Think about Rome. A Roman man, a normal Roman man would have three women—three wives. One would be his “baby mama.” Another one would be like his intellectual companion. Another one would be his sex slave.
Homosexuality was rampant. A lot of people in the church of Thessalonica were former homosexuals, former fornicators. So there was this sexual wheels-offness going on when Paul said these words.
I Thessalonians 4:3-8 (NIV): “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified…”
What does the word “sanctified” mean? It basically means to be set apart. Once we receive Christ, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and he redecorates our lives from the inside out.
[The passage continues] …that you should avoid sexual immorality…”
Now this word “immorality” is a very interesting word. In the Greek, it’s pronounced pornia. We get the word “pornography” from it. What does pornia mean? Pornia means premarital sex…yes. Fornication…yes. Adultery…yes. Homosexuality…yes. And a list of other sins. There is no sin like sexual sin. There is no sin like it. If you want your judgment clouded; if you want to be confused and messed up, just get involved in sexual sin. Because it engulfs the totality of who we are. So, we should avoid sexual immorality. That means to stay away from it, to distance ourselves from it.
Verse 4: “…that each of you should learn to control his own body…”
That means we can learn this. It’s a process from the inside out.
Now, our bodies matter. Matter matters. Don’t think it’s like the soul is good, but my body is bad. No no no no. A body is good and our soul is good. Remember, we’re fully physical and fully spiritual. If you want to get more in depth on this, I wrote a book called Rating Your Dating. In this book, I compare our sexuality to a sports car.© Copyright 2012admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: C3 Global Life