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"For God loved the world so much that He gave His Only Son, so that anyone who trusts in Him may never perish but have eternal life.
For everybody has sinned and everybody continues to come short of God's glory,
All Scripture is inspired by God, and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in doing what is right,
I beg you, therefore, brothers, through these mercies God has shown you, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies as a living sacrifice, devoted and well-pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
But the product of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
For it is by His unmerited favor through faith that you have been saved; it is not by anything that you have done, it is the gift of God.
Yes, we know that all things go on working together for the good of those who keep on loving God, who are called in accordance with God's purpose.
Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptize them into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Stop living in accordance with the customs of this world, but by the new ideals that mold your minds continue to transform yourselves, so as to find and follow God's will; that is, what is good, well-pleasing to Him, and perfect.
Jesus answered him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
but you are going to receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you must 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, as an expression of it, let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ -- that you may have your sins forgiven; and then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,
For the wages paid by sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life through union with Christ Jesus our Lord.
But to all who did accept Him, and trust in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God,
In the beginning the Word existed; and the Word was face to face with God; yea, the Word was God Himself.
He saved us, not for upright deeds that we had done, but in accordance with His mercy, through the bath of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
For if with your lips you acknowledge the fact that Jesus is Lord, and in your hearts you believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
So the Word became human and lived a little while among us, and we actually saw His glory, the glory of One who is an only Son from His Father, and He was full of spiritual blessing and truth.
But God proves His love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
And He has given some men to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers,
And they devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship with one another, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Come to me, all of you who toil and carry burdens, and I, yes, I, will lead you into rest.
If we confess our sins, He is to be depended on, since He is just, to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrong.
Jesus answered him, "I most solemnly say to you, no one can ever see the kingdom of God, unless he is born from above."
A thief does not come for any purpose but to steal and kill and destroy; I have come for people to have life and have it till it overflows.
So here is the comparison: As through one man sin came into the world, and death as the consequence of sin, and death spread to all men; because all men sinned.
Then He said to them, "You must go all over the world and preach the good news to all the creation.
There is no salvation by anyone else, for no one else in all the wide world has been appointed among men as our only medium by which to be saved."
For if anybody is in union with Christ, he is the work of a new creation; the old condition has passed away, a new condition has come.
"Stop letting your hearts be troubled; keep on believing in God, and also in me.
The real light, which sheds light upon everyone, was just coming into the world.
Then Jesus came up to them, and said, "Full authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Since we have been given right standing with God through faith, then let us continue enjoying peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
I can do anything through Him who gives me strength.
Stop being worried about anything, but always, in prayer and entreaty, and with thanksgiving, keep on making your wants known to God.
So then there is no condemnation at all for those who are in union with Christ Jesus.
Two days later there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus' mother was there.
When the day of Pentecost had now come, they were all meeting in one mind,
I have been crucified with Christ, and I myself no longer live, but Christ is living in me; the life I now live as a mortal man I live 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 trusts, of the Jew first and then of the Greek.
I give you a new command, to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you too must love one another.
Now there was a man named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees and was a leader among the Jews.
Do your best to present yourself to God an approved workman who has nothing to be ashamed of, who properly presents the message of truth.
But as your first duty keep on looking for His standard of doing right, and for His will, and then all these things will be yours besides.
And I will ask I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper, to remain with you to the end of the age;
Therefore, as we have so vast a crowd of spectators in the grandstands, let us throw off every impediment and the sin that easily entangles our feet, and run with endurance the race for which we are entered,
God is a spiritual Being, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and reality."
Keep on fostering the same disposition that Christ Jesus had.
Take care of yourselves and of the whole flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, so as to continue to be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.
For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
"If you really love me, you will keep my commands.
For God's anger from heaven is being uncovered 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 release to captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to send the downtrodden away in liberty and
Jesus answered, "I most solemnly say to you, no one can ever get into the kingdom of God, unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
Now when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had heard that He was winning and baptizing more disciples than John --
Now faith is the assurance of the things we hope for, the proof of the reality of the things we cannot see.
and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
For God's message is alive and full of power in action, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the depths of soul and spirit, to the dividing of joints and marrow, and passing judgment on the thoughts and purposes of the heart.
So practice confessing your sins to one another, and praying for one another, that you may be cured. An upright man's prayer, when it keeps at work, is very powerful.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and he said, "Look! He is the Lamb of God who is to take away the world's sin.
You too were dead because of the shortcomings and sins
But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into the whole truth, for He will not speak on His own authority but will tell what is told Him, and will announce to you the things that are to come.
