For we have had good news preached to us, just as they did, but the message they heard did them no good because they did not agree through faith with what they heard.
We for our part constantly thank God for another reason too??ecause when you received God's message from our lips, you welcomed it not as the message of men but as the message of God, as it really is, which does its work in the hearts of you believers.
It was to you that God first sent his servant after he had raised him from the dead, to bless you by making every one of you turn from his wickedness."
Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out plainly, and said, "God's message had to be told to you first, but since you thrust it off and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the heathen.
Circumcision will help you only if you observe the Law; but if you are a lawbreaker, you might as well be uncircumcised.
It is true, they have not all accepted the good news, for Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what we have told?"
Even if I give away everything I own, and give myself up, but do it in pride, not love, it does me no good.
The Scripture foresaw that God would accept the heathen as upright in consequence of their faith, and preached the good news in advance to Abraham in the words, "All the heathen will be blessed through you."
though you know that it was because of an illness that I preached the good news to you that first time;
for our preaching of the good news did not come to you as mere words but with power and the holy Spirit and full conviction??ou know the kind of life we lived among you for your good.
so that all who have refused to believe the truth but have preferred disobedience may be condemned.
Physical training is of some service, but religion is of service in every way, for it carries with it the promise of life here and hereafter.
See to it, my brothers, that no one of you has a wicked, unbelieving heart, that turns away from the ever-living God,
And who was it to whom God made oath that they should not be admitted to his Rest, if it was not to those who had disobeyed him?
Since then it is still true that somebody will be admitted to it, and those who had a gospel preached to them before were not admitted because of their disobedience,
but without faith it is impossible to please him; for whoever would approach God must have faith in his existence and in his willingness to reward those who try to find him.
So strip yourselves of everything that soils you, and of every evil growth, and in a humble spirit let the message that has the power to save your souls be planted in your hearts.
It was disclosed to them that they were serving not themselves but you in dealing with these things, which have now been told you by those who through the holy Spirit sent from heaven brought you the good news; things into which angels long to look!