I've spent some time wondering about this passage also, and will share my current exegesis, without trying to say any other answer is wrong. There may be many interpretations of this dense passage.
First, let's understand the background.
The Church in Thessalonica was worried that the Day of the Lord had already come, and they were left behind (...
King James Bible Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul [nephesh].
When the breath of God (spirit) interacted with dust (physical body), life (soul) was produced.
The Hebrew word for "soul" is nephesh; in Greek, it is
psuche. These two ...
1 Thessalonians 4:3
New International Version
It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
The focal Greek word here is porneia, from which we get the English word pornography.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4202: πορνεία
a. of illicit sexual intercourse in general ...
b. πορνεία is used metaphorically of the ...
In 1 Thess. 4 Paul provides counsel with respect to several commandments and, as noted in the OP, chastity is a principal emphasis. Paul's counsel to the Corinthians sheds some light here:
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the
temple of ...
What does “with the voice of the archangel” mean in 1 Thessalonians 4:16?
Archangel means "chief angel" and in this verse, the voice of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is described as that of an archangel. This obviously suggests that Jesus is in fact himself the archangel.
While there is no statement in the Bible that categorically identifies ...
Let's see the parallelisms in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 English Standard Version
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven
 with a cry of command,
 with the voice of an archangel, and
 with the sound of the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first.
There are two ...
Is God gaining any kind of new information about us by testing us?
No, not in terms of information data. It does not add to God's 'knowledge base'. He knows everything already even without a formal knowledge base.
The testing is done to increase our knowledge base so that we know what kind of characters we are. God tests us to perfect/mature us as in James 1:...
What does “taught by God” mean in 1 Thessalonians 4:9?
Thessalonians 4:9 NIV
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
Taught by God to love, How?
1/ God said let us make humankind in our image.
Genesis 1:26-27 NASB
26 Then God said, “[a]Let Us make mankind in Our ...
The Greek of the phrase in 1 Thess 4:16 is φωνῇ ἀρχαγγέλου = "voice/sound of archangel". There is no definite article in the Greek, but that is not to suggest that there should not be one in English. For example, note the correct translation of John 1:1 -
Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος = in the beginning was the Word
Note that there is no definite article in the ...
Excellent question and perfectly harmonious passages:
Firstly Ephesians 2 is not metaphorical or figurative. It is spiritual, and that does not mean it requires interpretation. For example how does Jesus ascend into Heaven by going up into a cloud? When does he arrive? Past Pluto? It does not need interpretation, simply recognition that the Spiritual realm ...
Did the translators of 1 Thess 4:10-12 make use of a double-meaning in English to convey the original meaning?
No. Furthermore, I can say with certainty that NIV technically mistranslated the original Greek.
Acts 19:24 New International Version
A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen ...