Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
December 14, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<097> Thesis: The promise of God is to be "believed". Introduction: Last week we looked into the reality that Paul wanted to set the Thessalonians up to be candidates for the sanctification of their souls. One of the chief obstacles to such sanctification is the soul's tendency to latch on to relationships in an unhealthy way. God intends relationships to be "icing on the cake", not the cake itself. Souls thrive in an environment of love-driven relationships. But they are highly susceptible to "worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator" because of their main point of liability: fear. What this means is that there is only one relationship that can actually provide the security souls need, but other good relationships add to the sense of security like icing adds to the flavor of the cake. The danger is that the soul will opt to eat the icing and ignore the cake, i.e., it will turn to human relationships to provide its security. This, human relationships cannot do. Paul intends to give the Thessalonians a far better foundation for their souls' need.