1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Christian Scriptures II
First Thessalonians is a letter written to the new church body Paul, Silas, and Timothy formed in Thessalonica. This letter has two main parts. Within chapters one through three Paul reminds the Thessalonians of their life and faith. Paul reminds them of his work within their community, and how they were when He left Thessalonica. Paul ends this first section with his desire to visit Thessalonica once again, and how overjoyed he is with Timothy’s encouraging report. The second section, which is the call to action, Paul reminds the Thessalonians to please God in their daily lives. He reminds them that Jesus Christ will come again, and provides the Thessalonians with final instructions. Paul is introducing his “Call to Action” and then speaking about sexual immorality, and brotherly love.
“Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that is this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,...