If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”
I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’
And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:
And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth.
for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.”
Listen to Me, O islands,
And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called Me from the womb;
From the body of My mother He named Me.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,
1 Corinthians 9:16
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
1 Timothy 2:7
For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
2 Timothy 1:11
for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.
2 Timothy 2:2
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.
In the days to come Jacob will take root,
Israel will blossom and sprout,
And they will fill the whole world with fruit.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Then the remnant of Jacob
Will be among many peoples
Like dew from the Lord,
Like showers on vegetation
Which do not wait for man
Or delay for the sons of men.
I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come.
We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
“Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.”’ But they did not listen or give heed to Me,” declares the Lord.
“And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 10:11
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
2 Timothy 3:15
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
1 Peter 3:2
as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.
And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”