for it is necessary you should persevere, that after having perform'd what God has commanded, you may receive what he has promised.
Wherefore, since we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every incumbrance, and the sin which does so easily embarrass us, and let us pursue with constancy the course that is proposed to us:
and ye shall be hated by all the world for professing my name: but he that perseveres unto the end, shall escape.
now whatever was heretofore writ, was writ for our instruction; that we through patience and the comfortable promises of the scriptures might have hope.
and for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that, the transgressions that were unexpiated by the first testament, being expiated by his death, they who are called might receive the eternal inheritance, which was promised.
the sheep) make you perfect in every virtue, to the accomplishment of his will: effecting that in you by Jesus Christ, which is agreeable to him: to whom be glory thro' all ages.
Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but only they who do the will of my Father who is in heaven.
for whosoever shall do the will of my father, who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.
which of the two obey'd his father? they said, the first. Jesus reply'd, I declare to you, that the publicans and licentious people enter into the gospel kingdom before you.
but by the good ground is meant such persons as have received the doctrine with simplicity and sincerity, abide by it, and practise it with perseverance.
if any man is inclin'd to do his will, he shall know whether the doctrine be from God, or whether I speak from my self.
God removed Saul, and rais'd up David to be their king, to whom he gave this testimonial, " I have found David the son of Jesse: he is a man most acceptable to me, and he will execute all my orders."
for David, after he had serv'd in his time the designs of providence, died and was buryed with his fathers, and was subject to corruption.
and not only so, but we triumph in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, probation;
and be not conformed to the present age: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may perceive what God requires of you is good, and acceptable, and perfect.
it excuses all things, believes what is favourable, hopes for the best, and suffers the worst.
let us then not be weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we be not tired.
not doing your work meerly out of regard to their presence or their pleasure, but as the servants of Christ, in hearty obedience to the will of God:
being fortified in so effectual a manner, as to sustain your trials with constancy and joy:
knowing that as you are the servants of Christ our Lord, you shall receive from him the inheritance for your reward.
have cordially reliev'd me. Epaphras a servant of Christ, and your countryman, salutes you, who is always very earnest in his prayers, that you may be perfectly acquainted with, and constantly observe,
never forgetting the effects of your faith, your charitable offices, and the constancy of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ; of which God is our witness.
but imitate the example of those who by faith and patience have obtain'd the inheritance that was promis'd to them.
wherefore God was willing to give the heirs of promise a stronger proof of the immutability of his counsel, by the intervention of an oath:
that the bringing your faith to the test, produces constancy.
As for you, my brethren, bear your sufferings with constancy, till the advent of the Lord. the farmer, from the prospect of a golden crop, patiently expects the showers of the spring and the autumn.
he hath leadeth into captivity, shall be led into captivity: he that killeth with the sword, shall perish by the sword. here is the patience and the faith of the saints.