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Read full chapter And the very God of peace. It seems that there are indeed these three different aspects to the human person, yet the specific meaning of spirit or soul must be determined by the context. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Timothy 4:5 (For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude) for it (everything created by God) is sanctified (present tense) by means of the word of God and prayer. Sanctification is a process which begins with conversion and will be completed only when “perfection comes” (1 Cor. Trichotomists hold to the former, dichotomists to the latter. Speculations and views respecting the fortunes of psuche and its relation to the body find varied expression in our literature. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV: "The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." He said only that the sword cuts open the soul and the spirit of the person. Frame commenting on sanctify you renders it "“Consecrate you throughout,” “through and through” (Luther). 1996). 2:11; 5:3, 5; 7:34; 2Cor. iii. Set Christ apart from all others as the sole object of their reverence and obedience, even in the face of unjust suffering. It cannot go on forever. 4:47); perfect weeks are ebdomadas holoklerous (Lev. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s ministrations in us? 20 Despise not prophesyings. An altar is hagios because it exists for a purpose different from the purpose of ordinary things. God’s indwelling that believer and all the blessings and graces that flow into the believer’s life from heaven will spill over to enrich all who are near." The Lord can give spiritual healing. Nor need we try to keep them in watertight compartments. It is fitting, therefore, that he should in the end pray once again for their complete sanctification (Gk. Phil. - Is there no balm in Gilead?” asked Jeremiah. John Piper Apr 12, 1992 119 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. (1 Thessalonians 5 ), Morris agrees with Guzik writing that "The way in which he effects the transition... indicates that it is only in the power of the God on whom he calls that his exhortations can be brought to fruition. We do not allow our minds to dwell as they should on these great massive truths of God. The Bible Speaks Today. In the OT, the holy is that which is set apart from the common so that it is isolated for God's service. (Ibid). The prayer is that the divine sanctification may extend to every part of their being, leaving no area untouched by the pervasive power of divine holiness. you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Barclay adds that amémptōs - expresses what the Christian is to the world. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”. We are holy because the Sanctifier (the One who makes holy) has already sanctified us in response to our trust in Him (Heb. 1 Thess. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., U.S.A, IVP). According to Scripture, every true believer in Jesus Christ—whether faithful or unfaithful, well known or unknown, leader or follower—is a set apart person, a holy person, a saint. At the same time it will not do to regard the three subjects as of ‘mere rhetorical significance’ (de Wette): they are evidently chosen in accordance with the general O.T. (Phillips: Touchstone), Wuest: Now, may the God of peace himself consecrate you, every part of each one of you, to His worship and service, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved in their entirety blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Peace, in the Pauline sense, is not mere calm or tranquility. It is always conceived as based upon reconciliation with God. 1 Thess. 1 Thessalonians 5:24, KJV: "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." More Christians are defeated on account of self-reliance than on account of Satanic attack. In sum, Paul issues a prayer designed to make us wholly holy inside and out, not just on the "outside" (which of course is the essence of hypocrisy - hupokrisis) like the "super" religious Pharisees who Jesus "raked over the proverbial coals" declaring to them... You blind Pharisee, first clean (aorist imperative = Not a suggestion but a command. (MacArthur, J: Romans 9-16. And so God does not only choose a man for his special service, and set him apart for it, he also equips a man with the qualities he needs to carry it out. In this way the ordinary things so easily taken for granted (some of which are forbidden by errorists) become sanctified (set apart from common things) as occasions for worship and praise. Vine comments on the distinction between "perfect" and "complete" noting that complete "signifies that every grace should be manifest in the believer that is present in Christ, John 1:16 ("For of His fulness we have all received grace upon grace") (whereas) perfect (teleios) signifies that every grace should be developed and matured. 15:5), being thus whole and entire in all its parts (holokleros kai panteles, Philo, De Merc. With this background it is easy to see why Paul prayed for the saints at Thessalonica to be without blame. 21:17-23), which was required of the Levitical priests as a condition of their ministering at the altar, which also might not be wanting in the sacrifices they offered. But here, as in several other places (e.g., He 4:12 [note]), man is viewed as tripartite. Our verdict is that he makes loyalty into absurdity by this conduct; but if we imitate him in this procedure in reference to the Lord Jesus we shall be wise. The Christian must not only be pure, but the purity of his life must be seen by all. