so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
“ They have acted corruptly toward Him, They are not His children, because of their defect; But are a perverse and crooked generation.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.
“ Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
“ Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.”
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “ Be saved from this perverse generation!”
and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
“ Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “ And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
Therefore do not be partakers with them;
so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.
Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.
Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach;
Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.
namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.
These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you.