So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you:
They did so, sending their financial aid to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
I, John, your brother and the one who shares with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus.
You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor.
When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father -- the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father -- he will testify about me,
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth."
beginning from his baptism by John until the day he was taken up from us -- one of these must become a witness of his resurrection together with us."
You killed the Originator of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses!
The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree.
We are witnesses of all the things he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree,
When they had appointed elders for them in the various churches, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the protection of the Lord in whom they had believed.
When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all the things God had done with them.
Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate about this matter.
Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, leaders among the brothers, to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him.
Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.
The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there.
And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) -- if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.
For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens.
Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Do not address an older man harshly but appeal to him as a father. Speak to younger men as brothers,
Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses.
Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day -- and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing.
The reason I left you in Crete was to set in order the remaining matters and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold -- gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away -- and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven -- things angels long to catch a glimpse of.
Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away.
Dear friends, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is.
From the elder, to an elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth (and not I alone, but also all those who know the truth),