these are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins: these are they who follow the lamb wherever he goes: these were ransom'd from among men, being the first fruits unto God, and to the lamb.
thou hast a few persons in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
for I am jealous over you with religious jealousy: since I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
'tis he that has voluntarily renew'd us by the oracles of truth, that we might be the first converts of the new creation.
and they sung a new song, saying, "thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every tribe, and language, and people, and nation;
when a certain scribe came to him, and said, Master, I will follow you where-ever you go.
The kingdom of the Messiah will then be such, as when ten virgins took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.
At another time, as they were walking in the road, a man said to him, I will be your follower, wherever you go.
Jesus then having reassumed his discourse, said to them, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
if any man would serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my servant be: whoever serves me, him will my father reward.
Peter said to him, Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for your sake.
be therefore upon your guard to secure your selves, and the whole flock over which the holy spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
for you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
As to the case of celibacy, I have no positive instructions: yet my advice deserves to be regarded, as coming from one the divine favour has distinguished.
not that it is a sin for you to marry; nor is it so if a virgin marry; but they that do, will be troubled for their relations, and that I would prevent.
You know brethren, that the family of Stephanas were the first converts of Achaia, and have made it their business to be serviceable to christian converts: to such,
and this is the pledge of our inheritance, being given for the deliverance of his peculiar people, to the display of his glory.
interdicting marriage; and the use of animal food; which God created for the repast of the faithful, who embrace the truth with thankfulness.
and this they were destin'd to. but you are the chosen race, you are kings and priests, the holy nation, the peculiar people, that you might display his glory, who called you out
therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall cover them, as a pavillion.