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1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8


1. Three premises on which Paul builds his exhortations:

(a) Jesus is coming (imminence is stressed) (3:13)

(b) The believers are going to stand before Him—“blameless” and “holy” (3:12)

(c) In the time between now and Jesus’ coming, the believers’ mandate is to please God (4:1) [Timothy reported to Paul about the gaps/holes in the faith of Thessalonian Christians. First, lack of love among the believers (3:12-13), and second, sexual immorality (4:3-8)]

2. Though God is the one who makes believers holy, they [believers] must demonstrate a separation from certain areas of their culture—holiness is a divine act, but the behavior is an indication of those being sanctified (4:3)

(a) Should avoid sexual immorality—unlawful sexual activity [It is an important boundary between them and the rest of the society]

(b) Should know how to gain control over their own body [euphemism for sexual organs] (4:4)

(b1) Believers’ must gain control over their sexual desires (4:4)
(b2) Believers’ sexuality must be characterized by holiness—“holy” and “honorable” (4:4)
(b3) Believers are not asked to do away with their sexual desires, but they must sanctify them (4:5)

(c) Should not wrong his brother/sister or take advantage of them in matters related to sexuality (3:6)

(c1) It is the violation of trust
(c2) The Lord is the avenger in all these matters

3. Believers are called to live in the sphere of God’s holiness (4:7)

4. When believers disregard God’s will concerning sexuality, they disregard God Himself (4:8)

5. Take Away

Conform your thoughts and actions to God’s expressed will

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at