Everybody must obey the civil authorities that are over him, for no authority exists except by God's permission; the existing authorities have been established by Him,
And I, yes I, tell you, your name from now on is to be Peter, Rock, and on a massive rock like this I will build my church, and the powers of the underworld shall never overthrow it.
"When the Son of Man comes in His splendor, and all the angels with Him, He will take His seat on His splendid throne,
It was through Him that everything came into existence, and apart from Him not a single thing came into existence.
The Jews there were better disposed than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message with all eagerness and carried on a daily study of the Scriptures to see if Paul's message was true.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send to represent me, will teach you everything Himself, and cause you to remember everything that I have told you.
You sprang from the devil, your real father, and you want to practice your father's wishes. He was a murderer from the very start, and he does not stand by the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks out of his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
He came for the purpose of testifying, to testify to the light, so that everyone through him might come to believe.
For God's favor has appeared with its offer of salvation to all mankind,
"Do not suppose that I have come to set aside the law or the prophets.
From now on you must grow stronger through union with the Lord and through His mighty power.
And He answered him, "'You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.'
Yes, He is the exact likeness of the unseen God, His first-born Son who existed before any created thing,
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in union with me and I in union with him will bear abundant fruit, because you cannot do anything cut off from union with me.
"I most solemnly say to you, whoever listens to me and believes Him who has sent me possesses eternal life, and will never come under condemnation, but has already passed out of death into life.
Now, brothers, practice thinking on what is true, what is honorable, what is right, what is pure, what is lovable, what is high-toned, yes, on everything that is excellent or praiseworthy.
but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that there is a God and that He gives rewards to all who earnestly try to find Him.
while we are waiting for the realization of our blessed hope at the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus,
So faith comes from hearing what is told, and hearing through the message about Christ.
So He made a lash out of cords, and drove them all, together with the sheep and cattle, out of the temple court, scattered the money-changers' coins and upset their tables.
You must consider it the purest joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials,
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in foreign languages as the Spirit granted them to utter divine things.
He who believes it and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe it will be condemned.
as the Scriptures say: "Not a single human creature is upright,
Consecrate them by your truth; your message is truth.
They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you and your household will be saved."
But if any one of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask God who generously gives to everyone and never reproaches one with its lack, and it will be given to him.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life myself. Whoever continues to believe in me will live right on even though he dies,
So they accepted his message and were baptized, and about three thousand persons united with them on that day.
After saying this, He was taken up while they were looking at Him, and a cloud swept under Him and carried Him out of their sight.
On the first day of the week when we had met to break bread, Paul addressed them, since he was leaving the next day, and prolonged his speech till midnight.
but in your hearts be consecrated to Christ as Lord, and always be ready to make your defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope you have. But you must do it in gentleness and reverence,
Now 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 a share in the kingdom of God? Stop being misled; people who are sexually immoral or idolaters or adulterers or sensual or guilty of unnatural sexual vice
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
Then Jesus said to them, "I most solemnly say to you, I existed before Abraham was born."
Forever since the creation of the world, His invisible characteristics -- His eternal power and divine nature -- have been made intelligible and clearly visible by His works. So they are without excuse,
But you are the chosen race, the royal priesthood, the consecrated nation, the people to be His very own, to proclaim the perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
It was bit by bit and in many different ways that God in olden times spoke to our forefathers through the prophets,
"Once there was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and live in dazzling luxury every day.
I am now standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I will be his guest and feast with him, and he with me.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who practice doing the will of my Father in heaven.
The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. That is just the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
The sick man answered, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is moved, but while I am trying to get down, somebody else steps down ahead of me."
So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in Him, "If you live in accordance with what I teach, you are really my disciples,
Whoever trusts in Him is never to come up for judgment, but whoever does not trust in Him has already received his sentence, because he has not trusted in the name of God's only Son.
You must have a turn of mind that is free from avarice; you must be content with what you have, for God Himself has said, "I will never fail you, I will never forsake you."
Then Jesus again addressed them and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever continues to follow me need never walk in darkness, but he will enjoy the light that means life."
"Stop storing up your riches on earth where moths and rust make away with them, and where thieves break in and steal them.
The Father and I are one."
For our contest is not with human foes alone, but with the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark world; that is, with the spirit-forces of evil challenging us in the heavenly contest.
that you may better know the certainty of those things that you have been taught.
"I am the real vine, and my Father is the cultivator.
Indeed, just as men must die but once and after that be judged,
since you have learned by experience that the Lord is kind.
because of the truth that lives on in our hearts and will be with us forever:
"Keep on asking, and the gift will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and the door will open to you.
