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05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
05 May 4, 2014, 1 Thessalonians 4;1-8, Holiness, Moral Purity
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  • 1. HOLINESS MORAL PURITY 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 MAY 4, 2014 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA FBCJ MAY MEMORY VERSE: Micah 6:8 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you, But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? What’s the number one thing? http://kingschapel.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/gloryHD-608x342.jpg CLASS 2014 MEMORY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. www.gotquestions.org John MacArthur, Jr. Radio program: Grace to You (Born June 19, 1939) http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4529821671755722&w=282&h=366&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7
  • 2. Hebrew for Christians Copyright @ John J. Parsons www.hebrew4christians.com http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4608071654639991&pid=1.7 God’s glory is the: manifestation of the combination of all of His attributes! http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4568854308325254&pid=1.7 Though all of the attributes of God are important and dependent on one another, God’s holiness seems to be the one He wishes us to put emphasis on the most. God’s holiness pervades His entire being and shapes all His attributes. http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Holiness_Final.jpg His love is a holy love, His mercy is holy mercy, and even His anger and wrath are holy anger and holy wrath.
  • 3. This is the only attribute of God that is repeated three times in Scripture. http://www.christianbanners.com/product_images/uploaded_images/Holy-Holy-Holy-is-the-Lord_md.jpg http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQLPq5HnmxR_GwXwFQKXWLcNy7sP4YSnUEMJE4H_SgSBs1SLqrccw Revelation 4:8 NKJV 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: http://godspeaksilisten.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/the-holiness-of-god-best-scripture.jpg?w=500
  • 4. Why the three-fold repetition: “Holy, Holy, Holy”? (Called the trihagion) http://thriceholy.net/JPGs/isaiah.jpg The repetition of a name or an expression three times was quite common among the Jews in order to convey intensity, intensity, intensity! Jeremiah 22:29 NKJV 29 O earth, earth, earth, Hear the word of the Lord! Ezekiel 21:27 NKJV 27 Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! Therefore, when the angels around the throne call or cry to one another, “Holy, holy, holy,” they are expressing with force and passion the truth of the supreme holiness of God, that essential characteristic which expresses His awesome and majestic nature. http://mrmom.amaonline.com/images/jpg/sun4b.jpg In addition, the trihagion expresses the triune nature of God, the three Persons of the Godhead, each equal in holiness and majesty.
  • 5. http://truewayholinesschurch.com/vhf-backgrounds_0003_holy-holy-holy.jpg Leviticus 19:2 NKJV 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Jesus is the “Holy and Just One” (Acts 3:14) http://graceologydotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/1jesus7.jpg Acts 3:14 NKJV 14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hOiJxH5RssA/T8LcEUb-OvI/AAAAAAAAAIM/NiiAm1O4heQ/s1600/the-holy-spirit.jpg The third Person of the trinity—the Holy Spirit—by His very name denotes the importance of holiness in the essence of the Godhead.
  • 6. God’s love won’t trump His holiness and God will not set aside His holiness even for His mercy. http://theleadingedgeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/mercy.jpg http://www.spirit21.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Holiness-1.jpg Holy (Old English) “hal” hallowed = whole or undivided, (wholly) “that must be preserved whole or intact, that cannot be transgressed or violated”. Holy is from the Hebrew word Qadash - (pronounced kaDOSH) and it means to be wholly set apart from the common, to be hallowed. As the Holy One (hakadosh), the LORD of Hosts is utterly unique, distinct, sacred, and set apart as the only One of His kind. He alone is worthy of true worship and adoration, since He alone is utterly peerless, without rival, and stands in relation to the world as Creator and LORD.
  • 7. Only the LORD is infinitely and eternally Other – known to Himself as “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:15). http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607999405949452383&pid=1.7 Isaiah 6:3 says “the whole earth is full of His glory” (kavod). The handiwork of the Lord reveals His Presence and bears His signature. In the case of man, the image of God (Genesis 1:27) communicates this sense of God’s holiness and denotes that the essence of man - his spirit – is also to be set apart as sacred and uncommon.  No human being is considered “common” or ordinary in God’s world.  Man was created to reflect the truth about Who God is. But the Fall distorted the image of God and corrupted the ability of man to reflect this truth – the holiness of God and the holiness of man. When we confess Jesus as our Lord and are born again, the power of the Holy Spirit begins to conform us again to the image of the Messiah (Rom 8:29 & 2 Cor 3:18). Romans 8:29 NKJV 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
  • 8. http://christrescuemission.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/The_Indwelling_Spirit.262210727_std.jpg Like the Seraphim in Isaiah’s vision, this confession of the holiness and glory of God is worship – ascribing to God the truth of His infinite worth and glory. Psalm 29:1-2 NIV 1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. (ISV - worship the LORD wearing His holy attire) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-I80F5RQQO5w/T3L75l_EMtI/AAAAAAAABbM/3HCrGdfNAZY/s1600/Worship+the+Lord+.jpg God’s holiness is what separates Him from all other beings, what makes Him separate and distinct from everything else. God’s holiness embodies the mystery of His awesomeness and causes us to gaze in wonder at Him as we begin to comprehend just a little of His majesty.
