Laws in the Epistles to the Thessalonians

Walk worthy of God, who has called you unto His kingdom and glory. – 1 Thessalonians 2:12

This is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that you should know how to possess your own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust. – 1 Thessalonians 4:3‑5

This is the will of God, that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such. – 1 Thessalonians 4:6

God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. He who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 4:7‑8

Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11‑12

We are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. – 1 Thessalonians 5:5‑6

Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. – 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. – 1 Thessalonians 5:14

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Rejoice always. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

In everything give thanks. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Do not quench the Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not despise prophecies. – 1 Thessalonians 5:20

Test all things; hold fast what is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. For this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. – 2 Thessalonians 2:9‑12

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While traditional sources attribute both Epistles to Thessalonians to the Apostle Paul, modern scholars question the authorship of 2 Thessalonians. The Letter 1 Thessalonians is dated to between 50 and 60 A.D., while 2 Thessalonians is dated to between 80 and 100 A.D.

We have used the King James Version of the Bible as the basis for this list. Some Scripture may have been taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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