Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these? He said unto him, Yea, Lord; you know that I love you. He said unto him, Feed my lambs.
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know:
For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Greet Apelles approved in Christ. Greet them who are of Aristobulus' household.
But we speak wisdom among them that are mature: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nothing:
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
Who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
Therefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed:
For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
For do I now seek the favor of men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are idle, encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
If you put the brethren in remembrance of these things, you shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, which you have attained.
Let no man despise your youth; but be an example of the believers, in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to explain, seeing you are dull of hearing.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Therefore rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:
Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my departure to have these things always in remembrance.
Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe who is instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.