*Christian Handbook

*Note: To write a Christian handbook or manual would take years, or at least months. Therefore I decided to present the four most important themes first: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Bible. I adopt an ongoing process of developing and expanding the coverage without alphabetical order and present them item by item. The following is a simple and short composition of Christian doctrines and definitions to assist Christians to grow in the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  

1.  God

God is the Creator and Lord of the universe. God exists by Himself before time and space. God created man and woman, Adam and Eve but they disobeyed God. To save mankind God sent His Son Jesus Christ who became Man in order to save sinners. God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and justifies anyone who believes and accepts Him as His Lord and Savior.

What God is?

(A). God is Spirit - Jhn 4:24

(B). God is Light - 1Jo 1:5

(C). God is Love - 1Jo 4:8

(D). God is holy - Psa 77:13

(E). God is true - Jhn 3:33

(F). God is righteous - Dan 9:14

(G). God is the Almighty - Rev 1:8

(H). God is gracious and merciful - 2Ch 30:9

(I). God is the Everlasting Father - Isa 9:6

(J). God is the Father of lights - Jam 1:17

(K). God is ONE - Gal 3:20

(L). God is One Lord - Mar 12:29

(M). God is able - Mat 3:9

(N). God is jealous - Exd 20:5

(O). God is compassionate - Deu 4:31

(P). God is great - Job 36:26

(Q). God is a Consuming Fire - Deu 4:24

(R). God is eternal - Rom 16:26

(S). God is the Judge - Psa 75:7

(T). God is no respecter of persons - Act 10:34

Who is God?

1.  Lord God Almighty

Rev 4:8, “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within and they do not rest day and night, saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

2.  JEHOVAH

Exd 6:3, “And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

Note: JEHOVAH in Hebrew means “the Self-Existing One.” It is interesting in the Hebrew Old Testament, you can find several of God’s names with JEHOVAH as prefixes:

Jehovah Nissi  (The Lord My Banner)  -  Exd 17:15, “And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi.”

Jehovah-Raah  (The Lord My Shepherd)    -      Psa 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

Jehovah Rapha  (The Lord Who Heals)      -      Exd 15:26, “And He said: If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your Healer.”

Jehovah Shammah  (The Lord Is There)      -      Eze 48:35, “The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.”

JehovahTsidkenu  (The Lord Our Righteousness)      -      Jer 23:6, “In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is His name by which He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Jehovah Mekoddishkem  (The Lord Who Sanctifies You) -      Exd 31:13, “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying: You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”

Jehovah Jireh   (The Lord Will Provide)     -      Gen 22:14, “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh; as it is said to this day: In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”

Jehovah Shalom   (The Lord Is Peace)              -      Jdg 6:24, “Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.”

Jehovah Sabaoth  (The Lord of Hosts)  -      1 Sa 1:3, “This man went up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord there.”

3.   The Lord God of Israel

Luk 1:68, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.”

Note: When Jesus Christ came, the Lord God of Israel can also become the God of Gentiles (Non-Jews) by grace through faith in the Son of God. Beware those who want to take the land that God had given to Abraham and his descendants, the Lord God of Israel will fight for Zion.

4.   The Lord God Omnipotent

Rev 19:6, “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying: Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.”

5.  Lord of heaven and earth

Mat 11:25, “At that time Jesus answered and said: I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the educated and learned, and have revealed them to the untaught.”

6.  Lord Holy and True

Rev 6:10, “And they cried out with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord, Holy and True, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

7.  The Living Father

Jhn 6:57, “As the Living Father has sent Me, and I (Christ) live by the Father; so he who eats Me will also live by Me.”

Note: He who eats Me means he who accepts Jesus Christ who sacrificed His body on the cross for him will have eternal life.

8.  Holy Father

Jhn 17:11, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one, as We are.”

Note: The Catholic Church has blasphemed God by calling pope Holy Father.

9.  Heavenly Father

Mat 6:14, “For if you forgive men their misdeeds, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

10.  Righteous Father

Jhn 17:25, “O righteous Father, the world has not known You; but I have known You, and these have known that You have sent Me.”

11.  The Father of glory

Eph 1:17, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

12.  The Father of spirits

Hbr 12:9, “Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh to discipline us, and we gave them respect; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

13.  The Father of lights

Jam 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

14.  The Almighty God

Gen 17:1, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old; the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.”

15.  The Faithful God

Deu 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the Faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

16.  The Righteous God

Psa 7:9, “O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for the Righteous God tries the hearts and minds.”

17.  The Living God

Psa 84:2, “My soul longs and even yearns for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

18.  The Everlasting God

Isa 40:28, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not faint or become weary. His understanding is inscrutable.

Rom 16:26, “But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the Everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”

Note: The word “everlasting” is interchangeable with “eternal.”

19.  The Most High God

Dan 5:21, “He (Nebuchadnezzar) was also driven away from mankind, and his heart was made like that of beasts, and his dwelling place was with the wild asses. He was given grass to eat like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind, and that He appoints over it whomever He wishes.”

Note: Let white supremacists beware, they cannot conquer the world. For God rules over the kingdoms of mankind.

20.  The Only True God

Jhn 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

21.  The Immortal God

Rom 1:23, “And exchanged the glory of the Immortal God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed beasts and crawling creatures.”

Note: The Scripture declares the folly of idolatry.

22.  The Invisible God

Col 1:15, “He (Christ) is the image of the Invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

Note: God is invisible because He is the Spirit.

23.  The Blessed God

1 Ti 1:11, “According to the glorious gospel of the Blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

24.  The Only Wise God

1 Ti 1:17, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the Only Wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

25.  The Great God

Tts 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

26.  The Rock of Israel

2 Sa 23:3, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”

Note: God is the Rock of Israel means God is the Savior and Protector of Israel. Those nations and peoples who want to eliminate Israel are enemies of God and will be wiped out by God.

27.  Shepherd of Israel

Psa 80:1, “Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!”

28.  The Creator

Rom 1:25, “For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Note: Evolution is contrary to the teaching of creation. Do not call yourself a Christian if you believe in evolution which is contrary to teaching of Jesus Christ. Fools, scientists are mere men; they cannot be wiser or more capable than God. What do scientists know? They do not even know when they are going to die!

29.  The Creator of Israel

Isa 43:15, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”

Note: The Creator of Israel is also the Protector of Israel.

30.  The Creator of the ends of the earth

Isa 40:28, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not faint or become weary. His understanding is inscrutable.”

31.  The Possessor of heavens and earth

Gen 14:22, “But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have raised my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, the Possessor of heavens (universe) and earth.” 

32.  I AM WHO I AM

Exd 3:14, “God said to Moses: I AM WHO I AM; and He said: Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”

Note: The “I AM” of the Old Testament is the “I AM” of the New Testament. See John 6:35. The I AM WHO I AM is the greatest mystery in the universe.

33.  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Pe 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

34.  The God of all grace

1 Pe 5:10, “But may the God of all grace, who has called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

35.  The God of salvation

Psa 68:20, “Our God is the God of salvation; and escapes from death belong to God the Lord.”

36.  The God of justice

Mal 2:17, “You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say: How have we wearied Him? In that you say: Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them, or, Where is the God of justice?”

37.  The God of glory

Act 7:2, “And he said: Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.”

Psa 29:3, “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord is over many waters.”

38.  The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob

Act 7:32, “Saying: I am the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled and dared not look.”

39.  The God of the Hebrews

Exd 3:18, “They will pay attention to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him: The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.”

40.  The God of Israel

Mat 15:31, “So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.”

41.  The Father of mercies

2 Cr 1:3, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.”

42.  The God of all comfort

2 Cr 1:3, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.”

43.  The Savior of all peoples

1 Ti 4:10, “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all peoples, especially of those that believe.”

44.  The King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible

1 Ti 1:17, “Now to the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the Only Wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

45.  The Redeemer of Israel

Isa 49:7, “Thus says the Lord: the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers; kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.”

46.  The Hope of Israel

Jer 17:13, “O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away from You will be written in the dust, because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Waters.”

Note: No nation or people can destroy Israel because God is the Hope of Israel. The hope of Israel does not lie in the power of the United States. The U.S. may vanish, but the Hope of Israel remains.

47.  The Glory of Israel

1Sa 15:29, “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Note: Man changes his mind because he may discover something that he did not know before. God knows the end from the beginning; so He has no reason to change His mind.

48.  The Fountain of Living Waters

Jer 17:13, “O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away from You will be written down in the dust, because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Waters.”

49.  The Seat of Justice

Jer 50:7, “All who found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said: We have not offended, because they have sinned against the Lord who is the Seat of Justice, even the Lord, the hope of their fathers.”

50.  The Awesome One

Psa 76:11, “Make vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.”

51.  God Merciful and Gracious

Psa 86:15, “But You, O Lord, are a God Merciful and Gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.”

52.  The Everlasting King

Jer 10:10, “But the Lord is the true God; He is the Living God and the Everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation.”

53.  The Majesty on High

Hbr 1:3, “Who being the Brightness of His Glory, and the Express Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High.”

Note: The names of God are very important because no one else can use them as his own. God reveals Himself in the Scriptures through His myriad names. The meanings behind God’s names reflect His central character, attribute, and nature. The English translations of God’s names cannot and do not fully convey the meanings in original Hebrew and Greek. The names of God listed above are representative and comprehensive, but not exhaustive. It is informative and instructive to take God’s names as they are. 

What to do with God?

(A). Obey, Deu 27:10;Jhn 3:36; Act 5:29

(B). Believe in, Jhn 14:1

(C). Turn to, Act 26:20

(D). Seek, Psa 69:32

(E). Call on, Psa 55:16

(F). Fear, Ecc 12:13

(G). Yield to, Rom 6:13

(H). Pray to, 2Cr 13:7

(I). Cry to, Psa 57:2

(J). Confess to, Rom 14:11

(K). Praise, Psa 150:1

(L). Please, 1Th 4:1

(M). Sing to, Psa 68:4

(N). Magnify, Act 10:46

(O). Worship, Rev 19:10   

(P). Glorify, Rom 15:6

(Q). Serve, Hbr 12:28

(R). Love, Rom 8:28

(S). Hope in, Psa 78:7

(T). Trust in, 2Cr 1:9


2.    Jesus Christ

Mat 1:1,“The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham” 

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah; according to His humanity, He was the son of David, the son of Abraham. 

Mat 1:21,“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

Jesus in Greek is Iēsous which means Jehovah is salvation; the Son of God, the Savior of mankind, God incarnate; - it occurs 914 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,” (Mat 2:1). 

Mat 16:16, “Simon Peter answered: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

Christ in Greek is Christos which means anointed, the anointed of God, the Messiah, the Son of God; - it occurs 531 times in the New Testament. 

Mar 1:1,“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” 

Jesus Christ is the beginning of the Gospel.

Luk 1:35, “The angel answered and said to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” 

The Son of God is the exclusive title of Jesus indicating His divinity. Unlike all prophets and servants of God, 

Jhn 8:23, “And He was saying to them: You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.” 

1Ti 1:15, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” 

Jesus Christ came down from Heaven to save sinners, although He also taught, performed miracles, healed the sick, and cast out demons. 

Jhn 10:30,“I and My Father are one.” 

What does it mean that the Father and Son are ONE? The mystery of all mysteries, the Father and the Son are ONE. The Son is in the Father, and the Father is in the Son.

Jhn 14:6-7, “Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Jesus is the Way to God, this is the Truth, and to believe in Jesus is to receive life.

1Cr 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

This is the core of Christianity: Jesus Christ died for our sins, buried, and raised from the dead by the power of God.  Jesus ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for us and He is coming again as the King of kings and Lord of lords to reign with the saints for eternity.

The following Scriptures sum up the history of Jesus’ mission on earth:

1Ti 3:16, “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: 

He who was revealed in the flesh, 

Was vindicated in the Spirit, 

Seen by angels, 

Proclaimed among the nations, 

Believed on in the world, 

Taken up in glory.”

Jesus' dual nature:

A. Humanity 

Luk 2:21,“And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.”

Luk 2:52,“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

Note: The Child Jesus kept growing indicates His humanity. This is a model of child development: grow in wisdom (intellectual and moral) and stature (physical), and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (social). 

Jhn 4:6,“Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.”

Note: The fact that Jesus was thirsty, hungry and tired, etc. prove He was human. The big difference is the fact Jesus was both human and divine.

Luk 23:46,“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said: Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit. Having said this, He breathed His last.”

Note: Jesus died a physical death for the sins of the world. 

B.  Divinity 

1Cr 10:4,“And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

Note: The Rock was Christ, upon the Rock revealed by the Father that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God – Jesus builds His church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. This Scripture is often misquoted by Catholics to refer to Peter; Peter was only a stone, not the Rock. The church of Jesus Christ could not be built on a man who denied Jesus three times. Jesus builds His church on the rock solid revelation of God that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God. The divinity of Jesus is the foundation of the church.

Mar 1:1,“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Note: Jesus, the Son of God, is the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel outside of Jesus.

Luk 3:21-22,“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said: You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

Note: God and the Holy Spirit testified for Jesus the Son of God.  

1Ti 3:16, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

Note: Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, the true God and true Man, the perfect God and perfect Man.

Jesus’ threefold ministry

A.   Prophet-Messiah.

Mat 1:16, "Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah."

Note: As the Word of God says, Jesus was unlike all other prophets. When Jesus spoke, God spoke. All other prophets spoke for God, and spoke what God spoke using the famous formula: Thus says the Lord.

The term “Messiah” is the translation of the Hebrew term mashiyach, which is derived from the verb masah, meaning to smear or anoint. When grease or oil was applied to objects by Israelites and non-Israelites, they were said to be anointed. The term “Messiah” is not used to refer to “anointed” objects that were designated and consecrated for specific purposes but to persons only. Persons who were anointed had been elected, designated, appointed, given authority, qualified, and equipped for specific offices and tasks related to these. The Messianic concept also has a wider dimension than the royal, priestly, and/or prophetic person. Included in this wider view are the characteristics, tasks, goals, means, missions and consequences of the Messianic person. Isaiah was the prophet of Messianic gospel in the Old Testament and his prophetic proclamations are of great significance.

Isa 7:14,“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Note: Immanuel in Hebrew is `Immanuw'el which means "God with us" or "with us is God", the prophetic name of the Messiah; - it occurs only twice in the Old Testament.

The following Scripture sums up the ministry of Jesus as the Prophet:

Luk 24:19,“And He said to them: What things? So they said to Him: The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.”

Jesus was the Prophet unlike all prophets. All prophets spoke what God told them to speak. When Jesus speaks, God speaks. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is the Messiah because He was sent by God to become the Savior of the world. What Moses and all prophets could not do, Jesus came to save sinners.

B.   Priest.

Hbr 2:17-18,“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”

Note: High Priest in Greek is archiereus which means chief priest, used of Christ because by undergoing a bloody death on the cross He offered Himself as an expiatory sacrifice to God, and has entered into the heavenly sanctuary where He continually intercedes on behalf of believers; - it occurs 123 times in the New Testament. The chief duty of the high priest was, once a year on the day of atonement, to enter the Holy of holies (from which other priest were excluded) and offer sacrifice for his own sins and the sins of the people. Make atonement in Greek is hilaskomai which means to become propitious, expiate, make reconciliation, make propitiation for; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament.

Hbr 4:15,“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

Note: From Aaron down, all human priests have their own sins; only Jesus the High Priest is without sin. Catholic priests have sins too; it is a folly to confess sins to people who are as sinful as we are.

Hbr 7:26-27,“For it was fitting for us to have such a High Priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”

Note: Jesus the High Priest is unlike those high priests who had to offer up sacrifices for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. 

C.  King.

Mat 19:28,“Jesus said to them: I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Note: Jesus was born in the time of Herod king of Judea (Mat 2:1; Luk 1:5) and Caesar Augustus who reigned over the Roman world (Luk 2:1), Magi from the East came to Jerusalem looking for “the one who has been born King of the Jews” (Mat 2:2).

After Jesus fed the 5,000, the crowd wanted to force Him to become their king (Jhn 6:15). Jesus entered Jerusalem like a King, riding on the colt of a donkey (Mat 21:5; Luk 19:38; Jhn 12:13,15; cf. Zec 9:9). The governor Pilate asked Jesus: “Are you the king of the Jews?” To which Jesus answered: “Yes, it is as you say”(Mar 15:2). Throughout the New Testament Jesus is described as the Son of David, the King.

After receiving the divine anointing at His baptism (Mark 1:9-11), Jesus begins to proclaim the inauguration of the Kingdom in Galilee:

Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” This becomes the central theme in all that Jesus preaches, and He defines its nature in response to Pilate. Jhn 18:36,“Jesus answered: My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be handed over to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here.” The disciples, however, misunderstood the nature of the Kingdom to the day of crucifixion. Although the Kingdom is not a political, temporal or visible kingdom; it is eschatological and will be consummated when Jesus returns with power and glory to reign with the saints.

Jhn 1:48-49,“Nathanael said to Him: How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him: Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you. Nathanael answered Him: Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”  

Rev 17:14,“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

Note: Jesus is the Lord of lords and King of kings who will overcome Satan and his agents. The Kingdom of God is not democracy that serves 1 percent at the expense of 99 percent. The Kingdom of God is absolute theocracy with absolute justice and joy.

Who is Jesus Christ?

1.  The Son of God

1 Jo 3:8, “He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God appeared so that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

2.  The Word of God

Rev 19:13, “He (Christ) was clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.” 

Note: Word in Greek is logos which means the Divine reason or expression; - it occurs 334 times in the New Testament; used by the Apostle John to denote the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal Wisdom and Power in union with God, His ministry in creation and government of the universe, the cause and upholder of all the world's life both physical and moral, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and enlightened the world conspicuously from His words and deeds.

3.  The Word of Life

1 Jo 1:1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life.” 

4.  The Mighty God

Isa 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” 

Note: It is not only Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, He is the MIghty God.

5.  The Everlasting Father

Isa 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” 

How the Son of God is also the Everlasting Father is beyond human comprehension. But believe what Jesus says about Himself, Jhn 10:27-30,“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are ONE.”

6.  The Prince of Peace

Isa 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” 

7.  The Savior of the world

Jhn 4:42, “And said to the woman: Now we believe, not because of your saying; for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

1 Jo 4:14, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” 

8.  The Lamb of God

Jhn 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” 

Note: Jesus Christ died for sinners on the cross as the Lamb of God sacrificed to redeem mankind and save them from their sins and penalty of sins.

9.  The True God

1Jo 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” 

Note: Jesus Christ is the true God, to believe in Him is to have eternal life.

10.  The Good Shepherd

Jhn 10:11, “I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, and Christians are His sheep.

11.  That Great Shepherd

Hbr 13:20, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”

12.  The Chief Shepherd

1 Pe 5:4, “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” 

Note: Jesus Christ is the Chief Shepherd means Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, not the pope or anyone else. 

13.  The Shepherd and Guardian of our souls

1 Pe 2:25, “For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”

Note: Since Jesus Christ is the Guardian of our souls, we have eternal security, the devil is not able to harm us.

14.  The Image of God

2 Cr 4:4, “In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the Image of God, should shine on them.”  

15.  The Brightness of His Glory

Hbr 1:3, “Who being the Brightness of His Glory, and the Express Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

16.  The Sun of Righteousness

Mal 4:2, “But for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.”  

17.   Mediator between God and men

1 Ti 2:5, “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 

Note: Mary is not the mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ is the Mediator. Come to Jesus and be saved.

18.  Christ Jesus the Lord

2Cr 4:5, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.” 

19.  Christ the Power of God

1 Cr 1:24, “But to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God.”

20.  Christ the Wisdom of God  

1 Cr 1:24, “But to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God.”

21.  The Lord of Glory

1 Cr 2:8, “Which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.”  

22.  The Messiah

Jhn 1:41, “He found first his own brother Simon and said to him: We have found the Messiah (which translated means Christ).” 

23.  The Head of the Church

Eph 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the Church, His body, of which He is the Savior.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, not the pope, not anyone else. 

24.  God Blessed Forever

Rom 9:5, “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”  

25.  The Blessed and Only Sovereign God

1Ti 6:15, “Which He (Christ) will manifest in His own time, He who is the Blessed and Only Sovereign God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” 

26.  The Holy and Righteous One

Act 3:14, “But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you.”  

27.  The Light of the world

Jhn 8:12, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying: I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

28.  KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS

Rev 19:16, “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

The kingdoms of the world will soon become the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

What to do with Jesus Christ? 

(A). Believe, Jhn 1:12, Jhn 6:29, Jhn 8:24, Jhn 14:1, Jhn 20:31, Act 8:37, Act 11:17, 1Jo 3:23, 1Jo 5:1

(B). Know, Jhn 17:3, 1Cr 2:2, 2Cr 8:9, 2Pe 1:8, 2Pe 3:18, Phl 3:8

(C). Receive, Col 2:6

(D). Confess, Mat 10:32, Rom 10:9, Phl 2:11, 1Jo 4:2

(E). Trust in, Phl 2:24, Hbr 2:13

(F). Entrust to, 2Ti 1:12

(G). Worship, Mat 14:33, Mat 28:9, Jhn 9:38, Hbr 1:6, Rev 13:8

(H). Bow, Mat 15:25, Phl 2:10

(I). Obey, Mat 8:27, Mar 1:27, Luk 8:25, Jhn 3:36, Hbr 5:9, 1Pe 1:2

(J). Pray to, Act 8:24, Jam 5:14

(K). Praise, Rom 15:11, Eph 1:12

(L). Serve, Col 3:24, Rev 22:3

(M). Glorify, Jhn 16:14, Jhn 17:1, Jhn 17:5, Rom 15:6

(N). Exult, Rom 5:11

(O). Put on, Rom 13:14

(P). Call on, 1Cr 1:2

(Q). Preach, Rom 16:25, 2Cr 4:5

(R). Fellowship, 1Cr 1:9, 1Jo 1:3

(S). Love, Eph 6:24

(T). Thank, 1Ti 1:12, Eph 5:20

(U). Wait for, Phl 3:20, Jud 1:21

(V). Hope in, 1Th 1:3

(W). Remember, 2Ti 2:8

(X). Acknowledge, 2Jo 1:7

(Y). Belong to, Gal 5:24

(Z). Sing the song of the Lamb, Rev 15:3

The Properties of Christ

1.  The works of Christ

Mat 11:2, “Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples.”

Note: John in prison heard of the works of Christ.

What were the works of Christ?

Mat 11:5, “the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.”

2. Followers of Christ

Mar 9:41,“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name  as followers of Christ, truly  I say  to you, he will not lose his reward.” 

Note: Followers of Christ are believers and disciples and apostles. 

3. The Body of Christ

Rom 7:4, “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”

Note: Believers were made to die to the Law through body of Christ, so that we might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. In this Scripture the body of Christ refers to the physical body of Christ.

Eph 4:12, “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;”

Note: The building up of the Body of Christ refers to the Church of God.

4. The Spirit of Christ

Rom 8:9, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”

Note: The only proof that you are saved is the fact that the Spirit of Christ lives in you.

1Pe 1:11, “seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.”

Note: The Spirit of Christ within believers indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

5.  The Love of Christ

Rom 8:35, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Note: Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

2Co 5:14, “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died.”

Note: The Love of Christ controls believers.

Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” 

Note: To be filled up to all the fullness of God is to know the love of Christ which surpasses the knowledge.

6.  The Word of Christ

Rom 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Note: Faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ. For this reason, we must preach the Word of Christ to win souls.

Col 3:16, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Note: Wisdom teaching and admonishing are in the Word of Christ. Secular songs are sung in some modernist churches. We should sing spiritual songs and singing with thankfulness in our hearts to God. A secular song does not have the Spirit and does not touch your hearts.

7.  The Gospel of Christ

Rom 15:19, “In the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”

Note: The Gospel of Christ to be effective must be preached in the power of the Spirit.

1Co 9:12, “If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.”

Note: No one should cause hindrance to the Gospel of Christ

2Co 2:12, “Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord.”

Note: We ought to pray a door is opened for the Gospel of Christ. 

2Co 9:13, “Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all.”

Note: Believers glorify God for their obedience to their confession of the Gospel of Christ and for the liberality of their contribution.

2Co 10:14, “For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ.”

Note: Servants of Christ do not want to overextend themselves, but first to come even as far as anyone in the Gospel of Christ.

Phl 1:27, “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”

Note: Christians conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ and stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel.

1Th 3:2, “and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,”

Note: God’s fellow workers in the Gospel of Christ always strengthen and encourage believers as to our faith.

8.  The Blessing of Christ

Rom 15:29, “I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.”

Note: It is one thing to have the blessing of Christ; it is another to have the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

9.  The Churches of Christ

Rom 16:16, “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.”

Note: All the local churches of Christ make up the Church of Christ universal. The Church of Christ is the body of Christ.

10. The Cross of Christ

1Co 1:17, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.”

Note: The Cross of Christ is the power of God to save sinners; it does not depend of the cleverness of speech and rite.

Gal 6:12, “Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.”

Note: Those who live a godly life will be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

Phl 3:18, “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,”

Note: False prophets and false teachers walk against the teachings of Christ and they serve the god of this world, their end is destruction, their glory is their shame—who set their mind on earthly things; they are enemies of the cross of Christ.

11.  The Mind of Christ

1Co 2:16, “For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Note: The Mind of Christ entails the Power of God, the Wisdom of God and the Word of God.

12.  Servants of Christ

1Co 4:1, “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”

Note: Servants of Christ and ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. The Mystery of God is Christ.

13. The Members of Christ

1Co 6:15, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!”

Note: Our bodies are members of Christ. No one should make the members of Christ members of a prostitute. Being a prostitute is the lowest state a woman can fall into.

14.  The Law of Christ

1Co 9:21, “to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.”

Note: To be under the law of Christ is to be under grace. To be under the Law of Moses is to be under curse.

Gal 6:2, “Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

Note: By bearing one another’s burdens, we thereby fulfill the Law of Christ.

15.  The Blood of Christ

1Co 10:16, “Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?”

Note: To have a sharing in the Blood of Christ is to receive forgiveness of sins and sanctification of the Holy Spirit.

Eph 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Note: You who were far off by sin have been brought near to God by the Blood of Christ.

Heb 9:14, “how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Note: The Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

1Pe 1:19, “but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

Note: Believers were redeemed by the precious Blood of Christ.

16.  The Head of Christ

1Co 11:3, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

Note: Christ is the Head of every man, and God is the Head of Christ; in the order of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

17.  The Sufferings of Christ

2Co 1:5, “For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”

Note: Those who have the sufferings of Christ in abundance will also have comfort in abundance through Christ.

1Pe 4:13, “but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”

Note: To the degree that we share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory we may rejoice with exultation.

1Pe 5:1, “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,”

Note: To be a witness of the sufferings of Christ is to be a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed.

18.  The Presence of Christ

2Co 2:10, “But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ.”

Note: If we forgive anything for the sake of brotherhood, we do it in the presence of Christ.

1Ti 5:21, “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.”

Note: Christians are charged in the presence of God and of Christ to maintain these Christian principles without bias and doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

19.  A fragrance of Christ

2Co 2:15, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

Note: Whether among those who being saved and among those who are perishing we should be a fragrance of Christ to God.

20.  A letter of Christ

2Co 3:3, “being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”

Note: Believers are manifested as a letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

21.  The Glory of Christ

2Co 4:4, “in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

Note: The Gospel is the Glory of Christ, who is the Image of God, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the Gospel.

22.  The Face of Christ

2Co 4:6, “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

Note: God who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. The glory of God is in the face of Christ.

23.  The Judgment Seat of Christ

2Co 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Note: God has given the authority and power to judge to Jesus Christ. Christ will judge each one according to what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.  Let imperialists, militarists, warmongers and terrorists tremble before the Judgment Seat of Christ.

24. The Meekness and Gentleness of Christ    

2Co 10:1, “Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!”

Note: Servants of Christ urge believers by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.

25.  The Obedience of Christ

2Co 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Note: The Scripture does not refer the obedience of Christ to God; it takes every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Our thoughts must submit to the obedience of Christ.

26.  The Truth of Christ

2Co 11:10, “As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.”

Note: We have nothing to boast but the Truth of Christ in us.

27. The Power of Christ

2Co 12:9, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

Note: Power is perfected in weakness. The Power of Christ dwells in us to overcome our weaknesses.

28. The Grace of Christ

Gal 1:6-7, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.”

Note: To go for a different gospel is to desert the Lord who called you by the Grace of Christ. A different gospel is really not a gospel but some who distort the Gospel of Christ.

29. The Mystery of Christ

Eph 3:4, “By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.”

Note:  When you read the epistles written by Paul, you can understand Paul’s insight into the Mystery of Christ by revelation of Jesus Christ.

Col 4:3, “praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;”

Note: The Mystery of Christ is the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power to redeem the elect with an inheritance in Heaven

30.  The Unfathomable Riches of Christ

Eph 3:8, “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.”

Note: The Unfathomable Riches of Christ are revealed in the Gospel of Christ, this grace give to all who believe.

31. The Fullness of Christ

Eph 4:13, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

Note: Believers want to attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

32. The Kingdom of Christ

Eph 5:5, “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

Note: This you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. The executives of Wall Street who are covetous have no inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ.

33.  The Fear of Christ

Eph 5:21, “And be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”

Note: This does not mean Christ has fear of anyone or anything. It means we must fear Christ and be subject to one another just as we must fear God.

34.  Slaves of Christ

Eph 6:6, “not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”

Note: Slaves of Christ are doing the will of God from the heart, not by way of eyeserice, as men-pleasers.

35.  The Day of Christ

Phl 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Note: God will perfect a good work in believers which He began until the day of Christ’s second coming.

Phl 1:10, “so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;”

Note: We want to approve the things that are excellent in order to be sincere and blameless until the day Christ comes.

Phl 2:16, “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”

Note: Believers hold fast to the Word of life, so that in the Day of Christ we did not run in vain or toil in vain.

36. The Affection of Christ

Phl 1:8, “For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.”

Note: It is normal for a servant of Christ to long for those he ministers with the affection of Christ.

