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Two days after this there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus' mother was there.


Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who was a leading man among the Jews.


He came as a witness--to bear witness to the Light that through him all men might believe.


So he made a whip of cords, and drove them all out of the Temple Courts, and the sheep and bullocks as well; he scattered the money of the money-changers, and overturned their tables,


On the first day of the week, when we had met for the Breaking of Bread, Paul, who was intending to leave the next day, began to address those who were present, and prolonged his address till midnight.


A woman of Samaria came to draw water; and Jesus said to her- - "Give me some to drink,"


The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes, or where it goes; it is the same with every one that owes his birth to the Spirit."


"I have no one, Sir," the afflicted man answered, "to put me into the Bath when there is a troubling of the water, and, while I am getting to it, some one else steps down before me."


So Jesus went on to say to those Jews who had believed him: "If you remain constant to my Message, you are truly my disciples;


In order that you may be able to satisfy yourself of the accuracy of the story which you have heard from the lips of others.]


We love you for the sake of that Truth which is always in our hearts; yes, and it will be ours for ever.


This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: "Rabbi, we know that you are a Teacher come from God; for no one could give such signs as you are giving, unless God were with him."


The birth of Jesus Christ took place as follows:--His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but, before the marriage took place, she found herself to be with child by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Just then a Student of the Law came forward to test Jesus further. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do if I am to 'gain Immortal Life'?"


And said: "Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up into the heavens? This very Jesus, who has been taken from you into the heavens, will come in the very way in which you have seen him go into the heavens."


My Brothers, what is the good of a man's saying that he has faith, if he does not prove it by actions? Can such faith save him?


Or can it be that you do not know that all of us, who were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, in our baptism shared his death?


So, too, that the older women should be reverent in their demeanor, and that they should avoid scandal, and beware of becoming slaves to drink;


What are we to say, then? Are we to continue to sin, in order that God's loving-kindness may be multiplied?


But a time is coming, indeed it is already here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father spiritually and truly; for such are the worshipers that the Father desires.


About that time an edict was issued by the Emperor Augustus that a census should be taken of the whole Empire.


Do not wonder at this; for the time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice,


Those men belong to the world; and therefore they speak as the world speaks, and the world listens to them.


In the evening of the same day--the first day of the week-- after the doors of the room, in which the disciples were, had been shut for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said: "Peace be with you";


will come and ask scoffingly-- 'Where is his promised Coming? Ever since our fathers passed to their rest, everything remains just as it was when the world was first created!'


Sometime after this there was a Jewish Festival; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.


Go in by the small gate. Broad and spacious is the road that leads to destruction, and those that go in by it are many;


Then Jesus continued: "A man had two sons;


For he that asks receives, he that searches finds, and to him that knocks the door shall be opened.


It is you who are the Salt of the earth; but, if the salt should lose its strength, what will you use to restore its saltiness? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown away, and trampled underfoot.


For his disciples had gone into the town to buy food.


On the first day of the week, early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, and saw that the stone had been removed.


"Twenty pounds' worth of bread," answered Philip, "would not be enough for each of them to have a little."


On one occasion, as Jesus was going, on a Sabbath into the house of one of the leading Pharisees to dine, they were watching him closely.


Coming to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, Jesus, as was his custom, went on the Sabbath into the Synagogue, and stood up to read the Scriptures.


So Jesus made this further reply: "In truth I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself; he does only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does also.


After the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem in Judea, in the reign of King Herod, some Astrologers from the East arrived in Jerusalem, asking:


But it is not only for them that I am interceding, but also for those who believe in me through their Message,


That very night the Brethren sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and on reaching that place, they went to the Jewish Synagogue.


For I am persuaded that neither Death, nor Life, nor Angels, nor Archangels, nor the Present, nor the Future, nor any Powers,


The first account which I drew up, Theophilus, dealt with all that Jesus did and taught from the very first,


Afterwards Jesus found the man in the Temple Courts, and said to him: "You are cured now; do not sin again, for fear that something worse may befall you."


May God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.


And every one went to his own town to be registered.


Did you go through so much to no purpose?--if indeed it really was to no purpose!


As they continued their journey, Jesus came to a village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him to her house.


Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always been obedient in the past, so now work out your own Salvation with anxious care, not only when I am with you, but all the more now that I am absent.


And you are deferential to the man who is wearing grand clothes, and say--"There is a good seat for you here," but to the poor man--"You must stand; or sit down there by my footstool,"


One day Jesus was at a certain place praying, and, when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him: "Master, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."


"Destroy this temple," was his answer, "and I will raise it in three days."


One day, when great crowds of people were walking with Jesus, he turned and said to them:


When breakfast was over, Jesus said to Simon Peter: "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the others?" "Yes, Master," he answered, "you know that I am your friend." "Feed my lambs," said Jesus.


Upon this the Jews asked Jesus: "What sign are you going to show us, since you act in this way?"


It is of what has been in existence from the Beginning, of what we have heard, of what we have seen with our eyes, of what we watched reverently and touched with our hands--it is about the Word who is the Life that we are now writing.


