Appeal for Continuing Sanctification
1 Finally therefore, brothers, we ask you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus that, just as you have received from us how it is necessary for you to live and to please God, just as indeed you are living, that you progress even more. 2For you know what commands we gave to you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5not in lustful passion, just as also the Gentiles who do not know God; 6not to transgress and to exploit his brother in the matter, because the Lord is the one who avenges concerning all these things, just as also we told you beforehand and testified solemnly. 7For God did not call us to impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore the one who rejects this is not rejecting man, but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Affirmation of Continuing Love
9But concerning brotherly love, I do not have need to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, 10for indeed you are practicing it toward all the brothers in all of Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to progress even more, 11and to aspire to live a quiet life, and to attend to your own business,#Literally “your own things” and to work with your hands,#Some manuscripts have “your own hands” just as we commanded you, 12so that you may live decently toward those outside, and may have need of nothing.
The Comfort of the Lord’s Return
13Now we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you will not grieve as also the rest, who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, thus also God will bring those who have fallen asleep through Jesus together with him. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain until the Lord’s coming, will not possibly precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout of command, 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 snatched away at the same time together with them in the clouds for a meeting with the Lord in the air, and thus we will be together with the Lord always. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.