Sanctification and Love
1Finally then, brothers and sisters, we request and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received instruction from us as to how you ought to Or conduct yourselveswalk and please God (just as you actually do Or conduct yourselveswalk), that you excel even more.
2For you know what instructions we gave you Lit through the Lordby the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;
4that each of you know how to Or acquirepossess his own I.e., body; or wifevessel in sanctification and honor,
5not in Lit passion of lustlustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
6and that no one violate the rights and take advantage of his brother or sister in the matter, because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you previously and solemnly warned you.
7For God has not called us for I.e., moral corruptionimpurity, but in sanctification.
8Therefore, the one who rejects this is not rejecting man, but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
9Now as to the love of the brothers and sisters, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
10for indeed you practice it toward all the brothers and sisters who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to excel even more,
11and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we instructed you,
12so that you will Lit walkbehave properly toward outsiders and Lit have need of nothingnot be in any need.
Those Who Died in Christ
13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who I.e., have diedare asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope.
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep I.e., as believersthrough Jesus.
15For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive Lit whoand remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a Or cry of commandshout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17Then we who are alive, who remain, 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.
18Therefore, Or encouragecomfort one another with these words.