Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
For sin must not be your master [i.e., it must not have power over you], for you are not governed by law, but by God's unearned favor.
For the Holy Spirit's law which provides [never ending] life for those in [fellowship with] Christ Jesus has freed me from the law that requires [spiritual] death for sinning.
And you will know what the truth is and the truth will set you free [i.e. from bondage to sin]."
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord [i.e., Christ] is the Holy Spirit, and there is freedom [from the bondage of sin and fear] wherever the Spirit of the Lord is.
For you brothers were called [by God] to enjoy your freedom; but do not use this freedom as an excuse for living a sinful life; instead, use it to render loving service to each other.
Thank God [that I can be rescued] through [the power of] Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, I personally [try to] serve God's law with my mind, but [all too often] I serve the law of sin with my flesh [i.e., submitting in weakness to my human desires].
For am I seeking [to gain] the favor of men or of God? Or, am I striving to please people [by what I do]? If I were still [trying] to please people, I would not be a [true] servant of Christ.
Epaphras, who is one of you [See 1:7; 4:9], a slave of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always struggles in his prayers on your behalf so that you will remain mature and be fully convinced [that you are living] by all that God wants [for your life].
[This letter is from] Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle for [the benefit of] the faith of God's elect [i.e., His chosen people] and [to spread] the knowledge of the truth which leads to godliness,
[This letter is from] James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, [who sends] greetings to the twelve tribes which are scattered throughout the world. [Note: This refers to Christians, probably of Jewish descent].
1 Peter 2:16
As servants of God, you should live as free people, but do not use this freedom to cover up your wrongdoing.
Then one of the [twenty-four] elders asked me, "Who are these ones dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?"
He will cut off [See verse 6] every branch [i.e., follower of Christ] who is in [fellowship with] me that does not bear fruit. And He will prune every branch that does bear fruit, so it will bear more fruit.
But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
(for the product of light consists of everything good and right and true).
having been full of qualities of righteousness, which come from Jesus Christ and produce honor and praise to God.
[Now] it is not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for the benefit that [such a gift] will add to your [spiritual] account [with God].
[We pray for you] to live a life deserving of the Lord, pleasing to Him in every way, producing fruit in every good deed and growing in the knowledge of God.
And the end
What benefit did you receive at that time from doing the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of such behavior is [spiritual] death.
Just like the weeds were gathered up and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the world.
And every person who has left his house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children or property, for my name's sake [i.e., to become a servant of the Lord], will receive [back] a hundred times as much [in this life] and will [also] inherit never ending life.
And these [i.e., the ones at His left side] will go away to never ending punishment, but those who did what was right will go to never ending life."
Already the person who is harvesting [the crop] is being paid for his work, and is gathering a crop for never ending life, so that the one planting and the one harvesting [the crop] may rejoice together.
1 Peter 1:9
Your faith will [finally] bring about the salvation of your souls.