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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

V. 1 (cont'd.)

** What was the fruit of Paul's instructions given to the Thessalonians while he was still with them?

They were obeying him! "...just as you actually do walk..."

V. 2 ** Of what does Paul remind his readers in verse two?

"...the commandments we gave you..."

** Was this something like giving them the Ten Commandments again?

No - Paul was simply referring to the word of God he had shared with them. That was always Paul's pattern for teaching. cf. Acts 20:18-20, 26-27 and Matthew 28:20

** How do we know that these instructions were not based upon Paul's opinion or mere human wisdom?

Because he taught them "by the authority of the Lord Jesus". He will do it again in our passage for today. cf. V.8

V. 3 ** As Paul gets to the point, what seemingly elusive subject does he introduce?

God's will for our lives! God's will is referred to repeatedly throughout Scripture, but here in our passage is possibly one of the most significant examples of the direct application of God's will.

** So what does Paul say is God's will for us?

Our "sanctification". cf. John 17:15-17, Romans 6:22
This is the present day state of our salvation and it is referring to our "setapartness" unto God.

** Specifically, what does Paul want us to be set apart from as we walk with God?

"...that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality..."

abstain - apecho "to hold back", "to be away or to be distant". We are to keep ourselves back, away or distant from fornication or illicit sexual behavior. cf. 1Peter 2:11

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