Life On The Highest Plane (10 of 15) by Jerry Vines

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Back to the Basics
Jerry Vines
I Thes. 4:9-12

I want to begin by reading verses 1 and 2 of chapter

"Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort
you by the Lord Jesus that as ye have received of us
how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would
abound more and more. For you know what commandments
we gave you by the Lord Jesus."

I read these two verses to begin our Bible study
because I want you to see that these two verses really
are the introductory verses to the last part of the
book of I Thessalonians. The first part lays out for
us some of the basic faith doctrines. Some of the
basic truths of our faith. We have here the
inspiration of the Bible. We have the doctrine of
election. We have the whole idea of evangelism --
telling others about the Lord Jesus Christ. The role
of the pastor -- a variety of doctrines are given to
us in these opening chapters. When you get to the 4th
chapter you move to what we call the practical section
where we make application of our faith to our daily
life. In the first two verses he talks about the
matter of our daily life -- walking, living a daily
life, in such a way that it is pleasing unto God.
Then, in verse 2 he talks about the commandments of
God which we would call the Word of God, the authority
of Scripture, which is the basis and the standard by
which believers are to live their Christian life.

What we believe is to affect how we behave. Our
Christian faith is to apply to our daily existence.
He has talked about this matter in a negative way in
verses 3-8. In those verses he has talked about
sanctification -- being set apart, separated unto the
Lord. Specifically he says that the believer is to
abstain from sexual immorality. So, there is a
negative side to this matter of the Christian life.
But there is also a positive side that we are going to
look at in th ...

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