by the Spirit - Part 3
V. 3 ** What is it about the opening of this fourth chapter that
indicates a new direction from the apostle Paul?
He begins with "Finally then, brethren..." Paul is making
a major shift in his thinking. In chapter one he focused on the strong
witness of the faith which the Thessalonians held. In chapter two he
spoke of the excellence of his ministry to them and their mutual love
for one another. In chapter three Paul affirmed that their faith was
still standing and expressed his love for them through earnest, unrelenting
** As Paul now gets to the point, what seemingly elusive subject does
God's will for our lives! God's will is referred to repeatedly throughout
Scripture, but right here in our passage for today is possibly one of
the most significant examples of the direct application of God's expressed
** So what does Paul say is God's will for us?
This is the present day state of our salvation and it is referring
to our "setapartness" unto God.
All see - John 17:15-17 and Romans 6:22
** Specifically, what does Paul want us to be set apart from as we walk
"...that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality..."
abstain - apecho "to hold back", "to be away or to be
distant". We are to keep ourselves back, away or distant from fornication
or illicit sexual behavior. cf. 1Peter 2:11
V. 4 ** If we are living out each day in this "Sanctified
manner, what will we know how to do?
We will "...know how to possess [our] own vessel in sanctification
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