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1 Thessalonians 4:7

ESV For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
NIV For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
NASB For God has not called us for impurity, but in sanctification.
CSB For God has not called us to impurity but to live in holiness.
NLT God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.
KJV For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
NKJV For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

What does 1 Thessalonians 4:7 mean?

Paul gives another reason to renounce sexual impurity. These are part of his encouragement to the Thessalonian Christians, after a lengthy description of their excellent reputation. The prior verse warned that impurity brings divine judgment.

As stated here, the second reason is that God has called Christians to lead a holy life. God saved us not simply to rescue us from eternal judgment. He intended to make us holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15–16). The process through which He makes us holy is called sanctification, and it involves a partnership. God works in us to make us holy (2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 2:13); we have a responsibility to cooperate with Him in that work. Philippians 2:12 commands us to work out—not work "for"—our own salvation with fear and trembling. Ephesians 6:10 commands us to be strong in the Lord, and the next verse commands us to put on the whole armor of God. Galatians 5 talks about living by the Spirit. Obviously, the Christian life is not a passive life, but an active one in which God and His people are partners.
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