No lusty passions (1 Thess. 4:5)

“You should not

Have lusty passions,

Like the gentiles

Who do not know God.”

μὴ ἐν πάθει ἐπιθυμίας καθάπερ καὶ τὰ ἔθνη τὰ μὴ εἰδότα τὸν Θεόν,

Paul said, “You should not have lusty passions (μὴ ἐν πάθει ἐπιθυμίας), like the gentiles (καθάπερ καὶ τὰ ἔθνη) who do not know God (τὰ μὴ εἰδότα τὸν Θεόν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word πάθει, that means a passion, a suffering, emotion, depraved passion, or lust, and the word καθάπερ, that means just as or even as.  Paul reminded the followers of Jesus Christ at Thessalonica that they should not act like the pagan gentiles, as they once were.  These Greek pagan gentiles did not know anything about God.  They, on the other hand, had heard the word of God.  Thus, they had to stay away from lusty passions.  Paul was clear about this sexual morality.  He would have none of the Roman licentious pagan sexual ways in his developing Christian communities.  Do you stay away from lusty passions?

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