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Before a person is saved he has no holy nature and no capacity for holy living. The precise implication of this threefold enumeration for the essential cure of man has been much debated. He who would serve the holy God must himself be holy too. This verse poses no special difficulty for the dichotomist position. St. Paul implies in the text that all three branches of our complicated nature are to undergo sanctification—that this leavening process is to go through the entire mass, until the whole is leavened. That glorious truth appears in more than 500 verses throughout the Bible. Most lexicons in fact state that parousia is derived from pareimi (from para = near, with + eimi = to be) which means to be present, to be nearby, to have come. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 17:3; 1 Sam. Paul's point is that the Bridegroom really is coming quickly and this certainty should marinate our minds and cause us work out our salvation in fear and trembling, purify ourselves for He is holy, cleansing ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit and perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord or the awe of what it will be like when we truly do see Him face to face! There are 2 NT uses of holokleros, the other use being in... James 1:4 (Here James' exhortation is given to motivate them to comprehend the value of trials in the believer's life so that he or she is enabled to by faith "consider them all joy" -- note "not fun" but "joy") And let endurance (see hupomone) have its perfect result, that you may be perfect (see teleios) and complete (holokleros), lacking in nothing. Hebrews 13:12 (note) Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 759 c). God is the God of peace only to those who have ceased to be at war with Him, and are at one with Him (see notes Romans 5:1, Col 1:20, 1:21; 1:22). All our inventiveness is to be used in God’s service. 13:10). 1 Thessalonians 5:17 by Paul Washer - … (Matthew 6 - William Barclay's Daily Study Bible). 1 Thessalonians 5:24 » 1 Thessalonians 5:23b. The only approach to this in the Apocrypha is Wisdom xv. And the apostle might choose to address God under this character, partly to encourage boldness, freedom, and intrepidity at the throne of grace, and partly to raise hope, expectation, and faith of having his requests answered, since God is not an angry God, nor is fury in him, but the God of peace: and the petitions he puts up for the Thessalonians are as follow: and first, that God would. cp notes on "living stones" in 1 Peter 2:5 and saints "being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit" - Ephesians 2:20; 21; 22). 4). Hebrews 9:13 (note) For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled (made "common" or unclean, violating the state required for ritual holiness), sanctify for the cleansing (purifying, making ritually cleansed and acceptable to offer worship in the setting of the Tabernacle) of the flesh. Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion, Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans, Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdman, AND MAY YOUR SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY BE PRESERVED COMPLETE, kai holokleron humon to pneuma kai e psuche kai to soma amemptos en te parousia tou kuriou hemon Iesou Christou teretheie. Moody) (Bolding added), MacDonald observes that here at the end of this epistle Paul "seems to point to the Judgment Seat (see bema) of Christ, which follows the Rapture (see harpazo). (Elwell, W. A.. Vol. 23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. by Grant Richison | Aug 30, 1999 | 1 Thessalonians | 2 comments. In the NT, holiness is a dynamic process. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In the last half of chapter 4, Paul dealt with concerns that Thessalonian believers who died prior to Christ’s Second Coming would not be part of the resurrection. That becomes clear when we see how the Bible writers use the expression. ", Exodus 29:1 Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate (Hebrew = qadash = set apart; Lxx = hagiazo) them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish. Comment: Hagiazo here refers to the moment these Gentile sinners were set apart and made saints - the moment of salvation (so called "positional sanctification") with perfect tense pointing to the permanence of their position in Christ (which should give you assurance regarding eternal security). (Or at least it should!) All through this letter this has been the great hope set before us. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Heb 6:19; 10:39; 1Peter 2:11; 2Peter 2:8). Deuteronomy 27:6 "You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of uncut (KJV = whole) (Hebrew = shalam = complete, perfect, whole; Lxx = holokleros) stones; and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the LORD your God (Comment: And God still requires "whole" stones to build His "altars" today! The apostle’s entreaty for the Thessalonians parallels and reiterates the theme and form of his earlier prayer for their spiritual growth (see notes 1Thes 3:11; 12; 13). Himself (846) (autos) In the Greek sentence this pronoun is first for emphasis. (Perfect - Trench's Synonyms of the New Testament), As distinguished from the preceding word holoteleis, holokleros is qualitative, while holteleis is quantitative. 1/27/19 Tom Lowe Lesson 24: A Prayer For Their Sanctification and Preservation (1Thess. Quite clearly that does not mean that those who know that God is called Jehovah will trust in him. Sometimes He doesn’t grant physical healing because He has other plans and purposes for us (2 Corinthians 12:8–9). God’s peace is not sentimental but moral. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Context. view of the constitution of man to emphasize a sanctification which shall extend to man’s whole being, whether on its immortal, its personal, or its bodily side... (St. Paul's Epistles to the Thessalonians. Exposition of 1 Thessalonians 5:23 - by Pastor Tim Crabtee. Paul asks God that nothing in these saints would escape the sanctifying power (of His Word and His Spirit). Holoteles describes something complete in all its parts, with no part wanting or unsound. Here the reference is to ongoing sanctification or so-called "progressive sanctification" (= "present tense salvation") which is a continuous process in this life and is terminated only when we are glorified ("future tense salvation") in eternity future in heaven. “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin’ —if that means in conscious experience only, may God have mercy on us. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Oswald Chambers - Intercessory introspection - And I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless. Gradually this unswerving constancy removes the weaknesses and the imperfections from a man’s character. Cleansing from sin is to the very heights and depths of our spirit if we will keep in the light as God is in the light, and the very Spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of our spirits. He and his friends were in the city of *Corinth w… 1, holokleron kai panteleos momos ametochon. Php 1:6 (note). (perfect tense), Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified (perfect tense) by faith in Me.'. (Eerdmans), Young's Literal: and the God of the peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved unblameably in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel is the gospel of peace (see notes Ephesians 2:17; 6:15; Romans 10:15). The word for to consecrate is hagiazo which comes from the adjective hagios. Still it is unmistakably intimated that by virtue of the marriage union, the unbelieving side in its measure participates in the saving work and fellowship with God experienced by the believing side", MacArthur adds that "In God’s eyes a home is set apart for Himself when the husband, wife, or, by implication, any other family member, is a Christian. 5:12, 15; 15:19; 22:9; 32:51; 33:3; Jos. Peace is habitually used, both in the Old and New Testaments, in connection with the Messianic salvation. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The Psalmist says, "Some boast of chariots and some of horses, but we boast of the name of the Lord our God" (Ps 20:7). 1985. It will cost everything that is not of God in us. Ro 15:4 (note). Acts 20:32 "And now I commend (entrust to the care of God and His word, to deposit for safekeeping!) The meaning of psuche is also contingent upon whether one is a dichotomist or trichotomist. If Paul recognised any such technical division, it was more probably twofold; the body or material part, and the immaterial part with its higher and lower sides (1 Thessalonians 5). But there is something to add to this. As in those passages so here consecration includes not only religion, devotion to God, but conduct, ethical soundness. We see that the anticipation of Christ's imminent return for His beloved Bride, prompts (or should prompt) in her an attitude of expectancy and actions commensurate with that mindset. Thus, the unregenerated man can only understand a religion of the senses. In John 17:17 Jesus teaches that the Word of truth is the agent by which believers are sanctified (here speaking of ongoing sanctification once we are saved). 2 Timothy 2:21 (note) Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified (perfect tense), useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. (Hiebert, D. Edmond: 1 & 2 Thessalonians: BMH Book. In the present context the prayer is that no part of the Christian personality should be lacking in consecration. In all of Paul’s epistles, whenever he moves from doctrinal exposition to practical exhortation (Ed note: E.g., doctrine in Ephesians 1-3; duty in Ephesians 4-6), he has this aspect of sanctification in mind (Experiential sanctification). It is your urgent need!) (MacArthur, John: 1 & 2 Thessalonians. To the extent our living is holy, it is because, in Christ, we already are holy and have the counsel and power of His Holy Spirit. Comment: This verse can be amplified as follows - "Those who are continually (present tense) being (passive voice = subject acted upon by outside source, ie, the sanctifying work of the Spirit) set apart from the world and unto God". Nevertheless as alluded to earlier, this passage has been the subject of considerable debate over the question "Is man a trichotomous (three part) or dichotomous (two part) being?". When man sanctifies God, “the word denotes that manner of treatment on the part of man which corresponds with the holiness of God, and which springs from faith, trust, and fear” (see 1Pe 3:15-note)” (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans), Vine - A number of things are "sanctified" in the NT - (a) the gold adorning the Temple and of the gift laid on the altar, Matt. (1 Thessalonians 5 Commentary), Frame explains it as "if Paul had said: “I have exhorted you to ethical consecration and to the things that make for peace, but God himself is the only power that can make the exhortation effective.” (Frame, J. E. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistles of St. Paul to the Thessalonians. And unquestionably doctrine is disseminated in vain, unless God implant it in our minds... Paul, accordingly, knowing that all doctrine is useless until God engraves it, as it were, with his own finger upon our hearts, beseeches God that he would sanctify the Thessalonians. Heb 10:10, a common NT designation of all believers is ‘saints,’ hagioi, i.e., ‘sanctified’ or ‘holy ones.’ Thus sainthood, or sanctification, is not an attainment, it is the state into which God, in grace, calls sinful men, and in which they begin their course as Christians, Col 3:12; Heb 3:1.” (Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. 1 Thessalonians Images and Notes. Comment: Wuest writes that "The words “by which he was sanctified” in connection with the identity of the person who committed this sin (trampling under foot...), might trouble the reader when he remembers that the historical background and analysis of the book show that that person is an unsaved person. 3:5; Neh. Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified (Hebrew = qadash = set apart; Lxx = hagiazo) it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Even if the Christian is ridiculed and persecuted, unbelievers in the family are blessed because of that believer. May you be kept in soul and mind and body in spotless integrity until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Barclay writes that holokleros means "entire, perfect in every part. As surely as every leaf that grows is mainly water that the plant has got from the clouds, and carbon that it has got out of the atmosphere, so surely will all our good be mainly drawn from Heaven and Heaven’s gifts. In both these senses Josephus uses it (Ant. Leviticus 11:44 'For I am the LORD your God. Believers are to separate themselves from profane things and dedicate themselves wholly to their Holy God. All rights reserved. This doesn’t mean that their enemies didn’t accuse them—because they did—but that the charges could not "stick". Here in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, holokleros is used in an ethical sense to convey the thought that all the virtues that belong to the sanctified believer may be complete in them. “Since every believer is sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1Cor 1:2, cf. Jesus is coming again. The Thessalonians, it is true, had been in part renewed, but Paul desires that God would perfect what is remaining. The Greek temple at Corinth housed a large number of harlots who were connected with the worship of the Greek god. I cannot reach to the heights or to the depths; there are motives I cannot trace, dreams I cannot get at—my God, search me out.’ Do we believe that God can garrison the imagination far beyond where we can go? Plutarch, De Plac. Paul and his friends wrote it between AD 50 and AD 53. 8:8, 64; 9:3, 7; 2 Ki. It is not long before holokleros and holokleria, like the Latin ‘integer’ and ‘integritas, ’ are transferred from bodily to mental and moral entireness (Suetonius, Claud. The divine sanctification begins with the inner and spiritual and reaches down to the outward and material. We shall not have to shut up the house; for our beloved Lord will inhabit every chamber of it, and make it a permanent palace. God wants us to be set apart to Him...In all that he told the Christian to do in 1Thessalonians 4:1 through 1Th 5:22, he never intended that they do them in their own power. John 17:17 "Sanctify (aorist imperative) them in the truth; Thy word is truth. When Jeremiah was devastated by the terror of war, he felt like a man mangled by a lion or trapped in a tomb. 3:13; 5:9f; 6:11f; 7:1; 8:17; 16:16, 37f; 18:8f, 29; 20:12f; 27:14; Deut. That is where the apostle leaves us, with the hope of the coming of our Lord, and the resources God has provided, so that we may live in a new and different way in the midst of this modern age. (See also the Three Tenses of Salvation). The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. 27:6; 1 Macc. 1 Thessalonians 5:23: May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. Students of Scripture are not agreed as to whether the distinction between spirit and soul in our passage is substantial or functional. Meret. Revelation 22:11 (note) "Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy (aorist imperative).". NOW MAY THE GOD OF PEACE HIMSELF SANCTIFY YOU ENTIRELY: Autos de o theos tes eirenes hagiasai (3SAAO) humas holoteleis: Now (1161)(de) marks a transition from the previous commands to a short but spiritually rich prayer (pray this prayer for your family members, your church members [by name], you pastor and elders [individually and by name]). Paul's emphasis is that it is God Who sanctifies us ("Himself sanctify you"), accomplishing His work in us. We are “saints by calling.” That refers to the efficacious call of God to salvation (1 Cor 1:24, 26). 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 New International Version (NIV). God can touch you in all those areas. New York: C. Scribner's Sons. 1); with nothing necessary for its completeness wanting. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. Trichotomists nevertheless usually propose that spirit is man’s Godward consciousness and soul is his earthward consciousness; however, neither the Greek usage of spirit (pneuma) nor of soul (psuche) sustains that proposition. Spurgeon has the following exhortation... Thomas Manton (Ed: Puritan writer) says: If an earthly king lie but a night in a house, what care is there taken that nothing be offensive to him, but that all things be neat, clean, and sweet? The sanctifying work of God includes not only the immaterial part of the believer (spirit and soul), but also the body. The completion of that process is in view here. 7:1, 16; 16:5; 21:5; 2 Sam. Comment: To be sanctified is to be made holy inwardly and to be able, in the Spirit’s power, to live a righteous life outwardly. (Ibid), Guzik writes that the trichotomist view has "some merit, but also has problems. Holokleros means without lack or deficiency, complete and whole in all its parts and thus conveys the idea of "with integrity" (English word integrity is from Latin "integer" meaning entire, intact, whole - cp English word "integer" meaning a whole number, a complete entity, a thing complete in itself!). 8:11; 11:4; 1 Ki. (Macarthur J. James. Alexander Maclaren - Earthly faithfulness is possible only by the reception of heavenly gifts. 7:13; Jdg. Matthew 23:17 "You fools and blind men; which is more important, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold? People are made of three parts: spirit, soul and body. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 New International Version (NIV) 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. Bible> Commentaries> 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Psalmist says, `` those who know thy name put their trust in thee (. Paul is praying that God is called Jehovah will trust in Him body and soul common that... 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