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For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that no one who believes in him should be lost, but that they should all have eternal life.
For all men sin and come short of the glory of God,
All Scripture is divinely inspired, and useful in teaching, in reproof, in correcting faults, and in training in uprightness,
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by this mercy of God, to offer your bodies in a living sacrifice that will be holy and acceptable to God; that is your rational worship.
But what the Spirit produces is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
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.
We know that in everything God works with those who love him, whom he has called in accordance with his purpose, to bring about what is good.
Therefore go and make disciples of all the heathen, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and 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.
Jesus said to him, "I am Way and Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
but you will be given power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem and all over Judea and Samaria and to the very ends of the earth."
Peter said to them, "You must repent, and every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to have your sins forgiven; then you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit,
For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is eternal life through union with Christ Jesus our Lord.
But to all who did receive him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God,
In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine.
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,
For if with your lips you acknowledge the message that Jesus is Lord, and with your mind you believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
So the Word became flesh and blood and lived for a while among us, abounding in blessing and truth, and we saw the honor God had given him, such honor as an only son receives from his father.
But God proves his love for us by the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners.
And he has given us some men as apostles, some as prophets, some as missionaries, some as pastors and teachers,
And they devoted themselves to the teaching and the society of the apostles, the breaking of bread, and prayer.
Come to me, all of you who toil and are burdened, and I will let you rest.
If we acknowledge our sins, he is upright and can be depended on to forgive our sins and cleanse us from everything wrong.
Jesus answered him, "I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born over again from above!"
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come to let them have life, and to let them have it in abundance.
It is just like the way in which through one man sin came into the world, and death followed sin, and so death spread to all men, because all men sinned.
And he said to them, "Go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to all the creation.
There is no salvation through anyone else, for there is no one else in the world who has been named to men as their only means of being saved."
So if anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new being; the old state of things has passed away; there is a new state of things.
"Your minds must not be troubled; you must believe in God, and believe in me.
The real light, which sheds light upon everyone, was just coming into the world.
And Jesus came up to them and said, "Full authority in heaven and on the earth has been given to me.
So as we have been made upright by faith, let us live in peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
I can do anything through him who gives me strength.
Have no anxiety about anything, but make all your wants known to God in prayer and entreaty, and with thanksgiving.
So there is no condemnation any more for those who are in union with Christ Jesus.
Two days later there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus' mother was present.
On the day of the Harvest Festival, they were all meeting together,
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me. The life I am now living in the body I am living by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
For I am not ashamed of the good news, for it is God's power for the salvation of everyone who has faith, of the Jew first and then of the Greek.
I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must love one another.
Among the Pharisees there was a man named Nicodemus, a leader among the Jews.
Do your best to win God's approval as a workman who has nothing to be ashamed of, but rightly shapes the message of truth.
But you must make his kingdom, and uprightness before him, your greatest care, and you will have all these other things besides.
And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper to be with you always.
Therefore, let us too, with such a crowd of witnesses about us, throw off every impediment and the entanglement of sin, and run with determination the race for which we are entered,
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in sincerity."
Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Take care of yourselves and of the whole flock, of which the holy Spirit has made you guardians, and be shepherds of the church of God, which he got at the cost of his own life.
For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
"If you really love me, you will observe my commands.
For God's anger is breaking forth from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of the men who in their wickedness are suppressing the truth.
"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, For he has consecrated me to preach the good news to the poor, He has sent me to announce to the prisoners their release and to the blind the recovery of their sight, To set the down-trodden at liberty,
Jesus answered, "I tell you, if a man does not owe his birth to water and spirit, he cannot get into the Kingdom of God.
So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John??2 though it was not Jesus himself who baptized them, but his disciples??3 he left Judea and went back again to Galilee.
Faith means the assurance of what we hope for; it is our conviction about things that we cannot see.
and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
For the message of God is a living and active force, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing through soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and keen in judging the thoughts and purposes of the mind.
So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be cured. An upright man can do a great deal by prayer when he tries.
You also were dead because of the offenses and sins
but when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into the full truth, for he will not speak for himself but will tell what he hears, and will announce to you the things that are to come.
Everyone must obey the authorities that are over him, for no authority can exist without the permission of God; the existing authorities have been established by him,
But I tell you, your name is Peter, a rock, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not subdue it.
"When the Son of Man comes in his splendor, with all his angels with him, he will take his seat on his glorious throne,
Everything came into existence through him, and apart from him nothing came to be.
The Jews there were more high-minded than those at Thessalonica, and received the message with great eagerness and studied the Scriptures every day, to find out whether it was true.
but the Helper, the holy Spirit which the Father will send in my place, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I have told you.
