This is the Will of God

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

(1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 ESV)

 

Christians desire to know the will of God. Maybe I should say that Christians should desire to know the will of God. We’re living in an age where words are defined by everyone as they see fit. I say should because in order to be understood I need to write clearly. Using the word should makes it clear that many who call themselves Christians don’t desire to know the will of God.  A Christian is someone who is clearly different than those around them because they know and obey the will of God, not the will of self or will of man.

Many Christians that I have met don’t know the will of God. It’s something they want to know but don’t know how to know it. Praise be to God for revealing His will and His self to us through His Word. It’s in the Bible we learn God’s revealed will.

In first Thessalonians 4:3 it explicitly says “This is the will of God.” Want to know God’s will? Here is a place where it is clearly spelled out.

What does it say? “For this is the will of God, your sanctification.” A great summary of God’s will for the Christians life is sanctification. This word, sanctification, means the setting apart or making holy. The Christian should be set apart for God. Their lives are to be given to God so that they think, speak, act, and desire differently than the world.

In another post I’ll talk about how we give our minds to God so that we think differently. Speak, act, and desire will also be given separate posts.

See these posts as introduction into the will of God. Use these posts as points to launch into more learning about what will and sanctification mean. What do we mean when we say will of God?

May God grant you insight into His character and nature as you seek to know and understand His will more.

 

About TruthN

Husband. Father of one. Writer of fiction. Massage Therapist. Video Game, Comic Book, Fiction, and Non-Fiction enjoy'r. Reader of Theology. You may find him reading the Bible. View all posts by TruthN

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