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The Son of Perdition; short example


As with many things in scripture, the Son of Perdition has a Type and Anti-type.

Judas is called the Son of Perdition by Christ himself, but Judas commits suicide long before Paul writes of a Son of Perdition setting himself up in the Temple of God.

At least given this information, Paul is not speaking of Judas Iscariot.

2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

How does Paul explain what the Temple of God is?

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Why would Paul mean one thing with his letter to the Thessalonians, while meaning something completely different in his letter to the Corinthians?

Could you imagine followers from each city having a conversation about what the Temple of God is?

The Thessalonians supposedly think it's a brick and mortar building, while the Corinthians believe it believers?

The arguments would sound like the debates on Facebook.

Judas was an outward manifestation of the inward son of perdition, just as Jesus was an outward manifestation of the inward Christ.

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