The devil is the father you are sprung from, and you want to carry out your father's wishes. He was a murderer from the first, and he has nothing to do with the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in his true character, for he is a liar and the father of them.
He came to give testimony, to testify to the light, so that everyone might come to believe in it through him.
For God's mercy has appeared and brought salvation to all men,
"Do not suppose that I have come to do away with the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to do away with them but to enforce them.
Henceforth you must grow strong through union with the Lord and through his mighty strength.
And he said to him, " 'You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.'
He is a likeness of the unseen God, born before any creature,
I am the vine, you are the branches. Anyone who remains united to me, with me united to him, will be very fruitful, for you cannot do anything apart from me.
I tell you, whoever listens to my message and believes him who has sent me, possesses eternal life, and will not come to judgment, but has already passed out of death into life.
Now, brothers, let your minds dwell on what is true, what is worthy, what is right, what is pure, what is amiable, what is kindly??n everything that is excellent or praiseworthy.
but without faith it is impossible to please him; for whoever would approach God must have faith in his existence and in his willingness to reward those who try to find him.
while we wait for the fulfilment of our blessed hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus.
So faith comes from hearing what is told, and that hearing comes through the message about Christ.
And he made a lash out of rope, and drove them all, sheep and cattle, out of the Temple, and scattered the money-changers' coins on the ground, and overturned their tables.
You must find the greatest joy, my brothers, in being involved in various trials,
and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to say in foreign languages whatever the Spirit prompted them to utter.
He who believes it and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe it will be condemned.
As the Scripture says, "There is not a single man who is upright,
Consecrate them by truth. Your message is truth.
"Believe in the Lord Jesus," they said, "and you and your household will be saved!"
If any one of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to everyone, and does not reproach one with it afterward, and he will give it to him.
Jesus said to her, "I myself am Resurrection and Life. He who believes in me will live on, even if he dies,
So they welcomed his message and were baptized, and about three thousand people joined them that day.
As he said this, he was caught up before their eyes and a cloud took him up from their sight.
On the first day of the week, when we had met for the breaking of bread, Paul addressed them, as he was going away the next morning, and he prolonged his address until midnight.
but reverence Christ in your hearts as Lord, and always be ready to make your defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that you have. But do so gently and respectfully,
And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ.
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not have any share in God's kingdom? Do not let anyone mislead you. People who are immoral or idolaters or adulterers or sensual or given to unnatural vice
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
Jesus said to them, "I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born!"
Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible nature??is eternal power and divine character??ave been clearly perceptible through what he has made. So they have no excuse,
But you are the chosen race, the royal priesthood, the consecrated nation, his own people, so that you may declare the virtues of him who has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light;
It was little by little and in different ways that God spoke in old times to our forefathers through the prophets,
"There was once a rich man, who used to dress in purple and fine linen, and to live in luxury every day.
Here I stand knocking at the door. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I will be his guest and dine with him, and he with me.
It is not everyone who says to me 'Lord! Lord!' who will get into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven.
The wind blows wherever it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. That is the way with everyone who owes his birth to the Spirit."
The sick man answered, "I have nobody, sir, to put me into the pool when the water stirs, but while I am getting down someone else steps in ahead of me."
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide by what I teach, you are really disciples of mine,
No one who believes in him has to come up for judgment. Anyone who does not believe stands condemned already, for not believing in God's only Son.
You must not be avaricious; you must be content with what you have, for God himself has said, "I will never let go of you or desert you!"
Then Jesus spoke to them again and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not have to walk in darkness but will have the light of life."
"Do not store up your riches on earth, where moths and rust destroy them, and where thieves break in and steal them,
The Father and I are one."
For we have to struggle, not with enemies of flesh and blood, but with the hierarchies, the authorities, the master-spirits of this dark world, the spirit-forces of evil on high.
so that you may be reliably informed about the things you have been taught.
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the cultivator.
And just as men are destined to die once and after that to be judged,
since you have tasted the Lord's kindness.
Ask, and what you ask will be given you. Search, and you will find what you search for. Knock, and the door will open to you.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
This man went to Jesus one night, and said to him, "Master, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can show the signs that you do, unless God is with him."
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm.
You are the light of the world! A city that is built upon a hill cannot be hidden.
Now these were the circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ. Mary, his mother, was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married it was found that she was about to become a mother through the influence of the holy Spirit.
Dear friends, do not believe every inspired utterance, but test the utterances to see whether they come from God, for many false prophets have come out into the world.
There is no room for "Jew" and "Greek"; there is no room for "slave" and "freeman"; there is no room for "male" and "female"; for in union with Christ Jesus you are all one.
If any one is sick, he should call in the elders of the church and have them pray over him, and pour oil on him in the name of the Lord,
Then an expert in the Law got up to test him and said, "Master, what must I do to make sure of eternal life?"
