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We must thank God always for you, brethren, as is due because your faith grows exceedingly, and the charity of each and every one of you toward each other abounds,
But the path of the just is as the light of the morning star, that shines more and more until the day is perfect.
Ye also, giving all diligence to the same, show forth virtue in your faith; and in virtue, knowledge; and in knowledge, temperance; and in temperance, patience; and in patience, fear of God; and in fear of God, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, charity.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
but following the truth in charity, let us grow up into him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:
For I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you.
Therefore, I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies in living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing unto God, which is your rational worship. And be not conformed to this age, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your soul that ye may experience what is that good and well pleasing and perfect will of God.
But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not listen to the flesh, to fulfil its desires.
Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death,
And ye were made imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word with much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Spirit:
Because for this were ye called: for the Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps
He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I have written unto you, fathers, that ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, that ye are strong and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Do not defraud one another, except it be with mutual consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer and come together again, that Satan not tempt you for your incontinency.
No temptation has taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
For this cause I, also, not waiting any longer, have sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter has tempted you and our labour is in vain.
For in that he himself has suffered and was tempted, he is also powerful to help those that are tempted.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse trials, knowing that the proving of your faith works patience,
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the entire world, to try those that dwell upon the earth.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, unto which thou art also called, having made a good profession before many witnesses.
If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? But if ye are without chastisement, of which all the sons are partakers, then ye are bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence; is it not much better to be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and we shall live?read more.
For they verily for a few days chastened us as it seemed good unto them, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. It is true that no chastening at present seems to be cause for joy, but rather for grief; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto those who are exercised by it.
I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined in the fire, that thou may be made rich; and clothed in white raiment, so that the shame of thy nakedness not be uncovered; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent.
Be ye strong, therefore, and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.
Say to those that are of a fearful heart, Be comforted, fear not; behold, your God comes with vengeance, with recompense; God himself will come and save you.
Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of this land, said the LORD, and work; for I am with you, said the LORD of the hosts:
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.
Thou, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And be not drunk with wine, in which there is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye are led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
For our gospel did not come unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in full assurance as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
I charge thee, therefore, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead in his appearing and in his kingdom: Preach the word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, they shall heap up unto themselves teachers who shall speak to them according to their own lusts,
For you should now be teaching others, if we look at the time, yet you need to be taught again which are the first elements of the oracles of God and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong food.
as newborn babes, desire the rational milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby in health;
And the child Samuel kept on growing and was in favour both with the LORD and also with men.
And the child grew and was comforted of the Spirit and was in the deserts until the day of his showing unto Israel.
And the child grew and was comforted of the Spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.
But the fruit of the Spirit is this: Charity, joy, peace, tolerance, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and until the day of eternity. Amen.
Therefore we all, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord with uncovered face, are transformed from glory to glory into the same likeness, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints in the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the body of the Christ until we all come forth in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the coming of age of the Christ:read more.
That we no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive, but following the truth in charity, let us grow up into him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:
Not as though I had already attained it, either were already perfect, but I follow after, if I may lay hold of that for which I have also been laid hold of by the Christ, Jesus.
that ye might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing him in everything, being fruitful in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God,
For the will of God is your sanctification, that ye should separate yourselves from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honesty, not with affection of lust, as the Gentiles who do not know God,read more.
that no one oppress and defraud his brother in any matter because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification.
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he has commanded us.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision, but faith which works by charity.
Peace be to the brethren and charity with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the charity which ye have toward all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which ye have already heard by the word of the truth of the gospel,
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned:
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.read more.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with songs; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall retain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
And when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Beloved, think it not strange when you are tried by fire (which is done to prove you) as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of the afflictions of the Christ, so that also in the revelation of his glory, ye may rejoice in triumph.
that ye not become slothful, but imitators of those who by faith and patience inherit the promises.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet, the hope of saving health.
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and charity which is in Christ Jesus.
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