As for other matters, brothers and sisters,1 we instructed you how to live2 in order to please God,3 as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God's will4 that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;54
that each of you should learn to control your own bodya6 in a way that is holy and honorable,
not in passionate lust7 like the pagans,8 who do not know God;96
and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.10 The Lord will punish11 all those who commit such sins,12 as we told you and warned you before.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.138
Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.149
Now about your love for one another15 we do not need to write to you,16 for you yourselves have been taught by God17 to love each other.1810
And in fact, you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia.19 Yet we urge you, dear friends, to do so more and more,2011
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands,21 just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders22 and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed23 about those who sleep in death,24 so that you do not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.2514
We believe that Jesus died and rose again,26 and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.2715
According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord,28 will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.2916
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,30 with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel31 and with the trumpet call of God,32 and the dead in Christ will rise first.3317
After that, we who are still alive and are left34 will be caught up together with them in the clouds35 to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord 36 forever.
Therefore encourage one another37 with these words.