by Jerry Vines

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Psychology and the Bible (15 of 15)
Series: Back to the Basics
Jerry Vines
1 Thessalonians 5:23-28

These verses complete our study of I Thessalonians. We will move, God willing, into II Thessalonians and study that little book in the Bible around the theme, ''Hope For the End Times.'' It has to do with some of the most fascinating prophecies in all of the Bible. It has to do with what the Bible predicts about the future judgment, about the future tribulation on the earth, the appearance of the Antichrist and it's going to be a fascinating study.

In these closing verses there are three basic matters. There is a prayer in verse 23. In verse 24 there is a wonderful promise that the same God who called us is the God who will do everything He has promised to do. There are no unfinished symphonies with the Lord. He is not only a caller, he is also a doer. Everything God has called you to, He has promised that He will eventually do. In the remaining verses he makes a plea for several things. He asks them to pray for him. What a great compliment that anybody would ever ask you to pray for them. In verse 26 he says, ''greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.'' The kids like that one. The equivalent today would be kind of like a handshake or a good old Baptist hug. Then in verse 27 he says, ''Read this epistle.'' It just reminds us of the importance of the reading of the Word of God. How important the Bible is to us!

Tonight I'm especially interested in this prayer which he prays in verse 23 because it is a prayer for total sanctification. ''That the very God of peace will sanctify you holy.'' That is, in every part, through and through. Sanctify. Set you apart. Consecrate you to the Lord. Here is a prayer for total sanctification. Everything we have, every part of us, the prayer is that every part of our being, every aspect of our nature, might be totally, 100%, all the way, committed and consecrated and set apart to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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