Thursday, February 22, 2018

THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD 1


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1 Thess 4:3 (KJV)
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication

It was in secondary school, an all-boys school one afternoon that a debate of sorts came up, with one of the boys declaring that though the Bible clearly speaks against adultery, it says no such thing against fornication, referring of course to the Ten Commandments. The text above clearly refutes that erroneous and false teaching.

Have you noticed that even though we are asked to resist the devil (James 4:7), and to take our stand against principalities and powers (Eph 6:12-18), we are asked to flee fornication/sexual sins? It should interest you to know that when we resist the devil he flees away from us, but we are the ones charged to flee from this work of the flesh. But what exactly is fornication you might ask.

The word fornication is translated in the New Testament mostly from the Greek word porneia. It refers to illicit sexual intercourse, such as adultery, sexual intercourse between two unmarried people, homosexuality, lesbianism, and intercourse with animals. Some Bible versions simply call it sexual immorality. What’s more, the New Testament is replete with warnings/instructions concerning this. Here are some of them:
Acts 15:20 & 29 says to abstain from fornication,
1 Corinthians 5:9 says to keep no company with a fornicator,
1 Corinthians 6:18 says to flee fornication,
1 Corinthians 10:8 says to ‘neither let us commit adultery’,
Ephesians 5:3 says let it not once be named among us believers,
Colossians 3:5 (TLB) says to have nothing to do with sexual sins,
1 Thessalonians 4:3 charges us to abstain from fornication, and
2 Timothy 2:22 says to flee youthful lusts.

Go into today armed with the understanding that it is God’s will for you to abstain from sexual sins.
-Ikechukwu Mpama

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