abstain from every form of evil. Philippians 4:8. It is well, in some difficult cases, to suppose the affair to belong to somebody else, and to look at it, as far as we can, as theirs, and then to ask ourselves the question, "How should I judge for them?" 1 Thessalonians 5:22 . 1 Thessalonians 5. To set the right example—to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world—we must take care of one particular area. (see note Romans 1:30) It follows that evil may take on ostensibly "new" forms, but it remains the same "old" destructive, corrupting force! Abstain from all appearance of evil. Our whole life is to be one incessant struggle against that moral evil, which is all around us and within us. 1 Thessalonians 5:22.With 1 Thessalonians 5:22 the discourse again reverts to what is general, whilst the requirement to hold fast that which is good in the discourses of the inspired very naturally required the transition to the further requirement to keep at a distance from every kind of evil, accordingly also from that which was perhaps intermixed in these discourses. If anything which is good in itself should appear evil in their eyes, we are not in this case to avoid it. Words of Wisdom. The KJV renders it, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." i. Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it]. You can’t pursue righteousness and at the same time tolerate evil. Cultivating a Thankful Heart. This is one of several occasional essays on “Scripture Twisting.” The purpose of these very brief essays is to challenge certain popular interpretations of the Bible that really have little or no basis. AMP. Don't believe everything you hear. Isaiah 53:2 (Speaking of Jesus) For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance (Hebrew = mareh = sight, appearance, vision; Lxx = eidos) that we should be attracted to Him. (Phillips: Touchstone), Wuest: Be holding yourselves back from every form of perniciousness. nor must we say, "Prove that it is evil, and I will abstain from it," but "If it has the shadow, though it has not the substance, the mere show of evil, I will avoid it. 5:22. Note that no other version uses appearance which could lead to a misinterpretation of the passage (see notes below). 3. Though all the world should utter its howl against the strictness of our religion, and demand a relaxation of it, we must not gratify their desires, nor seek to win them, by relaxing the least part of that severity which the law of God and our own conscience require of us. In this sense, it is a most important precept. Some of the primitive professors reasoned thus, "I believe the idol to be a mere nonentity, and therefore can, not only eat the flesh of animals that had been offered in sacrifice to him—but I can even go to his feast, for the so-called deity is, in my esteem, a nonentity, a mere name." . In Romans Paul says the unregenerate are "inventors of evil." When we have thus endeavored to know what is right, we are to proceed to action, and should not allow ourselves to be checked, interrupted, or distressed by any speculative doubts, or by the fears and misgivings of a sensitive and somewhat morbid imagination. 1 Cor. Moody Press), Hiebert adds that "These two commands (abstain...hold fast) must not be separated in Christian experience. Christian growth requires not only the assimilation of the good but also the rejection of the evil. We oftentimes meet with such things, and are in much and painful indecision whether we may carefully venture upon them or not. It is that power which the mind possesses of judging its own actions, by comparing them with some acknowledged rule of conduct, and of approving or condemning them according as they agree or disagree with it; together with that susceptibility of self-approbation, or pain of remorse, which follows the verdict. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. Even a small amount of these things is detrimental to her health. Green notes that eidos "appears in other contexts with the meaning “appearance,” but only in the sense of external appearance that reflects internal reality (Green, G. L. The Pillar New Testament Commentary), Hiebert - While the Greek term eidos can mean outward appearance, it can also mean "sort, kind, species." When conscience meets us in the path we are going, striding across the road, as did the Angel to resist the progress of Balaam, we must not resolve to force a passage, and continue our course. "We are called," I repeat the expression, "to holiness! 11:2; 13:1; Est. (MacArthur, John: 1 & 2 Thessalonians. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Amplified Bible (AMP). Moody Press, The United Bible Societies' New Testament Handbook Series, Friberg, T., Friberg, B., & Miller, N. F. Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 in all English translations, Amplified Compact Holy Bible--soft leather-look, camel/burgundy, Amplified Thinline Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy, Amplified Study Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Brown, Amplified Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy (indexed). But where there is ground and reason for these, such conduct is strictly proper. What does 1 Thessalonians 5:22 mean? (Ibid), A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it. It is the external appearance or shape of something. Their decision was contrary to charity; but his conduct was no less contrary to prudence. Sexual immorality (1 Thess. A truly religious life is a life of constant joy. The moralist and the priest are in opposition to each other, and the former, if he would succeed in making men better, must caution them against allowing the latter to bring them within the precincts of a temple, or introduce them to the presence of a god. Yet still there are people of such a timid and nervous constitution, of such a physical incapability of coming to any conclusion that shall be free from all scruples, that if they never acted till they had got rid of all doubts, they would never act at all. If we say that conscience is not to be followed in all things, we depose this internal monitor from his throne, and affirm that we are not always bound to do that which we believe to be right; while, if we say we always are to follow conscience, we seem to prove that some do right in sinning against God, because they do it conscientiously. 2. 19 Quench not the Spirit. All rights reserved. "Lord, do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil" (Mt 6:13) should be our daily (many times in the day) prayer! A female, vain of her beauty, is annoyed not only by sores upon the countenance—but also by freckles. This is the state of mind, which has been called "a doubting conscience.". It is not enough to ask concerning an action, "Is it lawful? In all that he told the Christian to do in 1 Thessalonians 4:1 through 1 Thess 5:22, he never intended that they do those things in their own power. (The meaning is that Moses saw some visible manifestation of Jehovah, although from John 1:18 [cp Ex 33:18ff] he did not see the LORD in all His unveiled glory and essential nature. Holiness is more, for it is the beauty of the Divine Being himself; not so much a separate attribute of his nature, as the perfection of all his attributes. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:22 A Life Pleasing to God. This, then, is the law of Christian liberty in things indifferent. 1 Thessalonians 5:22. These must be recognized and resisted. Thessalonians, First Epistle to The. When we do those things which we know to be lawful, yet still not obligatory—but which others think to be sinful, we do not act charitably, and such things therefore should be avoided—to do them is not an act of duty, for they are confessedly indifferent, and to leave them undone is not an act of sin; while the doing of them, in such circumstances, is attended with many disadvantages. Webster's defines "abstain" as to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice. It will help us out of this difficulty, to consider what is CONSCIENCE. It is the law of religion; and, after all, is the perfection of human character, which consists of the admixture, in due proportions, of the opposite elements of self-wilfulness and servility. 22 Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it]. More Christians are defeated on account of self-reliance than on account of Satanic attack. Spurgeon - Idleness is the mother of all vices. 8:4; 9:15f; 11:7; 12:8; Deut. Those that are his disciples must also go on in their course of spiritual religion, although they should perceive that evil men on this account, wax worse and worse in their hatred of God and his people. This is the same thing as trying the spirits to see whether they are of God or not. - Hatred of evil leads to avoidance of it. Luke 9:29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. 1 Finally, then, brothers, 1 we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you d received from us e how you ought to walk and f to please God, just as you are doing, that you g do so more and more. "The gods of the Pagan heaven were little better than men's own evil qualities exalted to the sky, to be thence reflected back upon them, invested with Olympian charms and splendors. Unequally Yoked. 21:11; Jdg. —Bosch 2 For h you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 2:2f, 7; Job 33:16; 41:18; Prov. 14, and the same conclusion is come to—"Let us follow after the things that make for peace, and things whereby one may edify another." Ezekiel 1:16 (note) The appearance (Hebrew = mareh = sight, appearance, vision; Lxx = eidos) of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another. The term does not denote semblance as opposed to reality. 2:23; Titus 3:9). Although Paul uses a different verb (aphistemi) in 2Ti 2:19 the charge to Timothy is still the same = abstain! Paul called his readers to avoid it, implying the need for exercising self-discipline enabled by God’s Spirit. The latter term points to the base nature of a thing; its lack of those qualities and conditions that would makes it worthy of the claim that it makes. (Westminster Press), NLT: Keep away from every kind of evil. But the word (eidos) signifies form or kind. Milk, cheese, eggs, and ice cream are among the items she has to avoid. The following rules may, perhaps, be of service to such people, and indeed to all. A question had arisen in the primitive church, about the lawfulness of eating meat that had been offered to idols, and of attending the feasts that were held in the heathen temples in honor of their god. Abstain from every form of evil. Mercy sometimes degenerates into a pernicious weakness. Despise not prophesyings. 