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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: 1 Thessalonians Chapter Five: Message Outlines

1 Thess 5:23-24 (6)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 6
May 31, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The sanctification of the body consists of God's removal of the "issues" of the body to the back burner.

Introduction:In our study of "sanctification" so far, we have seen that the sanctification of the spirit consists of God's blunting of our lust for status and fear of humiliation. We have seen that the sanctification of the soul consists of God's provision of a real sense of security and the corollary of a real diminishing of fear. This evening we are going to look at God's "sanctification" of us in regard to our bodies.

The body is the one aspect of our temptability that is clearly declared by the Scriptures to be pursued in the face of the fact that there will be no consistent amelioration of the processes of death that are at work to gradually degrade our physical bodies until they are no longer capable of functioning. This indicates that God's "sanctifying work" is done at the level of our hearts and minds and not at the level of the "target areas". In other words, He does not "fix" the "spirit", or the "soul", or the "body". This He will eventually do at the Rapture/Resurrection, but until then we are summoned to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and hearts.

Our study this evening will focus upon the rather profound weaknesses of the body so that we may understand what they set us up for in terms of "temptation".


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