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Lesson 3: Response to Gospel. Key Questions for Chapter 4:1-12 How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”? How is sexual morality related to sanctification? How is knowing God related to sanctification? What should be the demeanor of a Christian?. How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”?.

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Lesson 3: Response to Gospel

Key Questions for Chapter 4:1-12

  • How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”?
  • How is sexual morality related to sanctification?
  • How is knowing God related to sanctification?
  • What should be the demeanor of a Christian?
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How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”?

  • Does God have a mandate about the way men should live?

(1 Th 4:1 NKJV) Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you oughtto walk and to please God;

(1 Th 4:2 NKJV) for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

(1 Th 4:3 NKJV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: ….

(1 Th 4:8 NKJV) Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, ….

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How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”?—Cont’d

  • What are the implications of this word “walk”?

(1 Th 4:1 NKJV) Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

(1 Th 4:12 NKJV) that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

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How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”?—Cont’d

  • What should be the objective of the Christian?

(1 Th 4:1 NKJV) … you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

(1 Th 2:4 NKJV) … we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

(1 John 3:22 NKJV) And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

(Heb 13:21 NKJV) make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, ….

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How do we know how we “ought” to “walk”?—Cont’d

  • How do we know what God’s will is?

(1 Th 4:1 NKJV) … you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

(1 Th 4:2 NKJV) for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

(1 Th 4:3 NKJV) For this is the will of God ….

(1 Th 4:8 NKJV) Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, ….

(1 Th 2:13 NKJV) … you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, ….

(1 Cor 14:37 NKJV) If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.

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How is sexual morality related to “sanctification”?

  • What is “sanctification”?

(1 Cor 1:2 NKJV) To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

(Acts 26:18 NKJV) ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

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How is sexual morality related to “sanctification”?—Cont’d

  • How is “sanctification” related to sexual morality?

(1 Th 4:3 NKJV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

(1 Th 4:4 NKJV) that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

(1 Th 4:5 NKJV) not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

(2 Tim 2:19 NKJV) … “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

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How is sexual morality related to “sanctification”?—Cont’d

  • Is what ways is sexual immorality wrong?
    • It is against the will of God.

(1 Th 4:3 NKJV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

    • It is against the purpose of God.

(1 Th 4:7 NKJV) For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

(1 Cor 6:18 NKJV) Flee sexual immorality. … he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

(2 Pet 1:4 NKJV) … you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

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How is sexual morality related to “sanctification”?—Cont’d

  • Is what ways is sexual immorality wrong?—Cont’d
    • It harms others and will be avenged by God.

(1 Th 4:6 NKJV) that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.

    • It is a rejection of God.

(1 Th 4:8 NKJV) Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, .…

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How is knowing God related to “sanctification”?

  • How does knowing God result in “sanctification”?

(1 Th 4:5 NKJV) not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

(Rom 1:28 NKJV) … they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind,…

(Gal 4:8 NKJV) But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.

(2 Pet 1:3 NKJV) as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

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How is knowing God related to “sanctification”?—Cont’d

  • How does one get the knowledge of God that sanctifies?

(John 17:17 NKJV) “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

(James 1:21 NKJV) Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

(1 Pet 1:23 NKJV) having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

(John 8:32 NKJV) “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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What should be the demeanor of a Christian?

  • What attitude should we have toward brethren?

(1 Th 4:9 NKJV) But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

(1 Th 4:10 NKJV) and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;

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What should be the demeanor of a Christian?—Cont’d

  • What are essential qualities of the life of a Christian?

(1 Th 4:11 NKJV) that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

(1 Th 4:11 NASB) and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you;

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What should be the demeanor of a Christian?—Cont’d

  • Why is it important for a Christian to be a person who does not have a reputation for being a disturbing, intrusive, non-industrious person?

(1 Th 4:12 NKJV) that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

(1 Th 4:12 NASB) so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

what to remember
What to Remember

From Chapter 4:1-12

  • God has revealed how we must live (“walk”) through the commandments He gave through inspired messengers; we should please God.
  • Sanctification requires being set apart from the world and devoted to God’s purposes; it requires moral purity of the body.
  • Sanctification can only come by knowing the things God has revealed about Himself.
  • Christian should lead lives that are industrious and not intrusive or disturbing to others.