A Study On Sexuality And Brotherly Love

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More specifically, this passage followed First Thessalonians 4:1-12. This was the clear turning point in the letter where Paul went from being happy about the Thessalonians faith to instructing them on how to do better. In verse one, Paul wrote, “Finally,” which marked the transition, and went on to write, “we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” Paul then went on to clarify some teachings about sexuality and brotherly love (1 Thessalonians 4:2-12). Presumably, Paul instructed on these topics specifically because some of the Thessalonians had been struggling in these areas. This section immediately followed First Thessalonians 3:6-13 which detailed Timothy’s report to Paul on his visit to Thessalonica. Since Timothy would have told Paul the problems the Thessalonians had been dealing with, it would make sense that Paul would have addressed them after discussing Timothy’s report. Since First Thessalonians 4:13-18 followed this section of the letter, Paul would have continued to discuss problems the Thessalonians were facing at the time. First Thessalonians 4:13 would confirm this thought because Paul stated in it, “we do not want you to be uninformed.” Clearly, this section was about correcting misinformation that was a problem in the Thessalonian church at the time. Immediately following this passage was First Thessalonians 5:1-11. First Thessalonians

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