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1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


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Matthew Henry's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 Bible commentary...

Exhortations to purity and holiness. (1-8) To brotherly love, peaceable behaviour, and diligence. (9-12) Not to sorrow unduly for the death of godly relations and friends, considering the glorious resurrection of their bodies at Christ's second coming. (13-18)1-8 To abide in the faith of the gospel is not enough, we must abound in the work of faith. The rule according to which all ought to walk and act, is the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Sanctification, in the renewal of their souls under the influences of the Holy Spirit, and attention to appointed duties, constituted the will of God respecting them. In aspiring after this renewal of the soul unto holiness, strict restraint must be put upon the appetites and senses of the body, and on the thoughts and inclinations of the will, which lead to wrong uses of them. The Lord calls none into his family to live unholy lives, but that they may be taught and enabled to walk before him in holiness. Some make light of the precepts of holiness, because they hear them from men; but they are God's commands, and to break them is to despise God.

9-12 We should notice in others what is good, to their praise, that we may engage them to abound therein more and more. All who are savingly taught of God, are taught to love one another. The teaching of the Spirit exceeds the teachings of men; and men's teaching is vain and useless, unless God teach. Those remarkable for this or any other grace, need to increase therein, as well as to persevere to the end. It is very desirable to have a calm and quiet temper, and to be of a peaceable and quiet behaviour. Satan is busy to trouble us; and we have in our hearts what disposes us to be unquiet; therefore let us study to be quiet. Those who are busy-bodies, meddling in other men's matters, have little quiet in their own minds, and cause great disturbances among their neighbours. They seldom mind the other exhortation, to be diligent in their own calling, to work with their own hands. Christianity does not take us from the work and duty of our particular callings, but teaches us to be diligent therein. People often by slothfulness reduce themselves to great straits, and are liable to many wants; while such as are diligent in their own business, earn their own bread, and have great pleasure in so doing.

13-18 Here is comfort for the relations and friends of those who die in the Lord. Grief for the death of friends is lawful; we may weep for our own loss, though it may be their gain. Christianity does not forbid, and grace does not do away, our natural affections. Yet we must not be excessive in our sorrows; this is too much like those who have no hope of a better life. Death is an unknown thing, and we know little about the state after death; yet the doctrines of the resurrection and the second coming of Christ, are a remedy against the fear of death, and undue sorrow for the death of our Christian friends; and of these doctrines we have full assurance. It will be some happiness that all the saints shall meet, and remain together for ever; but the principal happiness of heaven is to be with the Lord, to see him, live with him, and enjoy him for ever. We should support one another in times sorrow; not deaden one another's spirits, or weaken one another's hands. And this may be done by the many lessons to be learned from the resurrection of the dead, and the second coming of Christ. What! comfort a man by telling him he is going to appear before the judgment-seat of God! Who can feel comfort from those words? That man alone with whose spirit the Spirit of God bears witness that his sins are blotted out, and the thoughts of whose heart are purified by the Holy Spirit, so that he can love God, and worthily magnify his name. We are not in a safe state unless it is thus with us, or we are desiring to be so.


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Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 11/07/2014, 11:11am...

Hello Robert Revelation is broken up into past, present, and future. This battle was in the past not in the future of the tribulation to come. There will be other fights that will go one with Satan during the tribulation period. When Michael kicked Satan out of heaven he was not allowed to come back into heaven, Revelation 12 8 And prevailed not neither was their place found any more in heaven. Satan is the prince of the air. If I can say it like this he is the prince of this air, Ephesians 2 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience


Robert's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 11/06/2014, 9:10am...

Rev.12 is telling us what is happening during the Tribulation period. Satan is cast out Rev12 9. It can not be before the creation because Job 1 6 says that Satan presented himself before God. Job was certainly written after Genesis and Satan was still able to enter heaven. Rev 12 9 happens in the middle of the Trib. period. Job 41 is prophesy of this event. Also man is born in the FLESH mothers womb which means water in John3 5 its explained in John3 6. We are not saved by water. Water has nothing to do with a christians salvation,read acts 8 37 38. He was saved and then baptized. When we are saved we are saved immediately we do not have to wait till the future Acts 16 30 31 The jailer was saved right then. Here again we are filled with the Spirit when we are saved John 3 5.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 10/30/2014, 8:05am...

Hello Word You are mistaken. I do not teach traditions of men. If I did then I would be teaching the wrong baptism. I teach from the word of God, from the Apostles doctrine. I am filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence in speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God give utterance. I do not agree with a lot of these revised versions and interpretations from people who are not filled with the Holy Ghost or not inspired. They do not have the insight on what to take change without damaging the context and meaning of the scriptures. I did my research and I know that there is very little change from the original Dead Sea Scrolls, to the Great Bible, to the King James Version. Not only have I been filled with the Holy Ghost by the grace of God, but I have set up under some wonderful teachers who has were also filled with the Holy Ghost. I have given scripture for everything I have stated, I believe. Therefore, I am not ashamed. For the scripture 2 Timothy 2 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


Word's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 10/29/2014, 7:56am...

evangelist chatauna robenson where ever God is heaven is. We were on earth at that time but I understand where your coming from because you teach traditions of men and I got ahead of myself in speaking and thinking the scriptures. Turn out the lights was between Gen. vs 1 and verse 2. Revelation 12 is an out line of the Bible and you can learn from it. Google search Companion Bible Appendixs and scroll down to appendix 146 that will help you begin your study of Genesis and may help you.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 10/27/2014, 7:59am...

Hello Word I am afraid that you are mistaken. The fight in Heaven, which Revelation 12 7 thru 9 talks about happened before man was created. God had Michael the Archangel cast Satan down upon the Earth with some of his angels. It does not say that God got mad and turned off the lights. Light in this realm was not created until the first day of creation. It does not say that man was spirits on the Earth either. It does say however, that on the sixth day God created man and breath into him the breathe of life and he became a living soul. In regards to John 3 5 these are Jesus words. If you are referring to verse 4 when he states that which is born of Spirit is Spirit Jesus is talking about the future saved man. He was talking prophetically about the man who will be filled with the Holy Ghost. Remember Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh therefore he knew during the time of this conversation what was to come.


Word's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 10/26/2014, 3:17pm...

I believe a person should be baptized and study the word but as far as what John 3 is about it is like I said. You most likely don 't know we lived on earth in the first earth age in spirit bodies and Satan stole a third of God 's children then God got mad and turned out the lights. Then Matt. 13 verse 36 44 began taking place.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 comment on 10/26/2014, 1:12am...

I would like to add one more comment. Jesus Christ was baptized himself by John the Baptist. The reason why John did not call out the name, because he had the name in his hands. Jesus Christ is our greatest example. Luke 3 21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, Mark 1 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan . Jesus being God manifested in the flesh, not only was he born from the womb of Mary, but when it was time to be our example of being baptized he did this also. This was to show us that baptism is what he meant. Peter clarified what he meant further on the Day of Pentecost.


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Test Your Knowledge of 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

1.  What does 'that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor' mean?

You need to know how to control excessive eating.
You must learn to fight for honor
Learn how to meditate.
You need to control your desire for sex.


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