1 Thessalonians 3:11, expressed in similar language (see note), and of 2 Thessalonians 2:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:3. Evil (15) Every (12) Form (11) Abstain … Whatever is wrong in even the slightest way—is to be abstained from. 2. 14:23. 1 Thessalonians 5:22(KJV) Verse Thoughts. "If that appears to be a duty to us," says Hopkins, "that has an appearance of evil to the generality of the most sober-minded and serious Christians, why, now, though this should not presently sway our consciences, yet it should engage us to make a strict search and inquiry, whether it be our duty or not; if it be that which is contrary to the opinion and practice of holy and pious Christians, it ought to have this authority with us, to put us to a stand, and to make us examine whether that we account it to be a duty or not. Even a small amount of these things is detrimental to her health. Running The Race To Win. Holiness is the end of all God's dispensations towards his people, whether of Providence, of Grace, or of Glory. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Context. Exodus 26:30 "Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to its plan (Lxx = eidos) which you have been shown in the mountain. 13:43; Num. "But," says the apostle, "be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak. The appearance of evil, which we are to avoid out of regard to the feelings of others, is such as appertains to things indifferent, or in other words, is connected with the enjoyment of our Christian liberty. Milk, cheese, eggs, and ice cream are among the items she has to avoid. cp Ex 24:10, 33:23). we answer, not what conscience—but what the Scriptures declare to be so. Hence the woe denounced against those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Or sinful things may take control 5:15; Isa. This emphasis completes Paul’s previous exhortations. Continually!!!) But, probably, the true meaning of the text is the commonly received one, that we are not only to abstain from those things that are really and manifestly evil—but from such as are only doubtfully and in appearance such. Holiness will constitute the perfection of man's moral nature in heaven. Clue - check the context. Idleness is the shipwreck of chastity, and the root of all evil. Jamieson amplifies this idea writing that "In many cases the Christian should not abstain from what has the semblance (“appearance”) of evil, though really good. All sober, serious, conscientious, and considerate Christians, try to keep far within the territory of holiness, being aware that the border country is generally disputed ground, and much infested by marauders from the opposite land, who are lying in ambush to make captives of those who adventure beyond the line of their defense. Numbers 12:8 With him I speak mouth to mouth (without any special mediation), even openly, and not in dark sayings, and he beholds the form (Hebrew = temunah; Lxx = eidos) of the LORD. True it is, as Christ foretold his disciples, many have thought they did God service when they persecuted and murdered his saints. As a general principle, then, it holds good, that what appears to be evil is evil, and must be abstained from. He must not reconcile himself to any one thing that is contrary to God's word. Our duty, therefore, may he thus stated—our conscience must be first directed by the rule of Scripture, and our lives guided by our conscience. We are not obliged to consult the whims and caprices of every ignorant or fastidious individual who chooses to take exception to our conduct; nor to submit to the unreasonable and impertinent interference of everyone who assumes a right to call us to account; much less to solicit the opinions of our neighbors on all occasions, for this would be endless and ridiculous. 1 Thessalonians 5:22— The Sin Sniffer’s Catch-All Verse: Daniel B. Wallace: 06/30/2004: 13. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 abstain from every form of evil. 7:10; Song. This is a good definition except that self denial is the world's way. This takes discernment, for some arguments have merit in defending the faith. Herein is Christianity distinguished from idolatry, and its infinite superiority above the classic paganism of antiquity demonstrated. We must stand firmly on the Word of God and then we will not fail. Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. (Ibid). It is not to be doubted that others do many evil things, and yet act conscientiously therein. Evil (4190)(poneros from pónos = labor, sorrow, pain) refers to evil in active opposition to good. 1. Nor must we sacrifice our principles, and act in opposition to our conscience, even to please the church of Christ. KJ21. His religious character, as a professor, should be as dear to him, and guarded with as much care, as that of her social reputation to a female, to whom it is not sufficient to know that she has committed no violation of the law of chastity—but wishes to avoid what might appear to be such, in the estimation of all, and who would not be suspected by a single individual in the world. Whether it be so or not, I cannot tell; but this I know, that when a man has had a thorough shaking over the jaws of hell, he will be so afraid of sin, that even one of its feathers — any one sin — will alarm and send a thrill of fear through his soul This is a part of the way by which the Lord turns us when we are turned indeed. The Amplified Version more accurately conveys the meaning than the KJV rendering it - Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. This