But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
“And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
and what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, their households, their tents, and every living thing that followed them, among all Israel—
he said to them, “ Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law.
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.
Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
“ Scarcely had I left them When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother’s house, And into the room of her who conceived me.”
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “ If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “ Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
‘ I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.
So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.
I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.