Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
It is the will or command of God that we should be holy. This text does not refer to the purpose or decree of God, and does not mean that He intended to make them holy; but it means that it was His command that they should be holy. Therefore we should not use this text as a proof that God intends to make His people holy, or that they are sanctified. It is a proof only that He requires holiness. The word here “sanctification” (agiasmov) is not used in the Greek classics, but is found several times in the New Testament. It is used as “holiness,” in Romans 6:19, 22; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 12:14; and “sanctification,” in 1 Corinthians 1:30;1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2. It means purity of life, and particularly abstinence from those sins which disgrace and degrade the soul. Sanctification consists in two things, “Ceasing to do evil.” “Learning to do well.” In other words, the first work of sanctification is in overcoming the tendency to evil in our nature, and checking the unholy habits we practiced before we became Christians; the second part of the work consists of cultivating the positive principles of holiness in the soul.
There are basically four principles we want to discuss in this lesson.
IT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR ALL TO BE SAVED . Verse 1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
IT IS THE WILL OF GOD IS FOR ALL TO BE SPIRIT-FILLED. Verse 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. Quench: Greek: Sbennumi … Extinguish, gone out.In Matthew 25:8, the foolish virgins did not take enough oil; their lamps had “gone out.”
IT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR ALL TO BE SANCTIFIED. Verses 3-4 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; To walk to please God … verse 1. To abound more and more … verses 1, 10.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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