We do not want you to be under any misapprehension, brothers, about those who are falling asleep. You must not grieve for them, as others do who have no hope.
Every good gift and every perfect present is from heaven, and comes down from the Father of the heavenly lights, about whom there is no variation of changing shadow.
He made him who knew nothing of sin to be sin, for our sake, so that through union with him we might become God's uprightness.
I have told you all this, so that through me you may find peace. In the world you have trouble; but take courage! I have conquered the world."
You also have heard the message of the truth, the good news of your salvation, and believed in him, and through union with him you have been marked with the seal of the holy Spirit that was promised,
You who are husbands must love your wives, just as Christ loves the church and gave himself for her,
The light is still shining in the darkness, for the darkness has never put it out.
The Lord is not slow about his promise, in the sense that some men think; he is really showing his patience with you, because he does not want any to perish, but wishes all men to be brought to repentance.
He was not the light; he came to testify to the light.
The angel answered, "The holy Spirit will come over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. For that reason your child will be called holy, and the Son of God.
A religious observance that is pure and stainless in the sight of God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their trouble, and keep one's self unstained by the world.
Whoever believes in the Son possesses eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not experience life, but will remain under the anger of God.
You married women must subordinate yourselves to your husbands, as you do to the Lord,
"But if your brother wrongs you go to him and show him his fault while you are alone with him. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
and said to them, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into the sky? This very Jesus who has been caught up from you into heaven will come in just the way that you have seen him go up to heaven."
So repent and turn to God, to have your sins wiped out, and happier times will come from the presence of the Lord,
For he has made us, creating us through our union with Christ Jesus for the life of goodness which God had predestined us to live.
My brothers, what is the good of a man's saying he has faith, if he has no good deeds to show? Can faith save him?
For God did not send his Son into the world to pass judgment upon the world, but that through him the world might be saved.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into union with Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death?
This, therefore, is the way you are to pray: 'Our Father in heaven, Your name be revered!
Teach the older women, too, to be reverent in their behavior, and not to gossip or be slaves of drink, but to be teachers of what is right,
Then what shall we conclude? Are we to continue to sin to increase the spread of mercy?
Do not get drunk on wine, for that is profligacy, but be filled with the Spirit,
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
But a time is coming??t is already here!??hen the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and sincerity, for the Father wants such worshipers.
In those days an edict was issued by the Emperor Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken.
For there is but one God, and one intermediary between God and men??he man Christ Jesus,
Then Jesus was guided by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil.
You pore over the Scriptures, for you think that you will find eternal life in them, and these very Scriptures testify to me,
It is through union with him and through his blood that we have been delivered and our offenses forgiven,
Do not be surprised at this, for the time is coming when all who are in their graves will listen to his voice,
But if we live in the light, just as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.
So I, the prisoner for the Lord's sake, appeal to you to live lives worthy of the summons you have received;
"Pass no more judgments upon other people, so that you may not have judgment passed upon you.
For I passed on to you, as of first importance, the account I had received, that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures foretold,
No one can show greater love than by giving up his life for his friends.
They are children of the world; that is why they speak as the world directs, and the world listens to them.
I mean this: Live by the Spirit, and then you will not indulge your physical cravings.
But you are not physical but spiritual, if God's Spirit has really taken possession of you; for unless a man has Christ's spirit, he does not belong to Christ.
When it was evening on that first day after the Sabbath, and the doors of the house where the disciples met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came in and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you!"
and saying, "Where is his promised coming? For ever since our forefathers fell asleep everything has remained as it was from the beginning of creation!"
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him to me; then I myself will raise him to life on the Last Day.
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
for it was through him that everything was created in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, angelic thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities??ll things were created through him and for him.
And just as Moses in the desert lifted the serpent up in the air, the Son of Man must be lifted up,
"Go in at the narrow gate. For the road that leads to destruction is broad and spacious, and there are many who go in by it.
While God overlooked those times of ignorance, he now calls upon all men everywhere to repent,
Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother's womb over again and be born?"
If, then, you have been raised to life with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are where Christ is, above, seated at God's right hand.
For those whom he had marked out from the first he predestined to be made like his Son, so that he should be the eldest of many brothers;
Obey the message; do not merely listen to it, and deceive yourselves.
As persons chosen by God, then, consecrated and dearly loved, you must clothe yourselves with tenderness of heart, kindness, humility, gentleness, forbearance.
Let us not neglect meeting together as some do, but let us encourage one another, all the more as you can see that the great Day is coming nearer.
For Christ himself died once for all, for sin, an upright man for unrighteous men, to bring us to God, and was physically put to death, but he was made alive in the Spirit.
