1 Thessalonians 4 New American Standard Bible

A Life Pleasing to God

4 1  Finally then , brethren , we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus , that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk ), that you excel still more . 2  For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus . 3  For this is the will of God , your sanctification ; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality ; 4  that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor , 5  not in lustful passion , like the Gentiles who do not know God ; 6  and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things , just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7  For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity , but in sanctification . 8  So , he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

9  Now as to the love of the brethren , you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another ; 10  for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia . But we urge you, brethren , to excel still more , 11  and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands , just as we commanded you, 12  so that you will behave properly toward outsiders e and not be in any need .

The Coming of the Lord

13  But we do not want you to be uninformed , brethren , about those who are asleep , so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope . 14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again , even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus . 15  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord , that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord , will not precede those who have fallen asleep . 16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout , with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God , and the dead in Christ will rise first . 17  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air , and so we shall always be with the Lord . 18  Therefore comfort one another with these words .

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