37.  The Cause of Christ

Phl 1:13, “so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,”

Note: Whatever we suffer, imprisonment or persecution, we suffer in the Cause of Christ.

38.  Interests of Christ

Phl 2:21, “For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.”

Note: Christians must all seek after those interests of Christ, not our own interests.

39.  The Work of Christ

Phl 2:30, “because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.”

Note: It is worthy for believers to risk their lives and come close to death for the work of Christ. Here means what we do for Christ, not what Christ did for us.

40. The Sake of Christ

Phl 3:7, “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.”

Note: For the Sake of Christ we should have counted whatever things were gain to us as loss.

41.  The Circumcision of Christ

Col 2:11, “and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;”

Note: Here the Circumcision of Christ does not mean circumcision done to Christ; it means the Circumcision done by Christ to believers in the removal of the body of the flesh.

42.  The Peace of Christ

Col 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Note: When the peace of Christ rules in our hearts, we indeed have peace and are thankful.

43.  The Steadfastness of Christ

2Th 3:5, “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.”

Note: When the Lord directs our hearts into the love of God, we will also have the Steadfastness or patience of Christ.

44.  Partakers of Christ

Heb 3:14, “For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,”

Note: If we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, we have become partakers of Christ. Believers endure to the end.

45. The Reproach of Christ

Heb 11:26, “considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.”

Note: Moses was considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.

46. The Name of Christ

1Pe 4:14, “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

Note: The Spirit of glory and of God rests on those who are reviled for the Name of Christ and they are blessed.

47. The Teaching of Christ

2Jo 1:9, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.”

Note: Anyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ goes too far and does not have God. Those who abide in the teaching of Christ have both the Father and the Son.

48. Priests of Christ

Rev 20:6, “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.”

Note: Blessed and holy are those who have a part in the first resurrection, over them the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

3.  The Holy Spirit

The Promise sent by Jesus Christ, to be the sole Representative of Christ on earth. 

Luk 24:49,“And behold, I am sending forth the Promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with Power from on high.”

Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Promise of His Father. Jesus also defines the Holy Spirit as the Power from on high. 

Who is the Holy Spirit?

1.   The Spirit of God.

Gen 1:2,“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

Note: This is the first time the word ‘Spirit’occurs in the Bible. The Hebrew word for Spirit is ruwach which means wind, breath, mind, breath of the living; the breath of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son; - it occurs 378 in the Old Testament.

Gen 2:7,“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Note: The spirit of man was formed by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the divine power, like the wind and the breath, cannot be perceived. Jesus explains, Jhn 3:8,“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Greek word for Spirit is pneuma which means the third Person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son; sometimes referred to the personality and character of the Holy Spirit; sometimes referred to the work and power of the Holy Spirit; - it occurs 385 times in the New Testament. The word pneumatology is derived from the Greek word.

Mat 3:16,“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

2.   The Spirit of Christ.

1Pe 1:11,“Searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.”

Note: The Spirit of Christ was to obey the will of God even to the point of death. Christ suffered in order to save sinners and He was exalted in glories.

3.   The Eternal Spirit.

Hbr 9:14,“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Note: The blood of Christ through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God; cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

4.   The Breath of the Almighty.

Job 33:4,“The Spirit of God has made me, and the Breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Note: The Breath of the Almighty is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God gives believers new life, eternal life. Human life is only a breath, when God takes away the breath, the man is dead.

5.   The Spirit of life.

Gen 7:22,“All in whose nostrils was the breath of the Spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.”

Rom 8:2,“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Jhn 6:63,“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

Note: The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of life because it is the Spirit who gives life. Jhn 3:5-6,“Jesus answered: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Tts 3:5,“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

Note: Although the triune God works together as One, it is helpful to understand that creation was the work of God, redemption the work of Jesus Christ, and regeneration the work of the Holy Spirit.

6.   The Spirit of truth.

Jhn 14:17,“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

Jhn 16:13,“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Note: Historically and formally, the Holy Spirit came at the Pentecost. You often hear some uninformed preachers even today pray for the Spirit to come, that is a wrong prayer. Just as the Jews are still waiting for the coming of the Messiah although the Messiah had come and will come again to reign with the saints.

7.   The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

Isa 11:2,“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

8.   The Spirit of counsel and might.

Isa 11:2,“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

9.   The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

Isa 11:2,“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

Note: The Spirit of the Lord rested on Christ without measure.

10.   The Spirit of judgment.

Isa 4:4,“When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the Spirit of judgment and by the Spirit of burning.”

11.   The Spirit of grace and supplication.

Zec 12:10,“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”

12.   The Spirit of the Lord.

Jdg 3:10,“The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.”

Note: In the Old Testament the Spirit of the Lord often manifested in physical strength. The Holy Spirit is God in action. Another illustration is the case of Samson.

Jdg 14:5-6,“So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.”

Luk 4:18,“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Note: In the New Testament the Spirit of the Lord anointed Jesus Christ and apostles to preach the Gospel, to heal the sick, to open the eyes of the blind, even to raise the dead, and to perform miracles for the glory of God. During and after the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered apostles and disciples to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere. Thus the fullness of the Holy Spirit is neither for speaking in tongues nor for showing the spiritual status of a person, but for witnessing of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world in winning souls.

13.   The Spirit of holiness.

Rom 1:4,“And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”

Note: The Son of God was raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit of holiness. The redemptive work of Christ was the work of holiness.

14.   The Spirit of adoption.

Rom 8:15,“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out: Abba, Father.”

Note: The Greek word for adoption is huiothesia which means the nature and condition of the true disciples in Christ, who by receiving the Spirit of God into their souls become sons of God. What a glorious right given to those who believe in Jesus Christ, to be adopted as children of God.

15.   The Spirit of the living God.

2Cr 3:3,“Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

Note: The Spirit of the living God writes the Word of God in the heart of believers.

16.   The Spirit of His Son.

Gal 4:6,“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out: Abba, Father!”

Note: Just as Jesus Christ is the Son of God, all believers are sons of God, and through the Spirit of His Son we may cry out to God, Abba, Father.

17.   The Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Eph 1:17,“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

Note: In the things of the world, you can obtain knowledge by study, research, experiment and finding. All these human and scientific efforts are useless in obtaining the knowledge of God. To have the knowledge of God you need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Unbelieving scientists and scholars therefore cannot have the knowledge of God because they do not have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Christianity is the revealed religion, not a man-made religion based on human traditions and teachings.

Eph 3:5,“Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.”

Note: The truth in Jesus Christ was not made known to the sons of men (humankind) in ages past, as it has been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets. The Scriptures were written by the holy apostles and prophets from Moses to John as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

18.   The Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Phl 1:19,“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”

Note: The Spirit of Jesus Christ supplies the saints with deliverance.

19.   The Spirit of grace.

Hbr 10:29,“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

Note: Those who have denied the Son of God is like trampling Him underfoot, and those who have trampled the Son of God underfoot insulted the Spirit of grace. Today is the dispensation of grace; you may repent and be saved. The time is coming the dispensation of grace will be ended when Jesus Christ returns the second time to judge the world.

20.   The Spirit of glory.

1Pe 4:14,“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”

Note: If you suffer reproach for the name of Christ, the Spirit of glory rests upon you. The wicked may insult you and shame you because of Christ, but do you know the Spirit of glory is upon you.

21.   The Spirit of prophecy.

2Sa 23:2,“The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His Word was on my tongue.”

Rev 19:10,“And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me: See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.”

Note: All Biblical prophecies, those that had been fulfilled and those that are going to be fulfilled, were given by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of prophecy. The Spirit of prophecy came into the world for the testimony of Jesus Christ. For the testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy. Evil spirits cannot prophesy because they do not know the things to come. False prophets repeatedly predicted the dates of Jesus second coming and failed every time and will fail all the time.

22.   The Holy Spirit of promise.

Eph 1:13,“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

Note: The Holy Spirit of promise is the Spirit God promised to His children. Once you are saved, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

23.   The Holy Spirit of God.

Eph 4:30,“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Note: To disobey God is to grieve the Holy Spirit.

24.   The Spirit of the Holy God.

Dan 5:11, “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father--your father the king--made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.”

Note: The queen of King Belshazzar was wise and she knew that Daniel had the Spirit of the Holy God; for that reason light and understanding and wisdom were found in him.

25.   The Comforter.

Jhn 14:26,“But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Note: The Greek word for comforter is paraklētos which means one who pleads another's cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate; one who pleads another's cause with one, an intercessor; helper; - it occurs 5 times in the New Testament. It is interesting to notice that Jesus Christ came in the name of God. The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father in the name of Christ. Jesus Christ came to reveal the Father. The Holy Spirit came to testify for Christ. After Christ’s ascension to the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to take the place of Christ, to lead the apostles to a deeper knowledge of the Gospel truth, and to give them the divine strength to undergo persecutions and endure trials and hardships for the Kingdom of God. Thus the Holy Spirit is the sole Representative of Christ on earth; not the pope or anyone else. The Greek word for teach is didaskō which means to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses; to impart instruction, instill doctrine into one, explain or expound a thing; - it occurs 97 times in the New Testament.

How can one receive the Holy Spirit? 

Jhn 3:3,“Jesus answered and said to him: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom 

of God.”

When you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit will enter into you and give you a new life.

Gal 3:14, “In order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive 

the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Believers receive the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ. 

Jhn 14:26,“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and 

bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

This explains why unbelieving scientists and scholars cannot and do not understand spiritual things, because they do not have the Holy Spirit. 

Jhn 16:13,“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His 

own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

The Holy Spirit guides believers into all the truth. No man can by his own intelligence grasp the ultimate truth in Jesus Christ. 

Rom 8:9,“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” 

Rom 8:14, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” 

Rom 8:16,“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”

Hundreds of millions of church members in the world do not know whether they are saved or not. The Scriptures cited above make it clear. If the Spirit of God dwells in you, you are children of God. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to Him. If you have the Spirit of God, you are led by the Spirit of God. If the Spirit testifies with your spirit that you are children of God, you are indeed saved. That is the only proof.

What to do with the Holy Spirit?

(A). Born of, Jhn 3:5, Jhn 3:6

(B). Baptized with, Mat 3:11, Mar 1:8, Luk 3:16

(C). Receive, Jhn 20:22, Act 1:8, Act 2:38, Act 8:15, Act 8:17, Act 10:47, Act 19:2

(D). Know, 1Jo 4:2, 1Jo 4:6

(E). Filled with, Act 2:4, Act 4:8, Act 4:31, Act 7:55, Act 9:17, Eph 5:18

(F). Sanctified by, Rom 15:16, 2Th 2:13, 1Pe 1:2 

(G). Sealed with, Eph 1:13

(H). Grieve not, Eph 4:30

(I). Renewed by, Tts 3:5

(J). Renewed in, Eph 4:23

(K). Partake, Hbr 6:4 

(L). Pray in, Jud 1:20

(M). Led by, Mat 4:1, Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18  

(N). Dwell in, Rom 8:9, Rom 8:11, 1Cr 3:16, Eph 2:22

(O). Taught by, 1Cr 2:13

(P). Sing with, 1Cr 14:15

(Q). Begun by, Gal 3:3

(R). Walk by, Gal 5:16

(S). Live by, Gal 5:25

(T). Sow to, Gal 6:8

(U). Fellowship, Phl 2:1, 2Cr 13:14

(V). Worship in, Phl 3:3

(W). Quench not, 1Th 5:19

(X). Made alive in, 1Pe 3:18

(Y). Live in, 1Pe 4:6

(Z). Hear, Rev 2:11, Rev 2:17, Rev 2:29, Rev 3:6, Rev 3:13, Rev 3:22

4.    The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is the Book of Christianity, composed of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is made of 39 books, from Genesis to Malachi. The New Testament is made of 27 books, from the Gospel of Matthew to the Revelation. Thus the Bible is made of 66 books. The Holy Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, written by prophets and holy apostles, the infallible and ultimate. The Word of God is also called Holy Scriptures.  Christianity is based on what is written in the Bible. The Holy Bible is the sole authority of God's Word.

Rom 1:2,“Which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.” 

There is consequence when people do not understand the Scriptures. 

Mat 22:29,“But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of 

God.” 

People err because they do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God.  If you understand the Scriptures and the 

power of God, no false prophet or false teacher can mislead you. For example, if you are a Christian, you cannot believe

in scientific myth called evolution. If you know the Scriptures and the power of God, you believe in creation. For 

Jesus Christ confirms the creation, Mar 10:6,“But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.” If you believe in evolution, you invalidate the words of Jesus Christ. Do not pretend to be what you are not. If you are an unbeliever because you are not a sheep of Jesus Christ.

2Ti 3:16-17,“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in 

righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

Inspired by God in Greek is theopneustos which means God-breathed, the contents of the Scriptures are originated from 

God; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. No human books are inspired by the Holy Spirit.

What is the nature of the Word of God?

(A). The Word of God is settled in Heaven, Psa 119:89

(B). The Word of God is a light to my path, Psa 119:105

(C). The Word of God is very pure, Psa 119:140

(D). The Word of God is truth, Psa 119:160, Jhn 17:17

(E). The Word of God is the power of God, 1Cr 1:18

(F). The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, Eph 6:17

(G). The Word of God is not imprisoned, 2Ti 2:9

(H). The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, Hbr 4:12

(I). The Word of God is imperishable and enduring, 1Pe 1:23

What to do with the Word of God?

(A). Listen, Hsa 4:1, 1Ki 12:24, Jer 42:15, Eze 6:3

(B). Hear, Mat 13:23, Isa 30:21, Isa 66:5, Jer 9:20, Jer 22:2

(C). Believe, Jhn 4:50

(D). Receive, Jam 1:21

(E). Remember, Jhn 15:20

(F). Pay attention, 2Pe 1:19

(G). Be a doer, Jam 1:23

(H). Keep, Rev 3:8, Rev 3:10, Psa 119:17, Psa 119:67

(I). Treasure, Psa 119:11

(J). Forget not, Psa 119:16

(K). Trust in, Psa 119:42

(L). Wait for, Psa 119:74, Psa 119:81

(M). Meditate on, Psa 119:148

(N). Rejoice at, Psa 119:162

(O). Sing of, Psa 119:172

(P). Speak with all confidence, Act 4:29

(0). Preach, 2Ti 4:2

How to study the Bible?

To study the Bible, you need to search and meditate. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and enlighten you. This is my 

experience that I want to share with you. Study the Gospel of John first 3 times, then study the Book of Romans 3 times, after that begin with the Gospel of Matthew through Revelation. Then study from Genesis to Revelation. A professor gave me an advice when I was very young: Study the Gospel of John 100 times and study the Book of Romans 100 times.

Doctrinal Statements

Romans

He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, Rom 1:2

His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of Holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,  Rom 1:3-4

I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; Rom 1:11

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the 

Jew first and also to the Greek.  Rom 1:16

the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Rom 1:18

that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  Rom 1:19

since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  Rom 1:20

even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Rom 1:21

Professing to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:22

they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  Rom 1:25

God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, Rom 1:26

in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. Rom 1:27

just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,  Rom 1:28

we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.  Rom 2:2

do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?  Rom 2:4

because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,  Rom 2:5

to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;  Rom 2:7

to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. Rom 2:8

There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Rom 2:9-10

there is no partiality with God.  Rom 2:11

all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;  Rom 2:12

it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.  Rom 2:13

on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.  Rom 2:16

indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.  Rom 2:25

if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?  Rom 2:26

he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.  Rom 2:28

he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.  Rom 2:29

If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?  Rom 3:3

let God be found true, though every man be found a liar,  Rom 3:4

we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;  Rom 3:9

“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; Rom 3:10

THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,

THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;  Rom 3:11

ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;

THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,

THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”  Rom 3:12

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.  Rom 3:19-20

now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;  Rom 3:21-22

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;  Rom 3:23-24

in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;  Rom 3:25

He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Rom 3:26

we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.  Rom 3:28

God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.  Rom 3:30

if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  Rom 4:2

“ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Rom 4:3

to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  Rom 4:4

to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, Rom 4:5

David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  Rom 4:6

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN,

AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.  Rom 4:7

“BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.”

Rom 4:8

“FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Rom 4:9

the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.  Rom 4:13

the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.  Rom 4:15

it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,  Rom 4:16

God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.  Rom 4:17

with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,  Rom 4:20

being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.  Rom 4:21

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.  Rom 4:25

having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  Rom 5:1

through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  Rom 5:2

we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Rom 5:3-5

while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Rom 5:6

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Rom 5:8

having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  Rom 5:9

if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  Rom 5:10

we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  Rom 5:11

just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—Rom 5:12

until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Rom 5:13

death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.  Rom 5:14

the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.  Rom 5:15

The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.  Rom 5:16

if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  Rom 5:17

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.  Rom 5:18

as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  Rom 5:19

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, Rom 5:20

as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Rom 5:21

How shall we who died to sin still live in it?  Rom 6:2

we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  Rom 6:4

if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,  Rom 6:5

our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;  Rom 6:6

he who has died is freed from sin.  Rom 6:7

if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,  Rom 6:8

knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. Rom 6:9

the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  Rom 6:10

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Rom 6:11

do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,  Rom 6:12

do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Rom 6:13

sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  Rom 6:14

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?  Rom 6:16

having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  Rom 6:18

just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.  Rom 6:19

now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.  Rom 6:22

the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom 6:23

the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?  Rom 7:1

the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.  Rom 7:2

if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.  Rom 7:3

you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  Rom 7:4

while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  Rom 7:5

now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.  Rom 7:6

I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”  Rom 7:7

apart from the Law sin is dead.  Rom 7:8

I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; Rom 7:9

sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.  Rom 7:11

the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.  Rom 7:12

it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.  Rom 7:13

we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.  Rom 7:14

what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.  Rom 7:15

if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.  Rom 7:16

So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  Rom 7:17

I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  Rom 7:18

For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.  Rom 7:19

if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  Rom 7:20

I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.  Rom 7:21

I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members  Rom 7:23 

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.  Rom 7:24-25

there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Rom 8:1

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  Rom 8:2

what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Rom 8:3-4

those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  Rom 8:5

the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  Rom 8:6-8

you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.  Rom 8:9

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.  Rom 8:10

if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  Rom 8:11

we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—Rom 8:12

if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  Rom 8:13

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  Rom 8:14

you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”  Rom 8:15

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.  Rom 8:16-17

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  Rom 8:18

the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.  Rom 8:19

the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  Rom 8:20-21

we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.  Rom 8:22

And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.  Rom 8:23

in hope we have been saved,  Rom 8:24

if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  Rom 8:25

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  Rom 8:26-27

we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Rom 8:28

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.  Rom 8:29-30

If God is for us, who is against us?  Rom 8:31

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  Rom 8:32

God is the one who justifies; Rom 8:33

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Rom 8:34

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Rom 8:35

in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  Rom 8:37

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom 8:38-39

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, Rom 9:1

it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.”  Rom 9:6-7

it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.  Rom 9:8

for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, t was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”  Rom 9:11-12

For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  Rom 9:15

it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  Rom 9:16

He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.  Rom 9:18

who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?  Rom 9:20

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?  Rom 9:21

He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, Rom 9:23

As He says also in Hosea,

“I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’

AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.’”  Rom 9:25

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED; Rom 9:27

THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD ON THE EARTH, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY.”  Rom 9:28

just as Isaiah foretold,

“UNLESS THE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY,

WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH.”  Rom 9:29

attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;  Rom 9:30

Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, Rom 9:31-32

HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  Rom 9:33

my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.  Rom 10:1

I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  Rom 10:2

For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.  Rom 10:3

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  Rom 10:4

Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.  Rom 10:5

“THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, Rom 10:8

if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  Rom 10:9-10

the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Rom 10:11

there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;  Rom 10:12

“WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”  Rom 10:13

“HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”  Rom 10:15

faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.  Rom 10:17

Isaiah is very bold and says,

“I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME,

I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME.”  Rom 10:20

God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  Rom 11:2

“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.”  Rom 11:3

what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”  Rom 11:4

there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  Rom 11:5

if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.  Rom 11:6

What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; Rom 11:7

by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.  Rom 11:11

Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, Rom 11:13

If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.  Rom 11:16

do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  Rom 11:18

Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  Rom 11:20-21

Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.  Rom 11:22

God is able to graft them in again.  Rom 11:23

if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?  Rom 11:24

I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

“THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,

HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.” “THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”  Rom 11:25-27

the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  Rom 11:29

God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.  Rom 11:32

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  Rom 11:33

WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?  Rom 11:34-35

from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.  Rom 11:36

I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  Rom 12:1

do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  Rom 12:2

I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.  Rom 12:3

just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Rom 12:4-5

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.  Rom 12:6-8

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  Rom 12:9

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; Rom 12:10

not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  Rom 12:11

rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,  Rom 12:12

contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.  Rom 12:13

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rom 12:14

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Rom 12:15

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.  Rom 12:16

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  Rom 12:17

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Rom 12:18

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.  Rom 12:19

“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”  Rom 12:20

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Rom 12:21

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Rom 13:1

whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  Rom 13:2

For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Rom 13:3-4

it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  Rom 13:5

rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Rom 13:6

Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.  Rom 13:7

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.  Rom 13:8

“YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  Rom 13:9

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  Rom 13:10

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.  Rom 13:11

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Rom 13:12

Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.  Rom 13:13

put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.  Rom 13:14

accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.  Rom 14:1

One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.  Rom 14:2

The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.  Rom 14:3

Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.  Rom 14:4

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.  Rom 14:5

He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.  Rom 14:6

not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; Rom 14:7

if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Rom 14:8

to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.  Rom 14:9

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.  Rom 14:10

“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,

AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”  Rom 14:11

each one of us will give an account of himself to God.  Rom 14:12

let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.  Rom 14:13

I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  Rom 14:14

if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.  Rom 14:15

do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;  Rom 14:16

the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Rom 14:17

he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  Rom 14:18

we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.  Rom 14:19

Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.  Rom 14:20

It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.  Rom 14:21

The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.  Rom 14:22

he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin. Rom 14:23

we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.  Rom 15:1

Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.  Rom 15:2

even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.”  Rom 15:3

whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  Rom 15:4

may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,  Rom 15:5

with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Rom 15:6

accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.  Rom 15:7

Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,

“THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,

AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.” Rom 15:8-9

“REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE.”  Rom 15:10

“PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES,

AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM.”  Rom 15:11

Isaiah says,

“THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE,

AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES,

IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.”  Rom 15:12

may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Rom 15:13

I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.  Rom 15:14

I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:15-16

in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.  Rom 15:17

I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  Rom 15:18-19

thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation;  Rom 15:20

“THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE,

AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.”  Rom 15:21

if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.  Rom 15:27

I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.  Rom 15:29

I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, Rom 15:30

so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.  Rom 15:32

Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.  Rom 16:7

I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  Rom 16:17

such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.  Rom 16:18

I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.  Rom 16:19

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  Rom 16:20

to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.  Rom 16:25-27

First, 2nd, 3rd John 

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  1 Jo 1:1-3

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  1 Jo 1:5

If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 Jo 1:6-7

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.  1 Jo 1:8

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 Jo 1:9

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.  1 Jo 1:10

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.  1 Jo 2:1-2

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  1 Jo 2:3

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 1 Jo 2:4

whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:  1 Jo 2:5

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.  1 Jo 2:6

I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.  1 Jo 2:8

The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.  1 Jo 2:9

The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.  1 Jo 2:10

the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.  1 Jo 2:11

your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake.  1 Jo 2:12

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.  1 Jo 2:13

I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.  1 Jo 2:14

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  1 Jo 2:15

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.  1 Jo 2:16

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.  1 Jo 2:17

it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.  1 Jo 2:18

They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.  1 Jo 2:19

you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.  1 Jo 2:20

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.  1 Jo 2:21

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.  1 Jo 2:22

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.  1 Jo 2:23

let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.  1 Jo 2:24

This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.  1 Jo 2:25

the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.  1 Jo 2:27

abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.  1 Jo 2:28

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.  1 Jo 2:29

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  1 Jo 3:1

now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.  1 Jo 3:2

everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.  1 Jo 3:3

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.  1 Jo 3:4

You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.  1 Jo 3:5

No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.  1 Jo 3:6

make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;  1 Jo 3:7

the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.  1 Jo 3:8

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  1 Jo 3:9

By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.  1 Jo 3:10

we should love one another;  1 Jo 3:11

not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.  1 Jo 3:12

Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.  1 Jo 3:13

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.  1 Jo 3:14

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  1 Jo 3:15

We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  1 Jo 3:`16

whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  1 Jo 3:17

let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.  1 Jo 3:18

We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.  1 Jo 3:19-20

if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.  1 Jo 3:21-22

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.  1 Jo 3:23

The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.  1 Jo 3:24

do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  1 Jo 4:1

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 1 Jo 4:2

every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.  1 Jo 4:3

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  1 Jo 4:4

They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.  1 Jo 4:5

We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  1 Jo 4:6

let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  1 Jo 4:7

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  1 Jo 4:8

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  1 Jo 4:9

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 Jo 4:10

if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 Jo 4:11

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.  1 Jo 4:12

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  1 Jo 4:13

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  1 Jo 4:14

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  1 Jo 4:15

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  1 Jo 4:16

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.  1 Jo 4:17

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  1 Jo 4:18

We love, because He first loved us.  1 Jo 4:19

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.  1 Jo 4:20

this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.  1 Jo 4:21

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.  1 Jo 5:1

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.  1 Jo 5:2

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.  1 Jo 5:3

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  1 Jo 5:4

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  1 Jo 5:5

This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  1 Jo 5:6

there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.  1 Jo 5:7-8

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son.  1 Jo 5:9

The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.  1 Jo 5:10

the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  1 Jo 5:11

He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  1 Jo 5:12

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.  1 Jo 5:13

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  1 Jo 5:14

if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 Jo 5:15

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.  1 Jo 5:16

All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.  1 Jo 5:17

We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.  1 Jo 5:18

We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  1Jo 5:19

we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.  1 Jo 5:20

guard yourselves from idols.  1 Jo 5:21

for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:  2 Jo 1:2

Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.  2 Jo 1:3

this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.  2 Jo 1:6

many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 2 Jo 1:7

Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.  2 Jo 1:8

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.  2 Jo 1:9

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.  2 Jo 1:10-11

I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.  3 Jo 1:2

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.  3 Jo 1:4

You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.  3 Jo 1:6

we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.  3 Jo 1:8

I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.  3 Jo 1:10

do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.  3 Jo 1:11


Galatians

the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,  Gal 1:3-4

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  Gal 1:6-7

even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  Gal 1:8

As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!  Gal 1:9

If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.  Gal 1:10

I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.  Gal 1:11

For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.  Gal 1:12

when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,  Gal 1:15-16

Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.  Gal 1:20

It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.  Gal 2:2

it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.  Gal 2:4

we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you.  Gal 2:5

from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.  Gal 2:6

(for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles),  Gal 2:8

recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.  Gal 2:9

They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do.  Gal 2:10

when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.  Gal 2:11

when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?  Gal 2:14

We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; Gal 2:15

nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.  Gal 2:16

For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.  Gal 2:18

For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.  Gal 2:19

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  Gal 2:20

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.  Gal 2:21

This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?  Gal 3:2

Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?  Gal 3:3

does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?  Gal 3:5

Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Gal 3:6

be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.  Gal 3:7

The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.”  Gal 3:8

those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.  Gal 3:9

as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.”  Gal 3:10

no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”  Gal 3:11

the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”  Gal 3:12

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Gal 3:13-14

I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it.  Gal 3:15

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.  Gal 3:16

What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.  Gal 3:17

For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.  Gal 3:18

Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.  Gal 3:19

a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one.  Gal 3:20

Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.  Gal 3:21

the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  Gal 3:22

before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.  Gal 3:23

the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.  Gal 3:24

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  Gal 3:25

you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  Gal 3:26

all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  Gal 3:27

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Gal 3:28

if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.  Gal 3:29

as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.  Gal 4:1-2

So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.  Gal 4:3

when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Gal 4:4-5

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  Gal 4:6

you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.  Gal 4:7

However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.  Gal 4:8

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?  Gal 4:9

So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?  Gal 4:16

My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—Gal 4:19

For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.  Gal 4:22-23

the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.  Gal 4:26

you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.  Gal 4:28

as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.  Gal 4:29

what does the Scripture say?

“CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON,

FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”  Gal 4:30

we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.  Gal 4:31

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.  Gal 5:1

Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.  Gal 5:2

I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.  Gal 5:3

You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  Gal 5:4

we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  Gal 5:5

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.  Gal 5:6

who hindered you from obeying the truth?  Gal 5:7

This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.  Gal 5:8

A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.  Gal 5:9

I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.  Gal 5:10

I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.  Gal 5:12

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Gal 5:13

the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  Gal 5:14

if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.  Gal 5:15

walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  Gal 5:16

the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  Gal 5:17

if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  Gal 5:18

the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Gal 5:19-21

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Gal 5:22-23

those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Gal 5:24

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Gal 5:25

Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.  Gal 5:26

even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  Gal 6:1

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.  Gal 6:2

if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  Gal 6:3

each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.  Gal 6:4

each one will bear his own load.  Gal 6:5

The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.  Gal 6:6

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  Gal 6:7

the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  Gal 6:8

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  Gal 6:9

while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.  Gal 6:10

Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.  Gal 6:12

those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.  Gal 6:13

may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  Gal 6:14

For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  Gal 6:15

those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  Gal 6:16

From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.  Gal 6:17

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.  Gal 6:18

Ephesians

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph 1:3

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, Eph 1:4-5

to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  Eph 1:6

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  Eph 1:7-8

In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him. Eph 1:8-9

with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.  Eph 1:10

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, Eph 1:10-11

to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  Eph 1:12

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.  Eph 1:13-14

the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  Eph 1:17

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, Eph 1:18

and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  Eph 1:19-21

He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.  Eph 1:22-23

you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Eph 2:1-2

Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  Eph 2:3

God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  Eph 2:4-7

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Eph 2:8-9

we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  Eph 2:10

remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—Eph 2:11

remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  Eph 2:12

now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Eph 2:13

He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.  Eph 2:14-16

HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  Eph 2:17-18

you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.  Eph 2:19-22

by revelation there was made known to me the mystery,  Eph 3:3

By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.  Eph 3:4-7

To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.  Eph 3:8-10

This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.  Eph 3:11-12

I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.  Eph 3:13

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Eph 3:14-19

to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.  Eph 3:20-21

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Eph 4:1-3

There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.  Eph 4:4-6

to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Eph 4:7

“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,

HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,

AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”  Eph 4:8

He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.  Eph 4:10

He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  Eph 4:11-13

we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.  Eph 4:14-16

So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.  Eph 4:17-19

in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.  Eph 4:22-24

laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.  Eph 4:25

BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.  Eph 4:26-27

He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.  Eph 4:28

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.  Eph 4:29

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Eph 4:30

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Eph 4:31

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.  Eph 4:32

be imitators of God, as beloved children;  Eph 5:1

walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Eph 5:2

immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.  Eph 5:3-4

For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  Eph 5:5

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Eph 5:6

do not be partakers with them;  Eph 5:7

you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.  Eph 5:8

the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth,  Eph 5:9

trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.  Eph 5:10

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.  Eph 5:11-12

But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.  Eph 5:13

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.”  Eph 5:14

be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16

do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  Eph 5:17

do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.  Eph 5:18-21

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  Eph 5:22

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  Eph 5:23

as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.  Eph 5:24

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.  Eph 5:25-27

So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  Eph 5:28-30

FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.  Eph 5:31

This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  Eph 5:32

Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

Eph 5:33

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Eph 6:1

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.  Eph 6:2-3

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  Eph 6:4

Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.  Eph 6:5-6

With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.  Eph 6:7-8

masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.  Eph 6:9

be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Eph 6:10

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  Eph 6:11

our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Eph 6:12

take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Eph 6:13

Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Eph 6:14-16

take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Eph 6:17

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  Eph 6:18-20

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Eph 6:23

Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.  Eph 6:24

Philippians

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. Phl 1:3-5

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.  Phl 1:6

it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.  Phl 1:7

this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  Phl 1:9-11

I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.  Phl 1:12-14

Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.  Phl 1:15-17

Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  Phl 1:18-20

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  Phl 1:21

if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.  Phl 1:22

I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.  Phl 1:23-24

Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.  Phl 1:25-26

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.  Phl 1:27-28

For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.  Phl 1:29-30

if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Phl 2:1-2

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Phl 2:3-4

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Phl 2:5-7

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Phl 2:8

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Phl 2:9-11

work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  Phl 2:12-13

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.  Phl 2:14-16

even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.  Phl 2:17

You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.  Phl 2:18

For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.  Phl 2:21

rejoice in the Lord.  Phl 3:1

Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, Phl 3:2-3

whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Phl 3:7

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; ]in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Phl 3:8-11

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  Phl 3:12

I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Ph 3:13-14

Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.  Phl 3:15-16

join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.  Ph 3:17

For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.  Phl 3:18-19

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.  Phl 3:20-21

in this way stand firm in the Lord,  Phl 4:1

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.  Phl 4:2

Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.  Phl 4:3

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Phl 4:4

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  Phl 4:5

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Phl 4:6

the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phl 4:7

whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  Phl 4:8 

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.  Phl 4:9

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  Phl 4:11

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  Phl 4:12

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Phl 4:13

Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.  Phl 4:14

Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.  Phl 4:17

I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.  Phl 4:18

my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Phl 4:19

to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.  Phl 4:20

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Phl 4:21

Colossians

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel.  Col 1:3-5

he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.  Col 1:8

we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.  Col 1:9-12

He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Col 1:13-14

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  Col 1:15

by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.  Col 1:16

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  Col :17

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.  Col 1:18

it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.  Col 1:19-20

although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—Col 1:21-22

if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven,  Col 1:23

I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.  Col 1:24

Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Col 1:25-27

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.  Col 1:28

For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.  Col 1:29

their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Col 2:2-3

I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.  Col 2:4

even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.  Col 2:5

as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.  Col 2:6-7

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  Col 2:8

in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  Col 2:9-12

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Co 2:13-14

When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.  Col 2:15

no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.  Col 2:16-17

Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,

and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.  Col 2:18-19

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.  Col 2:20-23

if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Col 3:1

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  Col 3:2

you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  Col 3:3

When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.  Col 3:4

consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. Col 3:5-7

now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.  Col 3:8

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.  Co 3:9-11

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  Col 3:12-14

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Col 3:15

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Col 3:16

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Col 3:17

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  Col 3:18

Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.  Col 3:19

Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.  Col 3:20

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.  Col 3:21

Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.  Col 3:22

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.  Col 3:23-24

he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.  Col 3:25

Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.  Col 4:1

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.  Col 4:2-4

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  Col 4:5

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.  Col 4:6

always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. Col 4:12

“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”  Col 4:17

1 Thessalonians

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.  1 Th 1:2-5

You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.  1 Th 1:6-7

they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.  1 Th 1:9-10

we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.  1Th 2:2

our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.  1 Th 2:3-4

we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.  1 Th 2:5-6

we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.  1 Th 2:7

Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.  1 Th 2:8

you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.  1 Th 2:9

You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.  1 Th 2:10-12

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.  1 Th 2:13

For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.  1 Th 2:14-16

For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  1 Th 2:19

you are our glory and joy.  1 Th 2:20

we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.  1 Th 3:2-3

For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know.  1 Th 3:4

For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.  1 Th 3:5

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.  1 Th 3:6-8

For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?  1 Th 3:9-10

may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.  1 Th 3:12-13

we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.  1 Th 4:1

you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.  1 Th 4:2

this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.  1 Th 4:3-6

God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.  1 Th 4:7

So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.  1 Th 4:8

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.  1 Th 4:9-12

we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.  1 Th 4:13

if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 1 Th 4:14

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  1 Th 4:15

the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  1 Th 4:16

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.  1 Th 4:17

comfort one another with these words.  1 Th 4:18

you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.  1 Th 5:2

While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.  1 Th 5:3

you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.  1 Th 5:4-5

those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.  1 Th 5:7

since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.  1 Th 5:8

God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.  1 Th 5:9-10

encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.  1 Th 5:11

we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.  1 Th 5:12-13

We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  1 Th 5:14

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.  1 Th 5:15

Rejoice always;  1 Th 5:16

pray without ceasing;  1 Th 5:17

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Th 5:18

Do not quench the Spirit;  1 Th 5:19

do not despise prophetic utterances.  1 Th 5:20

examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;  1 Th 5:21

abstain from every form of evil.  1 Th 5:22

may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Th 5:23

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.  1 Th 5:24

Brethren, pray for us.  1 Th 5:25

Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.  1 Th 5:26

I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.  1 Th 5:27

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  1 Th 5:28

2 Thessalonians

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Th 1:2

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.  2 Th 1:3-4

This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.  2 Th 1:5

after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Th 1:6-8

These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.  2 Th 1:9-10

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Th 1:11-12

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.  2 Th 2:1-2

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.  2 Th 2:3-4

you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.  2 Th 2:6

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.  2 Th 2:7

Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.  2 Th 2:8-10

For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.  2 Th 2:11-12

we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  2 Th 2: 13

It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Th 2:14

stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.  2 Th 2:15

may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.  2 Th 2:16-17

brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.  2 Th 3:1-2

the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.  2 Th 3:3

We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.  2 Th 3:4

May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.  2 Th 3:5

we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.  2 Th 3:6

you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.  2 Th 3:7-9

For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.  2 Th 3:10

we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.  2 Th 3:11-12

do not grow weary of doing good.  2 Th 3:13

If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.  2 Th 3:14-15

may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!  2 Th 3:16

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  2 Th 3:18

1 Timothy

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 Ti 1:1-2

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.  1 Ti 1:3-4

the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  1 Ti 1:5

For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.  1 Ti 1:6-7

we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.  1 Ti 1:8-11

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.  1 Ti 1:12-14

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.  1 Ti 1:15

Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.  1 Ti 1:16

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.  1 Ti 1:17

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.  1 Ti 1:18-20

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  1 Ti 2:1-2

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  1 Ti 2:3-4

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.  1 Ti 2:5-6

For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  1 Ti 2:7

I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.  1 Ti 2:8

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.  1 Ti 2:9-10

A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.  1 Ti 2:11

I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.  1 Ti 2:12

it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.  1 Ti 2:13

it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.  1 Ti 2:14

women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.  1 Ti 2:15

It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.  1 Ti 3:1

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.  1 Ti 3:2-3

He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.  1 Ti 3:4-6

he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.  1 Ti 3:7

Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  1 Ti 3:8-9

These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.  1 Ti 3:10

Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.  1 Ti 3:11

Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.  1 Ti 3:12

For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.  1 Ti 3:13

in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.  1 Ti 3:15

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:

He who was revealed in the flesh,

Was vindicated in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Proclaimed among the nations,

Believed on in the world,

Taken up in glory.  1 Ti 3:16

the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.  1 Ti 4:1-3

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 

for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.  1 Ti 4:4-5

In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.  1 Ti 4:6

have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.  1 Ti 4:7-8

It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.  1 Ti 4:9

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.  1 Ti 4:10

Prescribe and teach these things.  1 Ti 4:11

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.  1 Ti 4:12

give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.  1 Ti 4:13

Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.  1 Ti 4:14

Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.  1 Ti 4:15

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.  1 Ti 4:16

Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.  1 Ti 5:1-2

Honor widows who are widows indeed; but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.  1 Ti 5:3-4

Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day.  1 Ti 5:5

she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.  1 Ti 5:6

Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.  1 Ti 5:7

if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.  1 Ti 5:8

A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.  1 Ti 5:9-10

But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge. At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. . 1 Ti 5:11-13

I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.  1 Ti 5:14-15

If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.  1 Ti 5:16

The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”  1 Ti 5:17-18

Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.  1 Ti 5:19

Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.  1 Ti 5:20

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.  1 Ti 5:21

Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.  1 Ti 5:22

No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.  1 Ti 5:23

The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after. Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.  1 Ti 5:24-25

All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against.  1 Ti 6:1

Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.  1 Ti 6:2

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.  1 Ti 6:3-5

godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.  1 Ti 6:6

we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.  1 Ti 6:7

If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.  1 Ti 6:8

those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.  1 Ti 6:9

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  1 Ti 6:10

flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.  1 Ti 6:11

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  1 Ti 6:12

I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.  1 Ti 6:13-16

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.  1 Ti 6:17-19

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.  1 Ti 6:20-21

2 Timothy

I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day,  2 Ti 1:3

I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.  2 Ti 1:5

For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  2 Ti 1:6

God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.  2 Ti 1:7

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.  2 Ti 1:8-11

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.  2 Ti 1:12

Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  2 Ti 1:13

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.  2 Ti 1:14

You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  2 Ti 1:15

The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains; but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me—the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day—and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.  2 Ti 1:16-18

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  2 Ti 2:1

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  2 Ti 2:2

Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  2 Ti 2:3

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  2 Ti 2:4

if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.  2 Ti 2:5

The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.  2 Ti 2:6

Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.  2 Ti 2:7

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.  2 Ti 2:8-9

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.  2 Ti 2:10

It is a trustworthy statement:

For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 

If we endure, we will also reign with Him;

If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 

If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.  2 Ti 2:11-13

Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.  2 Ti 2:14

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  2 Ti 2:15

avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.  2 Ti 2:16-18

Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”  2 Ti 2:19

Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.  2 Ti 2:20

if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.  2 Ti 2:21

flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.  2 Ti 2:22

refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.  2 Ti 2:23

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.  2 Ti 2:24-26

realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  2 Ti 3:1

For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.  2 Ti 3:2-5

among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  2 Ti 3:6-7

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.  2 Ti 3:8-9

Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!  2 Ti 3:10-11

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  2 Ti 3:12

evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  2 Ti 3:13

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Ti 3:14-15

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.  2 Ti 3:16-17

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  2 Ti 4:1-2

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.  2 Ti 4:3-4

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  2 Ti 4:5

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.  2 Ti 4:7-8

for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  2 Ti 4:10

When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.  2 Ti 4:13

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.  2 Ti 4:14

Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.  2 Ti 4:15

But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. 2 Ti 4:17

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

2 Ti 4:18

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.  2 Ti 4:19

Titus

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior, To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.  Tit 1:1-4

For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.  Tit 1:5-6

For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.  Tit 1:7-9

For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.  Tit 1:10-11

One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”  Tit 1:12

This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.  Tit 1:13-14

To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.  Tit 1:15

They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.  Tit 1:16

But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.  Tit 2:1

Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.  Tit 2:2

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.  Tit 2:3-5

Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.  Tit 2:6-8

Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.  Tit 2:9-10

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.  Ti 2:11-14

These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.  Tit 2:15

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.  Ti 3:1-2

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.  Tit 3:3

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Tit 3:4-7

This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.  Tit 3:8

avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.  Tit 3:9

Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.  Tit 3:10-11

Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.  Tit 3:14

All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.  Tit 3:15


Biblical Phraseology

Romans

He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, Rom 1:2

who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,  Rom 1:3

who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,  Rom 1:4

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, Rom 1:8

whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the Gospel of His Son,  Rom 1:9

I may impart some spiritual gift to you, Rom 1:11

I do not want you to be unaware, Rom 1:13

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.  Rom 1:14

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Rom 1:16

in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;  Rom 1:17

“BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”  Rom 1:17

the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  Rom 1:18

that which is known about God is evident within them;  Rom 1:19

God made it evident to them.  Rom 1:19

since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  Rom 1:20

they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Rom 1:21

Professing to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:22

They exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  Rom 1:23

God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  Rom 1:24

they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,  Rom 1:25

God gave them over to degrading passions; Rom 1:26

their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,  Rom 1:26

the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  Rom 1:27

God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;  Rom 1:28-31

although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.  Rom 1:32

in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself;  Rom 2:1

the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.  Rom 2:2

do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?  Rom 2:4

because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,  Rom 2:5

who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:  Rom 2:6

to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;  Rom 2:7

to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.  Rom 2:8

There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Rom 2:9-10

there is no partiality with God.  Rom 2:11

all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;  Rom 2:12

it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.  Rom 2:13

on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.  Rom 2:16

you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?  Rom 2:21

You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?  Rom 2:21

“THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU,” Rom 2:24

indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.  Rom 2:25

he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.  Rom 2:28

he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.  Rom 2:29

First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.  Rom 3:2

What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?  Rom 3:3

let God be found true, though every man be found a liar,  Rom 3:4

“THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS,

AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.”  Rom 3:4

we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;  Rom 3:9

“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;

THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,

THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;

ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;

THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,

THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”  Rom 3:10-12

“THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,

WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,”

“THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”;

“WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”;

“THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,

DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,

AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.”

“THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”  Rom 3:13-18

we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.  Rom 3:19-20

apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Rom 3:21-26

we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.  Rom 3:28

indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.  Rom 3:30

if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  Rom 4:2

For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Rom 4:3

to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  Rom 4:4

to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.  Rom 4:5-7

“BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.”  Rom 4:8

“FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Rom 4:9

the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.  Rom 4:12

the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.  Rom 4:13

if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.  Rom 4:14-15

For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.  Rom 4:16-17

In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”  Rom 4:18

Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Rom 4:19-21

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.  Rom 4:25

having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  Rom 5:1-2

we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Rom 5:3-5

while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Rom 5:6

one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Rom 5:7-8

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  Rom 5:9

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  Rom 5:10

And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  Rom 5:11

just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—Rom 5:12

sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Rom 5:13

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.  Rom 5:14

the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.  Rom 5:15

The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.  Rom 5:16

For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  Rom 5:17

as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.  Rom 5:18

as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  Rom 5:19

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Rom 5:20-21

May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?  Rom 6:2

do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?  Rom 6:3

we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  Rom 6:4

For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.  Ro 6:5-7

if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.  Rom 6:8-9

the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  Rom 6:10

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Rom 6:11

do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Rom 6:12-13

For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  Rom 6:14

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?  Rom 6:16

thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  Rom 6:17-18

I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.  Rom 6:19

when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  Rom 6:20

what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.  Rom 6:21

now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.  Rom 6:22

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom 6:23

the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?  Rom 7:1

the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.  Rom 7:2

if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.  Rom 7:3

you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  Rom 7:4

while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  Rom 7:5

now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.  Rom 7:6

On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”  Rom 7:7

sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.  Rom 7:8

I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.  Rom 7:9-11

the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.  Rom 7:12

Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.  Rom 7:13

we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.  Rom 7:14

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.  Rom 7:15

if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.  Rom 7:16

no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  Rom 7:17

I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  Rom 7:18

For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.  Rom 7:19

if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  Rom 7:20

I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.  Rom 7:21

For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.  Rom 7:22-23

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.  Rom 7:2¬4-25

there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Rom 8:1

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  Rom 8:2

what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Rom 8:3-4

those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  Rom 8:5

For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  Rom 8:6-8

you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.  Rom 8:9

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.  Rom 8:10

if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  Rom 8:11

we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—Rom 8:12

if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  Rom 8:13

all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  Rom 8:14

you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”  Rom 8:15

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.  Rom 6:16-17

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  Rom 8:18

the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.  Rom 8:19

the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  Rom 8:20-21

we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.  Rom 8:22-23

in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?  Rom 8:24

if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  Rom 8:25

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  Rom 8:26-27

we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Rom 8:28

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.  Rom 8:29-30

If God is for us, who is against us?  Rom 8:31

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  Rom 8:32

Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.  Rom 8:33-34

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Rom 8:35

“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;

WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”  Rom 8:36

in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  Rom 8:37

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom 8:38-39

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, Rom 9:1

I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, Rom 9:3

it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.”  Rom 9:6-7

it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.  Rom 9:8

this is the word of promise: “AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON.”  Rom 9:9

not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!  Rom 9:10-14

He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  Rom 9:15

it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  Rom 9:16

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.”  Rom 9:17

He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.  Rom 9:18

On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?  Rom 9:20

does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?  Rom 9:21

What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  Rom 9:22

He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.  Rom 9:23-24

“I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’

AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.’”  Rom 9:25

“AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD.”  Rom 9:26

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED; FOR THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD ON THE EARTH, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY.”  Rom 9:27-28

just as Isaiah foretold,

“UNLESS THE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY,

WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH.”  Rom 9:29

Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.  Rom 9:30-31

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written,

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE,

AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Rom 9:32-33

my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.  Rom 10:1

I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  Rom 10:2

For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.  Rom 10:3

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  Rom 10:4

Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.  Rom 10:5

“THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  Rom 10:8-10

For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Rom 10:11

there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”  Rom 10:12-13

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?  Rom 10:14

“HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”  Rom 10:15

they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?”  Rom 10:16

faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.  Rom 10:17

“THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH,

AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.”  Rom 10:18

“I WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS BY THAT WHICH IS NOT A NATION,

BY A NATION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER YOU.”  Rom 10:19

Isaiah is very bold and says,

“I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME,

I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME.”  Rom 10:20

as for Israel He says, “ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.”  Rom 10:21

God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  Rom 11:2

“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.”  Rom 11:3

what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”  Rom 11:4

there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  Rom 11:5

if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.  Rom 11:6

“GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,

EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT,

DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY.”  Rom 11:8

And David says,

“LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,

AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM.

“LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT,

AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER.”  Rom 11:9-10

by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.  Rom 11:11

if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!  Rom 11:12

Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.  Rom 11:13-14

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  Rom 11:15

If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.  Rom 11:16

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  Rom 11:17-18

Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  Rom 11:20-21

Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.  Rom 11:22

if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  Rom 11:23

if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?  Rom 11:24

I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

“THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,

HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.”  Rom 11:25-26

“THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM,

WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”  Rom 11:27

From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  Rom 11:28-29

For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.  Rom 11:30-31

God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.  Rom 11:32

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  Rom 11:33

WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?  Rom 11:34

WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?  Rom 11:35

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.  Rom 11:36

I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  Rom 12:1

do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  Rom 12:2

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.  Rom 12:3

just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Rom 12:4-5

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.  Rom 12:6-8

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  Rom 12:9

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.  Rom 12:10-13

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rom 12:14

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Rom 12:15

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.  Rom 12:16

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  Rom 12:17

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Rom 12:18

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.  Rom 12:19

“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”  Rom 12:20

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Rom 12:21

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Rom 13:1

whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  Rom 13:2

For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Rom 13:3-4

it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  Rom 13:5

because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Rom 13:6

Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.  Rom 13:7

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.  Rom 13:8

, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  Rom 13:9

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  Rom 13:10

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.  Rom 13:11

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Rom 13:12

Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.  Rom 13:13

put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.  Rom 13:14

accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.  Rom 14:1

One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.  Rom 14:2

The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.  Rom 14:3

Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.  Rom 14:4

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.  Rom 14:5

He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.  Rom 14:6

For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  Rom 14:7-8

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.  Rom 14:9

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.  Rom 14:10

“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,

AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”  Rom 14:11

So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.  Rom 14:12

let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.  Rom 14:13

I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Rom 14:14

if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.  Rom 14:15

Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Rom 14:16-17

he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  Rom 14:18

we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.  Rom 14:19

Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.  Rom 14:20

It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.  Rom 14:21

The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.  Rom 14:22

he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.  Rom 14:23

we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.  Rom 15:1

Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.  Rom 15:2

even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.”  Rom 15:3

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  Rom 15:4

may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Rom 15:5-6

accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.  Rom 15:7

I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,

“THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,

AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.”  Rom 15:8-9

“REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE.”  Rom 15:10

“PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES,

AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM.”  Rom 15:11

Again Isaiah says,

“THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE,

AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES,

IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.”  Rom 15:12

may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Rom 15:13

concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.  Rom 15:14

I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  Rom 15:15-16

in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.  Rom 15:17

I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  Rom 15:18-19

thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; but as it is written,

“THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE,

AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.”  Rom 15:20-21

Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.  Rom 15:26

Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.  Rom 15:27

when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain.  Rom 15:28

I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.  Rom 15:29

Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.  Rom 15:30-32

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.  Rom 15:33

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.  Rom 16:1-2

Greet one another with a holy kiss.  Rom 16:16

I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  Rom 16:17

such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.  Rom 16:18

For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.  Rom 16:19

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  Rom 16:20

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen. Rom 16:25-27


Biblical Terminology

Romans

a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, Rom 1:1

an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, Rom 1:1

which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,  Rom 1:2

who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, Rom 1:3

who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, Rom 1:4

according to the Spirit of holiness, Rom 1:4

Jesus Christ our Lord, Rom 1:4

the obedience of faith, Rom 1:5

for His name’s sake, Rom 1:5

all who are beloved of God, Rom 1:7

God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Rom 1:7

I thank my God through Jesus Christ, Rom 1:8

whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, Rom 1:9

how unceasingly I make mention of you, Rom 1:9

by the will of God, Rom 1:10

I may impart some spiritual gift to you, Rom 1:11

I do not want you to be unaware, Rom 1:13

I am under obligation, Rom 1:14

for my part, Rom 1:15

I am eager to preach the gospel to you, Rom 1:15

I am not ashamed of the gospel, Rom 1:16

to everyone who believes, Rom 1:16

the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; Rom 1:17

as it is written, Rom 1:17

“BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” Rom 1:17

the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Rom 1:18

ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, Rom 1:18 

suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Rom 1:18

that which is known about God is evident within them, Rom 1:19

God made it evident to them, Rom 1:19

since the creation of the world, Rom 1:20

His invisible attributes, Rom 1:20

His eternal power and divine nature, Rom 1:20

being understood through what has been made, Rom 1:20

they are without excuse, Rom 1:20

they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened, Rom 1:21

Professing to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:22

the glory of the incorruptible God, Rom 1:23

in the form of corruptible man, Rom 1:23

birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures, Rom 1:23

God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, Rom 1:24

they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, Rom 1:25

worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Rom 1:25

who is blessed forever, Rom 1:25

God gave them over to degrading passions; Rom 1:26

their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, Rom 1:26

the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, Rom 1:27

men with men committing indecent acts, Rom 1:27

the due penalty of their error, Rom 1:27

they did not see fit to acknowledge God, Rom 1:28

God gave them over to a depraved mind, Rom 1:28

to do those things which are not proper, Rom 1:28

being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; Rom 1:29

they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; Rom 1:29-31

the ordinance of God, Rom 1:32

those who practice such things are worthy of death, Rom 1:32

they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. Rom 1:32

you have no excuse, Rom 2:1

in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; Rom 2:1

you who judge practice the same things, Rom 2:1

the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. Rom 2:2

do you suppose this, Rom 2:3

when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, Rom 2:3

the judgment of God, Rom 2:3

do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, Rom 2:4

the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, Rom 2:4

the kindness of God leads you to repentance, Rom 2:4

your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, Rom 2:5

your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, Rom 2:5

in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, Rom 2:5

who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS, Rom 2:6

by perseverance in doing good, Rom 2:7

seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; Rom 2:7

those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, Rom 2:8

wrath and indignation, Rom 2:8

There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, Rom 2:9

glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, Rom 2:10

to the Jew first and also to the Greek, Rom 2:10

there is no partiality with God, Rom 2:11

all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, Rom 2:12

all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; Rom 2:12

it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. Rom 2:13

do instinctively the things of the Law, Rom 2:14

they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, Rom 2:15

their conscience bearing witness, Rom 2:15

their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, Rom 2:15

according to my gospel, Rom 2:16

God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus, Rom 2:16

a guide to the blind, Rom 2:19

a light to those who are in darkness, Rom 2:19

a corrector of the foolish, Rom 2:20

a teacher of the immature, Rom 2:20

the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, Rom 2:20

you, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? Rom 2:21

You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? Rom 2:21

You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? Rom 2:22

You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? Rom 2:22

You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? Rom 2:23

“THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU,” Rom 2:24

For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Rom 2:25

a transgressor of the Law, Rom 2:25

the requirements of the Law, Rom 2:26

he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. Rom 2:28

he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, Rom 2:28

he is a Jew who is one inwardly; Rom 2:29

circumcision is that which is of the heart, Rom 2:29

by the Spirit, not by the letter; Rom 2:29

his praise is not from men, but from God. Rom 2:29

what advantage has the Jew? Rom 3:1

what is the benefit of circumcision? Rom 3:1

Great in every respect. Rom 3:2

First of all, Rom 3:2

they were entrusted with the oracles of God. Rom 3:2

the oracles of God, Rom 3:2

What then? Rom 3:3

If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? Rom 3:3 

the faithfulness of God, Rom 3:3

will it? Rom 3:3

May it never be! Rom 3:4

let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, Rom 3:4

as it is written, Rom 3:4

“THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS,

AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.” Rom 3:4

if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Rom 3:5

the righteousness of God, Rom 3:5

what shall we say? Rom 3:5

The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? Rom 3:5

I am speaking in human terms. Rom 3:5

May it never be! Rom 3:6

the truth of God, Rom 3:7

why not say, Rom 3:8

as some claim, Rom 3:8

“Let us do evil that good may come”? Rom 3:8

Their condemnation is just. Rom 3:8

What then? Rom 3:9

Are we better than they? Rom 3:9

Not at all, Rom 3:9

we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; Rom 3:9

both Jews and Greeks, Rom 3:9

as it is written, Rom 3:10

“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; Rom 3:10

THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,

THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; Rom 3:11

ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;

THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,

THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.” Rom 3:12

“THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,

WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,”

“THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”; Rom 3:13

“WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”; Rom 3:14

“THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD, Rom 3:15

DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS, Rom 3:16

AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.” Rom 3:17

“THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.” Rom 3:18

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; Rom 3:19

all the world may become accountable to God; Rom 3:19

because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:20

the knowledge of sin, Rom 3:20

apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, Rom 3:21

the righteousness of God, Rom 3:21

being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, Rom 3:21

the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; Rom 3:22

the righteousness of God, Rom 3:22 

through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; Rom 3:22

there is no distinction; Rom 3:22

all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23

the glory of God, Rom 3:23

being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; Rom 3:24

being justified as a gift by His grace, Rom 3:24 

through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; Rom 3:24

a propitiation in His blood through faith, Rom 3:25

in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; Rom 3:25

in the forbearance of God, Rom 3:25 

the sins previously committed; Rom 3:25

He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Rom 3:26

No, but by a law of faith. Rom 3:27

we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Rom 3:28

a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Rom 3:28

is God the God of Jews only? Rom 3:29

indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one. Rom 3:30

May it never be! Rom 3:31

On the contrary, Rom 3:31

according to the flesh, Rom 4:1

if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. Rom 4:2

what does the Scripture say? Rom 4:3

“ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Rom 4:3

Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. Rom 4:4

to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, Rom 4:5

the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Rom 4:6

“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN,

AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. Rom 4:7

“BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.” Rom 4:8

“FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Rom 4:9

Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; Rom 4:10

the sign of circumcision, Rom 4:11

a seal of the righteousness of the faith, Rom 4:11

the father of all who believe without being circumcised, Rom 4:11

follow in the steps of the faith, Rom 4:11

the promise to Abraham, Rom 4:12

through the righteousness of faith, Rom 4:13

faith is made void and the promise is nullified; Rom 4:14


the Law brings about wrath, Rom 4:15

where there is no law, there also is no violation. Rom 4:15

in order that it may be in accordance with grace, Rom 4:16

to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, Rom 4:16

as it is written, Rom 4:17

“A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”, Rom 4:17

God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. Rom 4:17

In hope against hope he believed, Rom 4:18

Without becoming weak in faith, Rom 4:19

as good as dead, Rom 4:19

the deadness of Sarah’s womb; Rom 4:19

with respect to the promise of God, Rom 4:20

he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, Rom 4:20

giving glory to God, Rom 4:20

being fully assured that what God had promised, Rom 4:21

those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Rom 4:24

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Rom 4:25

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Rom 5:1

grace in which we stand; Rom 5:2

we exult in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:2

we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom 5:3-5

the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom 5:5

while we were still helpless, Rom 5:6

at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom 5:6

one will hardly die for a righteous man; Rom 5:7

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8

having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Rom 5:9

while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, Rom 5:10

much more, Rom 5:10

having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:10

we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:10

we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Rom 5:11

through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—Rom 5:12

sin is not imputed when there is no law. Rom 5:13

death reigned from Adam until Moses, Rom 5:14

Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Rom 5:14

the free gift is not like the transgression. Rom 5:15

if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. Rom 5:15

the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, Rom 5:16

the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. Rom 5:16

by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, Rom 5:17

much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Rom 5:17

the One, Jesus Christ. Rom 5:17

through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, Rom 5:18

through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. Rom 5:18

through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, Rom 5:19

through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. Rom 5:19

where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, Rom 5:20

as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 5:21

What shall we say then? Rom 6:1

Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? Rom 6:1

May it never be! Rom 6:2

How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Rom 6:2

do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Rom 6:3

we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, Rom 6:4

as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Rom 6:4

if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, Rom 6:5

our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; Rom 6:6

our old self was crucified with Him, Rom 6:6

he who has died is freed from sin. Rom 6:7

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, Rom 6:8

Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. Rom 6:9

the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Rom 6:10

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Rom 6:11

do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, Rom 6:12

do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; Rom 6:13

present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Rom 6:13

instruments of righteousness to God, Rom 6:13

sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14

What then? Rom 6:15

Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Rom 6:15

May it never be! Rom 6:15

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? Rom 6:16

you are slaves of the one whom you obey, Rom 6:16

thanks be to God, Rom 6:17

you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching, Rom 6:17

having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Rom 6:18

slaves of righteousness, Rom 6:18

I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. Rom 6:19

For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. Rom 6:19

when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Rom 6:20

the things of which you are now ashamed, Rom 6:21

the outcome of those things is death, Rom 6:21

now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. Rom 6:22

the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 6:23

do you not know, Rom 7:1

the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives, Rom 7:1

the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. Rom 7:2

if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. Rom 7:3

you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Rom 7:4

bear fruit for God, Rom 7:4

the sinful passions, Rom 7:5

bear fruit for death, Rom 7:5

serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter, Rom 7:6

What shall we say then? Rom 7:7

I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; Rom 7:7

I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” Rom 7:7

sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; Rom 7:8

apart from the Law sin is dead, Rom 7:8

when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; Rom 7:9

sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. Rom 7:11

the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Rom 7:12

in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. Rom 7:13

the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. Rom 7:14

sold into bondage to sin, Rom 7:14

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. Rom 7:15

if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. Rom 7:16 

no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Rom 7:17

I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. Rom 7:18

For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. Rom 7:19

if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Rom 7:20

I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. Rom 7:21

I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, Rom 7:22

I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Rom 7:23

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Rom 7:24

Wretched man that I am! Rom 7:24

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rom 7:25

on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Rom 7:25

there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:1

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Rom 8:2

sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, Rom 8:3

the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:4

the requirement of the Law, Rom 8:4 

do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:4

those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Rom 8:5

the things of the flesh, Rom 8:5

the things of the Spirit, Rom 8:5

the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, Rom 8:6

the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, Rom 8:7

the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; Rom 8:7

those who are in the flesh cannot please God, Rom 8:8

you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Rom 8:9

if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Rom 8:9

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Rom 8:10

if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rom 8:11

we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—Rom 8:12

if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13

all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Rom 8:14

you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Rom 8:15

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, Rom 8:16

if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Rom 8:17

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Rom 8:18

the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. Rom 8:19

the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope, Rom 8:20

the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Rom 8:21

we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. Rom 8:22

even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:23

in hope we have been saved, Rom 8:24

hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? Rom 8:24

hope that is seen is not hope; Rom 8:24

who hopes for what he already sees? Rom 8:24

if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Rom 8:25

we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; Rom 8:26

we do not know how to pray as we should, Rom 8:26

the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; Rom 8:26

He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, Rom 8:27

He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Rom 8:27

we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28

God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, Rom 8:28

those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; Rom 8:29

these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Rom 8:30

If God is for us, who is against us? Rom 8:31

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Rom 8:32

Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? Rom 8:33

God is the one who justifies; Rom 8:33

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Rom 8:34

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Rom 8:35

The love of Christ, Rom 8:35

Just as it is written, Rom 8:36

“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;

WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” Rom 8:36

in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:38-39

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, Rom 9:1

I am telling the truth in Christ, Rom 9:1

I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. Rom 9:2

I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, Rom 9:3

who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, Rom 9:4

who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. Rom 9:5

they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, Rom 9:6-7

“THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.” Rom 9:7

it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. Rom 9:8

“AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON.” Rom 9:9

though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, Rom 9:11

not because of works but because of Him who calls, Rom 9:11

“THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” Rom 9:12

Just as it is written, Rom 9:13

“JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” Rom 9:13

What shall we say then? Rom 9:14

There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! Rom 9:14

For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” Rom 9:15

So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. Rom 9:16

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.” Rom 9:17

He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. Rom 9:18

who are you, O man, who answers back to God? Rom 9:20

The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Rom 9:20

does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? Rom 9:21

one vessel for honorable use, Rom 9:21

What if God, Rom 9:22

vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, Rom 9:22

He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, Rom 9:23

vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, Rom 9:23

not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. Rom 9:24

As He says also in Hosea,

“I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’

AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.’”  Rom 9:25

“AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’

THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD.” Rom 9:26

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED; Rom 9:27

THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD ON THE EARTH, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY.” Rom 9:28

just as Isaiah foretold,

“UNLESS THE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY,

WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH.” Rom 9:29

What shall we say then? Rom 9:30

Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; Rom 9:30

the righteousness which is by faith; Rom 9:30

Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Rom 9:31

they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. Rom 9:32

They stumbled over the stumbling stone, Rom 9:32

just as it is written,

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE,

AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” Rom 9:33

my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. Rom 10:1

they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. Rom 10:2

not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. Rom 10:3

the righteousness of God, Rom 10:3

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4

Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. Rom 10:5

“THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, Rom 10:8

the word of faith which we are preaching, Rom 10:8

if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Rom 10:9

with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Rom 10:10

the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” Rom 10:11

there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; Rom 10:12

there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; Rom 10:12

“WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Rom 10:13

“HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” Rom 10:15

Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” Rom 10:16

faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Rom 10:17

“THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH,

AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.” Rom 10:18

Isaiah is very bold and says,

“I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME,

I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME.” Rom 10:20

as for Israel He says, “ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.” Rom 10:21

God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? Rom 11:2

“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.” Rom 11:3

what is the divine response to him? Rom 11:4

“I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.” Rom 11:4

there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. Rom 11:5

according to God’s gracious choice, Rom 11:5

if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. Rom 11:6

What then? Rom 11:7

What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; Rom 11:7

just as it is written,

“GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,

EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT,

DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY.” Rom 11:8

EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, Rom 11:8

DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY, Rom 11:8

David says,

“LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,

AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM. Rom 11:9

A SNARE AND A TRAP, Rom 11:9

STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION, Rom 11:9

“LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT,

AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER.” Rom 11:10

by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Rom 11:11

Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! Rom 11:12

Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, Rom 11:13

if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. Rom 11:14

if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Rom 11:15

If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. Rom 11:16

If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; Rom 11:16

if the root is holy, the branches are too. Rom 11:16

if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, Rom 11:17

do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. Rom 11:18

they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; Rom 11:19

Do not be conceited, but fear; Rom 11:19

if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Rom 11:21

Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. Rom 11:22

if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. Rom 11:23

if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? Rom 11:24

I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; Rom 11:25

so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

“THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,

HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.” Rom 11:26

“THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM,

WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” Rom 11:27

From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; Rom 11:28

the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Rom 11:29

just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. Rom 11:30-31

God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. Rom 11:32

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Rom 11:33

the wisdom and knowledge of God, Rom 11:33 

How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Rom 11:33

WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Rom 11:34

THE MIND OF THE LORD, Rom 11:34

WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? Rom 11:35

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Rom 11:36

from Him and through Him and to Him are all things, Rom 11:36 

To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Rom 11:36

I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Rom 12:1

by the mercies of God, Rom 12:1

a living and holy sacrifice, Rom 12:1

spiritual service of worship, Rom 12:1

do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2

do not be conformed to this world, Rom 12:2

be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Rom 12:2

prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2

not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Rom 12:3

not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; Rom 12:3

to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Rom 12:3

sound judgment, Rom 12:3

God has allotted to each a measure of faith, Rom 12:3

just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, Rom 12:4

we have many members in one body, Rom 12:4

all the members do not have the same function, Rom 12:4

we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Rom 12:5

one body in Christ, Rom 12:5

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Rom 12:6-8

according to the grace given to us, Rom 12:6

Let love be without hypocrisy. Rom 12:9

Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Rom 12:9

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; Rom 12:10

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; Rom 12:10

give preference to one another in honor; Rom 12:10

not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; Rom 12:11

rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, Rom 12:12

contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Rom 12:13

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rom 12:14

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Rom 12:15

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Rom 12:16

Do not be wise in your own estimation. Rom 12:16

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Rom 12:17

Respect what is right in the sight of all men. Rom 12:17

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Rom 12:18

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. Rom 12:19

it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. Rom 12:19

“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Rom 12:20

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom 12:21

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Rom 13:1

whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. Rom 13:2

rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; Rom 13:3

for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Rom 13:4

it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. Rom 13:5

because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Rom 13:6

Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Rom 13:7

Render to all what is due them, Rom 13:7

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Rom 13:8

he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Rom 13:8

“YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Rom 13:9

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Rom 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; Rom 13:10

love is the fulfillment of the law. Rom 13:10

it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. Rom 13:11

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Rom 13:12

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Rom 13:12

let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Rom 13:12

Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. Rom 13:13

Let us behave properly as in the day, Rom 13:13

put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Rom 13:14

put on the Lord Jesus Christ, Rom 13:14

accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. Rom 14:1

One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. Rom 14:2

The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Rom 14:3

Who are you to judge the servant of another? Rom 14:4

To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Rom 14:4

the Lord is able to make him stand, Rom 14:4

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. Rom 14:5

He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. Rom 14:6

For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; Rom 14:7

if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Rom 14:8

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Rom 14:9

why do you judge your brother? Rom 14:10

why do you regard your brother with contempt? Rom 14:10

we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. Rom 14:10

For it is written,

“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,

AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.” Rom 14:11

So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Rom 14:12

let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. Rom 14:13

I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Tom 14:14

For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. Rom 14:15

do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; Rom 14:16

the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom 14:17

the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, Rom 14:17

righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom 14:17

he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. Rom 14:18

we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Rom 14:19

Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. Rom 14:20

It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. Rom 14:21

The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Rom 14:22

Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. Rom 14:22

he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin. Rom 14:23

whatever is not from faith is sin. Rom 14:23

we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Rom 15:1

Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. Rom 15:2

even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.” Rom 15:3

whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Rom 15:4

may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 15:5-6

accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. Rom 15:7

Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,

“THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,

AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.” Rom 15:8-9

“REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE.” Rom 15:10

“PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES,

AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM.” Rom 15:11

Again Isaiah says,

“THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE,

AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES,

IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.” Rom 15:12

THE ROOT OF JESSE, Rom 15:12

IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE, Rom 15:12

may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:13

by the power of the Holy Spirit, Rom 15:13

I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. Rom 15:14

I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, Rom 15:15

to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:16

in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. Rom 15:17

I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Rom 15:18-19

What Christ has accomplished through me, Rom 15:18

in the power of the Spirit; Rom 15:19

I would not build on another man’s foundation; Rom 15:20

“THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE,

AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.” Rom 15:21

Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Rom 15:26

Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. Rom 15:27

I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. Rom 15:29

I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, Rom 15:30

by the love of the Spirit, Rom 15:30

so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. Rom 15:32

the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Rom 15:33

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; Rom 16:1

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, Rom 16:3

Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Ro 16:7

Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Rom 16:8

Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Rom 16:10

Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord. Rom 16:12

Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine. Rom 16:13

Greet one another with a holy kiss. Rom 16:16

keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. Rom 16:17

keep your eye on those who cause, Rom 16:17

dissensions and hindrances, Rom 16:17 

contrary to the teaching which you learned, Rom 16:17

turn away from them, Rom 16:17

such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. Rom 16:18

smooth and flattering speech, Rom 16:18 

they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. Rom 16:18

I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. Rom 16:19

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Rom 16:20

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Rom 16:24

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen. Rom 16:25-27 

The revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, Rom 16:25

By the Scriptures of the prophets, Rom 16:26

According to the commandment of the eternal God, Rom 16:26

The only wise God, Rom 16:26

1 Corinthians

an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, 1 Co 1:1

those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours: 1 Co 1:2

those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1 Co 1:2

peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Co 1:3

the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 1 Co 1:4

in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 1 Co 1:5

so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Co 1:7

who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Co 1:8

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Co 1:9

I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Co 1:10

in the same mind and in the same judgment, 1 Co 1:10

each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 1 Co 1:12

Has Christ been divided? 1 Co 1:13

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in [fn]cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. 1 Co 1:17

the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Co 1:18 

the word of the cross, 1 Co 1:18 

the power of God, 1 Co 1:18

For it is written,

“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,

AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” 1 Co 1:19

For it is written, 1 Co 1:19

THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, 1 Co 1:19

THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER, 1 Co 1:19 

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Co 1:20

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Co 1:20

since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Co 1:21

the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, 1 Co 1:21

the foolishness of the message, 1 Co 1:21

indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 1 Co 1:22

we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 1 Co 1:23

to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Co 1:24

Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God, 1 Co 1:24

the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Co 1:25

consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 1 Co 1:26

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. 1 Co 1:27-29

no man may boast before God, 1 Co 1:29

by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 1 Co 1:30

just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” 1 Co 1:31

I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 1 Co 2:1

superiority of speech or of wisdom, 1 Co 2:1

the testimony of God, 1 Co 2:1

I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 1 Co 2:2

my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 1 Co 2:4

persuasive words of wisdom, 1 Co 2:4

in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 1 Co 2:4

your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 1 Co 2:5

the wisdom of men, 1 Co 2:5

the power of God, 1 Co 2:5

Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 1 Co 2:6

we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 1 Co 2:7

before the ages, 1 Co 2:7

the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 1 Co 2:8

the Lord of glory; 1 Co 2:8

just as it is written,

“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,

AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,

ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Co 2:9

“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, 1 Co 2:9

which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, 1 Co 2:9

ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. 1 Co 2:9

For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 1 Co 2:10

God revealed them through the Spirit; 1 Co 2:10

the Spirit searches all things, 1 Co 2:10

the depths of God. 1 Co 2:10

For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 1 Co 2:11

the thoughts of a man, 1 Co 2:11

the spirit of the man, 1 Co 2:11 

the thoughts of God, 1 Co 2:11 

the Spirit of God, 1 Co 2:11

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 1 Co 2:12

the spirit of the world, 1 Co 2:12

the Spirit who is from God, 1 Co 2:12 

the things freely given to us by God, 1 Co 2:12

which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.1 Co 2:13

taught by human wisdom, 1 Co 2:13

taught by the Spirit, 1 Co 2:13

combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words, 1 Co 2:13

a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Co 2:14

a natural man, 1 Co 2:14

the things of the Spirit of God, 1 Co 2:14

they are spiritually appraised, 1 Co 2:14

he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 1 Co 2:15

he who is spiritual appraises all things, 1 Co 2:15

For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Co 2:16

THE MIND OF THE LORD, 1 Co 2:16

the mind of Christ, 1 Co 2:16

I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 1 Co 3:1

spiritual men, 1 Co 3:1

men of flesh, 1 Co 3:1

infants in Christ, 1 Co 3:1

I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 1 Co 3:2

since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 1 Co 3:3

jealousy and strife, 1 Co 3:3

are you not mere men? 1 Co 3:4

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 1 Co 3:5

I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 1 Co 3:6

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 1 Co 3:7

he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1 Co 3:8

we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Co 3:9

God’s fellow workers; 1 Co 3:9

God’s field, 1 Co 3:9

God’s building, 1 Co 3:9

According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. 1 Co 3:10

According to the grace of God, 1 Co 3:10 

like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, 1 Co 3:10

each man must be careful how he builds on it. 1 Co 3:10

no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Co 3:11

if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 1 Co 3:12-13

each man’s work will become evident; 1 Co 3:13

the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work, 1 Co 3:13

If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 1 Co 3:14

If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Co 3:15

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Co 3:16

a temple of God, 1 Co 3:16 

the Spirit of God dwells in you, 1 Co 3:16

If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Co 3:17

the temple of God is holy, 1 Co 3:17

Let no man deceive himself. 1 Co 3:18

If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 1 Co 3:18

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. 1 Co 3:19

the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. 1 Co 3:19

the wisdom of this world, 1 Co 3:19

“He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; 1 Co 3:19

“THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.” 1 Co 3:20

let no one boast in men. 1 Co 3:21

whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, 1 Co 3:22

you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. 1 Co 3:23

Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Co 4:1

servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God, 1 Co 4:1

it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 1 Co 4:2

to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 1 Co 4:3

I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 1 Co 4:4

do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. 1 Co 4:5

the things hidden in the darkness, 1 Co 4:5

the motives of men’s hearts; 1 Co 4:5

I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. 1 Co 4:6

in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, 1 Co 4:6

no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other, 1 Co 4:6

who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 1 Co 4:7

who regards you as superior? 1 Co 4:7

What do you have that you did not receive? 1 Co 4:7

if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 1 Co 4:7

I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 1 Co 4:8

I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 1 Co 4:9

a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 1 Co 4:9

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. 1 Co 4:10

To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 1 Co 4:11

we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 1 Co 4:12

when we are reviled, we bless; 1 Co 4:12

when we are persecuted, we endure; 1 Co 4:12

when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now. 1 Co 4:13

we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, 1 Co 4:13

I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 1 Co 4:14

if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 1 Co 4:15

I exhort you, be imitators of me. 1 Co 4:16

For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church. 1 Co 4:17

I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power. 1 Co 4:19

If the Lord wills, 1 Co 4:19

the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. 1 Co 4:20

the kingdom of God, 1 Co 4:20

What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness? 1 Co 4:21

with love and a spirit of gentleness, 1 Co 4:21

It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife. 1 Co 5:1

the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. 1 Co 5:2

I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 1 Co 5:3

I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 1 Co 5:5

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 1 Co 5:6

Your boasting is not good, 1 Co 5:6 

a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough, 1 Co 5:6

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, 1 Co 5:7

Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed, 1 Co 5:7

let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Co 5:8

the leaven of malice and wickedness, 1 Co 5:8

the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, 1 Co 5:8

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 1 Co 5:9

you would have to go out of the world, 1 Co 5:10

I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 1 Co 5:11

Do you not judge those who are within the church? 1 Co 5:12

those who are outside, God judges, 1 Co 5:13

REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. 1 Co 5:13

Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints? 1 Co 6:1

Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 1 Co 6:2

Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 1 Co 6:3

matters of this life, 1 Co 6:3

Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, 1 Co 6:5

it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another, 1 Co 6:7

Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? 1 Co 6:7

do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? 1 Co 6:9

Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Co 6:9-10

The kingdom of God, 1 Co 6:10

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Co 6:11

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Co 6:12

not all things are profitable, 1 Co 6:12

I will not be mastered by anything, 1 Co 6:12

Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. 1 Co 6:13

Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 1 Co 6:13

God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 1 Co 6:14

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? 1 Co 6:15

Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 1 Co 6:15

Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? 1 Co 6:16

“THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” 1 Co 6:16 

the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Co 6: 17

Flee immorality. 1 Co 6:18

Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 1 Co 6:18

do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Co 6:19

your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, 1 Co 6:19

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Co 6:20

you have been bought with a price, 1 Co 6:20

glorify God in your body, 1 Co 6:20

it is good for a man not to touch a woman. 1 Co 7:1

because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. 1 Co 7:2

The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 1 Co 7:3

The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 1 Co 7:4

The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; 1 Co 7:4

the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 1 Co 7:4

Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Co 7:5

lack of self-control, 1 Co 7:5

this I say by way of concession, not of command, 1 Co 7:6

by way of concession, not of command, 1 Co 7:6

I wish that all men were even as I myself am. 1 Co 7:7

each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that. 1 Co 7:7

one in this manner, and another in that. 1 Co 7:7

I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. 1 Co 7:8

if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Co 7:9

it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Co 7:9

to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband 1 Co 7:10

(if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife. 1 Co 7:`11

if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her. 1 Co 7:12

a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away. 1 Co 7:13

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 1 Co 7:14

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; 1 Co 7:14

if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. 1 Co 7:15

God has called us to peace. 1 Co 7:15

For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? 1 Co 7:16

Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches. 1 Co 7:17

Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised. 1 Co 7:18

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. 1 Co 7:19

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, 1 Co 7:19

what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. 1 Co 7:19

Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called. 1 Co 7:20

Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 1 Co 7:21

Do not worry about it; 1 Co 7:21

For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave. 1 Co 7:22

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Co 7:23

each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called. 1 Co 7:24

I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 1 Co 7:25

I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 1 Co 7:26

I think then that this is good, 1 Co 7:26

in view of the present distress, 1 Co 7:26

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 1 Co 7:27

But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you. 1 Co 7:28

have trouble in this life, 1 Co 7:28

I am trying to spare you. 1 Co 7:28

the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 1 Co 7:29

those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 1 Co 7:30

those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away. 1 Co 7:31

But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; 1 Co 7:32

one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided. 1 Co 7:33-34

The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 1 Co 7:34

This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. 1 Co 7:35

This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, 1 Co 7:35

to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. 1 Co 7:35

But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let her marry. 1 Co 7:36

he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well. 1 Co 7:37

So then both he who gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better. 1 Co 7:38

A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. 1 Co 7:39

A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; 1 Co 7:39

in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God. 1 Co 7:40

we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 1 Co 8:1

Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 1 Co 8:1

If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 1 Co 8:2

if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. 1 Co 8:3

we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. 1 Co 8:4

there is no God but one. 1 Co 8:4

for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. 1 Co 8:6

there is but one God, 1 Co 8:6

we exist for Him; 1 Co 8:6

we exist through Him. 1 Co 8:6

not all men have this knowledge; 1 Co 8:7

However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 1 Co 8:7

food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. 1 Co 8:8

food will not commend us to God; 1 Co 8:8

we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. 1 Co 8:8

take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Co 8:9

For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 1 Co 8:10

through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 1 Co 8:11

by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 1 Co 8:12

if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble. 1 Co 8:13

If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 1 Co 9:2

Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 1 Co 9:5

Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock? 1 Co 9:7

Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? 1 Co 9:7

Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? 1 Co 9:7

who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock? 1 Co 9:7

I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? 1 Co 9:8

according to human judgment, 1 Co 9:8

For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He? 1 Co 9:9

Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. 1 Co 9:10

Yes, for our sake it was written, 1 Co 9:10

the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. 1 Co 9:10

If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 1 Co 9:11

spiritual things, 1 Co 9:11

material things, 1 Co 9:11

If others share the right over you, do we not more? 1 Co 9:12

we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 1 Co 9:12

Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar? 1 Co 9:13

So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel. 1 Co 9:14

it would be better for me to die than have any man make my boast an empty one. 1 Co 9:15

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. 1 Co 9:16

if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 1 Co 9:17

What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 1 Co 9:18

though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 1 Co 9:19

To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 1 Co 9:20-21

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 1 Co 9:22

I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. 1 Co 9:23

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Co 9:24

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? 1 Co 9:24

Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Co 9:24

Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 1 Co 9:25

Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 1 Co 9:26

I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Co 9:27

For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 1 Co 10:1-4

Spiritual food, 1 Co 10:3

Spiritual drink, 1 Co 10:4

most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness. 1 Co 10:5

Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 1 Co 10:6

Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” 1 Co 10:7

Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 1 Co 10:8

Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 1 Co 10:9

Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 1 Co 10:10

Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Co 10:11

let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 1 Co 10:12

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Co 10:13

flee from idolatry. 1 Co 10:14

I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. 1 Co 10:15

Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 1 Co 10:16

Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Co 10:17

Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? 1 Co 10:18

What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 1 Co 10:19

No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 1 Co 10:20

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 1 Co 10:21

Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we? 1 Co 10:22

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 1 Co 10:23

Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 1 Co 10:24

Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake; 1 Co 10:25

FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL IT CONTAINS. 1 Co 10:26

If one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake. 1 Co 10:27

if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? 1 Co 10:28-29

If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks? 1 Co 10:30

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Co 10:31

whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Co 10:31

Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved. 1 Co 10:32-33

Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. 1 Co 11:1

Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. 1 Co 11:2

I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 1 Co 11:3

Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. 1 Co 11:4

every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. 1 Co 11:5

For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. 1 Co 11:6

a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 1 Co 11:7

For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 1 Co 11:8-9

the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 1 Co 11:10

in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 1 Co 11:11

For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God. 1 Co 11:12

Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 1 Co 11:13

Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 1 Co 11:14-15

if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God. 1 Co 11:16

I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. 1 Co 11:17

when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. 1 Co 11:18

there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you. 1 Co 11:19

What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I will not praise you. 1 Co 11:22

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 1 Co 11:23-24

In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Co 11:25

as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Co 11:26

whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 1 Co 11:27

a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 1 Co 11:28

he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 1 Co 11:29

if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 1 Co 11:31

when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. 1 Co 11:32

when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 1 Co 11:33

If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come. 1 Co 11:34

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. 1 Co 12:1

concerning spiritual gifts, 1 Co 12:1 

I do not want you to be unaware. 1 Co 12:1

You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 1 Co 12:2

I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Co 12:3

speaking by the Spirit of God, 1 Co 12:3 

there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Co 12:4

there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 1 Co 12:5

There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 1 Co 12:6

to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Co 12:7

for the common good. 1 Co 12:7

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 1 Co 12:8-10

one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 1 Co 12:11

even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 1 Co 12:12

by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Co 12:13

the body is not one member, but many. 1 Co 12:14

If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 1 Co 12:15

if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 1 Co 12:16

If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 1 Co 12:17

now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 1 Co 12:18

If they were all one member, where would the body be? 1 Co 12:19

now there are many members, but one body. 1 Co 12:20

the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 1 Co 12:21

On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 1 Co 12:22-25

if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Co 12:26

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 1 Co 12:27

God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 1 Co 12:28

All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 1 Co 12:29

All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 1 Co 12:30

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. 1 Co 12:31

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Co 13:1

a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal, 1 Co 13:1

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Co 13:2

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Co 13:3

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Co 13:4-7

Love is patient, 1 Co 13:4

Love is kind and is not jealous, 1 Co 13:4

Love does not brag and is not arrogant, 1 Co 13:4

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 1 Co 13:8

Love never fails; 1 Co 13:8

we know in part and we prophesy in part; 1 Co 13:9

when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 1 Co 13:10

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 1 Co 13:11

when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 1 Co 13:11

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Co 13:12

now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Co 13:13

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 1 Co 14:1

For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 1 Co 14:2

one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 1 Co 14:3

One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. 1 Co 14:4

Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying. 1 Co 14:5

greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, 1 Co 14:5

what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching? 1 Co 14:6

Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? 1 Co 14:7

if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 1 Co 14:8

So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 1 Co 14:9

There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning. 1 Co 14:10

If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me. 1 Co 14:11

since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church. 1 Co 14:12

let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 1 Co 14:13

if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 1 Co 14:14

I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 1 Co 14:15

Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 1 Co 14:16

you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified. 1 Co 14:17

in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Co 14:19

do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 1 Co 14:20

do not be children in your thinking; 1 Co 14:20

in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 1 Co 14:20

n the Law it is written, “BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME,” says the Lord. 1 Co 14:21

So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe. 1 Co 14:22

if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad? 1 Co 14:23

f all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you. 1 Co 14:24-25

When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Co 14:26

Let all things be done for edification. 1 Co 14:26

If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret; but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God. 1 Co 14:27-28

Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. 1 Co 14:29

if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent. 1 Co 14:30

For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted; and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 1 Co 14:31-32

God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Co 14:33

The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. 1 Co 14:34

If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. 1 Co 14:35

Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only? 1 Co 14:36

If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment. 1 Co 14:37

if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 1 Co 14:38

desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 1 Co 14:39

all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. 1 Co 14:40

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 1 Co 15:1-2

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1 Co 15:3-5

After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 1 Co 15:6-8

by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 1 Co 15:10

by the grace of God I am what I am, 1 Co 15:10

Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 1 Co 15:11

Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, 1 Co 15:12

if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Co 15:14

If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 1 Co 15:19

now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 1 Co 15:20

since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 1 Co 15:21

as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Co 15:22

each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 1 Co 15:23-24

He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 1 Co 15:25

The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 1 C0 15:26

For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 1 Co 15:27

When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. 1 Co 15:28

I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Co 15:31

If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE. 1 Co 15:32

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Co 15:33

Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Co 15:34

You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 1 Co 15:36-37

God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 1 Co 15:38

All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 1 Co 15:39

There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 1 Co 15:40

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 1 Co 15:41

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1 Co 15:42-44

So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 1 Co 15:45

However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 1 Co 15:46

The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 1 Co 15:47

As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 1 Co 15:48

Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Co 15:49

flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1 Co 15:50

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1 Co 15:51-52

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, 1 Co 15:52

For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Co 15:53

when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. 1 Co 15:54

“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 1 Co 15:55

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Co 15:56-57

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Co 15:58

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 1 Co 16:1

On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. 1 Co 16:2

When I arrive, whomever you may approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem; and if it is fitting for me to go also, they will go with me. 1 Co 16:3-4

For I do not wish to see you now just in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits. 1 Co 16:7

if the Lord permits, 1 Co 16:7

a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Co 16:9

Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I also am. 1 Co 16:10

So let no one despise him. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brethren. 1 Co 16:11

But concerning Apollos our brother, I encouraged him greatly to come to you with the brethren; and it was not at all his desire to come now, but he will come when he has opportunity. 1 Co 16:12

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Co 16:13

Be on the alert, 1 Co 16:13

stand firm in the faith, 1 Co 16:13

act like men, be strong. 1 Co 16:13

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Co 16:14

Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints), that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors. 1 Co 16:15-16

I rejoice over the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part. 1 Co 16:17

they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. 1 Co 16:18

Greet one another with a holy kiss. 1 Co 16:20

If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. 1 Co 16:22

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 1 Co 16:23

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. 1 Co 16:24


5.   Sin

Rom 7:7,“What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said: You shall not covet.”

