by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2 October 26, 2014 Dayton, Texas (Download Audio)
(083)Thesis:The walk that pleases God has a specific process and goal in mind: sanctification.
Introduction:Last week we looked into the issue of the believer's "bottom line": a focus upon gradual improvement in skillful walking. Tonight we are going to look further into that issue.
I. Paul's Focus Upon the Process.
1. When Paul arrived in Thessalonica, he gave them instructions.
a. The word used means "revelations of the desires of the originator of the revelations".
b. The strength of those instructions varies in the various contexts in which they are found.
1) With demons, the instructions are "demands" that will not brook rejection.
2) With humans, the instructions vary all the way from "invitations" to "demands".
3) The underlying issue of "enforcement" is not consistent.
2. When Paul arrived in Thessalonica, the Thessalonians "received" the instructions given (4:1).
a. This word is an intensified term, taking a primary verb and adding the preposition para.
b. Its meaning is revealed in John 1:11-12 where the intensified form is used in 1:11 and the regular form is used in 1:12.
1. Because "pleasing" the God requires "faith", there has to be relatively clear understanding.
2. Paul's declaration that they "know" indicates that they have that understanding.
D. The Lord's Involvement.
1. The grammar is sufficiently odd as to attract the attention of the grammarians.
2. What Paul has in mind seems to be a recap of his understanding that the Thessalonians' "receiving and knowing" is a result of the work of the Savior/Lord.
II. Paul's Focus Upon the Goal.
A. In General.
1. The desire of the God (Father).
a. Paul's focus upon the God is that He is our Father.
b. The instructions coalesce around what His desire is for His children.
2. Your sanctification.
a. The purging of "imbalance".
b. The instilling of anything that is missing.
1. Learning how to "abstain".
a. The word signals a holding a thing at a distance.
b. The concept is that of "believing" whatever promise addresses the "thing".
2. Avoiding sexual misconduct.
a. The word is a general term that includes all manner of activities.
b. The implication is that there is a particular "imbalance" that is relatively universal.