Review of Sanctification. Sanctification is a one-word summary for the Will of God for our lives. 1Th 4:3- With liberty comes responsibility. We must be willing at times to separate from normally authorized things for the cause of Christ. God is the guardian of these boundaries. Numbers 6:1-12 Nazarite vow-separate themselves unto the Lord. These represent outward manifestations of inward sacrifices we must sometimes make to serve Christ. Judges 13:5, 13:25, 14:1-6, 14:7-9 Samson's example of the Nazarite vow. God works in the world as it is not as we wish it were. Heb 11:32-34
The Thessalonians were persecuted for their faith. Paul's first letter to them provides comfort, reminding them of the details of Christ's return for His Church ("The Blessed Hope") and providing practical spiritual lessons for living.