Note: The word sin occurs 448 times in the King James Version. Sin in Greek is hamartia which means missing the mark, transgression, wandering away from the path of uprightness, doing wrong, evil act, violation of God’s law in thought, word or deed; - it occurs 174 times in the New Testament. The Law of God tells you what sins are. The Bible is the Word of God.

Sin is a bondage.

Jhn 8:34,“Jesus answered them: Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”

Note: Slave in Greek is doulos which means a bondman, man of servile condition, indentured servant; - it occurs about 127 times in the New Testament. Since sinner is a slave of sin, so sin is slavery or bondage. Sin controls people like a harsh master. For a small example, smoking or drug enslaves people.

The Definitions of Sin.

(A).  Whatever is not of faith is sin.

Rom 14:23,“But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.”

Note: Faith is Greek is pistis which means a conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and obedience born of faith and joined with it; the conviction that God exists by Himself and is the creator and ruler of the universe, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ; a strong conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God; - it occurs about 244 times in the New Testament. This Scriptural definition covers many sins. Fundamentally, a man lives in his own way, not by faith according to the Word of God, is sin. To go your own way, and not to do the Will of God, is sin. Consulting astrologers is not of faith, therefore it is sin. Anything or everything that contradicts faith is sin. No one who has faith in Christ would consult idols, astrologers, fortunetellers, etc. or believe in false teachings. Unbelief is sin.

Jhn 16:9, “Concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me (Christ).”

Note: Christ is the Messiah who was sent from God to save mankind, it is sin if you do not believe in Him.

(B).   Not doing the right thing is sin.

Jam 4:17,“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Note: This is the sin of omission. Doing wrong is sin. For example, American economic and financial crisis was brought about by corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, executives of Wall Street, banks, and firms doing the wrong things, mainly greed, corrupt practices, fraud, and waste.

Your duty is doing the right thing. Your responsibility is the right thing. Failure to do what is right is sin. Excessive executive compensation is not doing the right thing, therefore it is sin to exploit and defraud the people. Giving tax cuts to the rich is wickedness, it is sin. To engage in a war of aggression is not doing the right thing, it is sin. 

(C).   Sin is lawlessness.

1Jo 

3:4,“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.”

Note: Lawlessness in Greek is anomia which means contempt and violation of law; the condition of without law; - it occurs 18 times in the New Testament. It is iniquity or wickedness to add poison to drug or food. It is lawlessness to pollute the environment by dumping sewage, industrial or chemical waste. It is lawlessness to sell fake products and make false advertisements. Sin practices lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. Anarchy is lawlessness. The worst of all, many corrupt lawmakers, politicians, dictators, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, business executives, law enforcement officials, doctors and hospital owners, etc. practice lawlessness. All crooks and criminals and terrorists practice lawlessness. 

(D).   All unrighteousness is sin.

1Jo 5:17, “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.”

Note: Unrighteousness in Greek is adikia which means injustice, a deed violating law and justice, iniquity, misdeed, wrongdoing; - it occurs 26 times in the New Testament.

To give tax cuts and subsidies to the rich corporations and individuals and to bail out rich banks and firms are acts of unrighteousness. To overcharge and fraudulently charge patients by doctors, hospitals and medical suppliers are deeds of unrighteousness. To blackmail and falsely accuse people are injustice. For anyone to practice fraud and waste is unrighteousness.

(E).   Sin is the transgression of the law.

Hbr 2:2,“For if the Word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty.”

Note: Transgression in Greek is parabasis which means a disregarding, violating, the breach or breaking of a law; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. Sin is the transgression of the law; sin is the violation of the law. The nature of violation of the law is disobedience.

Jesus Christ redeemed our sins through His blood. This is how you can receive forgiveness of your sins.

Act 2:38,“And Peter said to them: Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Note: Repent in Greek is metanoeō which means to change one's mind, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins, to feel sorry for what one has done; - it occurs about 34 times in the New Testament. To repent is to have a change of heart and mind. Turn from sin to God, turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Believe in Jesus Christ is to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit is to receive the eternal life.

Jude describes sins and sinners

certain persons have crept in unnoticed,  Jde 1:4

those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation,  Jde 1:4

ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ,  Jde 1:4

subsequently destroyed those who did not believe,  Jde 1:5

angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,  Jde 1:6

just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire,  Jde 1:7

in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties,  Jde 1:8

these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed,  Jde 1:10

Woe to them!  Jde 1:11  

For they have gone the way of Cain, Jde 1:11

and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam,  Jde 1:11

and perished in the rebellion of Korah,  Jde 1:11

the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear,  Jde 1:12

caring for themselves;  Jde 1:12

clouds without water, carried along by winds;  Jde 1:12

autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;  Jde 1:12

wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam;  Jde 1:13

wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever,  Jde 1:13

convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way,  Jde  1:15

and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him,  Jde 1:15

These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts;   Jde 1:16

they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage,  Jde 1:16

In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts,  Jde 1:18

These are the ones who cause divisions, Jde 1:19

worldly-minded,  Jde 1:19

devoid of the Spirit,  Jde 1:19


6.   Salvation

All religions concur that man needs to be saved from his sins and penalty of sins. All man-made religions teach you can be saved by your own good deeds or merits. Billions of peoples in the world do not know that salvation is only in Jesus Christ.

Act 4:12,“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Eph 2:8-9,“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Salvation is a gift of God which you and I do not deserve and cannot earn. Salvation can be obtained by faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.

Tts 3:5-6,“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit; whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple like 1,2,3.

(1). God loves you and all the peoples in the world although we are sinners. This is the wonder of God’s love, not that we deserve it.

(2). We are all sinners who cannot save ourselves. No one else can save us from our sins. But God sent His Only Son Jesus Christ who had no sin to come into the world to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus Christ rose from the death by the power of God and so He is able to save all who come to Him.

(3). If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ with your all heart that He is your Lord and Savior and confess to the world you are His follower, you will be saved. I have met many church members who do not know whether they are saved or not or what is the proof that they are saved. Your baptism, your participation in the Lord’s Supper, your membership of a church, your giving to the church, your good deeds and giving to charities, and how much love you have, etc. are no proof that you are saved.

Rom 8:9,“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” This is the test: do you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you? The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are one and the same. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to Christ. Can you know whether you have the Spirit of Christ in you or not? Yes, you can. How?

Rom 8:16-17,“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

What does it mean to be saved?

Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

When you are born again by the Holy Spirit, you have passed from spiritual death (the condition of sinners) and eternal death (the eternal condition of unbelievers in Hell) to life (eternal life).

How Does One Get to Heaven

Through the Word of God I learn the Great Commission is the mandate for the nations due to sin, for Jesus Christ came into the world to save that which was lost. Humanity is lost because of sin and straying away from God. Believers or disciples of Jesus Christ have the mandate to preach the Gospel to every creature. The gist of preaching the Gospel is to tell people how to be saved. MARK 16:15-16, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” Jesus divided peoples into two groups, the saved and the condemned.

The important question is: HOW DOES ONE GET TO HEAVEN? There are four theories, namely, Universalism, Pluralism, Inclusivism, and Exclusivism. The last one is not a theory, but the way of God. Salvation is the way of God; the first three theories are the ways of man. 

UNIVERSALISM teaches that everyone will be saved. The basis is that God’s infinite love is directed to all. Those who believe in Universalism also quote the Scriptures, except they quoted them all wrong. 

Mat 25:34,“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Mat 25:41,“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Thus Jesus puts peoples of the world into only two groups; those on His right are saved and blessed. Those on His left are damned. There is nothing universal about salvation. The offer of salvation is universal.

PLURALISM teaches there are different paths to God. Major world religions provide independent salvific access to the divine reality. This theory is very wrong, definitely goes against the teaching of Jesus’ claim, Jhn 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Act 4:12,“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World, is the only Way-- One Way.

INCLUSIVISM believes all who are saved are saved on the basis of Christ’s provision. A personal response to Christ is not necessary. On the contrary, Jesus clearly demands personal action. Jhn 5:40, “And you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” Jhn 6:37,“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” So Inclusivism is dead wrong. Salvation includes only those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The following is reported as having said by Billy Graham, 3-31-1997:

“Well, Christianity and being a true believer--you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ. And I don't think that we're going to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. I think James answered that, the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by GOD. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.” I was surprised that Mr. Graham said the above, he is all wrong. I don’t care what Mr. Graham or anyone else thinks, Jesus is right – they are all wrong. Mr. Graham misinterprets the Body of Christ – the Church.  Mr. Graham's view on the Church of Jesus Christ is neither Biblical nor Evangelical.

EXCLUSIVISM believes in God’s love, the redemption of Jesus Christ and the necessity of repentance and acceptance of God’s salvation.

Jhn 3:18,“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Jhn 3:36,“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Jesus makes it clear, we must believe in Him, and we must obey the Son of God. The Bible settles the question how to be saved once and for all.

7.    Wickedness

Gen 6:5,“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Wickedness in Hebrew is ra` which means evil, distress, misery, injury, calamity, wrong, mischief, badness, malice, what is displeasing to God; - it occurs 690 times in the Old Testament. On the same Scripture, another word evil is in fact in the original language the same word as wickedness.

Wickedness is a spiritual matter, not a material or object which can be discovered and described in scientific terms. Wickedness in invisible although wicked deeds are visible. Apparently the Bible uses wickedness and evil synonymously or in parallel.

(A). The Bible defines the origin of wickedness:

1Sa 24:13,“As the proverb of the ancients says: Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be against you.”

In this Scripture the wicked in Hebrew is rasha` which means criminal, the unrighteous, the guilty one; - it occurs 293 times in the Old Testament. Wickedness here in Hebrew is resha` which means guilt, unrighteousness, fraud, falsehood, unethical relations; - it occurs 32 times in the Old Testament. Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness. This explains why Japanese leaders deny their war crimes, genocide, and sex slavery. This explains why American leaders have done so much evil to China and they lie to say China is not their enemy even though the encircle China with the most powerful military forces on earth and with more than 33,000 troops stationed at China's doorsteps. This explains Islamic terrorism. You can say the same: Out of the good comes forth goodness. God is good, all goodness comes from God. The devil is evil, out of the devil comes forth all evil. The wicked does wicked things, and the evil one does evil things.

(B). God repays wickedness.

Jdg 9:56, “Thus God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech, which he had done to his father in killing his seventy brothers.”

In this Scripture the word wickedness in Hebrew is the same used in Gen 6:5. God considers killing wickedness. I wonder why there is not one American preacher who dares to rebuke American presidents who have lied and killed millions of innocent people around the world since the end of World War II. To repay in Hebrew is shuwb which means to return, turn back, give back, give in payment, pay back, recompense, repay; - it occurs 1,299 times in the Old Testament. It is a comfort to know that God will repay the wicked for their wickedness.

(C). God instituted death penalty.

1Ki 1:52, “Solomon said: If he is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will fall to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he will die.” Wickedness in this Scripture is the same used in Gen 6:5. A man will die for his wickedness. God instituted death penalty for certain wicked crimes. Capital punishment is not cruel; it is just and right for capital crimes.

(D). God will destroy the wicked.

Psa 7:12-16,“If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; 

He has bent His bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts. Behold, he who conceives wickedness is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to falsehood. He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, and has fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head, and his violence will descend upon the top of his head.” The Scriptures cited above clearly state that God will destroy the wicked and also provide the etiology of wickedness. There is a direct relationship between wickedness, mischief and falsehood. This explains the evil empire of Japan, and also explains the American imperialism. If American leaders do not repent of their sins, stop lying and killing, God will destroy the United States.

(E). The wicked plans wickedness.

Psa 36:4,“He plans wickedness upon his bed; 

He sets himself on a path that is not good; 

He does not despise evil.”

This Scripture describes the activity of the ungodly. Wickedness is planned, deliberate and with an attitude. The Biblical description fits the evil prime minister of Japan and the American imperialist. The ungodly hates good and loves evil. Look at the wicked plan of America called "pivot to Asia" intended to attack and destroy China so that the U.S. can dictate and dominate the world.

(F). Do not practice deeds of wickedness.

Psa 141:4,“Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, 

To practice deeds of wickedness 

With men who do iniquity; 

And do not let me eat of their delicacies.”

The Bible forbids Christians to practice deeds of wickedness. There are many deeds of wickedness. Among countless deeds of wicked practices, American doctors and hospital owners practice deeds of wickedness by not disclosing how much are the medical costs in advance, and after the fact sending fraudulent and excessive bills to fleece and bankrupt patients. Bankers who pay practically zero interest and charge high fees practice deeds of wickedness. Law makers and politicians who serve special interests at the expense of public interest practice deeds of wickedness.

(G). The wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

Pro 11:5,“The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.”

American presidents have lied and killed millions of innocent peoples around the world since the end of World War II in hundreds of unjust wars and bloody interventions. The American empire will fall by its own wickedness.

Eze 18:20,“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.”

Japanese leaders have denied their war crimes and genocide of killing 50 million peoples (35 million Chinese and 15 million Asians), committed sex slavery and inhuman atrocities; the wickedness of the wicked Japanese will be upon themselves.

(H). When the wicked repents, he will live.

Eze 33:19,“But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them.”

If the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. I do not think Japanese leaders and officials will turn from their wickedness, I hope American leaders will turn from their wickedness and practice justice and righteousness and live.

(I). Weapons and warriors cannot save a wicked nation.

Hos 10:13-14,“You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, 

you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, therefore a tumult will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.”

America has plowed wickedness, and it has reaped injustice. American leaders have eaten the fruit of lies. American leaders have trusted in their armed forces with superior war machine and weapons and missiles and antimissiles as fortresses. If America does not repent, God will destroy America, a tumult will arise among Americans.

Americans leaders are fatally mistaken. They think America is strong because it has the largest quantity of nuclear weapons and most advanced weaponry.  No amount of missiles and anti-missiles will save America. More than 700 overseas military bases will not save America.

(J). God will judge the wicked.

2Th 2:10-12,“And with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”

With all the deception of wickedness Japanese leaders want to build and own nuclear bombs for their aggression and expansion. By spreading the lie of China threat, they prepare a war aggression to rob China’s territories and loot China’s resources in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Japanese and American leaders will be judged because they do not believe the truth, but take pleasure in wickedness.

(K). Every Christian must abstain from wickedness.

2Ti 2:19, “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and, everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

To abstain in Greek is aphistēmi which means to go away, to depart from, to shun, flee from; to keep one's self from, absent one's self from; to withdraw oneself from; - it occurs 20 times in the New Testament. Christians who name the name of the Lord must abstain from wickedness.

(L). There will be eternal separation between the righteous and the wicked.

Mat 13:49-50, “So it will be in the end of the world: the angels shall come forth and separate the wicked from among the righteous, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

Mat 25:46,“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

8.   Crucifixion

Mat 26:2,“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”

Note: The word “crucifixion” occurs only once in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). The word “crucified” occurs 39 times in the New King James Version (NKJV) as well as Revised Standard Version (RSV). The word “crucify” occurs 46 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). The core meaning of crucifixion was the substitutionary suffering of Jesus Christ for sinners, even to death, the Righteous for the unrighteous, in order to redeem mankind. Simply, Jesus died for sinners, for you and me. 

I.   Jesus Predicted the Crucifixion.

Mat 20:17-19,“As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them: Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”

Note: Whenever Jesus predicted His death, He unmistakably also predicted His resurrection. The Greek word for “crucify” is stauroō  which means to stake, drive down stakes, fortify with driven stakes, palisade, hang; to crucify the flesh, destroy its power utterly (implying that the destruction is attended with intense pain); - it occurs 46 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). 

II.   Jesus Did not Die the Death of a Victim.

Mar 15:14-15,“But Pilate said to them: Why, what evil has He done? But they shouted all the more: Crucify Him! Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.”

Mat 27:22,“Pilate said to them: Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ? They all said: Crucify Him!”

Mar 14:55,“Now the chief priests and the whole council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.”

Note: Those who sought to kill Jesus manufactured false witness against Him.

Jhn 19:10-11,“So Pilate said to Him: You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You? Jesus answered: You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

Note: No one had authority over Jesus, not even the governor or Caesar of the Roman Empire. How?

Mat 26:53-54,“Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

Note: Legion in Greek is legiōn which means a body of soldiers whose number may have consisted of 6,826 men. Twelve legions of angels as the army of God may be 81,912 angels. The Lord who commanded wind and sea would have no problem in destroying the Roman soldiers. Even one mighty angel could destroy the whole Roman army. This simply says that Jesus was obedient to God’s will even to death willingly.

Jhn 10:15,“Even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

Note: Believers are the sheep of Jesus. Jesus died for His sheep.

Jhn 10:18,“No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

Note: Jesus willingly and voluntarily died for sinners as commanded by the Father before the foundation of the world.

III.   The Sufferings of Jesus.

Mar 9:12,“And He said to them: Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?”

Note: In Greek to treat with contempt is exoudeneō which means to hold as of no account, utterly to despise, set at naught, insult; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Even today there are unbelieving scientists and scholars who insult Jesus Christ. They will be judged on the Day of Judgment. Evolutionists despise those who believe in creation.  There are some self-professed born again Christians who want to be respectable they believe also in evolution. Evolution is not compatible with creation. I have no problem to be on the side of the infallible God. I do not want to be on the side of fallible scientists and scholars who do not know even the day of their deaths.

Mar 15:20,“After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.”

Note: The Greek word for mock is empaizō which means to play with, trifle with, make fun of, deride, ridicule; - it occurs 13 times in the New Testament.

Mat 27:31,“After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.”

Note: The scarlet robe was the royal robe which they used to mock Jesus because He claimed to be the King of the Jews.

IV.   The Meanings of Jesus’ Death.

Mat 20:28,“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Note: The Greek word for ransom is lytron which means the price for redeeming, the price paid or demanded, penalty of sins; - it occurs twice in the New Testament. Jesus gave His life as the price for redeeming sinners. Salvation is available to all, but effective only to those who accept and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Luk 9:56,“For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went on to another village.”

Note: The Greek word for save is sōzō which means to rescue from danger or destruction, deliver from the penalties of sin, save from eternal damnation, make one a partaker of the salvation of God; - it occurs 110 times in the New Testament. To save is the opposite of to destroy. The devil destroys lives; Jesus saves believers from eternal death.

V.    Jesus accomplished the work of salvation.

Jhn 19:28-30,“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said: I am thirsty. A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said: It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

Note: In Greek accomplish is teleō which means to bring to a close, to finish, to end; to perform, execute, complete, fulfill; - it occurs 26 times in the New Testament. “It is finished” means that Christ has satisfied God's justice by dying for all to pay for the sins of all believers. These sins can never be punished again since that would violate God's justice. Sins can only be punished once, either by a substitute or by yourself.

Accomplish and finish in Greek here is the same word.

Roman Catholic church has many unscriptural traditions and legacies. Reenactment of crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the blasphemous and ridiculous practices; for Jesus Christ before His death declared: It is finished. 

Jhn 19:30, “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” It is wrong to use a bloody annual ritual to mark Good Friday as some Filipinos do annually. The spectacle does not glorify the Lord and fails to understand the true meaning of crucifixion, vicarious death of the Righteous for the unrighteous. Carrying wooden crosses does not dramatize Christ’s sacrifice and fails to proclaim the forgiveness of sins as a result of Christ’s completed redemption. No matter how devotees undergo the hardships and pains, such extreme sacrifices are no way to atone for their sins; and they do not attain miracle cures for illness or give thanks to God. Such pagan practices are not in line with Biblical teaching, abhorrent in the sight of God, and it offends the God of Salvation. It is superstitious to believe in good luck. Hammering stainless steel nails into the palms and feet of a pretender is both sadistic and masochistic which is condemned by the Bible and against the will of God.

Jhn 1:29,“The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said: Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Note: All the sacrifices in the Old Testament symbolized the better sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God when He died on the cross to take away your sins and my sins, the sin of the world.

Jhn 10:10-11,“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Note: The word come in Greek is erchomai which means to come from one place to another, to appear, make one's appearance, come before the public: - it occurs 635 times in the New Testament. The word is used to denote the Lord Jesus who came into the world as the Divine Logos among men, God became Man and manifested in human form.

Come in Chinese is  which has an etymological meaning as follows:

十字架 (cross), (man)。

Jesus was crucified on the cross; there was a little man (thief) on the left and a little man on the right (robber). In the center there was a big Man (Jesus).

Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross for sinners, this was an invitation of God to man:

Isa 1:18,“Come now, and let us reason together,” 

Says the LORD,“Though your sins are as scarlet, 

They will be as white as snow; 

Though they are red like crimson, 

They will be like wool.”

Mat 18:11,“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

A sinner is lost because he is alienated from God and lost in sin. Jesus Christ came to bring men and women near to God by His blood.

9.   Greed

Luk 12:15, “Then He said to them: Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Greed in Greek is pleonexia which means greedy desire to have more, covetousness or avarice. There are various modes which greed shows itself, including fraud, deceit, extortion, exploitation, unrighteousness, etc. Because of greed, the S&L executives looted customers’ deposits and used the money to benefit themselves some years ago. Because of greed, Enron and many others falsified records to show a veneer of high profitability recently. Because of greed, mortgaged companies made loans to people who were not qualified to buy expensive houses. Because of greed, investment banks closed their eyes to make unnecessary profits known as subprime, short sale, creative accounting, etc. Because of greed, insurance companies and banks and mortgage companies, etc. made big bets on others’ money and lost.

A. The love of money is the root of all evil.

1Ti 6:10,“For the love of money is the root of all evil, for which some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

Note: The Greek word for love of money is philargyria  which means avarice, greed, covetousness, the desire of having more and more, lust; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. All sorts of evil are endless. For the love of money most dangerous to health and life are the recycling of expired drugs, manufacturing of fake and toxic drugs, manufacturing of fake and toxic food and drink, etc. For the love of money doctors used pain killer injections paid at high price to be divided with some patients each paying full price. I believe those who make and sell deadly food and drug and drink should meet with death penalty. The American healthcare system is the most costly in the world because greedy doctors and hospital owners, drug and insurance companies commit predatory practices and defraud patients. For the love of money Wall Street executives created the economic and financial crisis started in 2007 which looted the world more than $50 trillion. For the lust of power warmongers attacked and occupied nations and killed millions of people.

The Greek word for sorrow is odynē which means consuming grief, pain, sadness, mental or emotional suffering; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. I am not surprised that Las Vegas is the saddest city in America with the third-highest suicide rate. Gambling is an obvious form of greed, unlike the predatory practices of doctors and hospitals are hidden in their fraudulent billing. The greedy are consumed or will be consumed by grief and pain caused by their own greed; if not in this world, it will be in hell forever and ever.

1Ti 6:17,“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” Those billionaires are only rich in this present world; they have nothing in the world to come. Jam 1:11,“For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.” The rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Jam 2:5,“Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”

The poorest Christians are richer than those billionaires because they are rich in faith and they are heirs of the Kingdom of God. The Bible has a word for those billionaires, Jam 5:1,“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you!” 

B.  There are many forms of greed.

Luk 12:15,“Then He said to them: Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

Note: There are endless forms of greed, from love of money, power, sex to fame and glory, luxurious life style, shameless corruption, etc. Greed appears in business and industry, government, charity, school and university, religion, healthcare, Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood. A form of greed is selling the fake as true. For example, selling non-organic vegetables as organic vegetables at many times the prices. All fake products from food, drug, and drink to manufactured goods and products are selling as real for high profits. As an illustration, the price disparity between a Ming or Qing antique and a modern imitation is so vast that may be millions of dollars in difference.

C.   Greed is idolatry.

Col 3:5,“Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

Note: The sin of greed is the same as idolatry – worshiping of idols.

Greed amounts to idolatry; greed is idolatry. Lee Teng-hui and Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan claim to be Christians. They were seen on TV worshiping idols. No one can claim to be a Christian and worship idols at the same time. If you are an idol-worshiper, you are not a Christina. If you are a Christian, you do not worship idols. Taiwan is practicing a false version of Christianity because no preacher in Taiwan rebukes Lee and Ma for worshiping idols in public.

2Pe 2:14, “Having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children.”

Note: Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood display having a heart trained in greed. Only people having a heart trained in greed could produce the American economic and financial crisis in 2008. If you ever audit a medical bill, you will quickly understand what it means to have a heart trained in greed. They seek to maximize profits by fraudulent billing of very sophisticated and technical nature that even a Ph.D. might not understand the bill. A life insurance policy is a masterpiece of lawyers having a heart trained in greed. I had a classmate who was a law student but she could not understand the life insurance policy. The United States is doomed because of the love of money, power and sex. Everything in American is geared up towards money, power and sex. Washington represents power, lots of money and sex also. Wall Street represents money, some power and sex. Hollywood represents sex, lots of money and power. Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood - the evil trinity - rules and ruins America and the world.

D.   Greed exploits people.

2Pe 2:3,“And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”

Note: Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood who represent 1 percent of the American population exploit the 99 percent.

I saw with my eyes and heard with my ears (May 14, 2012) on TV that a Wall Street executive said, “...We know we are sloppy. We know we are stupid...” How incredible are American capitalists who defrauded the public by their own confession! The problem is they are much more than being sloppy and stupid; they are crooks and criminals, thieves and robbers. What is even more desperate, the flawed legal system let them do it with impunity. What is needed is not to Occupy Wall Street, but to Obliterate Wall Street. Woe is to America, who shall save Americans from the evil of Wall Street, the evil of Washington, and the evil of Hollywood? 

E.   Greed is as wide as Hell.

Hab 2:5,“Moreover, wine is treacherous; the arrogant man shall not abide. His greed is as wide as Hell; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations, and collects as his own all peoples.”

Note: Greed is like Hell because it has never enough.

Greed deadens conscience. Greed stinks. Greed destroys.

If you watch all the TV news and reports on how companies and individuals manufacture drugs, food and drink with high content of toxic and harmful and deadly materials and additives, you would not dare to eat or drink anything! This appears to be a national emergency more dangerous and deadly than SARS because it is intentionally caused and created by wicked people infected by incurable capitalistic greed. Just as China has demonstrated its abilities in dealing with natural disasters, I am sure China is fully capable in dealing with such man-made disaster. It is hoped Chinese government will prosecute and execute any responsible people or groups of people who manufacture and sell toxic and harmful products in the form of drug, food, drink, etc. It is high time to eliminate those mass murderers who violate the law boldly for the sake of high profits. Perhaps mass execution is necessary to stop and eliminate this evil deed infected by capitalistic greed. If corrective action is not taken promptly and effectively to stop those mass killers, the consequences would be disastrous of unimaginable magnitude and unthinkable calamity and catastrophe. It would be like committing suicide. When you have internal enemies like those deliberate killers, you do not need external enemies who are at work to destroy China.

Luk 12:16-21,“And He (Jesus Christ) told them a parable, saying: The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying: What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops? Then he said: This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him: You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

At least in ancient times people made money the old-fashioned way through the productive land. Today billionaires make money through speculation in real estate, currency, commodity, etc. and gambling on papers. Not only you cannot swap one minute of your life for $1 trillion, there is judgment after death. There are so many billionaires who store up treasure on earth and they are not rich toward God. At the moment of your death, you are not worth a penny!

10.   The Gospel

Something is strange and abnormal about European churches, they have big cathedrals which are actually cemeteries where kings and queens and famous people are buried. European churches are spiritually dead. Something is strange and abnormal about American churches where they practice a false version of Christianity and preach many false gospels such as prosperity gospel, social gospel, etc. Not a few American preachers and many church members practice divorces. Many preachers and congregations support American capitalism and imperialism as if they were compatible with Christianity. American presidents who claim to be Christians are actually liars and killers since the end of World War II. Many American preachers and church members love money and the world. One thing is true there is religious freedom in America, you can preach the Gospel anywhere except not to block traffic or create public disturbance. The United States of America is the most secular society in the world. Something is strange and abnormal about Chinese preachers and churches. Chinese preachers 传教 (teach morality), but they do not preach the Gospel (传福音). There are no evangelists in China today that I know. I do not know why Chinese preachers do not preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. I do not know whether Chinese preachers do not know how to preach the Gospel or they do not want to preach the Gospel. Many Chinese churches are like Buddhist temples, not centers of evangelization.

(1).  The beginning of the Gospel.

Mar 1:1,“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Note: The Gospel begins with Jesus Christ just as life begins with God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the beginning of the Gospel. There is no Gospel outside of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel in any other religion. For all religions teach you have to do good in order to be saved. It is like telling a drowning person you have to be careful not to fall into water, or you should have learned how to swim in the first place. No one can save himself, and no one is good enough to go to heaven. The Gospel of Jesus Christ tells the good news what Jesus Christ has done for you. When Jesus Christ was born, hope was born so that sinners may be saved and have eternal life in Heaven.

The word “gospel” in Greek is euaggelion which means good tidings or glad tidings – good news; it occurs about 77 times in the New Testament. It can be briefly defined as the glad tidings of salvation through Jesus Christ. The good news has to do with the Kingdom of God of which Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the founder. To set up the Kingdom of God, God became Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world, died for sinners on the cross in order to procure salvation and eternal life for believers. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to accomplish the redemption. He ascended into heaven sitting at the right hand of God... To consummate the Kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is coming again to reign with the saints forever and ever. The good news is the truth that sinners who cannot save themselves, simply by believing in Jesus Christ they can be saved and become the children of God to inherit the Kingdom of God.

Jhn 10:10-11,“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Note: The word come in Greek is erchomai which means to come from one place to another, to appear, make one's appearance, come before the public: - it occurs 635 times in the New Testament. The word is used to denote the Lord Jesus who came into the world as the Divine Logos among men, God became Man and manifested in human form.

