1 Thessalonians 4:1
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As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.

King James Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
For the rest, then, brethren, we beg you and exhort you in [the] Lord Jesus, even as ye have received from us how ye ought to walk and please God, even as ye also do walk, that ye would abound still more.

World English Bible
Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you abound more and more.

Young's Literal Translation
As to the rest, then, brethren, we request you, and call upon you in the Lord Jesus, as ye did receive from us how it behoveth you to walk and to please God, that ye may abound the more,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We beseech you, brethren, and exhort - We give you proper instructions in heavenly things, and request you to attend to our advice. The apostle used the most pressing entreaties; for he had a strong and affectionate desire that this Church should excel in all righteousness and true holiness.

Please God more and more - God sets no bounds to the communications of his grace and Spirit to them that are faithful. And as there are no bounds to the graces, so there should be none to the exercise of those graces. No man can ever feel that he loves God too much, or that he loves man too much for God's sake.

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we.

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God...

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you...

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,

Philemon 1:9,10 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ...

Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words.

we beseech. or, we request. exhort. or, beseech. by the. ver.

1 Thessalonians 4:2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

Ephesians 4:20 But you have not so learned Christ;

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him,

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels...

1 Timothy 6:13,14 I give you charge in the sight of God, who vivifies all things, and before Christ Jesus...

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

ye have.

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you...

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God.

1 Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you...

1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent...

Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him:

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat...

ye ought. See on ch.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

to please.

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good...

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is...

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

so ye.

1 Thessalonians 4:10 And indeed you do it toward all the brothers which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brothers, that you increase more and more;

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Psalm 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

John 15:2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it...

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Library
Twenty Fifth Sunday after Trinity Living and Dead when Christ Returns.
Text: 1 Thessalonians 4, 13-18. 13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III

Chrysostom -- Excessive Grief at the Death of Friends
Chrysostom (that is, "Of the Golden Mouth") was a title given to John, Archbishop of Constantinople. He was born of a patrician family at Antioch about 347, and owed much to the early Christian training of his Christian mother, Anthusa. He studied under Libanius, and for a time practised law, but was converted and baptized in 368. He made a profound study of the Scriptures, the whole of which, it is said, he learned to repeat by heart. Like Basil and Gregory he began his religious life as a hermit
Various—The World's Great Sermons, Volume I

Transformed by Grace
In the life of the disciple John true sanctification is exemplified. During the years of his close association with Christ, he was often warned and cautioned by the Saviour; and these reproofs he accepted. As the character of the Divine One was manifested to him, John saw his own deficiencies, and was humbled by the revelation. Day by day, in contrast with his own violent spirit, he beheld the tenderness and forbearance of Jesus, and heard His lessons of humility and patience. Day by day his heart
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Letter cxix. To Minervius and Alexander.
Minervius and Alexander two monks of Toulouse had written to Jerome asking him to explain for them a large number of passages in scripture. Jerome in his reply postpones most of these to a future time but deals with two in detail viz. (1) "we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed," 1 Cor. xv. 51; and (2) "we shall be caught up in the clouds," 1 Thes. iv. 17. With regard to (1) Jerome prefers the reading "we shall all sleep but we shall not all be changed," and with regard to (2) he looks
St. Jerome—The Principal Works of St. Jerome

Cross References
2 Corinthians 5:9
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

Ephesians 4:1
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Philippians 1:9
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

1 Thessalonians 4:2
For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

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