“GOD’S CALL TO PURITY AND HOLINESS!” PART 3

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Verse 1. “Furthermore then.”That is, all that remains is to offer these exhortations.

“We beseech you.”

The Greek is, “we ask you” It is not as strong a word as what follows. “And exhort you,” or beseech.

This is the word which is commonly used for more earnest exhortation. The use of these words here implies that Paul regarded the subject as of great importance. He could have commanded them, but he has learned that kindness in exhortation usually accomplishes more than a cruel command.

“By the Lord Jesus.”In his name, and by his authority. “That as ye have received of us.” You were taught by us. Paul had given them repeated instructions as to their duty as Christians. “How ye ought to walk.”

How ye ought to live. Life is often represented as a journey, Romans 6:4; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 6:16; Ephesians 4:1. We are commanded to “walk to please God.”In other word’s our walk will determine whether we are pleasing God or not. “So ye would abound more and more.”That is, learn to follow these directions more and more.

He acknowledges their walking and that their conduct was sanctified; but he also exhorts them to abound more and more. Paul points out the importance of living in harmony in the will of God.

Here is an important principle: he points out that it is the duty of a man of God to point out and enforce moral duties as well as teaching major Bible doctrine. In other words, we can please God by our holy walk, because He will always be pleased with what we do by faith.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S CALL TO PURITY AND HOLINESS!” PART 2.

1 Thessalonians 4;1-12.

Here is what God is saying, “if we are going to be unblamable in holiness then we must strive to live a holy life.”

This chapter gives us two parts:

  1. Some practical exhortations, verses 1-12
  2. Some suggestions designed to comfort those who had suffered loss in verses 13-18.

 The first part gives the following topics:

  1. An exhortation to increase and abound in the Christian qualities they had already manifested, verses 1-2.
  2. An exhortation on the subject of sanctification, verses 3-8. Two points are specified: fornication and fraud.
  3. An exhortation to brotherly love, verses 9-10.
  4. An exhortation to be busy in their own business, and to honesty in their dealings, especially with Christians, verses 11- 12.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S CALL TO PURITY AND HOLINESS!”

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.
 
Most of us get really excited when we think about the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and take great encouragement in verses 13-18. Of course, that is as it should be because we are commanded to “watch and pray.”
 
However; it is interesting to note that there are several things mentioned which must happen before He ever returns.
And these things cause us to ask several questions:
1. Will He find us faithful at His coming?
2. Will He find us loyal at His coming?
3. Will He find us holy at His coming?
This lesson will begin one of the most exciting and rewarding studies we have ever undertaken in the Word of God. I will make the lessons short for about 15-20 days. If you miss one, no problem, because the entire lesson will be posted at the end of the study. As we study the practical application of this chapter we will see that Paul is exhorting the Thessalonians to make progress in their Christian walk. He exhorts them to practice the commandments that He gave them when He was with them.
 
He also reminds them that they must be careful to obstain from all impurity and uncleanness as this was prevalent in their former lives as Gentiles.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S AMAZING GRACE” CONCLUSION!

Read Titus 2:1-15

So, why bring the poor, the bus kids, etc. Because of God’s amazing grace and it is for everybody.

I. GOD’S GRACE FIRST OF ALL PRODUCES SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE VERSE

II. GRACE PROMOTES SEPARATION VERSE 12.

“That denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.”“By denying ourselves of these, or refusing to practice them, we should lead a holy life.” The word ungodliness, here means all that would be included under the word sin; that is, all failure in the performance of our duties towards God.

The phrase “worldly lusts,”refers to all improper desires pertaining to this life–the desire of wealth, pleasure, honour, sensual indulgence. It refers to such passions as the men of this world are prone to, and would include all those things which cannot be indulged in with a proper reference to the world to come.

Watch what happens: Sometimes a church member brings the world into the church and the church soon becomes worldly and carnal.

People come to church, but the people (sometimes the pastor) are not separated. So, that leaves the church with no power. We all need to reject ungodliness like the plaque and live holy.