Come in Chinese is  which has an etymological meaning as follows:

十字架 (cross), (man)。

Jesus was crucified on the cross; there was a little man (thief) on the left and a little man on the right (robber). In the center there was a big Man (Jesus).

Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross for sinners, this was an invitation of God to man:

Isa 1:18,“Come now, and let us reason together, 

Says the LORD: Though your sins are as scarlet, 

They will be as white as snow; 

Though they are red like crimson, 

They will be like wool.”

Mat 18:11,“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

Mat 11:28,“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jhn 6:37-38,“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” 

(2).   The poor have the Gospel preached to them.

Mat 11:5,“The blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.”

Note: The poor have the Gospel preached to them. Because of greed and corrupt practices of Wall Street operators, bankers, mortgage and insurance and big firm executives, millions of the people in the world have lost their jobs and homes and become poor. The workers earn so little because executives make too much.

Poor and displaced peoples in the world, I have good news for you. Jesus Christ has prepared a place for, a better country, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem – where there is no death, no sorrow, no illness, no poverty, no oppression, and no injustice – the eternal life in the Paradise of God. Jhn 14:2-3,“In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Jesus Christ is coming again soon to receive His believers and be with them for eternity. 

(3).  Jesus was...proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Mat 4:23,“Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”

Note: The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is not of this world. The Gospel of the Kingdom is not worldly, but heavenly. My kingdom is not of this world. It is blasphemous to associate the Gospel or Christianity with any nations of the world. There is no such a thing called Christian nation. 

(4).   The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

Mar 13:10,“The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.”

Note: The Gospel is preached to all the nations by evangelists and missionaries; by individual Christians in personal evangelism; and by printed matter, radio, TV, DVD, movies, the Internet, etc. In obedience to the command of the Lord, I have established websites to proclaim the Gospel and stand for truth and justice. Although I do not buy ads or website visitors, the exalted Lord has attracted a global readers and visitors to my websites from 106 nations (as of April 20, 2014). I hope my websites can reach the entire world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ soon absolutely free of charge and never ask for donation.

Mat 24:14,“This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Note: The end of the world will come only when the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached in the whole world. 

(5).   Jesus preached the Gospel of God.

Mar 1:14,“Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of God.”

Note: The Gospel of Jesus Christ originated from God, not from man. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of God.

(6).   Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Note: God commands and demands sinners to do two things: Repent and believe in the Gospel. Why you and I have to repent? For we have sinned. The good reason for men to repent and believe in the Gospel is the fact that the Kingdom of God is at hand. To be saved you do not depend on your good deeds; all you need to do is to repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Salvation is a gift of God by grace through faith.

Sin is a universal malady. Man by nature is sinful. The prostitution scandal committed by secret service men testifies to the fallacy and folly of secret clearance given by defense department and the White House. No sinner can have secret clearance. Given a chance, every sinner can sin. A sinner is not dependable. How can a sinner give clearance to another sinner? How can an evil man give clearance to another evil man? How can a corrupt institution give clearance to anyone? Those who give others clearance are not cleared from sin and freed from evil themselves.

If you are unwilling to repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you cannot be saved. 

(7).   Preach the Gospel to all creation.

Mar 16:15, “And He (Christ) said to them: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”

Note: All Christians must obey the command of Jesus Christ: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all human beings. Creation means the sum or aggregate of all human beings – the human race. The Gospel must reach the entire human race. Something is very wrong in Western (American and European) churches because they have turned their back on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, either they preach the false gospel of prosperity or they practice secularism. Something is very seriously wrong with Chinese churches; Chinese preachers teach religion, they do not preach the Gospel and they never evangelize or hold evangelistic meetings.

(8).   He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor.

Luk 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (Christ), because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.”

Note: This is the manifesto of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in one verse. My Internet sites are dedicated to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to all and especially to the poor absolutely free. 

(9).  Testify solemnly the Gospel of the grace of God.

Act 20:24, “But I (Paul) do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the Gospel of the grace of God.”

Note: The Gospel is the grace of God. If it is grace, you cannot earn it, and you and I do not deserve it. No one deserves to go to Heaven. 

(10).  I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the Gospel of His Son.

Rom 1:9,“For God, whom I (Paul) serve in my spirit in the preaching of the Gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Son of God; the Gospel of His Son is the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel of Christ is the Gospel of God. The central message of the Bible is Jesus Christ the Son of God.

(11).  I am not ashamed of the Gospel.

Rom 1:16,“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”

Note: Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. No Christian is ashamed of the Gospel. Even people rejected or insulted me because of the Gospel I am not ashamed. If I suffer for the Gospel, I shall share the glory with Christ. For the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes in Christ. There are people who think they are intellectuals and they feel ashamed to believe in creation, they think evolution is respectable. Evolution is the greatest scientific myth, a sham. Jesus Christ teaches and confirms the creation of man by God. Do not claim to be a Christian if you reject the teaching of Christ by believing in evolution. We believe in God Almighty who is the Creator of the universe and mankind. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. 

(12).  I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.

Rom 15:19,“In the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I (Paul) have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.”

Note: To fully preach the Gospel of Christ it must be preached in the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit came to testify for Jesus Christ. The Gospel of the grace of God is the Gospel of Christ.

Act 5:19-20,“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said: Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.”

For this reason, I preach Jesus Christ died for our sins, rose again by the power of God, ascended to heaven to prepare a place for believers, and He is coming again to reign with the saints. I also preach God is the Creator and Lord of the universe, and preach against evolution the greatest scientific myth. I preach against prosperity gospel because it is contrary to the teaching of the Bible not to love money and the world and things of the world.

Act 20:27,“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”

For this reason I preach against Lee Teng-hui and Ma Ying-jeou who claim to be Christians and yet they public worship idols. I also preach against American presidents who claim to be Christians and they have been liars and killers since the end of World War II. For Jesus Christ says, 

Jhn 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jesus Christ defines liars and killers as children of the devil. I preach against the Roman Catholic church which teaches pope as the head of the church, and unbiblical doctrines of celibacy, transubstantiation, worship of Mary, saints and angels, confession of sins to priest, purgatory, etc.

Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life; for that reason all other religions are man-made religions. 

(13).  The Gospel of your salvation.

Eph 1:13,“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

Note: The Gospel of your salvation is the message of truth, you must listen. To believe in the Gospel of Christ is to be saved. This is not the gospel of prosperity as false preachers preach in America and now in many parts of the world.

At the early Church there was a great debate at Antioch as to what Gentile (non-Jewish)Christians should do because some false teachers came down from Judea and taught Gentile Christians must be circumcised according to the custom of Moses or they would not be saved. Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. A sect of the Pharisees said it was necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses. The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. The first council in Jerusalem took place to settle the matter. Peter stood up and said, 

Act 15:10-11,“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

Note: There is no distinction as to how a Jewish or Gentile believer is saved. We are all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 

Eph 2:8,“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” However, there is a distinction as to how a Jewish Christian or a Gentile Christian should conduct himself. James said, 

Act 15:19-20,“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.”

The apostles and the brethren who were elders sent a letter to Gentile Christians saying, 

Act 15:25-29,“It seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.” At that time, the Apostles and Elders proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word of mouth. The New Testament was not written yet. The Apostles made it clear Gentile Christians do not need to be circumcised or keep the Sabbath. The ceremonial Law of Moses was no longer required, but the moral law as repeated in the New Testament remains. However, the essentials for all believers whether Jewish or Gentile to observe are to abstain from:

(1).    eating things sacrificed to idols

(2).    eating blood

(3).    eating meat of strangled animals

(4).    fornication

11.   Evil

Gen 2:9,“Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

The word evil first appears in the Scripture cited above. The word evil in Hebrew is ra` which means distress, misery, injury, calamity, adversity, wrong, ethical badness, wickedness, mischief, trouble, harm, what is unpleasing to anyone, a hurtful thing, malice; - it occurs 690 times in the Old Testament.

Isa 5:20-24, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.”

Note: The word evil used in Isa 5:20-24 is the same original word used in Gen 2:9. To call evil good and good evil is evil. To substitute darkness for light and light for darkness is evil. To substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter is evil. Those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight are evil. Those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant in mixing strong drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right are evil. Those who have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel are evil. The American leaders who took away the rights of China in Taiwan, and Diaoyu Islands in unlawfully giving the administrative control to the unconditional surrendered war crime nation of Japan are evil. Those and Japanese leaders who say China’s Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan are evil.

Mat 5:11,“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”

Note: This is the first time the word evil appears in the New Testament and it was used by Jesus Christ. Evil in Greek is ponēros which means in an ethical sense wickedness, badness; - it occurs 90 times in the New Testament.

Mat 13:19,“When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.”

Jesus Christ uses the same word to call the Devil the evil one.

Luk 11:13,“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Jesus Christ uses the same word to say man is evil, human nature is evil.

Eph 5:16,“Making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”

The same word is used to describe the days we live in.

There are many forms of evil including the love of money, power and sex.

1Ti 6:10,“For the love of money is a root of all evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Interestingly, in this Scripture the word evil in Greek is kakos which means of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be, of a bad mode of thinking, feeling, acting; something troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, harmful, baneful, base, wrong and wicked; - it occurs 56 times in the New Testament.

2Ti 3:13,“But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” The word evil in this Scripture is the same word used by Jesus Christ in calling the devil the evil one. Evil men belong to the evil one. Evil men and impostors will get worse and worse, the world is not getting better. Japanese leaders are a case in point. There are more frauds committed in America than the stars in the sky. The crooks and criminals in America and China and everywhere are getting worse. It is more apparent in China because China used to have a higher morality when I first went to China in 1985. Infected by American capitalistic greed and the love of money, power and sex, all kinds of evil are now happening in China. The Chinese government is vigorously stamping out corruption committed by officials more than any government I know.

Tit 1:12,“One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said: Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”

Japanese prime minister and his gang and not a few Western leaders are always liars, evil beasts.

Heb 5:14,“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Note: To be trained in the Word of God and guided by the Holy Spirit you will be able to discern good and evil.

1Pe 2:16,“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

Note: American leaders who claim to be Christians have use freedom, rule of law, human rights, security, and justice as a cover for the evil of instigating and conducting hundreds of wars and bloody military interventions since the end of World War II that killed millions and millions of innocent peoples around the world.

1Jo 5:19,“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

American leaders want to dominate and dictate the world, knowingly or unknowingly, they lie in the power of the evil one; and the whole world is ruled by the devil.

12.   Justification

Rom 3:24-26,“Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Note: The Greek word for justify is dikaioō  which means to render righteous, count as righteous, declare or pronounce one to be just or righteous; - it occurs 40 times in the New Testament. By rising from the dead Jesus had fulfilled the righteousness of God and through the righteousness of Christ a believer is justified or counted righteous before God as if he had never sinned. 

Outside of Bible characters, probably there is no one who knows more about the doctrine of Justification than Martin Luther.

I.      God Reckoned Abraham as Righteousness.

Gen 15:6,“Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.”

Note: The Hebrew word for reckon is chashab which means to think, plan, esteem, consider, make a judgment, count, value, regard, take to be; - it occurs 124 times in the Old Testament. Abraham believed in God and God counted him as righteousness. To be justified is to be counted by God as righteousness. So a man is justified by faith in God. That was the old dispensation. Under the new dispensation, you believe in God and you must also believe in Christ in order to be justified. To be justified is to be counted as righteousness by God in Christ. All who believe in God as Abraham believed will also be justified.

Psa 32:2,“How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!”

Note: The Hebrew word for impute is the same used in Gen 15:6 as reckon.

Justification has active and passive meanings: Actively God counts a person (believer) as righteousness. Passively God does not impute iniquity to a man (believer).

Isa 45:25,“In the Lord all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory."

Note: The Hebrew word for justify is tsadaq which means to be just, be righteous, to be put right, make to appear righteous, declare righteous, render innocent; - it occurs 41 times in the Old Testament. The Book of Isaiah is the Gospel of the Old Testament.

Isa 53:11,“As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.”

Note: The prophecy of Isaiah cited above was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The Son of God, the Righteous One, who died on the cross to bear the iniquities of sinners. Christ will justify as many as those who come to Him by faith.

Isa 61:10,“I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Note: A sinner is naked and shameful before God. To be justified in figuratively speaking is to be wrapped with a robe of righteousness.

Jesus Christ is our Righteousness. The righteous will live by faith.

Zec 3:4,“He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying: Remove the filthy garments from him. Again he said to him: See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”

Note: Our sins are like filthy garments. The Lord takes our iniquity away is like to remove filthy garments from us and clothe us with the robe of righteousness – that is to be justified before God.

Rom 4:3,“What does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Jam 2:23,“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says: Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.”

Note: To believe in Greek is pisteuō which means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, place confidence in, trust in one’s word; - it occurs 248 times in the New Testament. To believe God is to trust His Word. We can learn a lot from the father of all who believed in God. 

II.       The Meanings of Justification.

Justification actively denotes “the act of pronouncing righteous, justification, acquittal;” its precise meaning is determined by that of the verb dikaioo, “to justify” which means “to count as righteous”, it is used 8 times in Galatians. In Rom 4:25 the phrase “for our justification,” or “because of our justification” means all that was necessary on God's part for our “justification” had been effected and completed in the death of Christ. On this account or for this reason He was raised from the dead. The propitiation being perfect and complete, His resurrection was the confirmation. In Rom 5:18,“justification of life” means “justification which results in life.” That God “justifies” the believing sinner on the ground of Christ's substitutionary death, involves His free gift of life.

Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest, professor of theology who was the leader of the Protestant Reformation. Luther strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He condemned sale of indulgence by the Roman Catholic Church with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. Luther refused to retract all of his writings by his famous statement, “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.” Luther discovered that the Bible teaches salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Redeemer from sin. Luther did not start a new church; he brought the church back to the Bible. So Protestantism is not a new religion, it was as old as the teachings of Christ and the Apostles, long before the existence of the Roman Catholic Church. In my opinion, Martin Luther (do not confuse with a black man who adopted his name) was the greatest man ever lived outside of the Bible. No one should compare himself with the great persons in the Bible. It is stupid and wrong for a preacher to claim that he has preached to more people than Apostle Paul.

Justification passively means not coming into judgment.

Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

Note: The Greek word for judgment is krisis which means sentence of condemnation, condemnation and punishment; - it occurs 48 times in the New Testament. Jesus defines justification as not coming into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Those who believe in Christ will not come into judgment but receive eternal life. To be justified is not coming into judgment. Those who have been justified will not be condemned or come into judgment. To be justified is a part of the process to be saved. To be saved is to have eternal life and have passed out of death into life.

III.      How Does Justification Work.

Rom 5:16,“The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.”

Rom 5:18,“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.”

Note: Justification is a gift of God which results in forgiveness of sins, free from condemnation by the righteous act of Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ establishes a believer as just by acquittal from guilt.

IV.   Through the redemption of Christ.

Rom 3:24,“Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”

Note: Justification is a gift by God’s grace through the redemption of Jesus Christ. Gift in Greek is dōrea  which means a present, something free; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. Grace in Greek is charis which means unmerited favor, loving-kindness, mercy which God bestows upon one who does not deserve; - it occurs about 156 times in the New Testament. Redemption in Greek is apolytrōsis which means a releasing effected by payment of ransom, liberation procured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance; - it occurs only 10 times in the New Testament. Redemption is deliverance effected through the death of Christ on the cross for sinners from the retributive wrath of the Holy God and the penalty of sin. The redemption is only in Christ because Jesus died on the cross for sinners. Justification is a gift by God’s grace through the work of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.

Rom 4:24-25,“But also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

Rom 5:19,“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.”

Note: Christ’s obedience was to die for sinners on the cross. The redemption of Christ was accomplished by the Righteous dying for the unrighteous. 

V.   Justified by His grace.

Tts 3:7,“That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Eph 2:5,“Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

Eph 2:8,“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

Note: The Greek word for grace is charis which means favor, good will, loving-kindness, the merciful kindness of God; - it occurs 156 times in the New Testament. Grace is God’s favor which man does not deserve. Those who are justified by His grace are also saved by grace. To be saved by grace means it does not depend on your good deeds or merit. It is grace because it is the gift of God. It is the gift of God because it is free. You cannot earn or buy salvation of God. Those who are justified become heirs of God to have eternal life. 

VI.   Through faith in Jesus Christ.

Rom 3:22,“Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction.”

Rom 3:30,“Since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”

Rom 9:30,“What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith.”

Gal 2:16,“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

Gal 3:11,“But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith.”

Note: Faith in Greek is pistis which means a conviction or belief respecting God’s salvation and divine things, belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ; - it occurs 244 times in the New Testament. Faith is simply taking God at His word; believing in whatever God says. Faith is a strong belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God. To be justified by faith in Christ means to obtain the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. To live by faith means to walk in the footsteps of the faith, through faith in Jesus Christ.

13.   MAN 

What is man? By man we do not mean adult male. The word “man” is used to include adult male and female and child – in sum the humankind, human race, human being, human. Man is used in the Biblical sense.

Gen 1:26-27,“Then God said: Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Note: Man in Hebrew is 'adam which means mankind, human being, person, the human race, humankind; - it occurs 552 times in the Old Testament.

Image in Hebrew is tselem which means likeness, resemblance; - it occurs about 17 times in the Old Testament. Likeness in Hebrew is dĕmuwth which means appearance, image, model, similitude; - it occurs about 25 times in the Old Testament. Create in Hebrew is bara' which means to produce, make by producing something new, fashion, used of the creation of the universe and of men; - it occurs about 54 in the Old Testament.

A.   Man Is Sinful.

Luk 5:8,“But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Note: Sinful in Greek is hamartōlos which means devoted to sin, not free from sin, especially wicked; - it occurs about 47 times in the New Testament. I am a sinful man – should be the confession of every man. Even Peter knew he was a sinful man.

2Ch 6:36,“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near;”

Note: Sin in Hebrew is chata' which means to miss the way, err from the mark, go wrong, incur guilt, miss the goal or path of right and duty, incur penalty by sin, wander from the way, bring into guilt or condemnation or punishment, make a false step; - it occurs about 238 times in the Old Testament. There is no man who does not sin.

1Ki 8:46,“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;”

Job 13:28,“Man decays like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.”

Note: Decay in Hebrew is balah which means to wear out, become old, waste away, use up completely; - it occurs about 16 times in the Old Testament. Man through sickness, suffering, sorrow, cares, or age wastes away.

Psa 7:14,“Behold, the wicked man conceives iniquity, and is pregnant with evil, and brings forth falsehood.”

Note: Those who conceive iniquity and are pregnant with evil will bring forth falsehood. This process fitly describes the economic and financial crisis created by Wall Street in 2008. Supremacists, warmongers and Western mass media of propaganda conceive iniquity, they are pregnant with evil and so they bring forth lies.

Psa 10:3,“For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.”

Note: Who are the wicked who boast the desires of their hearts? Mostly the rich and powerful people. The man greedy for gain manifests in many capacities such as corrupt politician, official, executive, doctor, hospital owner, banker, lawyer, etc.

Ecc 7:20,“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

Note: Surely in Hebrew is kiy which means certainly, indeed; - it occurs about 46 times in the Old Testament. I know this to be so: There is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

Isa 6:5,“And I said: Woe is me! For I perish; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Note: Unclean is used in moral sense. If you want to know what unclean lips are: just watch the statements of politicians and journalistic pronouncements and comments of mass media.

Rom 3:23,“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Note: All in Greek is pas which means each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, and collectively; - it occurs about 1,243 times in the New Testament. All means no exception.

Rom 7:18,“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.”

Note: Even Paul admitted there was nothing good in his flesh. In man’s flesh there is nothing good in nature. The Chinese philosopher was wrong when he said man was good by nature. When God created man he was good, but man sinned and turned bad.

The value of sex is so prevalent and virulent in America that everywhere it is perennially expressed or implied: from $5,000 an hour prostitute hired by the former New York governor, to infidelity of famous politicians ditched by their wives, to pornographic magazines and movies, to sex-appeal fashion and commercial, etc. Listen to the words such as Hottest Woman of All Time, sexy, attainable, love life, sexy honor, who is hotter, screen siren and feminist hero, full package, hot and heavy, etc. Rom 7:5, “For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.” The peoples of the world who live according to the flesh, the sinful passions, will bear fruit for death. Rom 8:13, “For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Sin is a universal malady. Man by nature is sinful. The prostitution scandal committed by secret service men testifies to the fallacy and folly of secret clearance given by defense department and White House. No sinner can have secret clearance. Given a chance, every sinner sins. A sinner is not dependable. How can a sinner give clearance to another sinner? How can an evil man give clearance to another evil man? How can a corrupt institution give clearance to anyone? Those who give others clearance are not cleared from sin and freed from evil themselves.

This is a most shocking and sad statement; it may also be offensive, but it is true: Most of the peoples of the world live like animals. It is used deliberately to distinguish them from children of God who are in the world but not of the world. My kingdom is not of this world. What do animals do? They eat, drink, have sex, prey on others and sleep. To live a life in the love of money, power and sex is the carnal existence, a life according to the flesh. People who love money, power and sex are selfish, sinful, self-serving, self-seeking, self-advancing, aggressive, abusive, oppressive, self-centered, greedy, immoral, irresponsible, unethical and diabolical. American supremacists, Japanese militarists and Islamic terrorists are the prime examples. You cannot find one sin or crime which is not related to the love of money, power and sex. The evil trinity of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood are slaves of corruption who demonstrate how they are having a heart trained in greed and these deadly values defile, destroy and ruin the world. Animals also love power and sex, for that reason animals attack and prey on other animals and rape their females. Luckily, animals do not have concept of money and do not love money. Animals are also greedy for many things except money because money is no use to them. The depravity of mankind drags people down to animal level. Evolutionism holds the theory that man is closely related to and evolved from lower animals and for that reason many human beings live like animals.

2Pe 2:12-19,“But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”

Note: The Scriptural descriptions cited above fit many characteristics of American, Japanese and Filipino leaders. One American politician recently spoke out arrogant words of vanity by saying China’s Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan even though Diaoyu Islands belonged to China when his ancestors were still barbarians. Unreasoning in Greek is alogos which means destitute of reason, contrary to reason, absurd, brute: - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. For example, it is unreasoning of American leaders who in 1971 violated China’s sovereignty and international law by illegally giving administrative control of China’s Diaoyu Islands to the unconditionally surrendered war crime nation of Japan, and turn around to declare America will defend Japan in war with China over Diaoyu Islands. It is absurd for the shameless and senseless leaders of Japan to ceremonially buy and nationalize Diaoyu Islands and declare they belong to Japan. What nation would buy and nationalize its own territory in the first place? American leaders are reveling in their deception by spreading the rumor of China threat and encircling China with its military allies in preparation for a war of aggression in order to rob China’s territories and loot China’s resources in the South China Sea and the East China Sea and for America to become the supreme power in Asia Pacific and world dictator. In 1949 the evil empire of America sent the 7th Fleet to protect the defeated regime of Chiang Kai-shek, prevented reunification of Taiwan with China, treated Taiwan as American ally and colony, and force Taiwan to buy costly and deadly weapons of mass destruction so that Chinese may kill Chinese in fulfillment of American strategy to divide and destroy China.

The Bible teaches and Jesus Christ confirms that man was created in the image of God. Animal does not have the image of God. 

Jhn 3:5-7,“Jesus answered,“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.”

Note: Flesh in Greek is sarx which means the sensuous nature of man, “the animal nature”, the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin; the human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God; the entire nature of man, sense and reason, without the Holy Spirit; - it occurs 149 times in the New Testament. Imperialists, supremacists, militarists, capitalists, monopolists and terrorists are indeed more dangerous than animals. One thing the animal cannot do is to tell a lie and distort history like Japanese leaders do. On the contrary, Christians live in faith, hope and love. To be born again is to receive a new life, a spiritual life.

B.   Man Is Selfish.

Num 31:53,“The men of war had taken booty, every man for himself.”

Note: A capitalistic society is a greedy society; in a greedy society every man is for himself. Self-centeredness and self-interest and self-enrichment characterize Wall Street and Washington. In an individualistic society every man is for himself.

Deu 12:8,“You shall not do according to all that we are doing here this day, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes.”

Note: When every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes, it is lawlessness and anarchy.

Pro 25:19,“Trust in a faithless man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.”

Note: To act faithlessly in Hebrew is bagad which means to act treacherously and deceitfully; act or deal treacherously; act covertly, fraudulently and perfidiously; - it occurs about 49 times in the Old Testament. A faithless man is an untrustworthy man. In time of trouble you can hardly find a trustworthy man. The most difficult to find in the world is a dependable, reliable and trustworthy person. It was reported that 74% of Norwegians say other people can be trusted; in America you probably may not find 1%. Once a young woman told me she had no one she could rely on and asked me if she could call on me in case of emergency even she was not my friend, only an acquaintance at work. A capitalistic society tends to be selfish, self-centered and unreliable. I recall when Vice President Agnew fell from grace; all his friends abandoned him except one. Agnew was once a very popular and powerful figure. A culture that is obsessed with money, power and sex does not produce trustworthy people.

Mar 7:21-23,“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”

Note: Envy is a deadly disease. Out of envy of China’s successes, white supremacists not only want to contain China, they want to “divide and destroy” China if they can.

Phl 1:17,“The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.”

Note: Selfish ambition in Greek is eritheia which means a desire to put one's self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit, self-seeking pursuit, courting popular applause by trickery and low means; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. As an illustration, John Kennedy used dirty tricks to steal election from Richard Nixon. All false teachers, false prophets and preachers of prosperity gospel have selfish ambition. Every preacher who loves money and honor of man is a suspect.

Jam 3:14,“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.”

Note: Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition go together. Arrogant people lie against the truth.

Jam 3:16,“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”

Note: Jealousy in Greek is zēlos which means an envious and contentious rivalry; ardor in embracing, pursuing, defending anything; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. Jealousy is being merely unworthy displeasure at another’s good, to which the ignoble mind is a slave, the rottenness of the bones. Disorder in Greek is akatastasia which means instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. How many nations are unstable because their politicians have selfish ambition. The world is unstable because there are nations who have selfish ambition to dominate and divide the world. Evil in Greek phaulos which means bad, base, wicked, mean, worthless; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. This is a definitive truth: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. Because man is selfish, the world is full of disorder and every evil thing. It is an evil thing for Japan to make false claim of China’s islands in the South China Sea. If the evil empire of Japan insists (encouraged by America), it might create military conflict.

2Ti 3:1-5, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Note: Perilous in Greek is chalepos which means dangerous, troublesome, hard to bear, harsh, fierce, savage; - it occurs only 2 times in the New Testament. These are last days and dangerous times are here. Are not the daily killings by guns in America brutal and savage? You can get killed in America anywhere and anytime, there is no safe place. Are not suicide bombings brutal and savage? Loving one’s self in Greek is philautos which means too intent on one's interest, selfish; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Selfish loving of one’s self is not a normal love, but an abnormal love at the expense of others. Loving money in Greek is philargyros which means avaricious, greedy. Were they not lovers of themselves and lovers of money, Wall Street executives would not have created the economic and financial crisis started in 2008 that robbed millions of families and looted the world over $50 trillion. It is because of the love of money the American healthcare industry becomes extremely monopolistic and predatory, and healthcare providers (doctors, dentists, hospital owners, insurance and drug companies, labs and medical suppliers, etc.) routinely commit fraudulent and overbillings that suck the American economy $2.5 trillion a year and bankrupted millions of families. Loving pleasure in Greek is philēdonos which occurs only once in the New Testament. Do not be fooled by the mass propaganda of white supremacists about freedom and rights, the prevailing American values are the love of power (self), money (greed) and pleasure (sex). I do not know and cannot find any evil in the world which is not caused by the love of money, power and sex. The more people love money, power and sex, the more dangerous they are. America and Europe have a form of godliness but they practice a false version of Christianity. Imperialism and hegemonism and capitalism and materialism are not compatible with Christianity. These nations also promote homosexuality and same-sex marriage which God calls abomination.

The love of money, power and sex makes a human abusive, brutal, corrupt, depraved, evil, fraudulent, greedy, highhanded, inhuman, jealous, kinky, lustful, malicious, negative, oppressive, perilous, quarrelsome, rotten, sinful, thrasonical, ugly, violent, wicked, xenophobic, yeasty and zonked.

C.   Man Is Mortal.

Job 4:17,“Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?”

Jesus told a parable about a rich man who said, Luk 12:19-20,“And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him: You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?” The man is a fool who lays up treasures and goods for many years, but dies this very night. No man knows when he is going to die, rich or poor, powerful or helpless, educated or uneducated.

Rom 1:23,“And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.”

Note: Mortal in Greek is phthartos which means perishing, perishable, corruptible; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. Man is mortal because he is perishable and perishing. Man starts dying the moment he is born.

Jam 1:11,“For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.”

Note: Wither in Greek is xērainō which means to make dry, dry up, waste away, pine away; - it occurs about 16 times in the New Testament. Fade away in Greek is marainō which means to extinguish, make to waste away, consume away, perish, have a miserable end; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Man withers like the grass and woman like flower; the vigor of youth is extinguished. The rich and powerful fade away or have a miserable end and their pursuits come to nothing.

1Ki 2:2,“I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man.”

The way of all the earth is that all people will die.

Note: Even David had to go the way of all the earth. To go the way of all the earth is to die. If the Lord tarries, even Christians will die.

Job 8:13,“Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless man shall perish.

Note: Godless in Hebrew is chaneph which means hypocritical, profane, irreligious, impious, ungodly; - it occurs about 13 times in the Old Testament. Perish in Hebrew is 'abad  which means to vanish, go astray, be destroyed, be exterminated; - it occurs about 184 times in the Old Testament. For sure, godless and ungodly man will perish.

Job 14:10,“But man dies and lies prostrated; man breathes his last, and where is he?”

Note: All will die, even the rich and powerful. When you die, where will you be? Heaven or hell?

Job 34:15,“All flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.”

Note: All flesh means the human race. Man would perish and return to dust.