Meanwhile Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the High Priest,


But the man who had been restored did not know who it was; for Jesus had moved away, because there was a crowd there.


That, I say, is why God abandoned them to degrading passions. Even the women among them perverted the natural use of their bodies to the unnatural;


May mercy, peace, and love be yours in ever-increasing measure.


And among these nations are you-you who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.


Men of Israel, listen to what I am saying. Jesus of Nazareth, a man whose mission from God to you was proved by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God showed among you through him, as you know full well--


On returning from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led by the power of the Spirit through the Wilderness for forty days, tempted by the Devil.


At this some of his disciples said to one another: "What does he mean by saying to us 'In a little while you will not see me, and then in a little while you will see me indeed'; and by saying 'Because I am going to the Father'?


Then I saw a great white throne, and him who was seated on it. 'The earth and the heavens fled from his presence; no place was left for them.'


"The man who cured me," he answered, "said to me 'Take up your mat and walk about.'"


He had to pass through Samaria,


[To his Excellency, Theophilus. Many attempts have been already made to draw up an account of those events which have reached their conclusion among us,


After this, the Master appointed seventy-two other disciples, and sent them on as his Messengers, two and two, in advance, to every town and place that he was himself intending to visit.


On seeing the crowds of People, Jesus went up the hill; and, when he had taken his seat, his disciples came up to him;


But they had no child, Elizabeth being barren; and both of them were advanced in years.


But very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb, taking with them the spices that they had prepared.


We have, then, in Jesus, the Son of God, a great High Priest who has passed into the highest Heaven; let us, therefore, hold fast to the Faith which we have professed.


Judah of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez of Hezron, Hezron of Ram,


Next, Brothers, I would remind you of the Good News which I told you, and which you received-the Good News on which you have taken your stand,


After John had been committed to prison, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God--


"Go and call your husband," said Jesus, "and then come back."


In truth I tell you, he who believes in me will himself do the work that I am doing; and he will do greater work still, because I am going to the Father.


You have condemned, you have murdered, the Righteous One! Must not God be opposed to you?


'It shall come about in the last days,' God says, 'That I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind; your sons and your daughters shall become Prophets, your young men shall see visions, and your old men dream dreams;


There appeared a man sent from God, whose name was John;


The ground of his condemnation is this, that though the Light has come into the world, men preferred the darkness to the Light, because their actions were wicked.


But now, quite apart from Law, the Divine Righteousness stands revealed, and to it the Law and the Prophets bear witness--


Give, and others will give to you. A generous measure, pressed and shaken down, and running over, will they pour into your lap; For the measure that you mete will be meted out to you in return."


Though I speak in the 'tongues' of men, or even of angels, yet have not Love, I have become mere echoing brass, or a clanging cymbal!


And, as it was the Hour of Incense, the people were all praying outside.


And once, when he had gathered them together, he charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the fulfillment of the Father's promise-- "that promise," he said, "of which you have heard me speak;


But Jesus said to him: "Man, who made me a judge or an arbiter between you?"


One day, when Zechariah was officiating as priest before God, during the turn of his Division,


Among the members of the Church at Antioch there were several Prophets and Teachers--Barnabas, Simeon who was known by the name of 'Black', Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, foster-brother of Prince Herod, and Saul.


Then Jesus took some bread, and, after saying the thanksgiving, broke it and gave to them, with the words: "This is my body, [which is now to be given on your behalf. Do this in memory of me."


For his divine power has given us everything that is needful for a life of piety, as we advance in the knowledge of him who called us by a glorious manifestation of his goodness.


Let no one say, when he is tempted, "It is God who is tempting me!" For God, who cannot be tempted to do wrong, does not himself tempt any one.


And so from one man--and that when his powers were dead--there sprang a people as numerous 'as the stars in the heavens or the countless grains of sand upon the shore.'


And, when the wine ran short, his mother said to him: "They have no wine left."


For it is as though a man, going on his travels, called his servants, and gave his property into their charge.


Ram of Amminadab, Amminadab of Nashon, Nashon of Salmon,


Once, when the people were pressing round Jesus as the listened to God's Message, he happened to be standing by the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats close to the shore.


The whole body of those who had become believers in Christ were of one heart and mind. Not one of them claimed any of his goods as his own, but everything was held for the common use.


No, I tell you; but, unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.


Zechariah was startled at the sight and was awe-struck.


So, when the Apostles had met together, they asked Jesus this question--"Master, is this the time when you intend to re-establish the Kingdom for Israel?"


So let the whole nation of Israel know beyond all doubt, that God has made him both Lord and Christ--this very Jesus whom you crucified."


The Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely, to see if he would work cures on the Sabbath, so that they might find a charge to bring against him.


Jesus was teaching on a Sabbath in one of the Synagogues,


"The first," answered Jesus, "is--'Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is the one Lord;


Such a man must not expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,


In fulfillment of the charge with which I have been entrusted, I bid every one of you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think till he learns to think soberly--in accordance with the measure of faith that God has allotted to each.


