Then Peter opening his mouth, said, In truth I perceive that God is not a respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.
Pure religion and undefiled with God even the Father is this, To pay diligent attention to the orphans and widows in their affliction, and to preserve himself spotless from the world.
But ye, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying by the Holy Ghost, preserve yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
and with intelligence moderation; and with moderation patience; and with patience piety; and with piety fraternal affection; and with fraternal affection love. For if these things are in your possession, and abounding, they will render you neither inactive nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. read more.
But he that hath no possession of these things, is blind, dim-sighted, sinking into oblivion of his purification from the sins of his former days.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Then Jesus 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 to it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." On these two commandments, the whole law and the prophets depend.
THERE is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath liberated me from the law of sin and of death. For that which was impossible by the law, inasmuch as it was impotent through the flesh, God having sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in that flesh: read more.
that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled by us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they who are after the flesh, mind the things of the flesh; but they who are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the propensity of the flesh is inimical against God: for it is not in subjection to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. They then who are in the flesh, cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. But if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead on account of sin; but the Spirit is alive through righteousness. But if the Spirit of him who hath raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he who raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his indwelling Spirit in you. Truly then we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye are ready to die: but if by the Spirit ye mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are guided by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received a spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye have received a Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father. The same spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. But if children, then heirs; heirs indeed of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be we suffer with him, that we may also together with him be glorified. For I reckon that the sufferings of the present moment are not worthy to be placed against the future glory that shall be revealed to us.
BRETHREN, the kind wish of my heart indeed, and the prayer which I offer to God for Israel, is for their salvation. For I am a witness for them, that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of the righteousness which is of God, and seeking to establish a righteousness of their own, they have not submitted to the righteousness of God. read more.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is by the law, "That the man who doeth these things shall live by them." But the righteousness that is by faith speaketh thus, "Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:) or, Who shall descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up again from the dead.) But what saith it? "The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart:" that is, the word of faith which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart faith is exercised unto righteousness; and with the mouth is confession made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, "Every one who believeth in him shall not be confounded." For there is no difference between either Jew or Greek: for the same Lord of all is rich to all that call upon him. "For every one shall be saved, whosoever calleth on the name of the Lord."
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, fidelity, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. But they who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and irregular appetites. read more.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
See that no man return evil for evil to any man; but always pursue that which is good, both towards one another, and towards all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. read more.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-wards. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. Now the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved faultless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If indeed ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offendeth in a single particular, he is chargeable with the breach of all. read more.
For he that said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not commit murder. Now if thou dost not commit adultery, yet dost commit murder, thou art a transgressor of the law. So speak, and so act, as those who shall be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment without mercy shall be on him who shewed no mercy, and mercy glorieth against judgment. What is the advantage, my brethren, if a man profess to have faith, but hath not works; can faith save him? Now if a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and should one of you say to them, Go in peace, be warm, be replenished with food: yet if ye give them not the necessaries for their body; what doth it avail? So also faith, if it hath not works, is dead itself. Perhaps a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith by thy works, and I will shew thee by my works my faith. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not our father Abraham justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith consummated. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, "Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness;" and he was called "the friend of God." Observe therefore that by works a man is justified, and not by faith merely. But was not Rahab the harlot in like manner justified by works, when she entertained the messengers, and sent them away by a different road? For as the body without breath is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
For not by the law [came] the promise to Abraham and his seed, that he should be heir of the world, but by the righteousness of faith.
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who pursued not after righteousness, have attained unto righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith.
But the righteousness that is by faith speaketh thus, "Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:)