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
He came to Jesus one night and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that you have come from God, for no one can perform the wonder-works that you are doing, 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.
Having heard, they began to leave one by one, starting with the eldest, until only Jesus was left with the woman.
You are the light of the world. A city that is built upon a hill cannot be hidden.
Now the birth of Christ Jesus occurred under these conditions: After His mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, but before they had lived together, she was found to be an expectant mother through the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Dearly beloved, stop believing every so-called spiritual utterance, but keep testing them to see whether they come from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
There is no room for Jew or Greek, no room for slave or freeman, no room for male or female, for you are all one through union with Christ Jesus.
Is anyone sick among you? He should call in the elders of the church, and they should pray over him, and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord,
Just then an expert in the law got up to test Him by asking, "Teacher, what shall I do to get possession of eternal life?"
Also we do not want you to have any misunderstanding, brothers, about those who are falling asleep, so as to keep you from grieving over them as others do who have no hope.
Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, in whom there is no variation or changing shadow.
He made Him who personally knew nothing of sin to be a sin-offering for us, so that through union with Him we might come into right standing with God.
I have told you these things, that you through union with me may have peace. In the world you have trouble, but be courageous! I have conquered the world."
You too, as you have heard the message of the truth, the good news that means your salvation, and as you have trusted in Him too, have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,
You married men must love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,
So the light continues to shine in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, in the sense in which some think of slowness, but He is really dealing patiently with you, because He is not willing for any to perish but for all to have an opportunity to repent?
He was not the light; he came to testify to the light.
Then the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, and so your child will be called holy, the Son of God.
A religious worship that is pure and stainless in the sight of God the Father is this: To look after orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep one's own self unstained by the world.
Whoever trusts in the Son possesses eternal life, but whoever refuses to trust in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God continues to remain on him.
You married women must continue to live in subordination to your husbands, as you do to the Lord,
"Again, if your brother wrongs you, go and while alone with him show him the wrong. 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 heaven? This very Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in just the way you have seen Him go up into heaven."
So now repent and turn to Him, to have your sins wiped out, that times of revival may come from the presence of the Lord,
For He has made us what we are, because He has created us through our union with Christ Jesus for doing good deeds which He beforehand planned for us to do.
My brothers, what good is there in a man's saying that he has faith, if he has no good deeds to prove it? Such faith cannot save him, can it?
For God sent His Son into the world, not to pass sentence on it, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Or, do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into union with Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
So this is the way you must pray: Our Father in heaven, Your name be revered.
the older women, too, to be reverent in their deportment, and not to be slanderers or slaves to heavy drinking, but to be teachers of what is right,
What is our conclusion then? Are we to continue to sin for His unmerited favor to multiply?
Stop getting drunk on wine, for that means profligacy, but ever 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 -- indeed, it is already here -- when the real worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and reality, for the Father is looking for just such worshipers.
Now 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, the man Christ Jesus
Then Jesus was guided by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil.
"You keep on searching the Scriptures, for you yourselves suppose that you will get possession of eternal life through them; and yet they are witnesses that testify to me,
It is through union with Him that we have redemption by His blood and the forgiveness of our shortcomings, in accordance with the generosity of His unmerited favor
Stop being surprised at this, for the time is coming when all that are in the graves will listen to His voice,
But if we continue to live in the light, just as He is in the light, we have unbroken fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son continues to cleanse us from every sin.
No one has ever seen God; the only son, Deity Himself, who lies upon His Father's breast, has made him known.
So I, a prisoner for the Lord's sake, entreat you to live lives worthy of the call you have received,
"Stop criticizing others, so that you may not be criticized yourselves.
For I passed on to you, among the primary principles of the good news, what I had received, that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the Scriptures,
No one can show greater love than this, the giving of his life for his friends.
They are children of the world; this is why they speak what the world inspires, and why the world listens to them.
I mean this: Practice living by the Spirit and then by no means will you gratify the cravings of your lower nature.
But you are not living on the plane of the lower nature, but on the spiritual plane, if the Spirit of God has His home within you. Unless a man has the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
In the evening of that same first day of the week, even with the doors of the room bolted where the disciples had met for fear of the Jews, Jesus went 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 exactly 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 feast of the Jews, and so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
for it was through Him that everything was created in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.
And just as Moses in the desert lifted the serpent on the pole, the Son of Man must be lifted up,
"Go in by the narrow gate, for broad and roomy is the road that leads to destruction, and many are going in by it.