There was, however, a man named Ananias, who, with his wife Sapphira, sold some property,


After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary had gone to look at the grave,


"My kingly power," replied Jesus, "is not due to this world. If it had been so, my servants would be doing their utmost to prevent my being given up to the Jews; but my kingly power is not from the world."


When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought some spices, so that they might go and anoint the body of Jesus.


I do not want many of you, my Brothers, to become teachers, knowing, as you do, that we who teach shall be judged by a more severe standard than others.


"For you have had five husbands, and the man with whom you are now living is not your husband; in saying that, you have spoken the truth."


"There is a boy here," said Andrew, another of his disciples, Simon Peter's brother,


As the sun rises, and the hot wind blows, 'the grass withers, its flower fades,' and all its beauty is gone. So is it with the rich man. In the midst of his pursuits he will come to an untimely end.


It happened that very day that two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem,


Do not imagine that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring, not peace, but the sword.


Our appeal to you was not based on a delusion, nor was it made from unworthy motives, or with any intention of misleading you.


The young men got up, and, winding the body in a sheet, carried it out and buried it.


I declare to all who hear the words of the prophecy contained in this book-- 'If anyone adds to it, God will add to his troubles the Curses described in this book;


Then came up one of the Teachers of the Law who had heard their discussions. Knowing that Jesus had answered them wisely, he asked him this question: "What is the first of all the commandments?"


Bearing fruit and growing, as it does, through all the world, just as it did among you, from the very day that you heard of God's loving-kindness, and understood what that loving-kindness really is.


Everyone, therefore, that listens to this teaching of mine and acts upon it may be compared to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock.


As Jesus passed by, he saw a man who had been blind from his birth.


This I say, Brothers-Flesh and blood can have no share in the Kingdom of God, nor can the perishable share the imperishable.


For I myself received from the Lord the account which I have in turn given to you-how the Lord Jesus, on the very night of his betrayal, took some bread,


But whoever once drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst any more; but the water that I will give him shall become a spring welling up within him--a source of Immortal Life."


After this, in my vision, I saw a vast throng which no man could number, of men from every nation and of all tribes, and peoples, and languages. They stood in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, robed in white, holding palm branches in their hands.


In truth I tell you, whoever does not go into the sheepfold through the door, but climbs up at some other place, that man is a thief and a robber;


While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland districts of Roman Asia, and went to Ephesus. There he found some disciples, of whom he asked:


You have heard that it was said--'Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy.'


For you know that it was not by perishable things, such as silver and gold, that you were Ransomed from the aimless way of living which was handed down to you from your ancestors,


Then I saw thrones, and to those who took their seats upon them authority was given to act as judges. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony to Jesus and because of the Message of God, for they had refused to worship the Beast or its image, and had not received the brand on their foreheads and on their hands. They were restored to life, and they reigned with the Christ for a thousand years.


You who judge those that do such things and yet are yourself guilty of them-do you suppose that you of all men will escape God's judgment?


Then Peter came up, and said to Jesus: "Master, how often am I to forgive my Brother when he wrongs me? As many as seven times?"


And, when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And so it came about that, for a whole year, they attended the meetings of the Church there, and taught a large number of people; and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called 'Christians.'


It fell to him by lot, in accordance with the practice among the priests, to go into the Temple of the Lord and burn incense;


No one has ascended to Heaven, except him who descended from Heaven--the Son of Man himself.


For in order that the purpose of God, working through selection, might not fail-a selection depending, not on obedience, but on his Call-Rebecca was told, before her children were born and before they had done anything either right or wrong,


On the other hand, we read in that passage-- ' They shall never enter upon my Rest.'


"How is it," replied the Samaritan woman, "that you who are a Jew ask for water from a Samaritan woman like me?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).


While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and, after saying the blessing, broke it and, as he gave it to his disciples, said: "Take it and eat it; this is my body."


Some days later, when Jesus came back to Capernaum, the news spread that he was in a house there;


On coming into the neighborhood of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples this question-- "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"


"Teacher," a man in the crowd said to Jesus, "tell my brother to share the property with me."


Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven, with the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.


Now a man named Lazarus, of Bethany, was lying ill; he belonged to the same village as Mary and her sister Martha.


And, by reading what I have written, you will be able to judge how far I understand this hidden purpose of God in Christ.


For a man who has laid the Law, as a whole, to heart, but has failed in one particular, is liable for breaking all its provisions.


Do not wonder at my telling you that you all need to be reborn.


If your hand proves a snare to you, cut it off. It would be better for you to enter the Life maimed, than to have both your hands and go into the Pit, into the inextinguishable fire.


My Brothers, are you really trying to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the worship of rank?


But certain persons came down from Judea, and began to teach the Brethren that, unless they were circumcised, in accordance with the custom enjoined by Moses, they could not be saved.


And, as Jesus was resuming his journey, a man came running up to him, and threw himself on his knees before him. "Good Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to gain Immortal Life?"


But how, it may be asked, are they to invoke one in whom they have not learned to believe? And how are they to believe in one whose words they have not heard? And how are they to hear his words unless some one proclaims him?