1 Thessalonians 4
(1-12) A Life Pleasing to God
Paul asks and urges the Thessalonian Christians to continue to walk and live in such a way that pleases God, and to do so more and more. The will of God for us is for us to be sanctified – meaning that we may become holy just as He is holy, and be set apart for His Heavenly use and purpose. God will do His part in sanctifying us; but we must also do our part by avoiding sexual immorality and spiritual immorality, and by loving one another.
(13-18) The Coming of the Lord
Believers who are dead are referred to as being “asleep” by Paul, because he knows that death for the Christian is temporary and not eternal. Since Jesus the Christ died and rose again, we do not have to grieve hopelessly over the death of a loved one. All those who have faith in Christ are not bound by the grave or held hostage by death. Instead, we too will rise again and will always be with the Lord once He returns.
Favorite verse: (17) Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.