Though God overlooked those times of ignorance, He now commands all men everywhere to repent,
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot again enter his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
So if you have been raised to life in fellowship with Christ, keep on seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
For those on whom He set His heart beforehand He marked off as His own to be made like His Son, that He might be the eldest of many brothers;
Keep on obeying this message; do not merely listen to it, and so deceive yourselves.
So as God's own chosen people, consecrated and dearly loved, you must once for all clothe yourselves with tenderheartedness, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience; you must keep on
Let us stop neglecting our meeting together, as some do, but let us continue to encourage one another, and all the more because you see that the great day is drawing near.
For Christ Himself, once for all, died for our sins, the Innocent for the guilty to bring us to God, being put to death in physical form but made alive in the Spirit,
In those days, as the number of the disciples was increasing, complaint was made by the Greek-speaking Jews against the native Jews that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.
I now leave you the blessing of peace, I give you the blessing of my own peace. I myself do not give it in the way the world gives it. Stop letting your hearts be troubled or timid.
My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them and they follow me,
For everyone who keeps on asking, receives, and everyone who keeps on seeking, finds, and to the one who keeps on knocking, the door will open.
He bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to uprightness. By His wounds you have been healed,
So then, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will fly from you.
Yet it is nothing but the truth I now tell you, that it is better for you that I should go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come into close fellowship with you, but if I do go away, I will send Him to be in close fellowship with you.
I am the good shepherd myself. The good shepherd gives his own life for his sheep.
For we do not have a High Priest who is incapable of sympathizing with us in our weaknesses, but we have One who was tempted in every respect as we are, and yet without committing any sin.
Jesus and His disciples, too, were invited to the wedding.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its strength, what can make it salt again? It is good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden under foot.
He is the reflection of God's glory and the perfect representation of His being, and continues to uphold the universe by His mighty word. After He had procured man's purification from sins, He took His seat at the right hand of God's majesty,
Be calm and alert. Your opponent the devil is always prowling about like a roaring lion, trying to devour you.
In the same way the Spirit, too, is helping us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself pleads for us with unspeakable yearnings,
Dearly beloved, let us practice loving one another, because love originates with God, and everyone who practices loving is a child of God and knows God by experience.
All that my Father gives to me will come to me, and I will never, no, never reject anyone who comes to me,
Stop loving the world, or the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving 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 from the Father to you, the Spirit of truth that comes from the Father, He will testify to me.
See what wonderful love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called God's children, and that is what we are! This is why the world does not know what we are, because it has never come to know Him.
On the first day of the week, 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 the tomb.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said, "Now I really see that God shows no partiality,
Then He said to them all, "If anyone chooses to be my disciple, he must say 'No' to self, put the cross on his shoulders daily, and continue to follow me.
Philip answered Him, "Forty dollars' worth of bread is not enough to give them all even a scanty meal apiece."
One Sabbath, when He went to take a meal at the house of a Pharisee who was a member of the council, they continued to watch Him closely.
So He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and as His habit was on the Sabbath, He went to the synagogue and stood up to read.
I left you in Crete for this express purpose, to set in order the things that are lacking, and to appoint elders in each town, as I directed you --
So Jesus answered them: "I most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, except as He sees the Father doing it, for whatever the Father is in the habit of doing the Son also persists in doing.
Now when Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Judea in the days of King Herod, stargazers came from the East to Jerusalem
For all of you are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Let the message of Christ continue to live in you in all its wealth of wisdom; keep on teaching it to one another and training one another in it with thankfulness, in your hearts singing praise to God with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
because you recognize this truth above all else, that no prophecy in Scripture is to be interpreted by one's own mind,
"I make this petition, not for them only, but for all who ever come to believe in me through their message,
My dear children, I am writing you this so that you may not sin; yet if anyone ever sins, we have One who pleads our case with the Father, Jesus Christ, One who is righteous.
On the last day, the great day, of the feast, Jesus stood and cried aloud, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
Now the practices of the lower nature are clear enough: Sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
Jesus answered her, "If you just knew what God has to give and who it is that said to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have been the one to ask Him, and He would have given you living water."
This is the freedom with which Christ has made us free. So keep on standing in it, and stop letting your necks be fastened in the yoke of slavery again.
That night at once the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea, and on arriving there they went to the Jewish synagogue.
For I have full assurance that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor the present nor the future
For all who are guided by God's Spirit are God's sons.
Let your light shine before people in such a way that they may see your good deeds, and praise your Father in heaven.
I wrote my first volume, Theophilus, about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple court, and said to him, "See! You are now well. Stop sinning or something worse may befall you."
spiritual blessing and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes, forever.
What are we then to say to facts like these? If God is for us, who can be against us?
