Walking Worthy of Your Calling-2

walking worthy of your callingWalking Worthy of Your Calling-2

1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1-8

 

In our text from Sunday Paul calls for the Thessalonians to behave in a way that is suitable to their calling as followers of Christ.

 In 1 Thessalonians 2:12 & 1 Thessalonians 4:1 we saw that our goal as Christians is to live the kind of life that is pleasing to God. Verses 2 -6 continue this theme:

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.         1 Thessalonians 4:2-6  

THE LORD’S COMMANDS LEAD US UNTO SANCTIFICATION -4:2-6

God calls us to be sanctified. To sanctify means to set apart for divine use.

As William MacDonald points out,

In one sense, all believers have been set apart from the world to the service of the Lord; this is known as positional sanctification, and it is perfect and complete (1 Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10). However, in another sense, believers should sanctify themselves, that is, they should separate themselves from all forms of sin; this is known as practical or progressive sanctification. Read more…



But…

but

 

I love the “BUT” passages of Scripture. I know it sounds funny…and I do not intend to be crass, BUT there are some really amazing truths to be discovered after the “BUTS”. Consider a few of these:

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived,enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice andenvy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:3-7

 

“…in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…”  Ephesians 2:2–5

 

So, we discover that BEFORE Christ saved us we were foolish, disobedient, deceived,enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice andenvy, hateful, hating one another, walking according to the flesh, sons of the flesh, having lusts of the flesh and mind, and children of wrath.  All that from 2 passages of Scripture. 

Thank God for salvation through Jesus Christ! BUT NOW THAT I AM SAVED IN CHRIST I AM…

What? Do I need to type it all again?  READ THE SCRIPTURES!

Thank God for salvation through Jesus Christ!



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