In those days, as the number of the disciples was increasing, complaints were made by the Greek-speaking Jews against the native Jews that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.
I leave you a blessing; I give you my own blessing. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Your minds must not be troubled or afraid.
My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them and they follow me,
For it is always the one who asks who receives, and the one who searches who finds, and the one who knocks to whom the door opens.
He carried the burden of our sins in his own body on the cross, in order that we might die to sin and live for uprightness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will fly from you.
Yet it is only the truth when I tell you that it is better for you that I should go away. For if I do not go, the Helper will not come to you, but if I go I will send him to you.
I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd will give his life for his sheep.
For our high priest is not one who is incapable of sympathy with our weaknesses, but he has been tempted in every way just as we have, without committing any sin.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
"You are the salt of the earth! But if salt loses its strength, how can it be made salt again? It is good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden underfoot.
He is the reflection of God's glory, and the representation of his being, and bears up the universe by his mighty word. He has effected man's purification from sin, and has taken his seat on high at the right hand of God's Majesty,
Be calm and watchful. Your opponent the devil is prowling about like a roaring lion, wanting to devour you.
In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit itself pleads for us with inexpressible yearnings,
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God, and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
All that my Father gives to me will come to me, and I will never refuse anyone who comes to me,
Do not love the world or what is in the world. If anyone loves the world, there is no love for the Father in his heart,
For his disciples had gone into the town to buy some food.
When the Helper comes whom I will send to you from the Father??hat Spirit of Truth that comes from the Father??e will bear testimony to me,
Think what love the Father has had for us, in letting us be called God's children, for that is what we are. This is why the world does not know what we are??ecause it has never come to know him.
On the day after the Sabbath, very early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been removed from it.
Then Peter began and said, "Now I really understand that God shows no partiality,
And he said to everyone, "If anyone wants to go with me, he must disregard himself, and take his cross day after day and follow me.
Philip answered, "Forty dollars' worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to have even a little."
One Sabbath, when he went to take a meal at the house of a member of the council who was a Pharisee, they were watching him closely.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went to the synagogue, as he was accustomed to do, and stood up to read the Scriptures.
I left you behind in Crete expressly to correct what defects there were, and to appoint elders in each town, as I directed you??6 men of irreproachable character, who have been married only once, whose children are Christians, free from any suspicion of profligacy or disobedience.
So Jesus answered them, "I tell you, the Son cannot do anything of his own accord, unless he sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
Now after the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem in Judea, in the days of King Herod, astrologers from the east arrived at Jerusalem,
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through your faith.
Let the message of Christ live in your hearts in all its wealth of wisdom. Teach it to one another and train one another in it with thankfulness, with psalms, hymns, and sacred songs, and sing to God with all your hearts.
You must understand this in the first place, that no prophecy in Scripture can be understood through one's own powers,
"It is not for them only that I make this request. It is also for those who through their message come to believe in me.
My dear children, I am writing you this so that you may not sin; yet if anyone does sin, we have in Jesus Christ one who is upright and will intercede for us with the Father.
Now on the last day, the great day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
The things our physical nature does are clear enough??mmorality, impurity, licentiousness,
Jesus answered, "If you knew what God has to give, and who it is that said to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."
This is the freedom with which Christ has freed us. So stand firm in it, and do not get under a yoke of slavery again.
The brothers sent Paul and Silas away immediately, in the course of the following night, to Berea. On arriving there they went to the Jewish synagogue.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor their hierarchies nor the present nor the future
For there are three that testify to it,
For all who are guided by God's Spirit are God's sons.
Your light must burn in that way among men so that they will see the good you do, and praise your Father in heaven.
In my first volume, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning
Afterward Jesus found him in the Temple, and said to him, "See! You are well again. Give up sin, or something worse may happen to you."
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.
Jesus Christ is the same today that he was yesterday, and he will be so forever.
Then what shall we conclude from this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
For I am certain that he who has begun the good work in you will finish it for the Day of Jesus Christ.
Before the Passover Festival began, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father, but he had loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them to the last.
for no prophecy ever originated in the human will, but under the influence of the holy Spirit men spoke for God.
Through baptism we have been buried with him in death, so that just as he was raised from the dead through the Father's glory, we too may live a new life.
So everyone went to his own town to register.
Have you gone through so much, all for nothing???f it really is for nothing!
As they continued their journey, he came to a certain village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him to her house.
So, my dear friends, as you have always been obedient, with reverence and awe make every effort to insure your salvation, not simply as though I were with you, but all the more because I am away.
It was by him that life came into existence, and that life was the light of mankind.