III. GOD’S AMAZING GRACE PROVIDES SANCTIFICATION VERSE 12.

Proverbs 25:4, “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.” 2 Peter 2:21, 1 Peter 1:7.

God takes out the impurities by turning up the heat. Look at Job 23:1-10.

Verse 10, “But He knoweth the way that I take, when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

Psalm 17:3, 66:10-12, 139:1-3, 23-24; James 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”

IV. GRACE PROVIDES PROCLAIMS THE SAVIOUR VERSE 13.

God’s Grace is for everybody!

“GOD’S AMAZING GRACE” PART 2

Please read Titus 2:1-15.

A verse had been on my mind much of the night, but could not think of the reference. Then as I sat down for devotions this morning; my Psalm for the day was Psalm 145, then came the verse that had been on my heart, verse 8, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Verse 9, “The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

I. GOD’S GRACE FIRST OF ALL PRODUCES SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE VERSE 11.

 “For the grace of God.”The favour of God, shown to the undeserving, as in Romans 1:7.

“That bringeth salvation.”or “to all men, hath appeared.”That is, “the grace which brings salvation to all men has been revealed.”

It means that the plan of salvation has been revealed to all classes of men; that is, it is announced or revealed to the entire race that they may be saved. Or it means that plan was fitted to secure the salvation of all men; and that none were excluded from the offer; that provision had been made for all, and all might come and be saved. Whichever interpretation is adopted; the sense here will not be essentially varied. It is, that the gospel was made to order for man, and therefore might include servants as well as masters; subjects, as well as kings; the poor, as well as the rich; the ignorant, as well as the learned.

So, why bring the poor, the bus kids, etc. Because of God’s amazing grace and it is for everybody.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S AMAZING GRACE!”

Titus 2:1-15

In the previous chapter, the apostle had directed Titus what to do in the organization of churches in the various cities of Crete, and had put him on his guard in doing it, by showing the character of the people he had to deal with.

In this chapter, he gives him various instructions as to his own method of teaching, showing what kind of doctrines he should instill, and what kind of instructions he should give to the various classes of his hearers. He was, in general, to speak only such things as became sound doctrine, Titus 2:1. In particular, he was to instruct aged men to be sober, grave, and temperate–acting in a manner that became their time of life, Titus 2:2; the aged women to be a proper example to the younger women, and to exercise a proper care over them, Tit 2:3-5; the young men to be sober-minded, Titus 2:6; Titus himself, who evidently came under the class of young men, was to be an example to them in all things, Titus 2:7, 8; and servants were to be instructed to perform their duty to their masters with fidelity, Titus 2:9, 10. The duty of giving these instructions is then enforced by a reference to the nature and design of the gospel, Titus 2:11-15. That grace which brings salvation has appeared to all mankind, and its design is to make all holy who embrace it, and to teach all to live for a higher and a better world.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD NEEDS MEN” CONCLUSION!

Read Ezekiel 22:30-31.

We said, I.  “I SOUGHT FOR A MAN!”

II. TO MAKE UP THE HEDGE!

Strong, to build up. Now is the time to build, repair, etc. Remember, Nehemiah wept over the fallen wall. There was no protection from the enemy.

Jerusalem was defeated, but Nehemiah was the man God used to build the wall and rebuild Jerusalem. Paul wrote to Timothy, “take heed to thy doctrine.” 

III., AND STAND IN THE GAP!

That is, to stand firm upon the Word of God.

David said, “I shall not be moved.”We need men to stand firm, to intercede, to be a go-between.

A. We need men to stand in righteousness: Please read Psalm 15:1-5.

B. We need men to stand in Faith:

C. We need men to stand in the love of Christ.

D. We need men to stand in and for their convictions.

Acts 20:24,But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

E. We need men, woman, teens and children to stand for and in truth. “The truth shall make you free.”

The result of not finding a man is verse 31    Will you be that man?