But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear unto myself, only that I might finish my course with joy and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
testifying both to the Jews and also to the Gentiles, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, according to the mercy we have received, we fault not,
Paul, apostle (not from men neither through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead)
and has manifested in due times. It is his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
But the Lord said unto him, Go; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
Who, when he came and had seen the grace of God, was glad and exhorted them all to remain in their purpose of heart in the Lord.
With all this, they abode there a long time speaking with freedom in the Lord, who gave testimony unto the word of his grace and granted that signs and wonders be done by their hands.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is powerful to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
delivering thee from the people and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee
being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus, the Christ,
But the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you a gospel of great joy, which shall be to all the people.
I have clarified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou didst give me to do.
But unto him that works, the reward is not reckoned as grace, but as debt.
Moreover the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound,
Who shall separate us from the charity of Christ? shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?
And if by grace, then is it not by works; otherwise, the grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, then it is no longer grace; otherwise, the work is no longer work.
For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, the stewardship of the gospel is committed unto me.
Know ye not that those who run in a race indeed all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that ye may obtain it.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are unsure of our lives, but not in despair;
Therefore we fault not; but though our outward man is wearing out, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
But in all things showing ourselves as the ministers of God in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
Therefore I am content in weaknesses, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong.
to the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he has made us accepted in the beloved;
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great charity with which he loved us,
Therefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.
And even if I am poured out as an offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.
Brethren, I do not reckon to have laid hold of it yet, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and extending myself unto those things which are ahead,
who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fulfill in my flesh that which is lacking of the tribulations of the Christ for his body's sake, which is the congregation ,
but having suffered before and having been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to announce unto you the gospel of God with much diligence.
that no one should be moved in these tribulations, for you know that we are appointed for this.
For which cause I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra, persecutions I have endured, and the Lord delivered me out of them all.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my release is at hand.
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, that by me the preaching might be fully known and that all the Gentiles might hear, and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
how shall we escape, if we belittle such great saving health? Which, having begun to be published by the Lord, has been confirmed unto us by those that heard him,
For ye had compassion of me in my bonds and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing that in yourselves ye have a better substance in the heavens, and that abides.
Therefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, leaving behind all the weight of the sin which surrounds us, let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
By Silvanus, a faithful brother; (according to my reckoning), I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which ye stand.
In this we have known the charity of God because he laid down his life for us; we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.