  • 9. Isaiah was a firsthand witness of God’s holiness in his vision described in Isaiah 6. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V4gcSxbKH2A/UK5x89GB_EI/AAAAAAAAAJg/Ms8PbEPgcRM/s1600/isaiah-seraphim-coal.jpg Even though Isaiah was a prophet of God and a righteous man, his reaction to the vision of God’s holiness was to be aware of his own sinfulness. Isaiah 6:5 Isaiah 6:5 NKJV 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” John’s vision of the throne of God in Revelation 4 was similar to that of Isaiah. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607999405949452383&pid=1.7 Again, there were living creatures around the throne crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Revelation 4:8) in reverence and awe of the Holy One.
  • 10. However, John’s reaction to the vision of God in His throne is different from Isaiah’s. http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x289/Matureo/Heaven-2-.jpg There is no record of John falling down in terror and awareness of his own sinful state, perhaps because John had already encountered the risen Christ at the beginning of his vision (Revelation 1:17). Christ had placed His hand upon John and told him not to be afraid. In the same way, we can approach the throne of grace if we have the hand of Christ upon us in the form of His righteousness, exchanged for our sin at the cross (2 Cor 5:21). Hebrews 4:16 NKJV 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. http://watchmangospelsigns.businessdatatech.net/images/JPEG%20files%20- %20ready%20for%20website/Without%20holiness%20no%20one%20will%20see%20the%20Lord.jpg
  • 11. http://imallbooked.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/beye-holy.jpg 1 Peter 1:14-16 NKJV 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Peter is quoting from Leviticus 11:44 and Leviticus 19:2 that God is holy (perfect) and He is calling for us to be holy (perfect)! What does it mean for us to be holy (perfect)? http://www.bibleprophecyupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/be_holy.jpg When God told Israel to be holy in Leviticus 11 and 19, He was instructing them to be distinct from the other nations. As His chosen nation, God had set them apart from all other people groups so that the world would know that they belonged to Him.
  • 12. When Peter repeats the Lord's words in 1 Peter 1:16, he is talking specifically to believers. http://versaday.com/images/Months/1008/0813-1PE001016ENGKJV08000480ISP08664639000.jpg As believers, we need to be "set apart" from the world unto the Lord. We need to be living by God's standards, not the world's. God is calling us to be distinct from the world. First Peter 2:9 describes believers as "a holy nation." 1 Peter 2:9-12 NKJV 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2sWjxcyFnRM/T0mPlTRwq1I/AAAAAAAAF4s/GtuBvHOXBgI/s400/marvelous+light.bmp 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
  • 13. Living Before the World 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:9-12 NKJV Since we are separated from the world by justification; we need to live out that reality in our day-to-day lives through sanctification. http://foundationsforfreedom.net/References/NT/Pauline/Ephesians/Ephesians4/_res/Eph4_25jpg/Justification- Sanctification-Glorification.jpg How then can we become holy? http://www.whoisgodblog.com/uploads/5/4/3/6/5436479/_2441544.jpg Holiness only results from a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior (accepting His gift of eternal life - justification).
