To Possess One’s Vessel: 1 Thessalonians 4:4 -- By: René A. López

Journal: Chafer Theological Seminary Journal
Volume: CTSJ 11:2 (Fall 2005)
Article: To Possess One’s Vessel: 1 Thessalonians 4:4
Author: René A. López

To Possess One’s Vessel: 1 Thessalonians 4:4

René A. López

René A. López earned a B.A. at Trinity International University, where he then taught Old and New Testament Bible courses for three years. He also received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he currently pursues a Ph.D. Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. program, René served as a pastor in Miami, FL., and is currently the pastor at Iglesia Bíblica Nuestra Fe in Dallas, TX. He also authored a commentary on Romans titled Romans Unlocked: Power to Deliver. His email address is rema0612


Many recent articles have sought to define each of you should know how to possess his own vessel (1 Thessalonians 4:4).1 The major difficulties, according to Jay E. Smith, are: “(1) the referent of σκεῦος [vessel], and (2) the meaning of the verb κτάομαι [possess].”2 The following chart shows that a wide range of answers to these two issues exists.




1. acquire a virgin partner


virgin partner

2a. acquire a wife



2b. live with a wife

live with


3a. control his genitals

gain control

man’s own genitals

3b. control his/her private parts

gain control

person’s own private parts

4a. control his own body

gain control

man’s own body

4b. control his/her own body

gain control

man’s/woman’s own body

The definition of vessel<...

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