A. What are we going to be talking about regarding one’s vessel? When you look up the Greek word we will find in our text today you find a long definition. In this lesson, we are talking about a vessel as in: “a metaphor for a body” (Strong’s # 4632).
- A vessel holds something (i.e. John 19:29).
- What is it that the human body holds (Genesis 2:7 and James 2:26)?
- Our physical bodies are to be used to this end (Romans 6:13; 6:19).
- It is not just our souls that we give to the Lord (Romans 12:1).
II. Body: I Thessalonians 4:1-7
A. Not rendering one’s body to the sin of fornication (I Corinthians 6:12-7:5).
- Rightly so, we often think of fornication as a fleshly sin (Galatians 5:19).
- It doesn’t start with the body though (Matthew 15:18-20).
- So, to abstain from fornication one must not only control the flesh, but one must also control what’s going on internally (Proverbs 6:20-26).
- Being holy; sanctified, begins at conversion with God doing His part as we have done our part (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
- However, it is upon us to continue in that state of sanctification; holiness (Romans 6:22).
- If I were to ask in a Bible study here, among the saints, how we show our love for God many would correctly say such is shown through obedience (John 14:15, John 14:21-24, I John 2:3-6, and I John 5:1-3).
- Before that love shows in our actions, where does it first reside (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Mark 12:28-30)?
- Continuing the state of sanctification and being blameless in mind, body, and soul; comes back to love (Ephesians 1:4) from within (Psalms 119:167).
- Using your body right starts internally (Jeremiah 4:14).
III. Conclusion: Don’t be a wasted vessel (Mark 14:16-21).
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