2Thessalonians 3:13-15 But you, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
‘But you, brethren, be not weary in well doing.’ While you refuse to support those who are busybodies and lazy, do not forget the worthy poor. This is the second time this is found in Paul’s writings (Gal. 6:9).
‘And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.’ Perhaps some had disobeyed the first epistle and the congregation continued to bear with them. Now he tells them to disfellowship anyone who still refuses to obey the truth. Count him more an enemy to himself than to you. Continue to admonish him even though you have disfellowshipped him for his soul is still of infinite value (3:14-15).
Forty kinds of people NOT to have fellowship with: The ungodly and scorners (Ps. 1:1-6); workers of iniquity (Ps. 6:8); vain persons (Ps. 26:4); evil workers (Ps. 26:5); criminals (Pro. 1:10-15); the foolish (Pro. 9:6; 14:17); the angry man (Pro. 22:24); those backslidden because of unforgiveness (Matt. 18:17); those causing divisions (Rom. 16:17); backsliders (2Jn. 1:9-11); false teachers (1Tim. 6:3-5; 2Jn. 1:10); the disorderly (2Thess. 3:6); the disobedient (2Thess. 3:14-15); unbelievers (2Cor. 6:14); infidels (2Cor. 6:15); fornicators (1Cor. 5:9); covetous people, extortioners and idolaters (1Cor. 5:10); railers and drunkards (1Cor. 5:11); lovers of themselves, boasters, proud people, blasphemers, those who are disobedient to parents, unthankful people and unholy people (2Tim. 3:2); Those without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce people, despisers of those who are good (2Tim. 3:3); traitors, heady people, highminded people, those who love pleasure more than God (2Tim. 3:4), and hypocrites – those who have “a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof” (2Tim. 3:5).