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1Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

V.19 (cont'd.)

** How does the apostle protect the glory of God's Holy Spirit in us?

By instructing us to not "quench" Him. shennumi - lit. means "to extinguish"
cf. Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18 and Galatians 5:16

** How could a Christian do that?

By ignoring His instruction and failing to live out all of these twenty exhortations with which Paul is closing out his letter to these Thessalonians. We in effect limit His power in our lives or "quench" the work He is doing in us, through our sinful disobedience and ingratitude.

All see:

Matthew 13:54-58 - "because of their unbelief"
Luke 17:11-19 - "unbelieving lepers"

V.20 ** The next exhortation, number fourteen in our list, is also in the negative form. What is it?

14) "...do not despise prophetic utterances."

** To what is that referring?

OT/Early Church Prophets: Ephesians 2:19-20, Acts 11:27-28, 13:1, 15:32, 21:10-11

The gift of prophecy (lit. - to speak forth) Romans 12:6 and (All see) 1Corinthians 14:20-25

** Now back in 1Thessalonians 5:20 - remembering the context of the last chapter and a half of Paul's instruction, to what do you think these prophetic utterances might have been referring?

End time events and instruction for living a godly life. Because they did not yet have the completed Scriptures, much of their instruction came through those with this prophetic gift.

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