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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

SANCTIFIED BEHAVIOR            Page 4

V. 4 ** If we are living out this "Sanctified Behavior", what will we know how to do?

We will "...know how to posses [our] own vessel in sanctification and honor..."

** What does Paul mean by "vessel"?

He is metaphorically referring to our human bodies.
cf. 2Corinthians 4:7, 1Peter 3:7, 2Timothy 2:21

** While this seems like a wonderful idea, how do we do it? What plans can we make in advance?

All see: Romans 6:10-13 - "...present yourselves to God and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."

Romans 13:13-14 - Avoid sin and "make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."

** When we fail to do this (and we will), what is the reason?

1. We like sin! (Hebrews 11:24-25)
2. We do not believe it will hurt us. (Galatians 6:7-8)
We need to keep this in mind as we prepare our hearts to "hold back" from temptation.

V. 5 ** Back in 1Thessalonians 4:5, who does Paul use as a contrast to help us not fail?

The Gentiles!

** How do they possess their bodies?

"...in lustful passion..." cf. 2Peter 2:9-12 and Romans 1:24-27. All see - Genesis 19:1-11

** Again, back in 1Thessalonians 4:5, what is it about the Gentiles condition that leaves them wide open to the powers of lustful passion?

"...they do not know God..." That is why they can so readily produce the deeds of the flesh.
cf. Galatians 5:19-21

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