When he comes, he will bring conviction to the world about sin and uprightness and judgment;
and you pay attention to the man in the fine clothes and say to him, "Sit here; this is a good place!" and say to the poor man, "Stand up, or sit on the floor at my feet,"
Jesus answered, "Anyone who loves me will observe my teaching, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and live with him.
If we say, "We are without any sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and there is no truth in our hearts.
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you disguised as sheep but are ravenous wolves underneath.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not envious or boastful. It does not put on airs.
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,
Once as he was praying in a certain place, when he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, "Master, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
Through him he chose us out before the creation of the world, to be consecrated and above reproach in his sight in love.
He gave them an illustration to show that they must always pray and not give up,
There are many rooms in my Father's house; if there were not, I would have told you, for I am going away to make ready a place for you.
but when the proper time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, and made subject to law,
Jesus answered, "Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it in three days!"
By observing one another, let us arouse ourselves to rival one another's love and good deeds.
So by whatever appeal there is in our relation to Christ, by whatever incentive there is in love, by whatever participation there is in the Spirit, whatever affection and sympathy,
Do not get into close and incongruous relations with unbelievers. What partnership can uprightness have with iniquity, or what can light have to do with darkness?
Do not be deceived. God is not to be sneered at. A man will reap just what he sows.
There were great crowds accompanying him, and once he turned and said to them,
fixing our eyes upon Jesus, our leader and example in faith, who in place of the happiness that belonged to him, submitted to a cross, caring nothing for its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy!
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, are you more devoted to me than these others are?" Peter said to him, "Yes, Master, you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Then feed my lambs!"
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread that gives life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty.
Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about life, wondering what you will have to eat or drink, or about your body, wondering what you will have to wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body than clothes?
From one forefather he has created every nation of mankind, and made them live all over the face of the earth, fixing their appointed times and the limits of their lands,
She will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for it is he who is to save his people from their sins."
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit that is within you, which you have received from God? Besides, you are not your own;
He has put everything under his feet and made him the indisputable head of the church,
Then the Jews addressed him and said, "What sign have you to show us, for acting in this way?"
It is what existed from the beginning, that we announce; what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have beheld, and touched with our hands; it is the very message of life??2 for life has been revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it and announce to you that eternal life that was with the Father and has been revealed to us??3 it is what we have seen and heard that we announce to you also, so that you may share our fellowship, for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ,
Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord's disciples, went to the high priest,
For I consider what we suffer now not to be compared with the glory that is to burst upon us.
But the man who had been cured did not know who it was, for as there was a crowd there, Jesus had left the place.
That is why God has abandoned them to degrading passions. Their women have exchanged their natural function for one that is unnatural,
To him who by the exertion of his power within us can do unutterably more than all we ask or imagine,
He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the realm of his dear Son,
and teach them to observe all the commands that I have given you. I will always be with you, to the very close of the age."
may mercy, peace, and love be granted you in abundance.
including you who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ??7 to all those in Rome whom God loves, who are called to be his people; God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.
"Men of Israel, listen to what I say. Jesus of Nazareth, as you know, was a man whom God commended to you by the wonders, portents, and signs that God did right among you through him.
Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the holy Spirit, and he was led about in the desert
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you! Just as my Father sent me forth so I now send you."
"Blessed are those who feel their spiritual need, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them!
Then some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean when he tells us, 'In a little while you will not see me any longer, and a little while after, you will see me again,' and 'Because I am going away to the Father'?"
One of the Pharisees asked him to have dinner with him, and he went to the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table.
Dear friends, we are God's children now; it has not yet been disclosed what we are to be. We know that if he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Then I saw a great white throne with a being seated on it from whose presence earth and sky fled so far that they could not be found.
saying, "The time has come and the reign of God is near; repent, and believe this good news."
But he answered, "The man who cured me said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "
and subordinate yourselves to one another out of reverence to Christ.
Many writers have undertaken to compose accounts of the movement which has developed among us,
After this the Master appointed seventy-two others, and sent them on before him, two by two, to every town or place to which he intended to come.
When he saw the crowds of people he went up on the mountain. There he seated himself, and when his disciples had come up to him,
They had no children, for Elizabeth was barren; and they were both advanced in life.
Understand this, that in the last days there are going to be hard times.
No slave can belong to two masters, for he will either hate one and love the other, or stand by one and make light of the other. You cannot serve God and money.
It is no superhuman temptation that you have had. And God can be depended on, not to let you be tried beyond your strength, but when temptation comes, to give you a way out of it, so that you can withstand it.
For the Son of Man has come to search for what was lost and to save it."
And they divided up his clothes among them by drawing lots for them,
but on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking spices they had prepared.
Since then we have in Jesus, the Son of God, a great high priest who has gone up into heaven, let us keep firm hold of our religion.
and Judah of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. And Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron of Aram,
It was not you who chose me, it is I that have chosen you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit??ruit that shall be lasting, so that the Father may grant you whatever you ask him for as my followers.
And Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan taken such possession of your heart that you should lie to the holy Spirit, by appropriating part of the price of your land?
Now I want to remind you, brothers, of the form in which I presented to you the good news I brought, which you accepted and have stood by,
"But take care not to do your good deeds in public for people to see, for, if you do, you will get no reward from your Father in heaven.
and how from childhood you have known the Scriptures which can give you the wisdom that through faith in Christ Jesus leads to salvation.
After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news from God,
When they heard this, they were stung to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
He said to her, "Go and call your husband and come back here."
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for your persecutors,
My God will gloriously supply all your needs with his wealth, through your union with Christ Jesus.
Then I saw heaven thrown open and there appeared a white horse. His rider was called Faithful and True, and he judges and wages war in uprightness.
I tell you, whoever believes in me will do such things as I do, and things greater yet, because I am going to the Father.
Therefore, you must always treat other people as you would like to have them treat you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
You have condemned and murdered the upright. Will he make no resistance?
For wherever two or three are gathered as my followers, I am there among them."
And signs like these will attend those who believe: with my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in foreign tongues;
But he answered, "The Scripture says, 'Not on bread alone is man to live, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God!' "
Though he possessed the nature of God, he did not grasp at equality with God,
But if a man is caught doing something wrong, brothers, you are spiritual, and you must set him right, in a spirit of gentleness. Think of yourself, for you may be tempted too.
But he gives all the greater blessing. As the Scripture says, "God opposes haughty persons, but he blesses humble-minded ones."
"But I tell you who hear me, love your enemies, treat those who hate you well,
Take care that nobody exploits you through the pretensions of philosophy, guided by human tradition, following material ways of looking at things, instead of following Christ.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.
And this good news of the kingdom will be preached all over the world, to testify to all the heathen, and then the end will come.
" 'It will come about in the last days, God says, That I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind; Your sons and daughters will become prophets, Your young men will have visions, And your old men will have dreams.
and you must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and your whole strength.'
"The maiden will be pregnant and will have a son, And they will name him Immanuel."?? word which means "God with us."
For it is in him that all the fulness of God's nature lives embodied,
There appeared a man by the name of John, with a message from God.
And the basis of the judgment is this, that the light has come into the world, and yet, because their actions were wicked, men have loved the darkness more than the light.
He came to his home, and his own family did not welcome him.
Try to be at peace with everyone, and strive for that consecration without which no one can see the Lord.
For the Lord himself, at the summons, when the archangel calls and God's trumpet sounds, will come down from heaven, and first those who died in union with Christ will rise;
For everything that was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that by being steadfast and through the encouragement the Scriptures give, we might hold our hope fast.
The Spirit distinctly says that in later times some will turn away from the faith, and devote their attention to deceitful spirits and the things that demons teach
You renegades! Do you not know that the friendship of the world means enmity with God? So whoever wishes to be the world's friend declares himself God's enemy.
But now God's way of uprightness has been disclosed without any reference to law, though the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it.
By this they will all know that you are my disciples??y your love for one another."
Give, and they will give to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, they will pour into your lap. For the measure you use with others they in turn will use with you."
The command that I give you is to love one another just as I have loved you.
I will show you a far better way. If I can speak the languages of men and even of angels, but have no love, I am only a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.
while all the throng of people was outside, praying at the hour of the incense offering.
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
So you are no longer foreigners or strangers, but you are fellow-citizens of God's people and members of his family.
And once when he ate with them, he instructed them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised. "You have heard me speak of it," he said,
Goodbye, and the Lord be with you always. Again I say, goodbye.
For to those who are on the way to destruction, the story of the cross is nonsense, but to us who are to be saved, it means all the power of God.
and I give them eternal life, and they shall never be lost, and no one shall tear them out of my hands.
I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the mercy of Christ, to some different good news??7 not that there is any other, only that there are some people who are trying to unsettle you and want to turn the good news of the Christ around.
But he said to him, "Who made me a judge or arbitrator of your affairs?"
about Jesus of Nazareth, and how God endowed him with the power of the holy Spirit, and he went about doing good and curing all who were in the power of the devil, because God was with him.
Then he will say to those at his left, 'Begone, you accursed people, to the everlasting fire destined for the devil and his angels!
You must understand this, my dear brothers. Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to be angry,
He is himself an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the whole world.
Once when he was acting as priest before God, when his division was on duty,
There were at Antioch in the church there a number of prophets and teachers??arnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the governor, and Saul.
And he took a loaf of bread and thanked God, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body.
He is the head of the church, it is his body; for he is the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead??hat he might come to stand first in everything.
