Pleasing God in sexual purity and in care for others
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Shared August 14th, 2016
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1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
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Charge: continue to walk to please God
Alien living: sexual purity
Finally, then, brothers,
Progression
we ask and urge you
in the Lord Jesus,
Context / Manner
from us
Agency
that as you received ... how you ought to walk
Content / Standard
and to please God,
just as you are doing,
Comparison
that you do so more and more.
Content
...specifically: sexual purity
For you know what instructions we gave you
Ground
through the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification:
that you abstain
Explanation ? 1
from sexual immorality;
Separation
that each one of you know how to control his own body
Explanation ? 2
in holiness and honor,
Manner
not in the passion of lust
like the Gentiles
who do not know God;
that no one transgress and wrong his brother
Explanation ? 3
in this matter,
Context
because the Lord is an avenger
in all these things,
as we told you
beforehand
Temporal
and solemnly warned you.
Ground for sexual purity: God's holiness
For God has not called us
for impurity,
Purpose
but in holiness.
Alternative
Therefore
whoever disregards this, disregards
not man
Negative
but God,
who gives his Holy Spirit
to you.
Destination
Love toward brethren
Love to brethren & outsiders
concerning brotherly love
Reference
Now ... you have no need
for anyone to write
Content ?
to you,
for you yourselves have been taught ... to love one another,
by God
for that indeed is what you are doing
to all the brothers
throughout Macedonia.
Locative
brothers,
But we urge you, ... to do this more and more,
Relating to outsiders
and to aspire to live quietly,
and to mind your own affairs,
and to work
with your hands,
as we instructed you,
so that you may walk properly
before outsiders
and be dependent
on no one.
perhaps this one is related to the living quietly and minding own affairs
perhaps this one is related to the working with your hands
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