Summer Bible Study (First Thessalonians)
Tonight we had sweet fellowship over 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 with the Christians on Campus at UC Berkeley Wednesday night Bible study!
After you have been a Christian for awhile, you begin to think that you understand things so clearly, but what I appreciated the most tonight was the sharing of all the college students. One of the sisters (female believer) asked a question about why there was no need for Paul to write concerning love from verse 9 versus why he needed to write concerning the will of God in verse 3.
“Now concerning brotherly love, you have no need for me to write to you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another” (verse 9)
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication” (verse 3)
Through fellowship from many speaking, we saw that to love is an intrinsic matter of a believer just as much as knowing the will of God. However, since there is such a strong attack to mar, to damage, the humanity created by God from God’s enemy, the newly saved believers in the church of Thessalonians needed a specific word for the apostle Paul to abstain from fornication.
In the Bible, we see that fornication, specifically, damages the body to the point of even sinning against it:
“Flee fornication. Every sin which a man may do is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sins against his own body” (1 Cor. 6:18)
Thus, in order to guard these newly saved believers from damaging themselves, the apostle Paul took the time to stress this point specifically. May all the believers endeavor to stay in the will of God regarding this aspect of sanctification!
Grace be with your spirit,