For I am certain of this very thing, that He who began the good work in you will go on until the day of Jesus Christ to complete it.
Before the Passover feast started, Jesus knew that His time had come for Him to leave the world and go to the Father, and as He had loved His own in the world He loved them to the last.
for no prophecy has ever yet originated in man's will, but men who were led by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
So through baptism we have been buried with Him in death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, so we too should live an entirely new life.
So everyone was going to his own town to register.
Have you suffered so much for nothing? If it really is for nothing.
Now as they were journeying on, He came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him to her house.
So, my dearly loved friends, as you have always been obedient, so now with reverence and awe keep on working clear down to the finishing point of your salvation not only as though I were with you but much more because I am away;
It was by Him that life began to exist, and that life was the light of mankind.
"And when He comes, He will bring conviction to worldly people about sin and uprightness and judgment;
and you pay special attention to the man who wears the fine clothes, and say to him, "Sit here in this fine place," and say to the poor man, "Stand up, or sit there on the floor at my feet,"
Jesus answered him, "If anyone really loves me, he will observe my teaching, and my Father will love him, and both of us will come in face-to-face fellowship with him; yes, we will make our special dwelling place with him.
If we claim "We are already free from sin," we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in our hearts.
"Look out for false prophets, who come to you under the guise of sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
Love is so patient and so kind; love never boils with jealousy; it never boasts, is never puffed with pride;
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In accordance with His great mercy He has begotten us anew to an ever living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead;
Once He was praying in a certain place, and when He ceased, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
Through Him He picked us out before the creation of the world, to be consecrated and above reproach in His sight in love.
Now He told them the following story to show how necessary it is for people always to pray and never to give up:
In my Father's house there are many dwelling places; 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 had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to law,
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it in three days."
Let us continue so to consider one another as to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.
So, if there is any appeal in our union with Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love, if we have any common share in the Spirit, if you have any tenderheartedness and sympathy,
Stop forming intimate and inconsistent relations with unbelievers. What partnership can right-doing have with law-breaking, or how can light participate with darkness?
Do not be deceived anymore; God is not to be scoffed at. A person will reap just what he sows, whatever it is.
Now great crowds were going along with Him, and all at once He turned and said to them:
keeping our eyes on Jesus, the perfect leader and example of faith, who, instead of the joy which lay before Him, endured the cross with no regard for its shame, and since has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
"Blessed are those who show mercy, for they will have mercy shown them.
After they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, are you more devoted to me than you are to these things?" Peter answered Him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I tenderly love you." Jesus said to him, "Then feed my lambs."
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread that gives life. Whoever comes to me will never get hungry, and whoever believes in me will never get thirsty.
So I tell you, stop worrying about your life, as to what you will have to eat or drink, or about your body, as to what you will have to wear. Is not life worth more than food and the body worth more than clothes?
From one forefather He made every nation of mankind, for living all over the face of the earth, fixing their appointed times and the limits of their lands,
And she will have a son, and you must name Him Jesus, for it is He who is to save His people from their sins."
Or, are you not conscious that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit that is in you, whom you have as a gift from God? Furthermore, you are not your own,
And so He has put all things under His feet and made Him the supreme Head of the church,
Then the Jews addressed Him and asked, "What sign can you show us that you have authority to act in this way?"
It is what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have beheld, what our own hands have touched, about the very message of life --
Now Saul, as he was still breathing threats of murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
For I consider all that we suffer in this present life is nothing to be compared with the glory which by-and-by is to be uncovered for us.
The man who had been cured did not know who He was, for since there was a crowd at the place, Jesus had slipped away.
This is why God has given them up to degrading passions. For their females have exchanged their natural function for one that is unnatural,
To Him who by His power that is at work within us can do surpassingly more than all we ask or imagine,
It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of His dearly loved Son,
and teach them to practice all the commands that I have given you. And I myself will surely be with you all the days, down to the very close of an age."
may mercy, peace, and love in abundance be given you.
among whom you too as called ones belong to Jesus Christ --
"Fellow Israelites, listen to what I say. Jesus of Nazareth, as you yourselves well know, a man accredited to you by God through mighty deeds and wonders and wonder-works which God performed through Him right here among you,
Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and for forty days He was led about in the desert under the Spirit's guidance,
Jesus again said to them, "Peace be with you! Just as my Father has sent me forth, so I am now sending you."
"Blessed are those who feel poor in spiritual things, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
So some of His disciples said to one another, "What does He mean by telling us, 'In just a little while you will not see me, and yet in just a little while after you will see me again,' and 'Because I am going away to the Father'?"
