1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

finally (v.1) = lit. “for the rest” — marks a transition in subject matter

then (v.1) = therefore

urge (v.1) = ask, beg, make an earnest request

exhort (v.1) = encourage — In the Greek, it reads “We beseech you, and we exhort in the Lord Jesus”

to walk and to please God (v.1) — “to walk, even to please God”

walk (v.1) — Colossians 1:10That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

commandments (v.2) = charges — used only of commands received from a superior and transmitted to others

through the Lord Jesus (v.2) — Paul’s charges to the Thessalonians came from the Lord

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