And Peter, opening his mouth, said, In truth I apprehend that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation the one fearing him, and working righteousness, is acceptable to him;
Pure religion and undefiled with God even the Father is this, to relieve the orphans and widows in their affliction, and keep himself unspotted from the world.
But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the divine love of God, receiving the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And in harmony with this same thing also, add to your faith heroism; and to heroism, knowledge; and to knowledge holiness; and to holiness patience; and patience, godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness divine love. read more.
For these things, being in you and overflowing, render you neither barren nor unfruitful in the perfect knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; for he unto whom these things are not present is blind, not seeing afar off, having received the forgetfulness of his purgation from his old sins.
Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law? And He said to him; Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. read more.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law, and the prophets.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has made thee free from the law of sin and of death. For there was an impotency of the law, in which it was weak through depravity, God having sent his own Son in the likeness of the sin of depravity and for sin, condemned sin in depravity: read more.
in order that the righteousness of the law may be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to depravity, but according to the spirit. For those being in harmony with depravity, do mind the things of depravity, and those in harmony with the Spirit, the things of the Spirit: for the mind of depravity is death: and the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. Therefore the mind of depravity is enmity toward God: for it is not subordinated to the law of God, for it is not able so to be. But those being in depravity are not able to please God. But ye are not in depravity, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any one has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. But if Christ is in you, the body is dead so far as sin is concerned; but the Spirit is life so far as righteousness is concerned. But if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one having raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also create life in your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who dwells in you. Then therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to depravity, to live according to depravity. For if you live according to depravity, you are about to die: but if through the Spirit you kill the practices of the body, you shall live. For so many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but you received the Spirit of adoption, in which we cry; Father, Father. The Spirit Himself witnesses along with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, indeed heirs; truly heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if we suffer together, in order that we may also be glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of these present times are not worthy to be compared to the glory which is about to be revealed in us.
Brethren, indeed the desire of my heart and my prayer to God in their behalf, is for their salvation. For I testify to them, that they have a zeal of God, but not according to perfect knowledge; for being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to the righteousness of God. read more.
For Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness to every one who believes. For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, that the man having done this shall live in it. But the righteousness of faith speaks thus, Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend up into heaven? that is, to bring Christ down: or, Who shall descend into the abyss? that is, to bring him up from the dead. But what says it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. That if you may confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and may believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved: for with the heart it is believed unto righteousness; and with the mouth it is confessed unto salvation. For the scripture says, Every one believing on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between Jew and Greek: for the same is Lord of all, rich unto all that call on him. For every one who may call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
But the fruit of the Spirit is divine love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, holiness; against such things there is no law. But those belonging to Christ Jesus have crucified carnality with the passions and lusts. read more.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
See that no one may return evil for evil to any one; but always pursue good toward one another, and toward all. Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing; read more.
in every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus towards you. Quench not the Spirit; despise not prophesying; but prove all things; and hold fast to the beautiful; abstain from every evil sight. And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless, in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If indeed you keep the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor with divine love as thyself, you do well. But if you have respect of persons, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors. For whosoever may keep the whole law, and fail in one item, has become guilty of all. read more.
For the one saying, Thou shalt not commit adultery also said, Thou shalt not murder; but if you do not commit adultery, but murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So you say, and so you do, as about to be condemned by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to him that shows no mercy; but mercy glorieth against judgment. But what is it profitable, my brethren, if one may say he has faith, but has not works? whether is faith able to save him? If a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of daily food, and one of you may say to them, Go in peace, be ye warmed, and be ye fed; and give them not the necessaries of the body; what profit is it? So indeed faith, if it may not have works, is dead, as to itself. But one will say, You have faith, and I have works: Show me your faith apart from works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Do you believe that there is one God? you do well: the demons also believe and tremble. Do you wish to know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is inefficient? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, having offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith wrought with his works, and by works the faith was made perfect; and the scripture was fulfilled, saying, And Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not only by faith. And likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, having received the spies, and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith also apart from works is dead.
For the promise to Abraham or his seed, that he should be the heir of the world, was not through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Then what shall we say? That the Gentiles, not pursuing righteousness, received righteousness, and the righteousness which is from faith:
But the righteousness of faith speaks thus, Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend up into heaven? that is, to bring Christ down: