You Have No Need To Have Anything Written To You

Now concerning the times and
               the seasons, 
                          friends,
  you have no need to have anything written to you.
    For
      you yourselves are fully aware 
        that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
                                           While people are saying, 
                                             "There is peace and 
                                                       security,"     
         then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains 
                                      come upon a pregnant woman, and
         they will not escape.
 
But 
  you are not in darkness,
                         friends,
    for that day to surprise you like a thief.
For
  you are all children of light,
              children of the day.

We are not of the night or of the darkness.

So then
  let us not sleep,
    as others do, but
  let us keep awake and
         be sober.
    For
      those who sleep,
                sleep at night, and
      those who get drunk,
                are drunk at night.
 
But
  since we belong to the day,
    let us be sober,
      having put on the breastplate of faith and
                                       love, and for a helmet the
                                       hope of salvation.
      For
        God has not destined us for wrath,
                but
                  to obtain salvation
                    through our Lord Jesus Christ,
                                who died for us
                                  so that
                                    whether we are awake or
                                                   asleep
                                    we might live with him.
 
Therefore
  encourage one another and
      build one another up,
                          just as you are doing.

{The above is one possible textual outline of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, which the only edit being “friends” in place of “brothers” for the purpose of blog styling.}

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