1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

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Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your : that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to , but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His . But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all . But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own , and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are , and that you may lack nothing. But I do not want you to be , brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no . For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a , with the voice of an archangel, and with the of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall be with the Lord. Therefore one another with these words.