For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 | NASB
Keep in mind that this letter was written to the church. We often gloss over material and think it doesn’t pertain to us. This is a common mistake when studying the Bible.
We know that history shows the Thessalonians as the church that set the standard for all others. They were persecuted and ridiculed quite often but persevered. Paul admonishes them to keep the faith and to “excel still the more” in verse one.
Like churches today, they had issues. When you get a bunch of broken vessels together, you’re going to have problems. I know some that blame church on their problems. I used to as well. Then I moved my efforts to blaming people in the church. I realized one day that people are not perfect–everyone has some type of hangup.
Apostle Paul is encouraging us to live a life full of the Spirit, apart from our sin. In today’s modern church, there’s a false doctrine of grace being taught, that God will accept you as you are, that you can still live your old lifestyle and live for God too. I call that double-minded. Sanctification means consecrated, set apart, separate.
I believe this is why we don’t see real change in people today. Because The verse says “he who rejects this is not rejecting man, but God”. The miracles of healing and deliverance aren’t happening because there’s sin on both sides of the isle. You’ve got people not wanting to let go of their impurities and there are those in ministry who won’t get right with God either. Tough words, I know. Someone has to speak truth. We will not see a major shift in the church until the people allow Almighty God to fix their brokenness.
Recognize when the Holy Spirit comes, allow Him to strip away all that doesn’t belong there. Sanctify yourself before God. He wants you. He loves you. You’re worth it in His eyes. Be apart of something big. Be the church that He wants.