Possess Your Vessel

Throughout scripture the story of humanity is full of their distortions of God’s original designs for enjoying life to its fullest.

One theme in particular is humanity’s distortion of their sexuality. The very first realization that Adam and Eve had after eating of the Tree of Knowledge was in regard to modesty, that they were naked.

Sexuality is a very significant part of life for human beings, it is a God-designed ability and desire to procreate and to enjoy an intimacy between husband and wife that is extremely pleasurable and relationally bonding.

When sin entered into humanity, it damaged the center of their being where desires are cultivated. Many desires and the pursuits for fulfilling those desires flow from a distorted view of the life that God intended for mankind.

In response to the distortions that resulted from the introduction of sin in the garden of Eden, God has provided so much to help bring humanity back together with Him, and to help them live and enjoy life to its fullest.

He has provided the Cross as a sacrifice-payment for a sin-debt that mankind could never pay for themselves. He has provided the resurrected Christ to provide the ultimate hope of eternal life for the forgiven in a sinless environment and with a restored body. He has provided the Scriptures to instruct for victorious and enjoyable life. He has provided the Holy Spirit to provide peace and guidance for living a victorious life.

God has provided all of these things (and more!), not to squelch the enjoyment of life, but to lead humanity back into the life of fullness that He intended for His creation.

In regard to human sexuality (which is a very powerful part of the human body and life, beginning in the teens) God provides clear instruction for all, instruction that will lead to a very fulfilling life with Him:

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.”

~ ‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭4:3-8‬

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