1 Thessalonians 4 CSB

The Call to Sanctification

1 Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God-as you are doinga-do so even more.

References for 1 Thessalonians 4:1

    • a 4:1 - Lit walking
      2 For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
      3 For this is God's will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality,
      4 so that each of you knows how to possess his own vesselb in sanctification and honor,

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        • b 4:4 - Or to control his own body, or to acquire his own wife
          5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don't know God.
          6 This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses,c as we also previously told and warned you.

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            • c 4:6 - Lit things
              7 For God has not called us to impurity, but to sanctification.
              8 Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.

              Loving and Working

              9 About brotherly love: you don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

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                  10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more,
                  11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business,d and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

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                    • d 4:11 - Lit to practice one's own things
                      12 so that you may walk properlye in the presence of outsidersf and not be dependent on anyone.g

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                        • e 4:12 - Or may live respectably
                        • f 4:12 - Non-Christians
                        • g 4:12 - Or not need anything, or not be in need

                          The Comfort of Christ's Coming

                          13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep,h so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.

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                            • h 4:13 - Jn 11:11; Ac 7:60; 1 Co 11:30
                              14 Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep throughi Jesus.j

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                                • i 4:14 - Or asleep in
                                • j 4:14 - those who have fallen asleep through Jesus Christians who have died
                                  15 For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord:k We who are still alive at the Lord's coming will certainly have no advantage overl those who have fallen asleep.

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                                    • k 4:15 - Or a word of the Lord
                                    • l 4:15 - Or certainly not precede
                                      16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,m with the archangel's voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

                                      References for 1 Thessalonians 4:16

                                        • m 4:16 - Or command
                                          17 Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will always be with the Lord.
                                          18 Therefore encouragen one another with these words.

                                          References for 1 Thessalonians 4:18

                                            • n 4:18 - Or comfort