide the framework for a proper and objective comparison with passages located elsewhere in Scripture.

Remember that something elsewhere may be true, but in the text at hand it may not be in view.

Note that information on manuscript evidence is from "THE NEW TESTAMENT TEXT AND TRANSLATION COMMENTARY," by Philip W. Comfort, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, IL.

I) [2 Thes 1:1-12]:

A) [The Purpose Of This Letter]:

1) [Expositor's Bible Commentary]:

2) [Bible Knowledge Commentary]:

B) [2 Thes 1:1-2]:

1) [(2 Thes 1:2b) Manuscript Evidence For 2 Thes 1:2b]  

2) [(2 Thes 1:1-2) Commentary On 2 Thes 1:1-2]:

C) [(2 Thes 1:3-5)]:

1) [(2 Thes 1:4) Manuscript Evidence For 2 Thes 1:4]:

2) [(2 Thes 1:3-5) Commentary On 2 Thes 1:3-5]:

a) [Compare Eph 2:8-9]:

b) [(2 Thes 1:3-5) Compare Excerpt From Bible Knowledge Commentary]:

c) [(2 Thes 1:3-5) Compare Commentary By Robert Wilkin, Grace Evangelical Society]:

D) [2 Thes 1:6-10]:

1) [Compare Excerpt From Expositor's Bible Commentary On 2 Thes 1:6-10]:

2) [Compare Excerpt From Bible Knowledge Commentary On 2 Thes 1:6-10]:

E) [2 Thes 1:11-12]:

1) [(2 Thes 1:12) Manuscript Evidence For 2 Thes 1:12]:

2) [(2 Thes 1:11-12) Commentary On 2 Thes 1:11-12]:

a) [Compare Phil 4:6]:

b) [(2 Thes 1:11-12) Compare Rev 22:20]:

c) [(2 Thes 1:11-12) Compare Excerpt From Bible Knowledge Commentary]:

d) [(2 Thes 1:11-12) Compare Excerpt From Expositors' Bible Commentary]: