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Christians Are Supposed To Be Different Than They Are

Christians Are Supposed To Be Different Than They Are
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

(3) It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; (4) that each of you should learn to control your own body a in a way that is holy and honorable, (5) not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; (6) and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. (7) For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. (8) Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
-1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 (NIV)

In verse three God does not hide His will but makes it quite known to us. He does this through His Word. We don’t have to visit prophets or ministers to know God’s “special will.” You will know His will through His word. His Word says that we are to be sanctified (i.e. living morally and cleanly out of a pure heart toward God); that we should avoid sexual immorality. Why would Paul point this out? The reason is because our sexuality is one of the most common ways that we are tempted and attacked. The Thessalonians were used to having loose morals when it came to their sexuality (including sex as a part of pagan worship), so Paul urges them to live Holy.

In verses four and five Paul teaches that believers should have self-control. That Christians should not be controlled by their selfish desires (see yesterday’s article) and sinful passions like those who are not Christians. We are called to be different from others in the world. We are called to be a light in the darkness. This cannot happen if we are acting just like the world. Acting like the world is not God’s will and therefore is not pleasing to God.

In verse six, if we are living honorably then we will not take any sort of advantage of other people. We are to help people, not take advantage of others. Not use people for our own benefit. This has, unfortunately, become a staple in our Christian churches (i.e. people who are in power in the churches taking advantages of those who aren’t). Doing this causes dissention and can lead to a schism in a church. Again, we are to help others not seek to use people for our benefit. Doing this kind of thing comes with a warning, God will punish all those who behave in evil intentions and take advantage of others.

Verses seven is a statement which reiterates/wraps up the teaching. Paul tells that we are not to be impure in our attitudes and behaviors but we are called to live Holy/sanctified out of a pure heart and pure motives which will lead to pure behaviors.

In verse eight Paul gives us no “wiggle room,” but calls us to pay attention to what has been discussed. He states that this command isn’t a suggestion, but a COMMAND. This means that we should pay attention to it. This command does not come from him but from God, period.

We must remember that God’s will is for us to live a holy life before Him. We are called to live out of a pure heart and pure motives. We are called to not take advantage of people, and if we disobey this command we can expect a punishment. How about you today? Do you fall into any of these things discussed by Paul? If so then you need to ask God for forgiveness and stop the action. Will you draw close to God today while He can be found? The choice is yours.

4 comments on “Christians Are Supposed To Be Different Than They Are

  1. ” (4) that each of you should learn to control your own body a in a way that is holy and honorable.” So, as you know, I am no biblical scholar but who decides what is holy and honorable? A couple? The church? The person? Never quite knew what the answer was to this. (I can’t seem to recall any where in the Bible itself that gives specific examples)

    • The main focus of this verse seems to be sexual immorality. Actually, Paul does give us some insight. In 1 Corinthians 7:2-9.

      “But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife,and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satano will not tempt youp because of your lack of self-control…….8 Now to the unmarrieda and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

      1 Corinthians 6:13-20
      13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.”y The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead,a and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

      1 Corinthians 10:13
      13 No temptationc has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be temptedd beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,e he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

      Hope that helps…. let me know if there is something unclear.
      -Rev. Joe Kramer

      • As far as holiness in general, The Bible always talks about our conduct throughout its’ pages. I can’t think of one book which doesn’t. The most prolific being Paul’s writings and of course Psalms and Proverbs. Jesus himself was all about people’s attitudes and behavior throughout the Gospels.

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