“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!

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