For his divine power has given us every requisite for life and piety, through our coming to know him who through his glory and excellence called us to him.
No one should think when he is tempted that his temptation comes from God, for God is incapable of being tempted by what is evil, and he does not tempt anyone.
But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go south, by the road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza." (The town is now deserted.)
to my dear child Timothy; God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord bless you and be merciful to you and give you peace.
Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he stands the test, he will be given the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
And so from one man, for any prospect of descendants as good as dead, there sprang a people in number like the stars in the heavens or the countless sands on the seashore.
For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts of the body, many as they are, form one body, so it is with Christ.
For the Spirit God has given us is a spirit not of timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline.
To some who were confident of their own uprightness, and thought nothing of others, he used this illustration:
The wine gave out, and Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine!"
For when we were still helpless, at the decisive moment Christ died for us godless men.
"For it is just like a man who was going on a journey, and called in his slaves, and put his property in their hands.
But the cowardly, unfaithful, and polluted??urderers, immoral people, those who practice magic or idolatry, and all liars will find themselves in the burning lake of fire and brimstone. This is the second death."
Let them all be one. Just as you, Father, are in union with me and I am with you, let them be in union with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.
and Aram of Aminadab, and Aminadab of Nahshon, and Nahshon of Salmon,
Once as the crowd was pressing about him to hear God's message, he happened to be standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,
Do you believe in one God? Very well! So do the demons, and they shudder.
There were false prophets too among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive sects and deny the Master who has bought them, thus bringing on themselves swift destruction.
If any one of you is in trouble, he should pray. If any one is in good spirits, he should sing a hymn.
The ancestry of Jesus Christ, who was descended from David, who was descended from Abraham.
There was but one heart and soul in the multitude who had become believers, and not one of them claimed anything that belonged to him as his own, but they shared everything they had with one another.
The woman said to him, "I see that you are a prophet, sir.
No, I tell you; unless you repent, you will all perish as they did!
Therefore, he is able to save forever all who come to God through him, because he lives and intercedes for them forever.
When Zechariah saw him he was startled and overcome with fear.
So those who were present asked him, "Master, is this the time when you are going to re-establish the kingdom for Israel?"
For the Son of Man himself has not come to be waited on, but to wait on other people, and to give his life to free many others."
"Therefore the whole nation of Israel must understand that God has declared this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ."
"If anyone comes to me without hating his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and his very life too, he cannot be a disciple of mine.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you, Philip, have not recognized me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Let us see the Father'?
And the scribes and the Pharisees were on the watch to see whether he would cure people on the Sabbath, in order to find a charge to bring against him.
If you remain united to me and my words remain in your hearts, ask for whatever you please and you shall have it.
Whatever owes its birth to the physical is physical, and whatever owes its birth to the Spirit is spiritual.
One Sabbath he was teaching in one of the synagogues,
Jesus answered, "The first one is, 'Hear, Israel! The Lord our God is one lord,
Such a man must not expect to get anything from the Lord??8 an irresolute person like him, who is uncertain about everything he does.
By the favor that God has shown me, I would tell every one of you not to think too highly of himself, but to think reasonably, judging himself by the degree of faith God has allowed him.
Then he said to them, "This is what I told you when I was still with you??hat everything that is written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must come true."
But a man named Ananias, who, with his wife Sapphira, had sold a piece of property,
Now after he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala, from whom he had driven out seven evil spirits.
So you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is.
You fathers, too, must not irritate your children, but you must bring them up with Christian training and instruction.
After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
Children, as Christians obey your parents, for that is right.
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not a kingdom of this world. If my kingdom were a kingdom of this world, my men would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom has no such origin."
Do not act for selfish ends or from vanity, but modestly treat one another as your superiors.
But the commonwealth to which we belong is in heaven, and from it we are eagerly awaiting the coming of a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary, James's mother, and Salome bought spices, in order to go and anoint him.
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
For it is through union with him that we live and move and exist, as some of your poets have said, " 'For we are also his offspring.'
"You are right when you say you have no husband, for you have had five husbands and the man you are now living with is not your husband. What you say is true."
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished!" Then bowing his head he gave up his spirit.
It was in that way in ancient times that those pious women who set their hopes on God made themselves attractive. They were submissive to their husbands,
Throw all your anxiety upon him, for he cares for you.
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, another of his disciples, said to him,
This is the message that we heard from him and announce to you: God is light; there is no darkness in him at all.
For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, and the flowers wither, and all their beauty is gone. That is the way rich men will fade and die in the midst of their pursuits.
Whatever the endowment God has given you, use it in service to one another, like good dispensers of God's varied mercy.
That same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for all men,
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.
