Ive got a lot to express in this blog and it might get broken up into two. i just want to be open and straight forth in the power of the Word of God.
1 thess 4:1-8, i made it small cause it is so long – feel free to look it up so it can be bigger lol
1Th 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
1Th 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
1Th 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
1Th 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
1Th 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1Th 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
My first thought is from verse 1. “..that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God..” To begin with, how ye ought to walk. There is a way how you ought to walk! There is a way Jesus walked – and we are to be like our Creator, our Savior. Paul and the apostles walked this way. There are still those today who walk this way – and if u are a Christian, it is the way ye ought to walk! What is this walk? Its straight and narrow.(matt 7:14) Its separated from the world and consecrated wholly to God in holiness – without which NO MAN will see the Lord. (heb 12:14, 2 cor 6:17)
The second point i want to bring out is from verses 3 – 5. “3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:”
If sin is sin, if no sin is different than the other.. than we should take these verses to know that just because it says fornication doesn't mean it is limited to fornication. Your sanctification is the WILL OF GOD. Know how to possess your vessel in a way that honors the Lord. Do not carry yourself in sin as those who know not God!
Last for this set of scripture; verses 7 & 8. “7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God..” For those who say we do not have to live that straight – know and open your ears to hear – truly listen, that God has not called us to a life of uncleanness - BUT unto holiness.. and he who despiseth – despiseth not man – but God.
yeah so basically i re-read (wrote) what the scripture said right? well because God didnt make it very confusing when he wrote – live holy, if u dont like it – ur not despising those who do – but u are despising me.
ok ok so lets see a few more words that go along the same lines as despise.. look down on, abhor, abominate, look down nose at, flout, hate, have no use for, reject, renounce, repudiate, revile, scorn, shun.
I would not want to be one who is found with this attitude toward the Lord, especially if i am one who claims to be saved. Im not trying to beat n e one over the head. And i know there will always be those who choose their way over the Lords and will justify it.. im not talking to those. I am talking to those who truly love the Lord and who are deceived into thinking that they are on the right path – yet they have sin in their life and they think its ok. Open your heart to all the Lord has for you! Dont look down on me for the way i live just because you dont think its necessary, because ultimately u are looking down on Christ & telling him he isnt worth it. That there isnt enough power in his blood to keep you seperated from the world. There isnt enough power in his blood to free you from your addictions, or to crucify your flesh. I tell you there is .. and it begins with sanctification! It lives in Holiness!