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The Lord’s Day
- But concerning the times and seasons brothers, you have no need for me to write to you.
- For you yourselves have accurately known that the Lord’s day comes in this way: like a thief in the night.
- When they say: “Peace and security” then destruction comes upon them suddenly, like labor pains of a woman having a child in her womb; and they definitely won’t escape.
- But brothers, you aren’t in darkness that the day might seize you like a thief.
- For you’re all sons of light and sons of day. We aren’t of night nor darkness.
- So therefore we shouldn’t sleep like the rest of them, but we should watch and be sober.
- For the men who sleep, sleep at night; and the men who become drunk are drunk at night.
- But we – being of the day – should be sober, having clothed ourselves with the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of the hope of salvation,
- because God hasn’t appointed wrath for us, but for obtainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus the Anointed,
- the One who died on our account, so whether we watch or we sleep, we might live together with Him.
- Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also do.
Proper Christian Conduct
- Now brothers, we ask you to *notice the men who toil among you, and who lead you in the Lord, and who admonish you;
- and to greatly esteem them in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
- And we encourage you brothers: admonish the disorderly,(1)“disorderly” This Greek word refers to someone who isn’t living in the proper “appointed order”. It was used of soldiers who wouldn’t remain in formation and of people who deviated from the proper way of life. encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
- See that no one repaid anyone evil for in exchange evil, but always pursue good to one another and to all.
- Rejoice always.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus the Anointed.
- Don’t quench the Spirit.
- Don’t disregard or despise(2)“disregard or despise” is one word in Greek. It means to ignore something or to treat it as being of no value/worth. In the latter sense, it also carries the connotation of treating it contemptuously. prophecies.
- And examine all things; hold fast to the good.
- Keep far away from every form of evil.
- Now may the God of peace Himself make you completely holy; and may your spirit, and soul, and body be wholly preserved; blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed.
- The One who calls you is faithful, who will also make it happen.
- Brothers, pray for us.
- Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
- I solemnly charge you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
- The grace of our Lord Jesus the Anointed be with you. [Amen]
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