rule is the word of God. Cp Luke 3:22; John 5:37...It never has the sense of semblance. By Dave Branon - Abstain from every form of evil. Impressive idea! Holiness was the image of God in which man was created, against which the envy and malignity of Satan were directed, and which he dashed at and destroyed, when he found himself unable to reach the divine original. Refusing to be enticed by temptation, the righteous person’s “delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Ps. Because the lures and snares of sin are constantly being encountered in this evil world system --temptation cannot be avoided, but temptations to evil can be turned away from by His Spirit and His gracious power!!! There is, in some instances, as great a lack of judgment in the doing of what is good, as there is in others a lack of conscience in the doing of what is evil, and, in the end, with much the same result; I mean, the disparagement of religion. For if somebody sees you, the one who has this knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, won't his weak conscience be encouraged to eat food offered to idols? The presence of the Lord Jesus in the soul can so warm the heart that worldliness and sin will be expelled, and we shall be both holy and happy. AMPC. The manner in which we are to use our liberty in things indifferent is stated at length in Rom. ABSTAIN FROM EVERY FORM OF EVIL: apo pantos eidous ponerou apechesthe (2PPMM): When the testing determines that the utterance is spurious or from another spirit, we are commanded to steer clear of the evil. "but "is it fitting?" * [5:19–21] Paul’s buoyant encouragement of charismatic freedom sometimes occasioned excesses that he or others had to remedy (see 1 Cor 14; 2 Thes 2:1–15; 2 Pt 3:1–16). 6:18; 10:14; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:22-note; cf. In all cases of this kind, and in whatever is our duty to God, we must disregard the opinion of the world, and do what is right. We must not venture to the extreme verge of what is good, nor try how near we can come to evil, without actually committing it. They will not lie, nor steal, nor swear, nor do other things which would brand them in the eyes of the community as 'wicked'. 24:10, 17; 26:30; 28:33; Lev. Sin, in any form, and in any degree, is so evil, and should be felt by the Christian to be so hateful and disgraceful, that he should wish to stand clear of it, and be acquitted, not only in the court of conscience, and of God—but at the bar of every human being upon earth. While believers should abstain from actions that will knowingly offend others, it is not always possible to abstain from everything that may appear evil to a narrow and foolish judgment. 3. And the apostle tells us, that in his unbelieving state, he verily thought he ought to do many things contrary to Jesus of Nazareth; and yet, though he did it ignorantly, at the dictate of an erroneous conscience, he calls himself on that account the "chief of sinners." It is not enough not to do evil, for we must not even seem to do it—we must avoid the first for the sake of conscience, and the second for the sake of reputation; the first for our own sake, the second for our neighbor's sake; and both for God's sake. All forms, all the time would be the idea! Amidst the infinite diversity of human opinion, it is to be looked for, that some things of a perfectly neutral character, which may be done or not done without blame in either case, will appear evil to some; and from which, therefore, in some cases, it is both matter of charity and duty in a Christian to abstain. Evils are of various kinds and degrees, and it is a Christian's duty to avoid them all. Hastings. When in the proposed actions all the doubts lie on one side, there need be no hesitation. How are you doing dear saint? Comment: Look back at this verse [and the following one] and see if you can discern what it was that motivated Job to turn away from evil. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. Check out our free church library, church online resources, and family resources. 1 Thes 2:7: Daniel B. Wallace: 06/25/2004: 3. Humility sometimes degenerates into baseness. The KJV rendering is a bit misleading = Abstain from all appearance of evil. Jeremiah 15:3 "And I shall appoint over them four kinds (Lxx = eidos) of doom," declares the LORD: "the sword to slay, the dogs to drag off, and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul has indicated that Christians ought to test spiritual claims before accepting or rejecting them (1 Thessalonians 5:20–21). Hiebert writes that evil (poneros) "is a strong term and is properly distinguished from kakos. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. Even evil thoughts, our Master says, break His commandments! Be diligent, sober minded. Abstain from all appearance of evil. and vice versa, to suppose them looking upon us, and to say, "What will be their opinion how I ought to act?" Isaiah 52:14 (Speaking of Jesus) Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance (Hebrew = mareh = sight, appearance, vision; Lxx = eidos) was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men. Why does the Greek use the present tense? Moody Press). Some people appear to think that if we keep ourselves from the worst kinds of evil—that we need not be so watchful against the minor forms of misconduct. 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