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Walking in Purity (9 of 13)
Series: Living While Looking Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
November 14, 2010
We are continuing our study through the New Testament book of 1st Thessalonians. Today we come to the 4th chapter.
Now so far .. 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 are to be LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP! 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 going to hear Paul say that LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP includes Walking in Purity.
"Walking in Purity"
1 Thessalonians 4.1-9
1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus 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 d ...
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