Now one of the Pharisees invited Him to take dinner with him. So He came to the Pharisee's house and took His place at the table.
Dearly beloved, we are now God's children, but what we are going to be has not been unveiled. We know that if it is unveiled, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it, from whose presence earth and sky fled away, no more to be found.
"The time is ripe and the kingdom of God is near; repent and believe in the good news."
He answered them, "The man who cured me said to me, 'Pick up your pallet and go to walking.'"
keep on living in subordination to one another out of reverence to Christ.
Since many writers have undertaken to compose narratives about the facts established among us,
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on before Him, two by two, to every town or place which He was going to visit.
When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain. After He had taken His seat, His disciples came up to Him.
And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both of them were far advanced in years.
Now you must know that in the last days there are going to be hard times.
No one can be a slave to two masters, for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and money.
No temptation has taken hold of you but what is common to human nature. And God is to be trusted not to let you be tempted beyond your strength, but when temptation comes, to make a way out of it, so that you can bear up under it.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the people that are lost."
They drew lots to divide His clothes among them.
Now on the Sabbath they rested, in accordance with the commandment, but on the first day of the week at early dawn they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.
Since then we have in Jesus, the Son of God, a great High Priest who has gone right up to heaven itself, let us continue to keep a firm hold on our profession of faith in Him.
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar; Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Aram,
You have not chosen me; I have chosen you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit, that your fruit may remain too, so that the Father may grant you, as bearers of my name, whatever you ask Him for.
And Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan so completely possessed your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and kept back for yourselves a part of the money received for the land?
Now let me remind you, brothers, of the essence of the good news which I proclaimed to you, which you accepted, on which you now are standing,
"Take care not to do your good deeds in public, to attract the attention of people; if you do, you will get no reward from your Father in heaven.
and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures which can give you wisdom that leads to salvation through the faith that leans on Christ Jesus.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God:
When they heard this, they were stabbed to the heart, and 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, practice loving your enemies and praying for your persecutors,
My God will amply supply your every need, through Christ Jesus, from His riches in glory.
Then I saw heaven thrown open and a white horse appeared. His rider was called Faithful and True, and in justice He passes judgment and wages war.
I most solemnly say to you, whoever perseveres in believing in me can himself do the things that I am doing; yes, he can do even greater things than I am doing, because I am going to the Father.
Then you must practice dealing with others as you would like for them to deal with you, for this is the summing up of the law and the prophets.
You have condemned and murdered the upright man; he offers no resistance.
For wherever two or three have met as my disciples, I am right there with them."
And the following signs will attend those who believe: By using my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in foreign languages;
But he answered, "The Scripture says, 'Not on bread alone can man live, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Though He was existing in the nature of God, He did not think His being on an equality with God a thing to be selfishly grasped,
Brothers, if anybody is caught in the very act of doing wrong, you who are spiritual, in the spirit of gentleness, must set him right; each of you continuing to think of yourself, for you may be tempted too.
But He gives a greater spiritual blessing. He says, "God opposes haughty people but blesses humble people."
But I say to you who listen now to me, practice loving your enemies, practice doing good to those who hate you,
Take care that nobody captures you by the idle fancies of his so-called philosophy, following human tradition and the world's crude notions instead of Christ.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.
And this good news of the kingdom must be preached all over the inhabited world, for a testimony to all the heathen, and then the end will come.
'It will occur in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will have visions. 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 virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and they will call Him Immanuel" -- which means "God with us."
For it is in Him that all the fullness of Deity continues to live embodied,
And the ground for the sentence is this, that the light has come into the world, and yet, because their actions were evil, men have loved darkness more than the light.
He came into His own world, but His own people did not welcome Him.
Continue to live in peace with everybody and strive for that consecration without which no one can see the Lord.
For the Lord Himself, at the summons sounded by the archangel's call and by God's trumpet, will come down from heaven, and first of all the dead in union with Christ will rise,
For everything that was written in the earlier times was written for our instruction, so that by our patient endurance and through the encouragement the Scriptures bring we might continuously cherish our hope.
Now the Spirit distinctly declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, because they continuously give their attention to deceiving spirits and the things that demons teach
You faithless wives! Do you not know that the friendship of the world means enmity with God? So whoever wants to be a friend to the world puts himself down as an enemy to God.
But now God's way of giving men right standing with Himself has come to light; a way without connection with the law, and yet a way to which the law and the prophets testify.
By this everybody will know that you are my disciples, if you keep on showing love for one another."
Practice forgiving others, and you will be forgiven. Practice giving to others, and they will give to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, people will pour into your lap. For the measure you use with others they in turn will use with you."
