he saved us, not for any upright actions we had performed, but from his own mercy, through the bath of regeneration and renewal by the holy Spirit,
You must not adopt the customs of this world but by your new attitude of mind be transformed so that you can find out what God's will is??hat is good, pleasing, and perfect.
Baptism, which corresponds to it, now saves you also (not as the mere removing of physical stain, but as the craving for a conscience right with God)??hrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Some of you used to be like that; but you have washed it all away, you have been consecrated, you have become upright, by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.
For it is by his mercy that you have been saved through faith. It is not by your own action, it is the gift of God.
to consecrate her, after cleansing her with the bath in water through her confession of him,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has caused us to be born anew to a life of hope through Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead,
Jesus answered him, "I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born over again from above!"
and have put on that new self newly made in the likeness of its Creator, to know him fully.
He shows his mercy age after age To those who fear him.
"He has helped his servant Israel, Remembering his mercy,
Thus showing mercy to our forefathers, And keeping his sacred agreement,
"Because the heart of our God is merciful, And so the day will dawn upon us from on high,
He answered, " 'You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole strength, and your whole mind,' and 'your neighbor as you do yourself.' "
For no human being can be made upright in the sight of God by observing the Law. All that the Law can do is to make man conscious of sin.
For we hold that a man is made upright by faith; the observance of the Law has nothing to do with it.
but a man who has no work to offer, but has faith in him who can make the ungodly upright, has his faith credited to him as uprightness.
For before the children were born or had done anything either good or bad, in order to carry out God's purpose of selection, which depends not on what men do but on his calling them,
Then what do we conclude? That heathen who were not striving for uprightness attained it, that is, an uprightness which was produced by faith;
But if it is by his mercy, it is not for anything they have done. Otherwise, his mercy would not be mercy at all.
but who know that a man is not made upright by doing what the Law commands, but by faith in Christ Jesus??ven we believed in Christ Jesus, so as to be made upright by faith in Christ and not by doing what the Law commands??or by doing what the Law commands no one can be made upright.
Now the promises were made to Abraham and his line. It does not say, "and to your lines," in the plural, but in the singular, "and to your line," that is, Christ.
so that we might praise the splendid blessing which he has given us through his beloved Son.
But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior were revealed,
So let us come with courage to God's throne of grace to receive his forgiveness and find him responsive when we need his help.
and yet have fallen back, for they crucify the Son of God on their own account, and hold him up to contempt.
you who were once "no people" but are now "God's people"; once "unpitied" but now "pitied indeed."