Chapter Five, Lesson One
GOD'S GIFT OF SOBRIETY Page
V. 6 (cont'd.)
** Herein lies the first of four gifts from our gracious God which we
learn about in this last chapter of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians.
What does it mean to "be alert"?
gregoreo - lit. "to be awake, to watch"
** What part of our being will be used to obey this instruction?
Our minds! This is a call for "Thinking Biblically" by reading
and comprehending all that God's word has for us and then applying it
to our lives. We must not sleep our way through each day.
cf. Ephesians 4:22-24, Acts 20:31, 1Corinthians 16:13, 1Peter 5:8
** How are we to use our "alert" minds?
Soberly! nepho - lit. to abstain from wine, this term carries the idea
of being "self-controlled" rather than substance controlled.
We are not to allow deluding influences to pull us away from full time
service for our Lord. cf. 1Peter 1:13, 4:7
** This is a very challenging call to arms. How can we do it?
Only by "God's Gift of Sobriety". Only when we allow
Him to give us the desire for self-control will we be able to glorify
our God with this kind of sober lifestyle. One that is under the control
of His Word, prompted by His Spirit to do His will. cf. John 15:5, Philippians
** What was the problem for some believers living in Thessalonica? Why
had they lost their self-control?
They had forgotten the instruction from God's word on the subject of
the day of the Lord, which Paul had personally delivered to them.
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