The Day of the Lord
1About the times and the seasons:#Dn 2:21; Ac 1:7 Brothers and sisters, you do not need anything to be written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord#Jl 2:1; Mt 25:13; Ac 2:20; Php 1:6 will come just like a thief#Jn 10:1 in the night. 3When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction#2Th 1:9 will come upon them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the dark, for this day to surprise you like a thief.#Jb 24:13–17 5For you are all children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.#Col 1:13 6So then, let us not sleep, like the rest, but let us stay awake and be self-controlled. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled#1Pt 5:8 and put on the armor#Eph 6:14; Rv 9:9,17 of faith and love, and a helmet#1Sm 17:5,38; Ps 60:7; 108:8; Is 59:17; Eph 6:17 of the hope of salvation. 9For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord#Rv 11:8 Jesus Christ,#Ac 15:26 10who died for us,#Jn 11:51; Rm 14:9; 1Co 8:11; Gl 1:4 so that whether we are awake or asleep,#1Th 5:6 we may live together with him.#Lk 20:38; Php 1:23 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
Exhortations and Blessings
12Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to give recognition#1Co 16:18; Php 2:29 to those who labor among you and lead you#5:12 Or care for you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace#Mk 9:50 among yourselves. 14And we exhort you, brothers and sisters:#2Th 3:15 warn those who are idle,#5:14 Or who are disorderly, or who are undisciplined comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient#Mt 18:26,29; Lk 18:7; 1Co 13:4; Heb 6:15; Jms 5:7–8; 2Pt 3:9 with everyone. 15See to it that no one repays evil for evil#Mt 5:44; Rm 12:17; 1Pt 3:9 to anyone,#Lk 7:47 but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.#Rm 12:9; Gl 6:10; 1Th 5:21 16Rejoice#2Co 6:10; Php 1:18 always, 17pray constantly, 18give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will#Eph 6:6; 1Th 4:3; 1Pt 2:15; 4:2; 1Jn 2:17 for you in Christ Jesus. 19Don’t stifle the Spirit. 20Don’t despise prophecies, 21but test all things.#Eph 5:17 Hold on to what is good. 22Stay away#1Tm 4:3 from every kind of evil.
23Now may the God of peace#Rm 15:33 himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit,#Ps 51:12 soul, and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming#1Th 1:10 of our Lord#Rv 11:8 Jesus Christ.#1Jn 2:28 24He who calls#Col 3:15 you#1Pt 1:15 is faithful; he will do it. 25Brothers and sisters, pray for us also. 26Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 27I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brothers and sisters.#Col 4:16 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.