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1Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

V.23 (cont'd.)

** What does that mean? Do we have three parts to us?

No - The commentator William Hendriksen devotes five pages of small print to explain six different theories which are held among "Bible scholars".

The bottom line, grammatically and contextually speaking, is that Paul is driving home the ability of God to save the whole man.

The use of spirit (pneuma) and soul (psuche) is best understood as describing the same immaterial substance.

spirit - as it relates to God
soul - as it relates to man, the seat of sensations, affections and desires

The "body" is simply the container. cf. Matthew 10:28 (both soul and body in hell)
Luke 1:46-47 (Mary - using both terms)
Romans 8:10 (body and spirit - separate)

** Because of "God's Gift of Sanctification" our entire beings are going to be preserved complete, but not just that - what else?

"...without blame..." Christ is going to do this for us, that He might be glorified all the more.
cf. Ephesians 5:26-27

V.24 ** This is wonderful and at the same time, amazing news. How do we know this will truly take place?

"Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass." It does not depend upon us, but on our gracious God who saved us in the first place. cf. Philippians 1:6

V.25 ** With that wonderful interlude behind us, Paul now returns to finish his final three exhortations. What is number eighteen in our list?

18) "...pray for us." Notice the term of endearment placed before this exhortation. Paul is depending upon their common love for one another to bolster up their prayer life on his behalf.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:17

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