Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



Therefore, with all this host of witnesses encircling us, we must strip off every handicap, strip off sin with its clinging folds, to run our appointed course steadily, our eyes fixed upon Jesus as the pioneer and the perfection of faith ??upon Jesus who, in order to reach his own appointed joy, steadily endured the cross, thinking nothing of its shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Compare him who steadily endured all that hostility from sinful men, so as to keep your own hearts from fainting and failing.

It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly;



I appeal to you myself by the gentleness and consideration of Christ ??the Paul who is 'humble enough to your face when he is with you, but outspoken enough when he gets away from you.'











It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly; read more.
he bore our sins in his own body on the gibbet, that we might break with sin and live for righteousness; and by his wounds you have been healed.


They have not been defiled by intercourse with women ??they are celibates; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been ransomed from among men, as the first to be reaped for God and the Lamb.




I appeal to you myself by the gentleness and consideration of Christ ??the Paul who is 'humble enough to your face when he is with you, but outspoken enough when he gets away from you.'













set them an example of good conduct; be sincere and serious in your teaching, let your words be sound and such that no exception can be taken to them, so that the opposite side may be confounded by finding nothing that they can say to our discredit.



and you started to copy us and the Lord, welcoming the word, though it brought you heavy trouble, with a joy inspired by the holy Spirit. Thus you became a pattern to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia; for the word of the Lord has resounded from you not only through Macedonia and Achaia ??no, your faith in God has reached every place. We never need to speak about it.

As an example of fortitude and endurance, brothers, take the prophets who have spoken in the name of the Lord. See, we call the stedfast happy; you have heard of the stedfastness of Job, and you have seen the end of the Lord with him, seen that the Lord is very compassionate and pitiful.

Beloved, as sojourners and exiles I appeal to you to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war upon the soul. Conduct yourselves properly before pagans; so that for all their slander of you as bad characters, they may come to glorify God when you are put upon your trial, by what they see of your good deeds. Submit for the Lord's sake to any human authority; submit to the emperor as supreme, read more.
and to governors as deputed by him for the punishment of wrongdoers and the encouragement of honest people ??15 for it is the will of God that by your honest lives you should silence the ignorant charges of foolish persons. Live like free men, only do not make your freedom a pretext for misconduct; live like servants of God. Do honour to all, love the brotherhood, reverence God, honour the emperor. Servants, be submissive to your masters with perfect respect, not simply to those who are kind and reasonable but to the surly as well ??19 for it is a merit when from a sense of God one bears the pain of unjust suffering. Where is the credit in standing punishment for having done wrong? No, if you stand suffering for having done right, that is what God counts a merit. It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly; he bore our sins in his own body on the gibbet, that we might break with sin and live for righteousness; and by his wounds you have been healed. You were astray like sheep, but you have come back now to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in God adorned themselves. They were submissive to their husbands. Thus Sara obeyed Abraham by calling him 'lord'. And you are daughters of Sara if you do what is right and yield to no panic.


It was by faith that Abel offered God a richer sacrifice than Cain did, and thus won from God the record of being 'just,' on the score of what he gave; he died, but by his faith he is speaking to us still.




Not that we have no right to such support; it was simply to give you a pattern to copy.




It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly;


It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips;


It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly;

Jesus said, "He who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed; he is clean all over. And you are clean ??but not all of you" (he knew the traitor; that was why he said, "You are not all clean"). Then, after washing their feet and putting on his robe, he lay down again. "Do you know," he said to them, "what I have been doing to you? read more.
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right: that is what I am. Well, if I have washed your feet, I who am your Lord and Teacher, you are bound to wash one another's feet; for I have been setting you an example, that you should do what I have done to you.


They have not been defiled by intercourse with women ??they are celibates; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been ransomed from among men, as the first to be reaped for God and the Lamb.



It was by faith that Abel offered God a richer sacrifice than Cain did, and thus won from God the record of being 'just,' on the score of what he gave; he died, but by his faith he is speaking to us still.




Not that we have no right to such support; it was simply to give you a pattern to copy.





It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips;


It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly;


I appeal to you myself by the gentleness and consideration of Christ ??the Paul who is 'humble enough to your face when he is with you, but outspoken enough when he gets away from you.'














Truly, truly I tell you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs up somewhere else, he is a thief and a robber; he who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gate-keeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice; he calls his sheep by name and leads them out. read more.
When he has brought all his sheep outside, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice; they will not follow a stranger, they will run from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus told them this allegory, but they did not understand what he was saying to them; so he said to them again, "Truly, truly I tell you, I am the shepherd of the sheep; all who ever came before me have been thieves and robbers ??but the sheep would not listen to them. (I am the Gate; whoever enters by me will be saved, he will go in and out and find pasture.) The thief only comes to steal, to slay, and to destroy: I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd; a good shepherd lays down his own life for the sheep. The hired man, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, deserts them when he sees the wolf coming; he runs away, leaving the wolf to tear and scatter them, just because he is a hired man, who has no interest in the sheep. I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep know me (just as the Father knows me and I know the Father,) and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, which do not belong to this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice; so it will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why my Father loves me, because I lay down my life to take it up again. No one takes it from me, I lay it down of my own accord: I have power to lay it down and also power to take it up again; I have my Father's orders for this.

It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly; read more.
he bore our sins in his own body on the gibbet, that we might break with sin and live for righteousness; and by his wounds you have been healed. You were astray like sheep, but you have come back now to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.


It was by faith that Abel offered God a richer sacrifice than Cain did, and thus won from God the record of being 'just,' on the score of what he gave; he died, but by his faith he is speaking to us still.




Not that we have no right to such support; it was simply to give you a pattern to copy.