This is my command to you, to keep on loving one another as I have loved you.
If I could speak the languages of men, of angels too, and have no love, I am only a rattling pan or a clashing cymbal.
while all the throng of people were praying outside at the hour of the incense burning.
Whoever does not love has never come to know God by experience, because God is love.
So you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but you are fellow-citizens of God's people and members of His family;
And once while He was eating with them, He charged them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. "You have heard me speak of it," He said,
By the help of the Lord always keep up the glad spirit; yes, I will repeat it, keep up the glad spirit.
For the message of the cross is nonsense to those who are in the process of being destroyed, but it is the power of God to those who are in the process of being saved.
and I give to them eternal life, and they shall never get lost, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
I am astonished that you are beginning so soon to turn away from Him who called you by the favor of Christ, to a different good news,
But He said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or umpire in your affairs?"
how God consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and then He went about doing good and curing all who were overpowered by the devil, because God was with Him.
"Then He will say to those at His left, 'Be gone from me, you who are now cursed, to the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
You must understand this, my dearly loved brothers. Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to get angry;
And He is Himself the atoning sacrifice for our sins; and not for ours alone, but also for the whole world.
Once when he was acting as priest before God, when his division was on duty, it fell to his lot,
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who is called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen who was an intimate friend of the governor, and Saul.
Then He took a loaf, gave thanks, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, and said, "This is my body which is to be given for you. Do this as a memorial to me."
Yes, He is the Head of the church as His body. For He is the beginning, the first-born among the dead, so that He alone should stand first in everything.
because His divine power has given us everything that is needful for life and piety, through our full knowledge of Him who through His glory and excellence has called us to Him.
No one must say, when he is tempted to do evil, "I have a temptation from God to do evil," for God cannot be tempted to do evil, and He never tempts anyone to do so.
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go south by the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza; this is the desert road."
to my dearly loved child, Timothy: spiritual blessing, mercy, and peace be with you from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessed is the person who endures trial, for when he stands the test, he will receive 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 there sprang from one man, and that dead as to any prospects for offspring, a people as numberless as the stars in the sky and as the sands beside the seashore.
For just as the human body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts of the body, many as they are, constitute but one body, so it is with Christ.
For the Spirit that God has given us does not impart timidity but power and love and self-control.
To some people who were confident that they themselves were upright, but who scorned everybody else, He told the following story:
When the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to Him, "They have no wine!"
For when we were still helpless, Christ at the proper time died for us ungodly men.
"For it is just like a man who was going on a long journey from his homeland, who called to him his slaves and turned his property over to them.
But the cowards, the unfaithful, the polluted, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the practicers of magic, the worshipers of idols, and all liars will have their portion in the lake that keeps on burning with fire and brimstone. This is the second death."
for them all to be one, just as you, Father, are in union with me and I in union with you, for them to be in union with us, so that the world may be convinced that you have sent me.
Aram the father of Aminadab, Aminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Once as the crowd was pressing against Him to hear the message of God, He found Himself standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret.
Do you believe in one God? Very well; the demons, too, believe that, and shudder.
Now there were false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you too, who will insidiously introduce destructive heresies and deny the Master who has bought them, thus bringing on themselves swift destruction.
Is any one of you suffering ill-treatment? He should keep on praying. Is anyone in a happy mood? He should keep on singing praise to God.
The family tree of Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, a descendant of Abraham.
Now there was but one heart and soul in the vast number of those who had become believers, and not one of them claimed that anything that he had was his own, but they shared everything that they had as common property.
The woman said to Him, "I see that you are a prophet.
By no means, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
Therefore, because He Himself lives always to intercede for them always, He is able to save completely any and all who come to God through Him.
When Zechariah saw him, he was agitated, even overwhelmed with fear.
So those who were present began to ask Him, "Lord, is this the time when you are going to set up the kingdom again for Israel?"
For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom price to set many free."
"Therefore, let all the descendants of Israel understand beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ."
"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and still more, his own life too, he cannot be a disciple of mine.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you disciples 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 closely watching Him to see whether He would cure him on the Sabbath, in order to get a charge against Him.
If you remain in union with me and my words remain in you, you may ask whatever you please and you shall have it.
Whatever is born of the physical is physical, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spiritual.
One Sabbath He was teaching in one of the synagogues,
Jesus answered, "The first one is, 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,
Such a man, indeed, a person with two minds,
Now through the unmerited favor God has shown me I would say to every one of you not to estimate himself above his real value, but to make a sober rating of himself, in accordance with the degree of faith which God has apportioned to him.
