We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet…
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.