My beloved, as I was strongly bent upon writing to you of our common salvation, I thought it necessary to write to you at present, and exhort you to contend earnestly for the faith, which was once delivered to the saints.
exert yourself in the glorious cause of faith, and secure the prize of eternal life, to which you were called, when you made that excellent profession of faith before so many witnesses.
TO Titus my own convert to the common faith: grace and peace from God the father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our saviour.
only conduct yourselves in a manner becoming the gospel of Christ, that whether I come to see you, or else am absent, I may have this account of you, that you are stedfastly of the same resolution, and unanimously contend for the faith of the gospel,
salvation is not to be had by any other: for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we can be saved.
Now Stephen full of grace and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
however Saul still gain'd ground, and confounded the Jews of Damascus, proving that Jesus was the Messias.
but Paul and Barnabas told them boldly, you indeed were the first, to whom the word of God was to be preach'd: but since you reject it, and judge your own selves unworthy of eternal life, be assur'd, we shall make the same offer to the Gentiles:
explaining them, and setting it to view, that the Messiah was to suffer and rise again from the dead: and that Jesus, whom he denounc'd to them, was that very Messiah.
and try'd to gain upon the Jews and the Greek proselytes:
for he strenuously disputed with the Jews in publick, proving from the scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
take notice therefore, that the offers of divine salvation are sent to the Gentiles, and they will receive them.
nevertheless, brethren, I have writ to the Gentile part of you, and admonish'd you with the greater freedom by virtue of the commission that God has given me,
I acquainted you chiefly with what I received myself, that Christ died for our sins, as the scriptures foretold:
I did not show them the lest compliance by way of submission, that the doctrine of the gospel might remain among you.
there is now no distinction of Jew or Greek, of bond or free, of male or female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the divine appointment to the converts which are at Ephesus, who stand firm in the faith of Christ Jesus:
the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the christians that are at Philippi, to the bishops, and to the deacons.
to our faithful brethren the christian converts at Coloss. favour and peace be to you from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
on the contrary, notwithstanding the outrages, you know we suffer'd at Philippi, we had still the resolution, by the divine assistance, to preach the gospel of God to you without reserve against all opposition.
This charge, my son Timothy, I recommend to you, agreeably to the prophetic gifts heretofore conferr'd on you, by virtue of which you might carry on a successful warfare,
Keep that form of sound doctrine you receiv'd from me, which consists in christian faith and charity:
I have struggled in a glorious cause: I have finish'd my career: I have stood to the faith:
Pray, my brethren, favourably receive this exhortation, which I have writ to you in brief.
I formerly writ to you a short epistle, by Silvanus, I think, a faithful brother, to declare and testify to you, that the true dispensation of God is that to which you are attach'd.
Simon Peter the servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who equally share with us in the advantages of faith, thro' the veracity of our God, and of Jesus Christ.
for this reason I shall never omit to put you in mind of these things, however knowing you are already, and settled in the truth.
This is the second letter I now write to you, my brethren, by which I would awaken your sincere attention,
As for you, my beloved, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ have formerly told you.
fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.