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1 Thessalonians 4:3

    1 Thessalonians 4:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the purpose of God for you is this: that you may be holy, and may keep yourselves from the desires of the flesh;

    Webster's Revision

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;

    World English Bible

    For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;

    Definitions for 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    Fornication - Sexual immorality.
    Sanctification - The act of making a thing pure and holy.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    This is the will of God, even your sanctification - God has called you to holiness; he requires that you should be holy; for without holiness none can see the Lord. This is the general calling, but in it many particulars are included. Some of these he proceeds to mention; and it is very likely that these had been points on which he gave them particular instructions while among them.

    That ye should abstain from fornication - The word πορνεια, as we have seen in other places, includes all sorts of uncleanness; and it was probably this consideration that induced several MSS., some versions and fathers, to add here πασης, all. Directions of this kind were peculiarly necessary among the Greeks, and indeed heathens in general, who were strongly addicted to such vices.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification - It is the will or command of God that you should be holy. This does not refer to the purpose or decree of God, and does not mean that he intended to make them holy - but it means that it was his command that they should be holy. It was also true that it was agreeable to the divine will or purpose that they should be holy, and that he meant to use such an influence as to secure this; but this is not the truth taught here. This text, therefore, should not be brought as a proof that God intends to make his people holy, or that they are sanctified. It is a proof only that he requires holiness. The word here rendered "sanctification" - ἁγιασμὸς hagiasmos - is not used in the Greek classics, but is several times found in the New Testament. It is rendered holiness, Romans 6:19, Romans 6:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 12:14; and sanctification, 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13, and 1 Peter 1:2; see the Romans 6:19 note; 1 Corinthians 1:30 note. It means here "purity of life," and particularly abstinence from those vices which debase and degrade the soul Sanctification consists in two things:

    (1) in "ceasing to do evil;" and,

    (2) in "learning to do well." Or in other words, the first work of sanctification is in overcoming the propensities to evil in our nature, and checking and subduing the unholy habits which we had formed before we became Christians; the second part of the work consists in cultivating the positive principles of holiness in the soul.

    That ye should abstain from fornication - A vice which was freely indulged among the pagan, and to which, from that fact, and from their own former habits, they were particularly exposed. On the fact that they were thus exposed, and on the reasons for these solemn commands on the subject, see the Acts 15:20 note, and 1 Corinthians 6:18 note.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    4:3 Sanctification - Entire holiness of heart and life: particular branches of it are subjoined. That ye abstain from fornication - A beautiful transition from sanctification to a single branch of the contrary; and this shows that nothing is so seemingly distant, or below our thoughts, but we have need to guard against it.