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1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Call to Sanctification

Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God—as you are doing[a]—do so even more. For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, so that each of you knows how to control his own body[b] in sanctification and honor, not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God. This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses,[c] as we also previously told and warned you. For God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification. Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Lit walking
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or to acquire his own wife; lit to possess his own vessel
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 Lit things

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