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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson One


V. 6 ** If a person should decide to not know God and to not possess their body in honor, but rather in lustful passion, is he or she the only victim? After all, it is their body!

It will have a residual effect on "his brother". We can actually transgress and defraud others with our decision to become involved in sinful activity.

Leon Morris - "...promiscuity before marriage represents the robbing of the other of that virginity which ought to be brought to a marriage. The future partner of such a one has been defrauded."

** What reason does Paul give for being sensitive to the impact of our own sin upon the lives of others?

"...because the Lord is the avenger..." cf. 2Thessalonians 1:6-8 and Hebrews 13:4

** Did the Thessalonians know this prior to Paul's writing of this letter?

Yes! "...just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you."

V. 7 ** Before we get into verse seven, why would Paul write this strong warning and instruction to these same believers who "walk and please God"? (V.1)

In the first century, a typical Greek city would be very open to sexual sin. It was considered normal. Again from Leon Morris, "The pressure to conform to the easy standards accepted throughout society must have been strong on the early church".

** What about today?

The same, if not worse!

** What was the purpose behind God calling us into His kingdom according to verse seven?

That we would display "Sanctified Behavior". He did not call us for the purpose of impurity!

** If our loving Heavenly Father has called us to be set apart from sin, should we be more diligent in our efforts to keep our bodies away from it?

As far as possible! cf. James 1:13-15

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