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THE EPISTLE OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 4:1-8 (5 of 11)
1 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.
Finally then brothers, we beg you and we admonish you
by the Lord Jesus Christ, that as you received
instruction from us concerning how you should walk and
to please God, so overflow in it more and more. Now
this is a very significant verse in that it contains
tremendous and applicable instruction.
This church wanted to know how to please God. In fact,
they WERE striving to please God already, and this is
what ALL believers should be doing, but Paul does not
stop there. He begged this church to OVERFLOW in their
efforts to please God, to please Him in all areas of
What does it mean to please God? It means: TO
ACCOMMODATE ONE’S SELF TO THE COMMANDS, DESIRES AND
INTERESTS OF GOD.
This church welcomed the instructions of Paul and his
group when they were there with them and he begged
them to receive the CORRECTIVE instruction that he
NOW REMEMBER THIS POINT VERY CAREFULLY. Paul begins
this chapter by saying that the instructions that he
is about to give them is HOW ONE IS TO PLEASE GOD.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the
This verse teaches clearly that when Paul gave this
church instruction that he was doing it by divine
revelation, from Jesus Christ. The point is that these
instructions or should I say, commands, were not to be
look at lightly or dismissed, but obeyed because THEY
CAME FROM CHRIST HIMSELF, THROUGH PAUL.
3 For this is the will of God, [even] your
sanctification, that ye should abstain from
Now if anyone had any doubt as to the will of God
concerning this issue of sexual sin, the questions
HAVE ALL BEEN ANSWERED. This IS the will of God. ...
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