Therefore, brothers, just as you learned from us how you had to live in order to please God, and just as you are living this way now, we ask you - indeed, united with the Lord Yeshua, we urge you - to keep doing so more and more.
For you know what instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Yeshua.
What God wants is that you be holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality,
that each of you know how to manage his sexual impulses in a holy and honorable manner,
without giving in to lustful desires, like the pagans who don't know God.
No one should wrong his brother in this matter or take advantage of him, because the Lord punishes all who do such things - as we have explained to you before at length.
For God did not call us to live an unclean life but a holy one.
Therefore, whoever rejects this teaching is rejecting not a man but God, indeed, the One who gives you the Ruach HaKodesh, which is his.
Concerning love for the brothers we do not need to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other;
and you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do it even more.
Also, make it your ambition to live quietly, to mind your own business and to earn your living by your own efforts - just as we told you.
Then your daily life will gain the respect of outsiders, and you will not be dependent on anyone.
Now, brothers, we want you to know the truth about those who have died; otherwise, you might become sad the way other people
do who have nothing to hope for. For since we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, we also believe that in the same way God, through Yeshua, will take with him those who have died.
When we say this, we base it on the Lord's own word: we who remain alive when the Lord comes will certainly not take precedence over those who have died.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God's shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise;
then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord.
So encourage each other with these words.