Gen 3:19,“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Note: The most beautiful woman in the world is dust. The richest and most powerful man is also dust. You are dust, and to dust you shall return.

The sooner a man or woman realizes that he or she is dust, the better he or she thinks about eternity and the better he or she behaves.

Psa 39:5,“Indeed, You have made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah”

Note: Handbreadth means very short. Vapor in Hebrew is hebel which means breath, the breath of mouth, vanity; anything transitory, evanescent and frail; - it occurs 73 times in the Old Testament. Man is a vapor.

Psa 49:12,“Man cannot abide in his pomp, he is like the beasts that perish.”

Note: Man’s honor, pomp and circumstance, cannot stay, continue or last. There is no lasting empire or dynasty. Men die like beasts.

Psa 89:48,“What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? [Selah]”

Note: No man can live and never see death. Jesus Christ who rose from death can deliver believers body and soul from the power of hell.

Psa 103:15,“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field.”

Psa 144:4,“Man is like a breath, his days are like a passing shadow.”

Note: Every asthmatic realizes that life is nothing but a breath. When the breath is gone, you are dead. Even if you are not an asthmatic, your breath can go anytime.

Ecc 9:12,“For man does not know his time. Like fish which are taken in an evil net, and like birds which are caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.”

Note: Death will fall on anyone suddenly. Even arrogant scientists do not know the day and time of their deaths.

Isa 51:12,“I, I am He who comforts you; who are you that you should be afraid of man who will die, of the son of man who will be made like grass.”

Note: There is no need to be afraid of man who will die. There is no need even to be afraid of the devil who can only kill the body. Fear God who can kill both body and soul in hell.

Jer 31:30,“But every one shall die for his own sin; each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.”

Note: Acid is not good for the teeth.

Eze 3:18,“If I say to the wicked: You shall surely die, and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.”

Note: It is the duty of Christians to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world. If people reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they will die in their sins.

Jhn 3:36,“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Note: The common characteristics of the fallen man are sinful, ungrateful, unreliable, unfaithful, lustful, awful, horrible, irresponsible, untruthful, and mortal.

Here is a word picture to portray the ugly man: The ugly human being is aggressive, boorish, corrupt, dishonest, egocentric, filthy, greedy, hypocritical, incompetent, jealous, kinky, lustful, mean, nefarious, oppressive, pompous, queer, rambunctious, sinful, tragic, unworthy, violent, wicked, xenophobic, yeasty, and zany.

Mar 8:36-37,“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

There is nothing can be exchanged for one’s soul because earthly things are temporary, eternal life is the most precious gift of God.

1Co 15:47-54,“The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.” 

Eternal life is imperishable and immortal and the Kingdom of God is eternal.

14.   Where Are you

Gen 3:9, “Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

Note: This was the first question God asked the first man Adam whom God created. God is asking Adam spiritually where he is. You may physically at a certain place, but spiritually at a different place. Spiritually speaking, the human race is divided into only two groups: in sin or in Christ. 

If you are in sin, you are dead spiritually. Someday, you will die physically. After death, judgment, and you will be sent to Hell for eternal death and punishment. If you are in Christ, you are born again and spiritually alive. After death you will enter eternal life in Heaven.

No matter what is your name, and who you are, today God is asking you: Where are you?

A. In Sin

What does to be in sin mean? 

Psa 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

Note: To be in sin means to be conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity. Iniquity in Hebrew is `avon which means perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity, a crime, sin; - it occurs 237 times in the Old Testament. Sin in Hebrew is chet' which means guilt or punishment for sin, fault, offence; - it occurs 33 times in the Old Testament. 

Num 16:26, “And he spoke to the congregation, saying: Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin.”

Note: To be in sin is to be swept away in all one’s sin.

Num 27:3, “Our father died in the wilderness, yet he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons.” 

Note: To be in sin is to die in one’s own sin.

Deu 9:18, “I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger.”

Note: To be in sin is to commit in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Evil in Hebrew is ra` which means bad, wicked, unpleasant, disagreeable, malignant, giving pain, unhappiness and misery; wrong; - it occurs 690 times in the Old Testament. 

Deu 15:9,“Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.”

Note: To be in sin is to have base thought in your heart. Base in Hebrew is bĕliya`al which means worthless, ungodly, wicked, useless, vile, unprofitable, destructive; - it occurs 28 times in the Old Testament. 

1Sa 19:5, “For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel; you saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?”

Note: To sin against innocent blood is to be in sin.

1Ki 15:26, “He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father and in his sin which he made Israel sin.” 

Note: To do evil in the sight of the Lord is to be in sin. The word evil here is the same explained in Deu 9:18.

2Ki 14:6, “But the sons of the slayers he did not put to death, according to what is written in the book of the Law of Moses, as the LORD commanded, saying: The fathers shall not be put to death for the sons, nor the sons be put to death for the fathers; but each shall be put to death for his own sin.”

Note: To be in sin is to be put to death for one’s own sin.

2Ki 21:16, “Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.”

Note: To shed innocent blood is to be in sin. 

Psa 39:1, “For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. 

I said, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; 

I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence.”

Note: To sin with your tongue is to be in sin.

Psa 78:17, “Yet they still continued to sin against Him, to rebel against the Most High in the desert.”

Note: To rebel against the Most High is to be in sin. The word rebel in Hebrew is marah which means to be contentious, be refractory, be disobedient towards, to show rebelliousness, show disobedience, disobey, to be contumacious; to resist, oppose;  - it occurs 47 times in the Old Testament.

Eze 3:20,“Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.”

Note: To turn away from righteousness and commit iniquity is to be in sin. 

Eze 30:16, “I will set a fire in Egypt; sin will writhe in anguish, 

Thebes will be breached and Memphis will have distresses daily.”

Note: To be in sin is to writhe in anguish and have distresses daily. 

Zec 13:1, “In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.”

Note: To be in sin is to have impurity. Impurity in Hebrew is niddah which means filthiness, idolatry, immorality, uncleanness, filth, abomination; - it occurs 40 times in the Old Testament.

Jhn 8:21, “Then He said again to them: I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.”

Note: To be in sin is to die in your sin. 

Jhn 16:9. “Concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.”

Note: Not to believe in Jesus Christ is to be in sin. Disbelief is sin.

Rom 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.”

Note: To be in sin is to be slaves to sin. 

Rom 6:12, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts.”

Note: To let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts is to be in sin.

Rom 7:8, “But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.”

Note: To produce in you coveting of every kind is to be in sin. Coveting in Greek is epithymia which means greed, desire, passion, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust; - it occurs 38 times in the New Testament.

Gal 3:22, “But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”

Note: To be shut up under sin is to be in sin.

1Pe 2:22, “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH.”

Note: To be found deceit in your mouth is to be in sin. Deceit in Greek is dolos which means craft, guile, phoniness, hypocrisy, craftiness; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. The current prime minister of Japan is the greatest liar of the 21st Century, a man full of deceits and conceits.

2Pe 2:14, “Having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children.”

Note: Having eyes full of adultery and have a heart trained in greed is to be in sin. I think executives of Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood are people who have been vigorously trained in their crafty ways, including Japanese officials who distort historical facts.

B. In Christ

What does to be in Christ mean?

Act 24:24, “But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To have faith in Christ is to be in Christ. To have faith in Christ means to believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world and our Lord.

Rom 3:24, “Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be justified by His grace through the redemption of Jesus Christ is to be in Christ. To be justified in Greek is dikaioō which means to render righteous, to count righteous; to declare, pronounce, one to be just or righteous; to treat as worthy, to declare guiltless, to acquit of a charge, to be absolved; - it occurs 40 times in the New Testament.

Rom 6:11, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be dead to sin, but alive to God is to be in Christ.

Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Note: To have eternal life is to be in Christ.

Rom 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To have no condemnation is to be in Christ. Condemnation in Greek is katakrima which means sentence, judgment, conviction, guilty verdict; - it occurs only 3 times in New Testament.

Rom 8:2, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

Note: To be set free from the law of sin and death is to be in Christ.

Rom 8:39, “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Note: To have the love of God is to be in Christ.

Rom 9:1, “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit.”

Note: To tell the truth and not lying is to be in Christ.

Rom 12:5, “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

Note: To be one body in Christ is to be in Christ.

Rom 15:17, “Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.”

Note: To have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God is to be in Christ.

Rom 16:10, “Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.”

Note: To be approved in Christ is to be in Christ. To be approved in Greek is dokimos which means to be accepted, acceptable; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament.

1Co 1:2,“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”

Note: To have been sanctified in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ. To be sanctified in Greek is hagiazō which means to render holy or hollow, to purify by expiation, to free from guilt of sin, to declare holy; - it occurs 29 times in the New Testament.

1Co 1:4, “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be given the grace of God in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ.

1Co 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”

Note: To be made alive in Christ is to be in Christ.

2Co 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”

Note: To be led in triumph in Christ is to be in Christ. To have triumph in Greek is thriambeuō which means to have a victory, to celebrate a triumph, to cause one to triumph; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament.

2Co 2:17, “For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.”

Note: To speak from sincerity in Christ in the sight of God is to be in Christ.

2Co 3:14, “But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.”

Note: To have the veil of the old covenant removed is to be in Christ.

2Co 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Note: To be a new creature is to be in Christ. Creature in Greek is ktisis which means creation, being, human race; - it occurs 20 times in the New Testament.

2Co 5:19, “Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

Note: To reconcile with God and not counting your trespasses against you is to be in Christ. To reconcile in Greek is to return to favor with, be reconciled to one, to receive one into favor; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament.

Gal 2:4, “But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.”

Note: To have liberty in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ. Liberty in Greek is eleutheria which means freedom, set free from the yoke of Mosaic Law, rule of right living, freedom from the domination of corrupt desires; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament.

Gal 2:16, “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.”

Note: To be justified through faith in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ.

Gal 3:14, “In order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Note: To receive the promise of the Spirit through faith is to be in Christ.

Gal 3:26, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ. Gal 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be all one in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ.

Gal 5:6, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.”

Note: To have faith working through love is to be in Christ. 

Eph 1:1, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be saints and faithful in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ.

Eph 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Note: To have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ is to be in Christ.

Eph 2:7, “So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Note: To be shown the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness in Christ Jesus is to be in Christ.

Eph 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Note: To be created in Christ Jesus for good works is to be in Christ.

15. How Should Christians Walk

To walk means to conduct or behave oneself.

(1.) 1Th 4:1, “Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you must walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.”

Note: The Word of God instructs us how to walk to please God. How to walk means how to conduct oneself, how to behave at all times. The following Scriptures comprehensively teach us the way in which we should walk.

(2). Gen 17:1, “Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him,
“I am God Almighty;
Walk before Me, and be blameless.”
We need to walk before God, and be blameless.

(3). Exo 16:4, “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.”
We must not be greedy, we gather a day’s portion every day, and walk in God’s instruction.

(4). Lev 26:13, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.
To walk erect means to walk uprightly.

(5). Deu 5:33,“You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.”
We must walk in all the way which the Lord our God has commanded us, that we may live and it may be well with us, and that we may prolong our days on earth.

(6). Deu 8:6,“Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.”
To keep the commandments of the Lord is to walk in His ways and to fear Him.

(7). Deu 10:12,“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
This is what the Lord our God requires from us, but to fear the Lord, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord with all our heart and with all our soul.

(8). Deu 11:22,“For if you are careful to keep all these commandments which I am commanding you to do, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him.”
We must be careful to keep all God’s commandments, to love the Lord our God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him.

(9). Deu 13:5,“But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.”
We shall not listen to false prophet or false teacher to rebel against the Lord or seduce us from the way in which the Lord our God commands us to walk, but purge the evil from among us.

(10). Deu 19:9, “If you carefully observe all this commandment which I command you today, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in His ways always—then you shall add three more cities for yourself, besides these three.”
We must carefully observe all God’s commandments, to love the Lord, and to walk in His ways always.

(11). 1Ki 11:38, “Then it will be, that if you listen to all that I command you and walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will be with you and build you an enduring house as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.”
To walk in God’s ways is to do what is right in His sight. 
   
(12). 2Ch 6:27, “Then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.”
We should walk in the good way.

(13). Neh 5:9, “Again I said, “The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?”
We should walk in the fear of our God.

(14). Psa 1:1, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!”
We should not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers.

(15). Psa 26:11, “But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
Redeem me, and be gracious to me.”
We walk in our integrity.

(16). Pro 2:7, “He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.”
We must walk in integrity. American imperialists, Japanese militarists and Islamic terrorists do not walk in integrity.

(17). Psa 84:11, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
We are to walk uprightly.

(18). Psa 86:11, “Teach me Your way, O LORD;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
We are to walk in God’s truth, unite our heart to fear God’s name.

(19). Psa 89:15, “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.”
We are to walk in the light of God’s countenance.

(20). Psa 119:1, “Aleph.
How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the LORD.”
We are to walk in the law of the Lord.

(21). Psa 119:3, “They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.”
We who do no unrighteousness walk in God’s ways.

(22). Pro 2:20, “So you will walk in the way of good men
And keep to the paths of the righteous.”
We are to walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.

(23). Pro 8:20,“I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice.”
We are to walk in the way of righteous in the midst of the paths of justice.

(24). Isa 2:5, “Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.”
Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

(25). Jhn 8:12, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
He who follows Jesus will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.

(26). Jhn 12:35, “So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.”
Walk while you have the Light.

(27). Act 21:24, “Take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.”
We are to walk orderly, keeping the Law.

(28). Rom 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
We are to walk in newness of life.

(29). Rom 8:4, “So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
We do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

(30). 2Co 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight—”
Christians walk by faith, not by sight.

(31). Gal 5:16, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
Those who walk by the Spirit, do not carry out the desire of the flesh.

(32). Gal 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
Christians live by the Spirit and also walk by the Spirit.

(33). Eph 4:1, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”
Christians walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which they have been called.

(34). Eph 5:2, “And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
We walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

(35). Eph 5:8, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.
Christians walk as children of Light.

(36). Eph 5:15, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise.
Christians are careful how to walk, not as unwise men but as wise.

(37). Phl 3:17, “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.”
Christians join in following example of Apostle Paul, and observe those who walk according to the pattern we have in apostles.

(38). Col 1:10, “So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Christians are to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

(39). Col 2:6, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
Those who have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.

(40). 1Th 2:12, “So that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”
Christians would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls them into His own Kingdom and glory.

(41). 1Th 4:1, “Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.”
Christians received instruction how ought to walk and please God.

(42). 1Jo 1:7, “But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. Notice Christian fellowship is based on walking in the Light.

(43). 1Jo 2:6, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
Christians ought to walk in the same manner as Jesus walked.

(44). 2Jo 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.”
If we walk according to His commandments, this is love. This is the commandment that we should walk in it.

February 4, 2016

Willie Wong

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*Christian Handbook
*Note: To write a Christian handbook or manual would take years, or at least months. Therefore I decided to present the four most important themes first: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Bible. I adopt an ongoing process of developing and expanding the coverage without alphabetical order and present them item by item. The following is a simple and short composition of Christian doctrines and definitions to assist Christians to grow in the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

1.  God
God is the Creator and Lord of the universe. God exists by Himself before time and space. God created man and woman, Adam and Eve but they disobeyed God. To save mankind God sent His Son Jesus Christ who became Man in order to save sinners. God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and justifies anyone who believes and accepts Him as His Lord and Savior.

What God is?
(A). God is Spirit - Jhn 4:24
(B). God is Light - 1Jo 1:5
(C). God is Love - 1Jo 4:8
(D). God is holy - Psa 77:13
(E). God is true - Jhn 3:33
(F). God is righteous - Dan 9:14
(G). God is the Almighty - Rev 1:8
(H). God is gracious and merciful - 2Ch 30:9
(I). God is the Everlasting Father - Isa 9:6
(J). God is the Father of lights - Jam 1:17
(K). God is ONE - Gal 3:20
(L). God is One Lord - Mar 12:29
(M). God is able - Mat 3:9
(N). God is jealous - Exd 20:5
(O). God is compassionate - Deu 4:31
(P). God is great - Job 36:26
(Q). God is a Consuming Fire - Deu 4:24
(R). God is eternal - Rom 16:26
(S). God is the Judge - Psa 75:7
(T). God is no respecter of persons - Act 10:34

Who is God?

1.  Lord God Almighty

Rev 4:8, “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within and they do not rest day and night, saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

2.  JEHOVAH

Exd 6:3, “And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

Note: JEHOVAH in Hebrew means “the Self-Existing One.” It is interesting in the Hebrew Old Testament, you can find several of God’s names with JEHOVAH as prefixes:

  1. Jehovah Nissi  (The Lord My Banner)  -  Exd 17:15, “And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi.”

  2. Jehovah-Raah  (The Lord My Shepherd)    -      Psa 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

  3. Jehovah Rapha  (The Lord Who Heals)      -      Exd 15:26, “And He said: If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your Healer.”

  4. Jehovah Shammah  (The Lord Is There)      -      Eze 48:35, “The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.”

  5. JehovahTsidkenu  (The Lord Our Righteousness)      -      Jer 23:6, “In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is His name by which He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

  6. Jehovah Mekoddishkem  (The Lord Who Sanctifies You) -      Exd 31:13, “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying: You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”

  7. Jehovah Jireh   (The Lord Will Provide)     -      Gen 22:14, “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh; as it is said to this day: In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”

  8. Jehovah Shalom   (The Lord Is Peace)              -      Jdg 6:24, “Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.”

  9. Jehovah Sabaoth  (The Lord of Hosts)  -      1 Sa 1:3, “This man went up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord there.”

3.   The Lord God of Israel

Luk 1:68, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.”

Note: When Jesus Christ came, the Lord God of Israel can also become the God of Gentiles (Non-Jews) by grace through faith in the Son of God. Beware those who want to take the land that God had given to Abraham and his descendants, the Lord God of Israel will fight for Zion.

4.   The Lord God Omnipotent

Rev 19:6, “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying: Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.”

5.  Lord of heaven and earth

Mat 11:25, “At that time Jesus answered and said: I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the educated and learned, and have revealed them to the untaught.”

6.  Lord Holy and True

Rev 6:10, “And they cried out with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord, Holy and True, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

7.  The Living Father

Jhn 6:57, “As the Living Father has sent Me, and I (Christ) live by the Father; so he who eats Me will also live by Me.”

Note: He who eats Me means he who accepts Jesus Christ who sacrificed His body on the cross for him will have eternal life.

8.  Holy Father

Jhn 17:11, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one, as We are.”

Note: The Catholic Church has blasphemed God by calling pope Holy Father.

9.  Heavenly Father

Mat 6:14, “For if you forgive men their misdeeds, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

10.  Righteous Father

Jhn 17:25, “O righteous Father, the world has not known You; but I have known You, and these have known that You have sent Me.”

11.  The Father of glory

Eph 1:17, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

12.  The Father of spirits

Hbr 12:9, “Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh to discipline us, and we gave them respect; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

13.  The Father of lights

Jam 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

14.  The Almighty God

Gen 17:1, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old; the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.”

15.  The Faithful God

Deu 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the Faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

16.  The Righteous God

Psa 7:9, “O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for the Righteous God tries the hearts and minds.”

17.  The Living God

Psa 84:2, “My soul longs and even yearns for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

18.  The Everlasting God

Isa 40:28, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not faint or become weary. His understanding is inscrutable.

Rom 16:26, “But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the Everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”

Note: The word “everlasting” is interchangeable with “eternal.”

19.  The Most High God

Dan 5:21, “He (Nebuchadnezzar) was also driven away from mankind, and his heart was made like that of beasts, and his dwelling place was with the wild asses. He was given grass to eat like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind, and that He appoints over it whomever He wishes.

Note: Let white supremacists beware, they cannot conquer the world. For God rules over the kingdoms of mankind.

20.  The Only True God

Jhn 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

21.  The Immortal God

Rom 1:23, “And exchanged the glory of the Immortal God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed beasts and crawling creatures.”

Note: The Scripture declares the folly of idolatry.

22.  The Invisible God

Col 1:15, “He (Christ) is the image of the Invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

Note: God is invisible because He is the Spirit.

23.  The Blessed God

1 Ti 1:11, “According to the glorious gospel of the Blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

24.  The Only Wise God

1 Ti 1:17, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the Only Wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

25.  The Great God

Tts 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

26.  The Rock of Israel

2 Sa 23:3, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”

Note: God is the Rock of Israel means God is the Savior and Protector of Israel. Those nations and peoples who want to eliminate Israel are enemies of God and will be wiped out by God.

27.  Shepherd of Israel

Psa 80:1, “Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!”

28.  The Creator

Rom 1:25, “For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Note: Evolution is contrary to the teaching of creation. Do not call yourself a Christian if you believe in evolution which is contrary to teaching of Jesus Christ. Fools, scientists are mere men; they cannot be wiser or more capable than God. What do scientists know? They do not even know when they are going to die!

29.  The Creator of Israel

Isa 43:15, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”

Note: The Creator of Israel is also the Protector of Israel.

30.  The Creator of the ends of the earth

Isa 40:28, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not faint or become weary. His understanding is inscrutable.”

31.  The Possessor of heavens and earth

Gen 14:22, “But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have raised my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, the Possessor of heavens (universe) and earth.” 

32.  I AM WHO I AM

Exd 3:14, “God said to Moses: I AM WHO I AM; and He said: Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”

Note: The “I AM” of the Old Testament is the “I AM” of the New Testament. See John 6:35. The I AM WHO I AM is the greatest mystery in the universe.

33.  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Pe 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

34.  The God of all grace

1 Pe 5:10, “But may the God of all grace, who has called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

35.  The God of salvation

Psa 68:20, “Our God is the God of salvation; and escapes from death belong to God the Lord.”

36.  The God of justice

Mal 2:17, “You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say: How have we wearied Him? In that you say: Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them, or, Where is the God of justice?”

37.  The God of glory

Act 7:2, “And he said: Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.”

Psa 29:3, “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord is over many waters.”

38.  The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob

Act 7:32, “Saying: I am the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled and dared not look.”

39.  The God of the Hebrews

Exd 3:18, “They will pay attention to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him: The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.”

40.  The God of Israel

Mat 15:31, “So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.”

41.  The Father of mercies

2 Cr 1:3, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.”

42.  The God of all comfort

2 Cr 1:3, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.”

43.  The Savior of all peoples

1 Ti 4:10, “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all peoples, especially of those that believe.”

44.  The King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible

1 Ti 1:17, “Now to the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the Only Wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

45.  The Redeemer of Israel

Isa 49:7, “Thus says the Lord: the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers; kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.”

46.  The Hope of Israel

Jer 17:13, “O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away from You will be written in the dust, because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Waters.”

Note: No nation or people can destroy Israel because God is the Hope of Israel. The hope of Israel does not lie in the power of the United States. The U.S. may vanish, but the Hope of Israel remains.

47.  The Glory of Israel

1Sa 15:29, “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Note: Man changes his mind because he may discover something that he did not know before. God knows the end from the beginning; so He has no reason to change His mind.

48.  The Fountain of Living Waters

Jer 17:13, “O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away from You will be written down in the dust, because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Waters.”

49.  The Seat of Justice

Jer 50:7, “All who found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said: We have not offended, because they have sinned against the Lord who is the Seat of Justice, even the Lord, the hope of their fathers.”

50.  The Awesome One

Psa 76:11, “Make vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.”

51.  God Merciful and Gracious

Psa 86:15, “But You, O Lord, are a God Merciful and Gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.”

52.  The Everlasting King

Jer 10:10, “But the Lord is the true God; He is the Living God and the Everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation.”

53.  The Majesty on High

Hbr 1:3, “Who being the Brightness of His Glory, and the Express Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High.”

Note: The names of God are very important because no one else can use them as his own. God reveals Himself in the Scriptures through His myriad names. The meanings behind God’s names reflect His central character, attribute, and nature. The English translations of God’s names cannot and do not fully convey the meanings in original Hebrew and Greek. The names of God listed above are representative and comprehensive, but not exhaustive. It is informative and instructive to take God’s names as they are. 

What to do with God?
(A). Obey, Deu 27:10, Jhn 3:36, Act 5:29
(B). Believe in, Jhn 14:1
(C). Turn to, Act 26:20
(D). Seek, Psa 69:32
(E). Call on, Psa 55:16
(F). Fear, Ecc 12:13
(G). Yield to, Rom 6:13
(H). Pray to, 2Cr 13:7
(I). Cry to, Psa 57:2
(J). Confess to, Rom 14:11
(K). Praise, Psa 150:1
(L). Please, 1Th 4:1
(M). Sing to, Psa 68:4
(N). Magnify, Act 10:46
(O). Worship, Rev 19:10   
(P). Glorify, Rom 15:6
(Q). Serve, Hbr 12:28
(R). Love, Rom 8:28
(S). Hope in, Psa 78:7
(T). Trust in, 2Cr 1:9

2.    Jesus Christ
Mat 1:1,“The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham”

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah; according to His humanity, He was the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Mat 1:21,“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Jesus in Greek is Iēsous which means Jehovah is salvation; the Son of God, the Savior of mankind, God incarnate; - it
occurs 914 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod
the king,” (Mat 2:1).
Mat 16:16, “Simon Peter answered: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Christ in Greek is Christos which means anointed, the anointed of God, the Messiah, the Son of God; - it occurs 531
times in the New Testament.
Mar 1:1,“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
Jesus Christ is the beginning of the Gospel.
Luk 1:35, “The angel answered and said to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”
The Son of God is the exclusive title of Jesus indicating His divinity. Unlike all prophets and servants of God,
Jhn 8:23, “And He was saying to them: You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this
world.”
1Ti 1:15, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
Jesus Christ came down from Heaven to save sinners, although He also taught, performed miracles, healed the sick, and
cast out demons.
Jhn 10:30,“I and My Father are one.”
What does it mean that the Father and Son are ONE? Thy mystery of all mysteries, the Father and the Son are ONE. The
Son is in the Father, and the Father is in the Son.
Jhn 14:6-7, “Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
Jesus is the Way to God, this is the Truth, and to believe in Jesus is to receive life.
1Cr 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according
to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
This is the core of Christianity: Jesus Christ died for our sins, buried, and raised from the dead by the power of God.
Jesus ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for us and He is coming again as the King of kings and Lord of lords to
reign with the saints for eternity.
The following Scriptures sum up the history of Jesus’ mission on earth:
1Ti 3:16, “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.”

Jesus' dual nature:

A. Humanity 

Luk 2:21,“And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.”

Luk 2:52,“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

Note: The Child Jesus kept growing indicates His humanity. This is a model of child development: grow in wisdom (intellectual and moral) and stature (physical), and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (social). 

Jhn 4:6,“Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.”

Note: The fact that Jesus was thirsty, hungry and tired, etc. prove He was human. The big difference is the fact Jesus was both human and divine.

Luk 23:46,“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said: Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit. Having said this, He breathed His last.”

Note: Jesus died a physical death for the sins of the world. 

B.  Divinity 

1Cr 10:4,“And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

Note: The Rock was Christ, upon the Rock revealed by the Father that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God – Jesus builds His church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. This Scripture is often misquoted by Catholics to refer to Peter; Peter was only a stone, not the Rock. The church of Jesus Christ could not be built on a man who denied Jesus three times. Jesus builds His church on the rock solid revelation of God that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God. The divinity of Jesus is the foundation of the church.

Mar 1:1,“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Note: Jesus, the Son of God, is the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel outside of Jesus.

Luk 3:21-22,“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said: You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

Note: God and the Holy Spirit testified for Jesus the Son of God.  

1Ti 3:16, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

Note: Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, the true God and true Man, the perfect God and perfect Man.

Jesus’ threefold ministry

A.   Prophet-Messiah.

Mat 1:16, "Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah."

Note: As the Word of God says, Jesus was unlike all other prophets. When Jesus spoke, God spoke. All other prophets spoke for God, and spoke what God spoke using the famous formula: Thus says the Lord.

The term “Messiah” is the translation of the Hebrew term mashiyach, which is derived from the verb masah, meaning to smear or anoint. When grease or oil was applied to objects by Israelites and non-Israelites, they were said to be anointed. The term “Messiah” is not used to refer to “anointed” objects that were designated and consecrated for specific purposes but to persons only. Persons who were anointed had been elected, designated, appointed, given authority, qualified, and equipped for specific offices and tasks related to these. The Messianic concept also has a wider dimension than the royal, priestly, and/or prophetic person. Included in this wider view are the characteristics, tasks, goals, means, missions and consequences of the Messianic person. Isaiah was the prophet of Messianic gospel in the Old Testament and his prophetic proclamations are of great significance.

Isa 7:14,“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Note: Immanuel in Hebrew is `Immanuw'el which means "God with us" or "with us is God", the prophetic name of the Messiah; - it occurs only twice in the Old Testament.

The following Scripture sums up the ministry of Jesus as the Prophet:

Luk 24:19,“And He said to them: What things? So they said to Him: The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.”

Jesus was the Prophet unlike all prophets. All prophets spoke what God told them to speak. When Jesus speaks, God speaks. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is the Messiah because He was sent by God to become the Savior of the world. What Moses and all prophets could not do, Jesus came to save sinners.

B.   Priest.

Hbr 2:17-18,“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”

Note: High Priest in Greek is archiereus which means chief priest, used of Christ because by undergoing a bloody death on the cross He offered Himself as an expiatory sacrifice to God, and has entered into the heavenly sanctuary where He continually intercedes on behalf of believers; - it occurs 123 times in the New Testament. The chief duty of the high priest was, once a year on the day of atonement, to enter the Holy of holies (from which other priest were excluded) and offer sacrifice for his own sins and the sins of the people. Make atonement in Greek is hilaskomai which means to become propitious, expiate, make reconciliation, make propitiation for; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament.

Hbr 4:15,“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

Note: From Aaron down, all human priests have their own sins; only Jesus the High Priest is without sin. Catholic priests have sins too; it is a folly to confess sins to people who are as sinful as we are.

Hbr 7:26-27,“For it was fitting for us to have such a High Priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”

Note: Jesus the High Priest is unlike those high priests who had to offer up sacrifices for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. 

