When the Apostle Paul was at Thessalonica, he taught the Thessalonians about the Second Coming and the resurrection of the dead. Then, in 1 Thessalonians, Paul writes them to remind them of what happens to those who die in the Lord and to watch for the Day of the Lord. Several months after his first letter, Paul wrote the Thessalonians a second letter because they had received a false report that the Lord had returned.

In his second letter, Paul asked the Thessalonians this question:

Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

2 Thessalonians 2:5 (NIV)

This verse reminds me how easily we can get riled up and forget what we’ve learned about the Lord. It also reminds me that we must encourage one another in the Lord. Finally, this verse is a good reminder of why we should read the Bible.

When we read the Bible and pray, we fellowship with the Lord. Indeed, since the word of God is alive and active, when we read it, the Holy Spirit will speak to us. However, when we don’t read the Bible or pray, it’s easier for us to get entangled in worldly things that distract us from the truth of God’s word and his promises. Thus, like the Thessalonians, we open ourselves to believing false teaching.