Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 3
December 21, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<099> Thesis: Those who have been "put to sleep by Jesus" have a distinct advantage over those "left over". Introduction: In the larger context of 1 Thessalonians, the sanctification of the soul is the goal. This is no small objective, nor is it an easy one to achieve. At the root of the process is the firm establishment of the Hope that gives the soul the perspective it needs in order to develop properly. In this current paragraph there is a rather significant implication that "grief" is a, or maybe the, major obstacle to this process. It probably goes without saying that since "joy" is the essence of the promise of Eternal Life, "grief" is at least a part of the essence of "Death". This evening we are going to consider a major "puzzle" in 4:15: why is Paul so adamant about his thesis that those who have been put to sleep by Jesus have a distinct advantage over those of us who have not been?