The Prepared Life: Walking in Purity
Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 4.1-12
As we continue our study through the New Testament book of 1st Thessalonians, join me in the 4th chapter.
You will remember that every chapter concludes with a statement about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Chapter 1:10, ''and to wait for His Son from heaven whom He raised from the dead...''
Chapter 2:19, ''For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? It is not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?''
Chapter 3:13, ''So that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our god and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.''
Now knowing that Jesus will one day return, what are we to do? How are we to live? Well, throughout 1st Thessalonians, Paul tells us what we're to be doing. We're to be ready with prepared lives! That's what we're thinking about tonight: The Prepared Life. For we ought to live each day as though Jesus Christ died yesterday, arose this morning, and is coming back tonight!
Now let's begin reading in chapter 4 verse 1. We're thinking tonight about living The Prepared Life and the way to live prepared is by
Walking in Purity
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
So how do we live prepared for the second coming? Well the prepared life begins with our
WALKING IN PURITY.
Verse 1, ''Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more (that is: be above average, don't be ordinary).''
All right, Brother Paul. But in what way are we to be above average? In what way are we not to be ordinary? Verse 1, ''... just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God.''
There it is! God doesn't want us having an ordinary walk! He wants us having a supernatural walk!
Paul often compared the Christian life to a walk.
· Ephesians 4:1, ''I beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.''
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