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Led by the Spirit - Part 3

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V. 4 (cont’d.)

** What does Paul mean by "vessel"?

He is metaphorically referring to our human bodies.
cf. 2Corinthians 4:6-7, 1Peter 3:7, 2Timothy 2:21

** While this seems like a wonderful idea, how do we do it? What plans can we make in advance?

All see: Romans 6:10-13 - "...present yourselves to God and your members as instruments of
righteousness to God."

Romans 12:2 - “...do not be conformed to this world”

Romans 13:13-14 - Avoid sin and "make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."

** When we fail to do this (and we will), what is the reason?

1. We like sin! (Hebrews 11:24-25)
2. We do not believe it will hurt us. (Galatians 6:7-8)
We need to keep this in mind as we prepare our hearts to "hold back" from temptation.

V. 5 ** Back in 1Thessalonians 4:5, who does Paul use as a contrast to help us not fail?

The Gentiles!

** How do they possess their bodies?

"...in lustful passion..." cf. 2Peter 2:9-12 and Romans 1:24-27. All see - Genesis 19:1-11

** Again, back in 1Thessalonians 4:5, what is it about the Gentiles condition that leaves them wide open to the powers of lustful passion?

"...they do not know God..." That is why they can so readily produce the deeds of the flesh.
cf. Galatians 5:19-21

V. 6 ** If a person should decide to not know God and to not possess their body in honor, but rather in lustful passion, is he or she the only victim? After all, it is their body!

It will have a residual effect on "his brother".

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