1 Thessalonians
Chapter 4

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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.

Commentary for 1 Thessalonians 4

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 4

  • Sarah, A young Follower
    I just love to read this chapter. I would like to emphasize Verse 14
  • Tom
    "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." Wow, just wow! This is what is going to happen to The Church in the Rapture! What an amazing day it will be!
  • Steve morrow
    1 THESSALONIANS 4:7 FOR GOD HATH NOT CALLED US UNTO UNCLEANNESS BUT UNTO HOLINESS PSLAM 119:172 my tongue shall speak of thy word for all thy commandments are righteousness 119:138 thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful ROMANS 6:18 BEING THEN MADE FREE FROM SIN YOU BECAME THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • Ivy Johnson
    1Thes.4:1-18: Key verses 13-18! written by Paul: on Second Missionary Journey: taught how to separate themselves: walk morally upright: please God(4:1-8): God teaches us to live in brotherly love: and to conduct ourselves in the Christian Fellowship: The dead in the Lord: rise first: caught up: together with the living: meet the Lord in the Air:
    Both living
  • ***blocked***
    Love the Bible
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    It is not pride as I can do nothing of mine own self: but only what my Holy Father commands. Whether my Father commands it be I am that Michael Isaac Dale, or I AM THAT I AM, it is of my Father. I confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh and am of GOD. He who is of GOD cannot sin. You are he who rebelled against my commandment to repent, confessing not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
  • Patty Tozi
    Make God a part of your life as you open your eyes in the morning. Tell Him you Love Him. Don't be too busy to pray. Include Him in all that you do. He knows your heartaches you tried to hide. The things you are now going through. He knows all your questions. But better then that, He has the solutions. Ask His forgiveness if there is something you feel that you shouldn't have done. STAY CLOSE!!
  • Bruce
    Wrath of God is Not The Tribulation. If You Read The Bible you Would Know The Difference Between Wrath of God and The Tribulation or Look in a Concordance or Dictionary it explains, Easily. Wrath is For The Lost, Will be Poured Out(Revelation 16:1-21) Tribulation is Satan Attacking Believers. your title Says you have Pride(it's Sin) you have No Authority, that's Foolishness( John 6:44, Romans 1)
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Tribulation for GOD'S children is being encompassed by antichrists like you. GOD'S wrath is for the children of disobedience who are proud, hating humility and despising repentance. My Holy Father made hell (to be cast into the lake of fire with death,) for Satan and his angels, not the meek and lowly in heart. BY AUTHORITY GIVEN ME OF MY HOLY FATHER, I NOW COMMAND YOU TO REPENT AND SUBMIT TO GOD:
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    This world's end is near. So, it MUST BE that JESUS CHRIST IS COME in the flesh, which YE CONFESS NOT. For Christ's disciples asked privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken unto us by HIS SON.

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Bible Trivia

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.