Christ ransomed us from the Law's curse by taking our curse upon himself (for the Scripture says, "Cursed be anyone who is hung on a tree")
It was he that was with God in the beginning.
"You have heard that men were told 'You shall not commit adultery.'
For our appeal does not rest on a delusion, nor spring from any impure motive; there is no fraud about it.
Therefore since these children referred to have the same mortal nature, Jesus also shared it, like them, in order that by his death he might dethrone the lord of death, the devil,
The king will answer, 'I tell you, in so far as you did it to one of the humblest of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.'
The younger men got up and wrapping his body up carried it out and buried it.
and he said to me, "My favor is enough for you, for only where there is weakness is perfect strength developed." So I am perfectly willing to boast of all my weakness, so that the strength of Christ may shelter me.
whom God the Father has chosen and predestined by the consecration of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ, and to be sprinkled with his blood; God bless you and give you perfect peace.
I warn everyone who hears the message of prophecy in this book read, that if anyone adds anything to it, God will inflict upon him the plagues that are described in this book;
about his Son, who was physically descended from David,
One of the scribes came up and heard them arguing. He saw that Jesus had answered them well, and he asked him, "Which is the first of all the commands?"
came among you, to thrive and bear its fruit among you, as it does all over the world, from the time when you first heard about the mercy of God,
The Spirit is what gives life; flesh is of no use at all. The things that I have said to you are spirit and they are life.
knowledge with self-control, self-control with steadfastness, steadfastness with piety,
"Everyone, therefore, who listens to this teaching of mine and acts upon it, will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.
The Spirit itself testifies with our spirits that we are God's children,
We know what love means from the fact that he laid down his life for us; so we also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
As he passed along, he saw a man who had been blind from his birth.
And he said to him, "I tell you, you will be in Paradise with me today!"
But I can tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God, and decay will not share in what is imperishable.
but by his mercy they are made upright for nothing, by the deliverance secured through Christ Jesus.
For I myself received from the Lord the account that I passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus the night he was betrayed took some bread
but anyone who drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty, but the water that I will give him will become a spring of water within him, bubbling up for eternal life."
Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, called as an apostle, set apart to declare God's good news,
After that I saw a great crowd which no one could count from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
"I tell you, any man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place, is a thief and robber.
Marriage should be respected by everyone, and the marriage relation kept sacred, for vicious and immoral people God will punish.
This is a trustworthy saying. Whoever aspires to the office of superintendent sets his heart on a fine work.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called God's sons!
It was while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul, after passing through the interior, reached Ephesus. Finding some disciples there,
"When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the squares, to let people see them. I tell you, that is the only reward they will get!
"You have heard that they were told, 'You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
For you, brothers, have been called to freedom; only do not make your freedom an excuse for the physical, but in love be slaves to one another.
So the great dragon, the ancient serpent who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
So whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do it all to the honor of God.
for then you will be triumphantly admitted to the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Work at everything you do with all your hearts, as work done not for men only but for the Lord,
For this reason I kneel before the Father
for you know that you have not been ransomed with anything perishable like silver or gold, from the futile way of living in which you were brought up,
So follow God's example, like his dear children,
He led them out of the jail and said to them, "Gentlemen, what must I do to be saved?"
Then I saw thrones with beings seated on them, who were empowered to act as judges. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded on account of the testimony of Jesus and the message of God, who refused to worship the animal and its statue, and would not have its mark put on their foreheads or on their hands. They were restored to life and reigned with the Christ a thousand years.
Use every kind of prayer and entreaty, and at every opportunity pray in the Spirit. Be on the alert about it; devote yourselves constantly to prayer for all God's people
Your love must be genuine. You must hate what is wrong, and hold to what is right.
But these have been recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and through believing you may have life as his followers.
You married women, in the same way, must be submissive to your husbands, so that any who refuse to believe the message may be won over without argument through the behavior of their wives
And do you suppose, when you sit in judgment upon those who do such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?
Then Peter came to him and said, "Master, how many times am I to forgive my brother when he wrongs me? Seven times over?"
and found him and brought him to Antioch. The result was that for a whole year they met with the church, and taught large numbers of people, and it was at Antioch that the disciples first came to be known as Christians.
it fell to his lot, according to the priests' practice, to go into the sanctuary of the Lord and burn the incense,
Yet no one has gone up into heaven except the Son of Man who came down from heaven.
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,
And when Jesus was baptized, he went right up out of the water, and the heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit of God come down like a dove and light upon him,
while here he says again, "They shall never be admitted to my Rest!"
So the Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that a Jew like you asks a Samaritan woman like me for a drink?" For Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans.
As they were eating Jesus took a loaf and blessed it, and he broke it in pieces and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take this and eat it. It is my body!"