Chapter Three, Lesson Two
CHRIST HONORING FELLOWSHIP Page
V. 6 (contd.)
** Does that mean he has stopped caring about them and just wants to
flex his apostolic muscle?
God forbid! Now we command you, brethren... By
using this term of endearment, he maintains the caring mode; while at
the same time interjects this most needful command for their own good!
This was all part of the abiding and loving relationship he enjoyed
with these dear believers in Thessalonica. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:8, 2Thessalonians
3:4, Hebrews 12:11
** According to our opening verse for today, from where does Paul draw
his authority in making this
He commands them in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Still the humble servant himself, Paul reassures the Thessalonians that
Christ is Lord of all. Himself, as well as the Thessalonians, were to
heed the message of Gods command.
** What does it mean to say or do something in the name of the
Lord Jesus Christ?
It means that whatever you are saying or doing is in full agreement
with the expressed will of God through the Person of Jesus Christ. It
means that our desires match His desires, for the glory of God!
** Alright then, what is the command that Paul lovingly makes to ensure
that our fellowship is truly Christ honoring?
He tells them to keep aloof from every brother. What a
strange command, if indeed it is to honor Christ by its impact upon
our fellowship. Keep aloof translates stello, which literally
means, to arrange, prepare, gather up, hence to restrain.
** Paul is saying that if we wish to enjoy a Christ Honoring
Fellowship we are going to have to avoid or refrain from an
intimate relationship with these so-called brothers. Why would he make
such a command? What is wrong with their lifestyle?
Verse 11 from next weeks study gives us the three-fold answer.
They are undisciplined, doing no work and acting like busybodies.
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