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1 Thessalonians 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Living to Please God

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:1 - As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:2 - For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:3 - It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:4 - that each of you should learn to control your own body[fn] in a way that is holy and honorable,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:5 - not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:6 - and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[fn] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:7 - For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:8 - Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:9 - Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:10 - And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:11 - and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:12 - so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Believers Who Have Died

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:13 - Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:14 - For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:15 - According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:16 - For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:17 - After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:18 - Therefore encourage one another with these words.
NIV Footnotes
Or learn to live with your own wife; or learn to acquire a wife
The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.

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