Lawless – Greek: anomia

Lawless – 2 Thessalonians 2

Greek anomia means without law or lawless, iniquity, the attempt to overthrown divine government

Vines page 357, “In 1 John 3:4 there is the real meaning of the word, ‘everyone that doeth sin (a practice not a committal of an act) doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.  This definition of sin sets forth its essential character as the rejection of the law (nomia) or will of God and the substitution of the will of self.”

Hebrews 10:17 “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (NIV).  This is a reiteration of the renewed covenant promise given to Jeremiah.  According to the definition of sin, it is without God’s commands or lawless.

2 Thessalonians 2 speaks of a ‘man of lawlessness’ that will be revealed; however, he is already at work in this world preaching lawlessness.

“For the secret power of lawlessness (without God’s teachings and instructions) is already at work …  the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Yeshua will overthrow with the breath of his mount and destroy by the splendor of his coming.  the coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of the Adversary displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refuse to love the truth (davar) and so be saved (yasa).  

Because the word, law, is not used in Hebrew, the word ‘lawless’ is reserved for those who are wicked.  To be without ‘law’ in the Hebrew Scriptures it to be without Torah and that meant that you were outside the commonwealth of Israel and a wicked, lawless, pagan.

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