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BibleGateway: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

ESV Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

KJV Text:

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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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 214:
Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth

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1. Lo, God to heaven ascendeth! 
Throughout its regions vast 
With shouts triumphant blendeth 
The trumpet’s thrilling blast: 
Sing praise to Christ the Lord; 
Sing praise with exultation, 
King of each heathen nation, 
The God of hosts adored! 

2. With joy is heaven resounding 
Christ’s glad return to see; 
Behold the saints surrounding 
The Lord who set them free. 
Bright myriads, thronging, come; 
The cherub band rejoices, 
And loud seraphic voices 
All welcome Jesus home. 

3. From cross to throne ascending, 
We follow Christ on high 
And know the pathway wending 
To mansions in the sky. 
Our Lord is gone before; 
Yet here He will not leave us, 
But soon in heaven receive us 
And open wide the door. 

4. Our place He is preparing; 
To heaven we, too, shall rise, 
With Him His glory sharing, 
Be where our Treasure lies. 
Bestir thyself, my soul! 
Where Jesus Christ has entered, 
There let thy hope be centered; 
Press onward toward the goal. 

5. Let all our thoughts be winging 
To where Thou didst ascend, 
And let our hearts be singing: 
“We seek Thee, Christ, our Friend, 
Thee, God’s exalted Son, 
Our Life, and Way to heaven, 
To whom all power is given, 
Our Joy and Hope and Crown.”