Then He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you, that everything which is written about me in the law of Moses, in the prophets, and in the Psalms, had to be fulfilled."
But a man named Ananias, in partnership with his wife Sapphira, 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, out of whom He had driven seven demons.
So you, my followers, ought to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is."
You parents, too, must stop exasperating your children, but continue to bring them up with the sort of education and counsel the Lord approves.
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to get a look at the tomb.
Children, obey your parents, for this is right.
Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would have been fighting to keep me from being turned over to the Jews. But as a matter of fact, my kingdom does not come from such a source."
Stop acting from motives of selfish strife or petty ambition, but in humility practice treating one another as your superiors.
But we are citizens of the republic in heaven, from which we are eagerly waiting for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the Sabbath had ended, Mary of Magdala, Mary, James's mother, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint Him.
Many of you, my brothers, should avoid becoming teachers, because you know that we teachers are going to be judged with stricter judgment than other people.
For it is through union with Him that we live and move and exist, as some of your own poets have said, "'For we are His offspring too.'
for you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true."
As soon as Jesus took the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
For this is the way the pious women of olden times, who set their hope on God, used to adorn themselves.
Cast every worry you have upon Him, because He cares for you.
Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,
And this is the message that we have heard from Him and now announce to you: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in Him.
For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, and its flowers wither, and its beauty fades away; so will rich men fade away in their pursuits.
As all of you have received your spiritual talents, you must keep on using them in serving one another, as good trustees of God's many-sided favor.
On that very day, strange to say, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties, prayers, and thanksgiving be offered for all men,
"Do not suppose 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 curse of the law by becoming a curse for us -- for the Scripture says, "Cursed be everyone who is hanged on a tree" --
He is the One who was face to face with God in the beginning.
"You have heard it was said, 'You must not commit adultery.'
For our appeal did not originate from a delusion or an impure motive; it was not made in fraud;
Since then the children mentioned share our mortal nature, He too took on Himself a full share of the same, in order that He by His death might put a stop to the power of him who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
And the King will answer them, 'I solemnly say to you, every time you did a good deed to one of these most insignificant brothers of mine, you did a good deed to me.'
The younger men, however, got up, wrapped up his body, carried it out, and buried it.
but He said to me, "My spiritual strength is sufficient, for it is only by means of conscious weakness that perfect power is developed."
the people chosen in accordance with the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the consecration of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with His blood: spiritual blessing and peace to you in increasing abundance.
I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy contained in this book that if anyone adds anything to it, God will add to him the plagues that are described in this book;
about His Son, who on the physical side became a descendant of David, and on the holy, spiritual side
Then one of the scribes, on hearing them arguing, came up, and since he saw that Jesus had answered them properly, he asked Him, "What sort of command is the first of all commands?"
which reached you, and since it is bearing fruit and growing among you, just as it is all over the world, from the day you first heard of God's favor and in reality came to know it,
The Spirit is what gives life; the flesh does not help at all. The truths that I have told you are spirit and life.
knowledge with self-control, self-control with patient endurance, patient endurance with piety,
"So everyone who listens to my words and practices their teaching, will be like a prudent man who built his house on a rocky foundation.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are God's children;
We know what love is from the fact that He laid down His life for us; and so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
As He passed along, He saw a man who had been blind from his birth.
So He said to him, "I solemnly say to you, this very day you will be in paradise with me."
But this I tell you, brothers: Our physical bodies cannot take part in the kingdom of God; what is decaying will never take part in what is immortal.
but anybody may have right standing with God as a free gift of His undeserved favor, through the ransom provided in Christ Jesus.
For the account that I passed on to you I myself received from the Lord Himself, that the Lord Jesus on the night He was betrayed took a loaf of bread
but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never, no never, be thirsty again, for the water that I will give him will become a spring of water that keeps on bubbling up within him for eternal life."
Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, called as an apostle, set apart to preach God's good news,
After this I looked, and there was a vast throng that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
"I most solemnly say to you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place is a thief and a robber.
Marriage must be held in honor by all, and the marriage relations kept sacred. Persons who are sexually vicious and immoral God will punish.
This is a saying to be trusted: "Whoever aspires to the office of pastor desires an excellent work."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called God's sons.
It was while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul, by passing through the inland districts, came to Ephesus. He found a few disciples there
"Also, whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, to attract the attention of people. I solemnly say to you, they already have their reward.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
For you, brothers, were called to freedom; only you must not let your freedom be an excuse for the gratification of your lower nature, but in love be slaves to one another.
So the huge dragon, the ancient serpent, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.