  • 14. If someone has not placed their faith in God's Son alone to save them from their sins, then their pursuit of holiness is in vain. When we truly are believers, then we recognize that our position in Christ automatically sets us apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9). Then in obedience, we daily live a set-apart life (sanctification) of gratitude to God, not trying to "blend in" with the world, but instead living according to His Word.  We only become holy in relationship to Christ.  It is an imputed holiness.  Only in Christ do we “become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV 21 For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. In Your Walk, Excel! 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 NKJV A Plea for Purity 1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 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. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, Who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
  • 15. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Q3Vhzk2kcgg/TXMp9MmEhbI/AAAAAAAABXo/lBea9S1-E64/s1600/Justification- Sanctification-Glorification.jpg http://feileadhmor.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/sanctification.gif?w=479  We are being sanctified and for that reason we are to avoid sexual immorality.  The Greek word for “sanctified” means “purified, made holy”. As Christians, we are to live a purified life because we have been made holy by the exchange of our sin for the righteousness of Christ on the cross and have been made completely new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1EGRvBhN4qs/TT9echRC7uI/AAAAAAAAAmY/CI1ACg91HZw/s1600/image_of_new_creations. jpg
  • 16. Our old natures, with all their impurities, sexual and otherwise, have died and now the life we live, we live by faith in the One Who died for us (Galatians 2:20). Cherokee proverb http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iKinZqHYtMk/TpZG19htGaI/AAAAAAAAEOw/P23e2WVXZo4/s640/wolf.jpg Galatians 2:20a NKJV 20a I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Romans 6:6-7 NKJV 6 our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:12-14 NKJV 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members (bodies) as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:18-19 NKJV 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19b For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
  • 17. Romans 6:22 NKJV 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. Sanctification, the process by which we become more and more Christlike, is an essential evidence of the reality of our salvation. We also see in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 the necessity of controlling our bodies. When we give in to sexual immorality, we give evidence that the Holy Spirit is not indwelling us because we do not possess that fruit of the Spirit—self-control. All believers display the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) to a greater or lesser degree depending on the length of time they have walked with God. Uncontrolled “passionate lust” is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19), not of the Spirit. http://ascofuatwork.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/works_of_the_flesh.jpg So controlling our lusts and living sexually pure lives is essential to anyone who professes to know Christ. In doing so, we honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/159/881/159881333_640.jpg
  • 18. 1 Corinthians 6:13b-20 NKJV 13b Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:13b-20 NKJV By keeping the marriage bed pure (Hebrews 13:4), we can experience unreserved love for our mates, which is surpassed only by God’s enormous love for us. 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 NKJV 7b exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:12b NKJV 12b be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. http://www.jewishjournal.com/images/bloggers_auto/Holiness_image.jpg
  • 19. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Paul urged the Thessalonian Christians and all believers to excel in Christian living more and more, but only when believers nurture the new nature with its resolute longing for God do they attain the kind of spiritual progress (sanctification) the apostle had in mind. There is always a danger of Christians thinking they have no further need to progress in sanctification; but this side of eternity, no believer has even come close to what God desires for him spiritually (Philippians 3:12-16). http://sovjoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/pressing-toward-prize.jpg Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV Because it knew so much truth, even a church as strong as the one in Thessalonica might have been tempted to settle for the spiritual status quo. Thanks to Paul's solid instruction when he was with them, the saints were living exemplary lives and he had commended them for that (1 Thessalonians 1:2-4, 7; 2:13-14). As a result, they might have thought their condition was ideal and in no need of improvement.
  • 20. But Paul knew they could do better and encouraged them accordingly. From Thessalonians 4:1 to the end of the body of the letter (5:22), Paul's primary purpose was to exhort the church to strive for spiritual excellence. Paul was not browbeating the Thessalonians but lovingly, gently, and kindly requesting that they as his brethren persevere in sanctification. Similarly, exhort (parakaloumen) means "to come alongside and encourage." The believers at Thessalonica were already living in a way that pleased God so Paul’s attitude was gracious and considerate, with just enough urgency that they accept his exhortation not to be content with their spiritual growth but to excel still more. The word translated excel (perisseuete) means "to abound, to be abundantly supplied, to overflow, to exist in full quantity, to be over and above and around, to be advanced." A closely related form of the word can mean "extraordinary," or "surpassing." Paul used perisseuete here in a comparative way (1 Cor 8:8) to tell the Thessalonians he was intent that they become spiritually extraordinary, that they excel to a higher degree (1 Cor 14:12; Phil 1:9; 1 Thess 3:12; 4:10). Paul's priority for believers was spiritual progress motivated by a desire to know God — the kind of strong desire the psalmist described: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God" (Ps 42:1; cf. 34:8; 63:1-2). For all believers, the pursuit of knowing God is the basic component of spiritual growth. The objective of knowing God should supersede even the desire to know His Word; that desire is simply the means to knowing the God of the Word. If gaining more information about the Bible and participating in additional spiritual activities — praying, witnessing, and serving — are not linked to the desire to know God better, they will not bring spiritual growth to those who profess faith in Christ.
  • 21. This is the sense of 1 John 2:12-14. 1 John 2:12-14 12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. 14 I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:12-14 In that text, John identifies three steps in a believer's growth: (1) "little children" who know their sins are forgiven, (2) "young men" who know doctrine and are strong against Satan's lies (unlike children, Ephesians 4:14), and (3) "fathers" who know not just doctrine but the eternal God. That is the final goal of every believer – to know God.

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