Part 33 – How Were The Gentiles Told To Live The Christian Life? – The Thessalonians & Corinthians

The Thessalonians

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. (1 Thessalonians 3:12, NIV).

“Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:8, NIV).

“Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. (1 Thessalonians 4:9, NIV).

(5) You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. (8) But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:5,8, NIV).

“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:10, NIV).

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV).

“On the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” (2 Thessalonians 1:10, NIV).

(8) And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. (13) But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (14) He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (15) So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thessalonians 2:8,13-15, NIV).

The Corinthians

“But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:10, NIV).

“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:12, NIV).

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16, NIV).

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” (1 Corinthians 6:19, NIV).

If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?” (1 Corinthians 9:11, NIV).

(1) For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. (2) They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. (3) They all ate the same spiritual food (4) and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:1-4, NIV).

(12) The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (13) For we were all baptized by one Spirit  into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. … (18) But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (19) If they were all one part, where would the body be? (20) As it is, there are many parts, but one body. … (27) Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13,18-20,27, NIV).

(44) … it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (45) So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. (46) The spiritual did not came first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. (47) The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. (48) As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. (49) And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:44-49, NIV).

“Set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:22, NIV).

“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:3, NIV).

“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6, NIV).

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you -­ unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NIV).

… may the Lord make your love increase … God, who gives you His Holy Spirit … taught by God to love each other … sons of the light … sons of the day … live together with Him … he will do it … on the day He comes … his holy people … the sanctifying work of the Spirit … share in the glory of our Lord … revealed it to us by His Spirit … deep things of God … the Spirit who is from God that we may understand … God’s Spirit lives in you … the Holy Spirit, who is in you … spiritual seed … spiritual food … spiritual drink … drank from the spiritual rock … baptized by one Spirit into one body … God has arranged the parts in the body … a life-giving spirit … those who are of heaven … the likeness of the man from heaven … His Spirit in our hearts … written … with the Spirit of the Living God … on human hearts … the Spirit gives life … fix our eyes … on what is unseen … in Christ, he is a new creation … Christ’s power may rest on me … Christ Jesus is in you …

How were the Thessalonians and Corinthians told to live the Christian Life? By partaking of God’s divine nature, and living by that Life, the Life of God Himself within them.

(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)

… Next time …. Part 34 – How Were The Gentiles Told To Live The Christian Life? – The Romans & Ephesians