Paul reiterates his earlier teaching -- Christians do need to be ready for Jesus' return. This will be a day of salvation for all faithful Christians. In fact, Paul writes, the dead will be raised from their graves and will meet Jesus first -- midair, it seems -- and those who are living will then follow them to heaven.
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The second reading provides the conclusion to this letter, where Paul offers some closing encouragements to the Thessalonians. On a certain level, Paul seems reluctant to end the letter, and he offers a string of brief reminders -- each of which deserve longer attention and description about how to live them out. After these, Paul offers a final prayer and blessing for the Thessalonians.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:28 today.