1 Thessalonians 4



1 Thessalonians 4 emphasizes the importance of holy living, brotherly love, and maintaining peaceful and productive lives while eagerly awaiting the second coming of Christ. Paul addresses specific concerns about those who have died and provides hope and assurance regarding the future resurrection and reunion with Christ.


  1. Living to Please God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8): Paul urges the Thessalonians to live in a way that pleases God, emphasizing sanctification and sexual purity. He instructs them to abstain from sexual immorality and to control their bodies in holiness and honor. Paul warns that disregarding these instructions is rejecting God, who has called them to live holy lives.
  2. Love for the Believers (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10): Paul commends the Thessalonians for their brotherly love but encourages them to excel in it even more. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining harmonious relationships within the Christian community.
  3. Living Quietly and Working with Your Hands (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12): Paul encourages the Thessalonians to lead quiet lives, mind their own business, and work with their hands. This advice is not only for the sake of their own well-being but also to present themselves as respectable to outsiders.
  4. The Hope of the Resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18): Paul addresses the Thessalonians' concerns about believers who have died before the return of Christ. He assures the fate of deceased believers, explaining that they will not miss out on the Lord's coming. Paul describes the glorious return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the transformation of living believers.