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Plea for Purity
1Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus #1 Cor. 15:58that you should abound more and more, #Phil. 1:27; Col. 1:10just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3For this is #(Rom. 12:2)the will of God, #Eph. 5:27your sanctification: #(1 Cor. 6:15–20; Col. 3:5)that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4#Rom. 6:19that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5#Col. 3:5not in passion of lust, #Eph. 4:17, 18like the Gentiles #1 Cor. 15:34who do not know God; 6that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord #2 Thess. 1:8is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7For God did not call us to uncleanness, #Lev. 11:44; (Heb. 12:14); 1 Pet. 1:14–16but in holiness. 8#Luke 10:16Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, #1 Cor. 2:10who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
A Brotherly and Orderly Life
9But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for #(Jer. 31:33, 34); John 6:45; 15:12, 17; (1 John 2:27)you yourselves are taught by God #Matt. 22:39to love one another; 10and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, #1 Thess. 3:12that you increase more and more; 11that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, #2 Thess. 3:11; 1 Pet. 4:15to mind your own business, and #Acts 20:35to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12#Rom. 13:13; Col. 4:5; (1 Pet. 2:12)that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
The Comfort of Christ’s Coming
13But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow #Lev. 19:28as others #(Eph. 2:12)who have no hope. 14For #1 Cor. 15:13if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him #1 Cor. 15:20, 23those who sleep in Jesus.
15For this we say to you #1 Kin. 13:17; 20:35; 2 Cor. 12:1; Gal. 1:12by the word of the Lord, that #1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thess. 5:10we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16For #(Matt. 24:30, 31)the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with #(1 Cor. 15:52)the trumpet of God. #(1 Cor. 15:23); 2 Thess. 2:1; Rev. 14:13; 20:6And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17#(1 Cor. 15:51–53); 1 Thess. 5:10Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them #Dan. 7:13; Acts 1:9; Rev. 11:12in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus #John 14:3; 17:24we shall always be with the Lord. 18#1 Thess. 5:11Therefore comfort one another with these words.