C.  King.

Mat 19:28,“Jesus said to them: I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Note: Jesus was born in the time of Herod king of Judea (Mat 2:1; Luk 1:5) and Caesar Augustus who reigned over the Roman world (Luk 2:1), Magi from the East came to Jerusalem looking for “the one who has been born King of the Jews” (Mat 2:2).

After Jesus fed the 5,000, the crowd wanted to force Him to become their king (Jhn 6:15). Jesus entered Jerusalem like a King, riding on the colt of a donkey (Mat 21:5; Luk 19:38; Jhn 12:13,15; cf. Zec 9:9). The governor Pilate asked Jesus: “Are you the king of the Jews?” To which Jesus answered: “Yes, it is as you say”(Mar 15:2). Throughout the New Testament Jesus is described as the Son of David, the King.

After receiving the divine anointing at His baptism ( Mark 1:9-11 ), Jesus begins to proclaim the inauguration of the Kingdom in Galilee:

Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” This becomes the central theme in all that Jesus preaches, and He defines its nature in response to Pilate. Jhn 18:36,“Jesus answered: My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be handed over to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here.” The disciples, however, misunderstood the nature of the Kingdom to the day of crucifixion. Although the Kingdom is not a political, temporal or visible kingdom; it is eschatological and will be consummated when Jesus returns with power and glory to reign with the saints.

Jhn 1:48-49,“Nathanael said to Him: How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him: Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you. Nathanael answered Him: Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”  

Rev 17:14,“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

Note: Jesus is the Lord of lords and King of kings who will overcome Satan and his agents. The Kingdom of God is not democracy that serves 1 percent at the expense of 99 percent. The Kingdom of God is absolute theocracy with absolute justice and joy.

Who is Jesus Christ?

1.  The Son of God

1 Jo 3:8, “He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God appeared so that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

2.  The Word of God

Rev 19:13, “He (Christ) was clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.”

Note: Word in Greek is logos which means the Divine reason or expression; - it occurs 334 times in the New Testament; used by the Apostle John to denote the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal Wisdom and Power in union with God, His ministry in creation and government of the universe, the cause and upholder of all the world's life both physical and moral, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and enlightened the world conspicuously from His words and deeds.

3.  The Word of Life

1 Jo 1:1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life.” 

4.  The Mighty God

Isa 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

Note: It is not only Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, He is the MIghty God.

5.  The Everlasting Father

Isa 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

How the Son of God is also the Everlasting Father is beyond human comprehension. But believe what Jesus says about Himself, 

Jhn 10:27-30,“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are ONE.”

6.  The Prince of Peace

Isa 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

7.  The Savior of the world

Jhn 4:42, “And said to the woman: Now we believe, not because of your saying; for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

1 Jo 4:14, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” 

8.  The Lamb of God

Jhn 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Note: Jesus Christ died for sinners on the cross as the Lamb of God sacrificed to redeem mankind and save them from their sins and penalty of sins.

9.  The True God

1Jo 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the true God, to believe in Him is to have eternal life.

10.  The Good Shepherd

Jhn 10:11, “I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, and Christians are His sheep.

11.  That Great Shepherd

Hbr 13:20, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”

12.  The Chief Shepherd

1 Pe 5:4, “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Chief Shepherd means Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, not the pope or anyone else.

13.  The Shepherd and Guardian of our souls

1 Pe 2:25, “For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”

Note: Since Jesus Christ is the Guardian of our souls, we have eternal security, the devil is not able to harm us.

14.  The Image of God

2 Cr 4:4, “In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the Image of God, should shine on them.”  

15.  The Brightness of His Glory

Hbr 1:3, “Who being the Brightness of His Glory, and the Express Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

16.  The Sun of Righteousness

Mal 4:2, “But for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.”  

17.   Mediator between God and men

1 Ti 2:5, “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Note: Mary is not the mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ is the Mediator. Come to Jesus and be saved.

18.  Christ Jesus the Lord

2Cr 4:5, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.” 

19.  Christ the Power of God

1 Cr 1:24, “But to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God.”

20.  Christ the Wisdom of God  

1 Cr 1:24, “But to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God.”

21.  The Lord of Glory

1 Cr 2:8, “Which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.”  

22.  The Messiah

Jhn 1:41, “He found first his own brother Simon and said to him: We have found the Messiah (which translated means Christ).” 

23.  The Head of the Church

Eph 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the Church, His body, of which He is the Savior.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, not the pope, not anyone else. 

24.  God Blessed Forever

Rom 9:5, “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”  

25.  The Blessed and Only Sovereign God

1Ti 6:15, “Which He (Christ) will manifest in His own time, He who is the Blessed and Only Sovereign God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” 

26.  The Holy and Righteous One

Act 3:14, “But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you.”  

27.  The Light of the world

Jhn 8:12, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying: I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

28.  KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS

Rev 19:16, “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

The kingdoms of the world will soon become the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

What to do with Jesus Christ? 

(A). Believe, Jhn 1:12, Jhn 6:29, Jhn 8:24, Jhn 14:1, Jhn 20:31, Act 8:37, Act 11:17, 1Jo 3:23, 1Jo 5:1
(B). Know, Jhn 17:3, 1Cr 2:2, 2Cr 8:9, 2Pe 1:8, 2Pe 3:18, Phl 3:8
(C). Receive, Col 2:6
(D). Confess, Mat 10:32, Rom 10:9, Phl 2:11, 1Jo 4:2
(E). Trust in, Phl 2:24, Hbr 2:13
(F). Entrust to, 2Ti 1:12
(G). Worship, Mat 14:33, Mat 28:9, Jhn 9:38, Hbr 1:6, Rev 13:8
(H). Bow, Mat 15:25, Phl 2:10
(I). Obey, Mat 8:27, Mar 1:27, Luk 8:25, Jhn 3:36, Hbr 5:9, 1Pe 1:2
(J). Pray to, Act 8:24, Jam 5:14
(K). Praise, Rom 15:11, Eph 1:12
(L). Serve, Col 3:24, Rev 22:3
(M). Glorify, Jhn 16:14, Jhn 17:1, Jhn 17:5, Rom 15:6
(N). Exult, Rom 5:11
(O). Put on, Rom 13:14
(P). Call on, 1Cr 1:2
(Q). Preach, Rom 16:25, 2Cr 4:5
(R). Fellowship, 1Cr 1:9, 1Jo 1:3
(S). Love, Eph 6:24
(T). Thank, 1Ti 1:12, Eph 5:20
(U). Wait for, Phl 3:20, Jud 1:21
(V). Hope in, 1Th 1:3
(W). Remember, 2Ti 2:8
(X). Acknowledge, 2Jo 1:7
(Y). Belong to, Gal 5:24
(Z). Sing the song of the Lamb, Rev 15:3

3.  The Holy Spirit 
The Promise sent by Jesus Christ, to be the sole Representative of Christ on earth.
Luk 24:49,“And behold, I am sending forth the Promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you
are clothed with Power from on high.”
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Promise of His Father. Jesus also defines the Holy Spirit as the Power from on high.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

1.   The Spirit of God.

Gen 1:2,“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

Note: This is the first time the word Spirit’occurs in the Bible. The Hebrew word for Spirit is ruwach which means wind, breath, mind, breath of the living; the breath of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son; - it occurs 378 in the Old Testament.

Gen 2:7,“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Note: The spirit of man was formed by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the divine power, like the wind and the breath, cannot be perceived. Jesus explains, Jhn 3:8,“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Greek word for Spirit is pneuma which means the third Person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son; sometimes referred to the personality and character of the Holy Spirit; sometimes referred to the work and power of the Holy Spirit; - it occurs 385 times in the New Testament. The word pneumatology is derived from the Greek word.

Mat 3:16,“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

2.   The Spirit of Christ.

1Pe 1:11,“Searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.”

Note: The Spirit of Christ was to obey the will of God even to the point of death. Christ suffered in order to save sinners and He was exalted in glories.

3.   The eternal Spirit.

Hbr 9:14,“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Note: The blood of Christ through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God; cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

4.   The Breath of the Almighty.

Job 33:4,“The Spirit of God has made me, and the Breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Note: The Breath of the Almighty is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God gives believers new life, eternal life. Human life is only a breath, when God takes away the breath, the man is dead.

5.   The Spirit of life.

Gen 7:22,“All in whose nostrils was the breath of the Spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.”

Rom 8:2,“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Jhn 6:63,“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

Note: The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of life because it is the Spirit who gives life. Jhn 3:5-6,“Jesus answered: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Tts 3:5,“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

Note: Although the triune God works together as One, it is helpful to understand that creation was the work of God, redemption the work of Jesus Christ, and regeneration the work of the Holy Spirit.

6.   The Spirit of truth.

Jhn 14:17,“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

Jhn 16:13,“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Note: Historically and formally, the Holy Spirit came at the Pentecost. You often hear some uninformed preachers even today pray for the Spirit to come, that is a wrong prayer. Just as the Jews are still waiting for the coming of the Messiah although the Messiah had come and will come again to reign with the saints.

7.   The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

Isa 11:2,“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

8.   The Spirit of counsel and might.

Isa 11:2,“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

9.   The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

Isa 11:2,“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

Note: The Spirit of the Lord rested on Christ without measure.

10.   The Spirit of judgment.

Isa 4:4,“When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the Spirit of judgment and by the Spirit of burning.”

11.   The Spirit of grace and supplication.

Zec 12:10,“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”

12.   The Spirit of the Lord.

Jdg 3:10,“The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.”

Note: In the Old Testament the Spirit of the Lord often manifested in physical strength. The Holy Spirit is God in action. Another illustration is the case of Samson.

Jdg 14:5-6,“So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.”

Luk 4:18,“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Note: In the New Testament the Spirit of the Lord anointed Jesus Christ and apostles to preach the Gospel, to heal the sick, to open the eyes of the blind, even to raise the dead, and to perform miracles for the glory of God. During and after the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered apostles and disciples to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere. Thus the fullness of the Holy Spirit is neither for speaking in tongues nor for showing the spiritual status of a person, but for witnessing of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world in winning souls.

13.   The Spirit of holiness.

Rom 1:4,“And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”

Note: The Son of God was raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit of holiness. The redemptive work of Christ was the work of holiness.

14.   The Spirit of adoption.

Rom 8:15,“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out: Abba, Father.”

Note: The Greek word for adoption is huiothesia which means the nature and condition of the true disciples in Christ, who by receiving the Spirit of God into their souls become sons of God. What a glorious right given to those who believe in Jesus Christ, to be adopted as children of God.

15.   The Spirit of the living God.

2Cr 3:3,“Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

Note: The Spirit of the living God writes the Word of God in the heart of believers.

16.   The Spirit of His Son.

Gal 4:6,“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out: Abba, Father!”

Note: Just as Jesus Christ is the Son of God, all believers are sons of God, and through the Spirit of His Son we may cry out to God, Abba, Father.

17.   The Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Eph 1:17,“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

Note: In the things of the world, you can obtain knowledge by study, research, experiment and finding. All these human and scientific efforts are useless in obtaining the knowledge of God. To have the knowledge of God you need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Unbelieving scientists and scholars therefore cannot have the knowledge of God because they do not have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Christianity is the revealed religion, not a man-made religion based on human traditions and teachings.

Eph 3:5,“Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.”

Note: The truth in Jesus Christ was not made known to the sons of men (humankind) in ages past, as it has been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets. The Scriptures were written by the holy apostles and prophets from Moses to John as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

18.   The Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Phl 1:19,“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”

Note: The Spirit of Jesus Christ supplies the saints with deliverance.

19.   The Spirit of grace.

Hbr 10:29,“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

Note: Those who have denied the Son of God is like trampling Him underfoot, and those who have trampled the Son of God underfoot insulted the Spirit of grace. Today is the dispensation of grace; you may repent and be saved. The time is coming the dispensation of grace will be ended when Jesus Christ returns the second time to judge the world.

20.   The Spirit of glory.

1Pe 4:14,“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”

Note: If you suffer reproach for the name of Christ, the Spirit of glory rests upon you. The wicked may insult you and shame you because of Christ, but do you know the Spirit of glory is upon you.

21.   The Spirit of prophecy.

2Sa 23:2,“The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His Word was on my tongue.”

Rev 19:10,“And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me: See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.”

Note: All Biblical prophecies, those that had been fulfilled and those that are going to be fulfilled, were given by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of prophecy. The Spirit of prophecy came into the world for the testimony of Jesus Christ. For the testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy. Evil spirits cannot prophesy because they do not know the things to come. False prophets repeatedly predicted the dates of Jesus second coming and failed every time and will fail all the time.

22.   The Holy Spirit of promise.

Eph 1:13,“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

Note: The Holy Spirit of promise is the Spirit God promised to His children. Once you are saved, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

23.   The Holy Spirit of God.

Eph 4:30,“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Note: To disobey God is to grieve the Holy Spirit.

24.   The Spirit of the Holy God.

Dan 5:11, “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father--your father the king--made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.”

Note: The queen of King Belshazzar was wise and she knew that Daniel had the Spirit of the Holy God; for that reason light and understanding and wisdom were found in him.

25.   The Comforter.

Jhn 14:26,“But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Note: The Greek word for comforter is paraklētos which means one who pleads another's cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate; one who pleads another's cause with one, an intercessor; helper; - it occurs 5 times in the New Testament. It is interesting to notice that Jesus Christ came in the name of God. The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father in the name of Christ. Jesus Christ came to reveal the Father. The Holy Spirit came to testify for Christ. After Christ’s ascension to the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to take the place of Christ, to lead the apostles to a deeper knowledge of the Gospel truth, and to give them the divine strength to undergo persecutions and endure trials and hardships for the Kingdom of God. Thus the Holy Spirit is the sole Representative of Christ on earth; not the pope or anyone else. The Greek word for teach is didaskō which means to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses; to impart instruction, instill doctrine into one, explain or expound a thing; - it occurs 97 times in the New Testament.

How can one receive the Holy Spirit?
Jhn 3:3,“Jesus answered and said to him: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom
of God.”
When you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit will enter into you
and give you a new life.
Gal 3:14, “In order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive
the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Believers receive the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ.
Jhn 14:26,“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and
bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
This explains why unbelieving scientists and scholars cannot and do not understand spiritual things, because they do
not have the Holy Spirit.
Jhn 16:13,“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His
own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
The Holy Spirit guides believers into all the truth. No man can by his own intelligence grasp the ultimate truth in
Jesus Christ.
Rom 8:9,“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone
does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Rom 8:14, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Rom 8:16,“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”
Hundreds of millions of church members in the world do not know whether they are saved or not. The Scriptures cited above make it clear. If the Spirit of God dwells in you, you are children of God. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to Him. If you have the Spirit of God, you are led by the Spirit of God. If the Spirit testifies with your spirit that you are children of God, you are indeed saved. That is the only proof.

What to do with the Holy Spirit?
(A). Born of, Jhn 3:5, Jhn 3:6
(B). Baptized with, Mat 3:11, Mar 1:8, Luk 3:16
(C). Receive, Jhn 20:22, Act 1:8, Act 2:38, Act 8:15, Act 8:17, Act 10:47, Act 19:2
(D). Know, 1Jo 4:2, 1Jo 4:6
(E). Filled with, Act 2:4, Act 4:8, Act 4:31, Act 7:55, Act 9:17, Eph 5:18
(F). Sanctified by, Rom 15:16, 2Th 2:13, 1Pe 1:2
(G). Sealed with, Eph 1:13
(H). Grieve not, Eph 4:30
(I). Renewed by, Tts 3:5
(J). Renewed in, Eph 4:23
(K). Partake, Hbr 6:4
(L). Pray in, Jud 1:20
(M). Led by, Mat 4:1, Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18  
(N). Dwell in, Rom 8:9, Rom 8:11, 1Cr 3:16, Eph 2:22
(O). Taught by, 1Cr 2:13
(P). Sing with, 1Cr 14:15
(Q). Begun by, Gal 3:3
(R). Walk by, Gal 5:16
(S). Live by, Gal 5:25
(T). Sow to, Gal 6:8
(U). Fellowship, Phl 2:1, 2Cr 13:14
(V). Worship in, Phl 3:3
(W). Quench not, 1Th 5:19
(X). Made alive in, 1Pe 3:18
(Y). Live in, 1Pe 4:6
(Z). Hear, Rev 2:11, Rev 2:17, Rev 2:29, Rev 3:6, Rev 3:13, Rev 3:22

4.    The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible is the Book of Christianity, composed of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is
made of 39 books, from Genesis to Malachi. The New Testament is made of 27 books, from the Gospel of Matthew to the
Revelation. Thus the Bible is made of 66 books. The Holy Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, written by prophets and holy apostles, the infallible and ultimate. The Word of God is also called Holy Scriptures.
Rom 1:2,“Which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.”
There is consequence when people do not understand the Scriptures.
Mat 22:29,“But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of
God.”
People err because they do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God.  If you understand the Scriptures and the
power of God, no false prophet or false teacher can mislead you. For example, if you are a Christian, you cannot believe
in scientific myth called evolution. If you know the Scriptures and the power of God, you believe in creation. For
Jesus Christ confirms the creation, Mar 10:6,“But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.” If you believe in evolution, you invalidate the words of Jesus Christ. Do not pretend to be what you are not. If you are an unbeliever because you are not a sheep of Jesus Christ.
2Ti 3:16-17,“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in
righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Inspired by God in Greek is theopneustos which means God-breathed, the contents of the Scriptures are originated from
God; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. No human books are inspired by the Holy Spirit.

What is the nature of the Word of God?
(A). The Word of God is settled in Heaven, Psa 119:89
(B). The Word of God is a light to my path, Psa 119:105
(C). The Word of God is very pure, Psa 119:140
(D). The Word of God is truth, Psa 119:160, Jhn 17:17
(E). The Word of God is the power of God, 1Cr 1:18
(F). The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, Eph 6:17
(G). The Word of God is not imprisoned, 2Ti 2:9
(H). The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, Hbr 4:12
(I). The Word of God is imperishable and enduring, 1Pe 1:23

What to do with the Word of God?
(A). Listen, Hsa 4:1, 1Ki 12:24, Jer 42:15, Eze 6:3
(B). Hear, Mat 13:23, Isa 30:21, Isa 66:5, Jer 9:20, Jer 22:2
(C). Believe, Jhn 4:50
(D). Receive, Jam 1:21
(E). Remember, Jhn 15:20
(F). Pay attention, 2Pe 1:19
(G). Be a doer, Jam 1:23
(H). Keep, Rev 3:8, Rev 3:10, Psa 119:17, Psa 119:67
(I). Treasure, Psa 119:11
(J). Forget not, Psa 119:16
(K). Trust in, Psa 119:42
(L). Wait for, Psa 119:74, Psa 119:81
(M). Meditate on, Psa 119:148
(N). Rejoice at, Psa 119:162
(O). Sing of, Psa 119:172
(P). Speak with all confidence, Act 4:29
(0). Preach, 2Ti 4:2

How to study the Bible?
To study the Bible, you need to search and meditate. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and enlighten you. This is my
experience that I want to share with you. Study the Gospel of John first 3 times, then study the Book of Romans 3 times,
after that begin with the Gospel of Matthew through Revelation. Then study from Genesis to Revelation. A professor gave
me an advice when I was very young: Study the Gospel of John 100 times and study the Book of Romans 100 times.

5.   Sin

Rom 7:7,“What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said: You shall not covet.”

Note: The word sin occurs 448 times in the King James Version. Sin in Greek is hamartia which means missing the mark, transgression, wandering away from the path of uprightness, doing wrong, evil act, violation of God’s law in thought, word or deed; - it occurs 174 times in the New Testament. The Law of God tells you what sins are. The Bible is the Word of God.

Sin is a bondage.

Jhn 8:34,“Jesus answered them: Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”

Note: Slave in Greek is doulos which means a bondman, man of servile condition, indentured servant; - it occurs about 127 times in the New Testament. Since sinner is a slave of sin, so sin is slavery or bondage. Sin controls people like a harsh master. For a small example, smoking or drug enslaves people.

The Definitions of Sin.

(A).  Whatever is not of faith is sin.

Rom 14:23,“But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.”

Note: Faith is Greek is pistis which means a conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and obedience born of faith and joined with it; the conviction that God exists by Himself and is the creator and ruler of the universe, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ; a strong conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God; - it occurs about 244 times in the New Testament. This Scriptural definition covers many sins. Fundamentally, a man lives in his own way, not by faith according to the Word of God, is sin. To go your own way, and not to do the Will of God, is sin. Consulting astrologers is not of faith, therefore it is sin. Anything or everything that contradicts faith is sin. No one who has faith in Christ would consult idols, astrologers, fortunetellers, etc. or believe in false teachings. Unbelief is sin.

Jhn 16:9, “Concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me (Christ).”

Note: Christ is the Messiah who was sent from God to save mankind, it is sin if you do not believe in Him.

(B).   Not doing the right thing is sin.

Jam 4:17,“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Note: This is the sin of omission. Doing wrong is sin. For example, American economic and financial crisis was brought about by corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, executives of Wall Street, banks, and firms doing the wrong things, mainly greed, corrupt practices, fraud, and waste.

Your duty is doing the right thing. Your responsibility is the right thing. Failure to do what is right is sin. Excessive executive compensation is not doing the right thing, therefore it is sin to exploit and defraud the people. Giving tax cuts to the rich is wickedness, it is sin. To engage in a war of aggression is not doing the right thing, it is sin. 

(C).   Sin is lawlessness.

1Jo 3:4,“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.”

Note: Lawlessness in Greek is anomia which means contempt and violation of law; the condition of without law; - it occurs 18 times in the New Testament. It is iniquity or wickedness to add poison to drug or food. It is lawlessness to pollute the environment by dumping sewage, industrial or chemical waste. It is lawlessness to sell fake products and make false advertisements. Sin practices lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. Anarchy is lawlessness. The worst of all, many corrupt lawmakers, politicians, dictators, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, business executives, law enforcement officials, doctors and hospital owners, etc. practice lawlessness. All crooks and criminals and terrorists practice lawlessness. 

(D).   All unrighteousness is sin.

1Jo 5:17, “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.”

Note: Unrighteousness in Greek is adikia which means injustice, a deed violating law and justice, iniquity, misdeed, wrongdoing; - it occurs 26 times in the New Testament.

To give tax cuts and subsidies to the rich corporations and individuals and to bail out rich banks and firms are acts of unrighteousness. To overcharge and fraudulently charge patients by doctors, hospitals and medical suppliers are deeds of unrighteousness. To blackmail and falsely accuse people are injustice. For anyone to practice fraud and waste is unrighteousness.

(E).   Sin is the transgression of the law.

Hbr 2:2,“For if the Word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty.”

Note: Transgression in Greek is parabasis which means a disregarding, violating, the breach or breaking of a law; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. Sin is the transgression of the law; sin is the violation of the law. The nature of violation of the law is disobedience.

Jesus Christ redeemed our sins through His blood. This is how you can receive forgiveness of your sins.

Act 2:38,“And Peter said to them: Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Note: Repent in Greek is metanoeō which means to change one's mind, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins, to feel sorry for what one has done; - it occurs about 34 times in the New Testament. To repent is to have a change of heart and mind. Turn from sin to God, turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Believe in Jesus Christ is to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit is to receive the eternal life.

6.   Salvation

All religions concur that man needs to be saved from his sins and penalty of sins. All man-made religions teach you can be saved by your own good deeds or merits. Billions of peoples in the world do not know that salvation is only in Jesus Christ.

Act 4:12,And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

Eph 2:8-9,For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Salvation is a gift of God which you and I do not deserve and cannot earn. Salvation can be obtained by faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.

Tts 3:5-6,He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit; whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple like 1,2,3.

(1). God loves you and all the peoples in the world although we are sinners. This is the wonder of Gods love, not that we deserve it.

(2). We are all sinners who cannot save ourselves. No one else can save us from our sins. But God sent His Only Son Jesus Christ who had no sin to come into the world to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus Christ rose from the death by the power of God and so He is able to save all who come to Him.

(3). If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ with your all heart that He is your Lord and Savior and confess to the world you are His follower, you will be saved. I have met many church members who do not know whether they are saved or not or what is the proof that they are saved. Your baptism, your participation in the Lords Supper, your membership of a church, your giving to the church, your good deeds and giving to charities, and how much love you have, etc. are no proof that you are saved.

Rom 8:9,However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. This is the test: do you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you? The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are one and the same. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to Christ. Can you know whether you have the Spirit of Christ in you or not? Yes, you can. How?

Rom 8:16-17,The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

What does it mean to be saved?

Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

When you are born again by the Holy Spirit, you have passed from spiritual death (the condition of sinners) and eternal death (the eternal condition of unbelievers in Hell) to life (eternal life).

7.    Wickedness

Gen 6:5,“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Wickedness in Hebrew is ra` which means evil, distress, misery, injury, calamity, wrong, mischief, badness, malice, what is displeasing to God; - it occurs 690 times in the Old Testament. On the same Scripture, another word evil is in fact in the original language the same word as wickedness.

Wickedness is a spiritual matter, not a material or object which can be discovered and described in scientific terms. Wickedness in invisible although wicked deeds are visible. Apparently the Bible uses wickedness and evil synonymously or in parallel.

(A). The Bible defines the origin of wickedness:

1Sa 24:13,“As the proverb of the ancients says: Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be against you.”

In this Scripture the wicked in Hebrew is rasha` which means criminal, the unrighteous, the guilty one; - it occurs 293 times in the Old Testament. Wickedness here in Hebrew is resha` which means guilt, unrighteousness, fraud, falsehood, unethical relations; - it occurs 32 times in the Old Testament. Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness. You can say the same: Out of the good comes forth goodness. God is good, all goodness comes from God. The devil is evil, out of the devil comes forth all evil. The wicked does wicked things, and the evil one does evil things.

(B). God repays wickedness.

Jdg 9:56, “Thus God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech, which he had done to his father in killing his seventy brothers.”

In this Scripture the word wickedness in Hebrew is the same used in

Gen 6:5. God considers killing wickedness. I wonder why there is not one American preacher who dares to rebuke American presidents who have lied and killed millions of innocent people around the world since the end of World War II. To repay in Hebrew is shuwb which means to return, turn back, give back, give in payment, pay back, recompense, repay; - it occurs 1,299 times in the Old Testament. It is a comfort to know that God will repay the wicked for their wickedness.

(C). God instituted death penalty.

1Ki 1:52, “Solomon said: If he is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will fall to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he will die.” Wickedness in this Scripture is the same used in Gen 6:5. A man will die for his wickedness. God instituted death penalty for certain wicked crimes. Capital punishment is not cruel; it is just and right for capital crimes.

(D). God will destroy the wicked.

Psa 7:12-16,“If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; 

He has bent His bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts. Behold, he who conceives wickedness is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to falsehood. He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, and has fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head, and his violence will descend upon the top of his head.” The Scriptures cited above clearly state that God will destroy the wicked and also provide the etiology of wickedness. There is a direct relationship between wickedness, mischief and falsehood. This explains the evil empire of Japan, and also explains the American imperialism.

(E). The wicked plans wickedness.

Psa 36:4,“He plans wickedness upon his bed; 

He sets himself on a path that is not good;
He does not despise evil.”

This Scripture describes the activity of the ungodly. Wickedness is planned, deliberate and with an attitude. The Biblical description fits the evil prime minister of Japan and the American imperialist. The ungodly hates good and loves evil.

(F). Do not practice deeds of wickedness.

Psa 141:4,“Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, 

To practice deeds of wickedness
With men who do iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies.”

The Bible forbids Christians to practice deeds of wickedness. There are many deeds of wickedness. Among countless deeds of wicked practices, American doctors and hospital owners practice deeds of wickedness by not disclosing how much are the medical costs in advance, and after the fact sending fraudulent and excessive bills to fleece and bankrupt patients. Bankers who pay practically zero interest and charge high fees practice deeds of wickedness. Law makers and politicians who serve special interests at the expense of public interest practice deeds of wickedness.

(G). The wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

Pro 11:5,“The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, 

but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.”

American presidents have lied and killed millions of innocent peoples around the world since the end of World War II in hundreds of unjust wars and bloody interventions. The American empire will fall by its own wickedness.

Eze 18:20,“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.”

Japanese leaders have denied their war crimes and genocide of killing 50 million peoples (35 million Chinese and 15 million Asians), committed sex slavery and inhuman atrocities; the wickedness of the wicked Japanese will be upon themselves.

(H). When the wicked repents, he will live.

Eze 33:19,“But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them.”

If the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. I do not think Japanese leaders and officials will turn from their wickedness, I hope American leaders will turn from their wickedness and practice justice and righteousness and live.

(I). Weapons and warriors cannot save a wicked nation.

Hos 10:13-14,“You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, therefore a tumult will arise among your people, 

and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.”

America has plowed wickedness, and it has reaped injustice. American leaders have eaten the fruit of lies. American leaders have trusted in their armed forces with superior war machine and weapons and missiles and antimissiles as fortresses. If America does not repent, God will destroy America, a tumult will arise among Americans.

(J). God will judge the wicked.

2Th 2:10-12,“And with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”

With all the deception of wickedness Japanese leaders want to build and own nuclear bombs for their aggression and expansion. By spreading the lie of China threat, they prepare a war aggression to rob China’s territories and loot China’s resources in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Japanese and American leaders will be judged because they do not believe the truth, but take pleasure in wickedness.

(K). Every Christian must abstain from wickedness.

2Ti 2:19, “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and, everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

To abstain in Greek is aphistēmi which means to go away, to depart from, to shun, flee from; to keep one's self from, absent one's self from; to withdraw oneself from; - it occurs 20 times in the New Testament. Christians who name the name of the Lord must abstain from wickedness.

(L). There will be eternal separation between the righteous and the wicked.

Mat 13:49-50, “So it will be in the end of the world: the angels shall come forth and separate the wicked from among the righteous, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

Mat 25:46,“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

8.   Crucifixion

Mat 26:2,You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.

Note: The word crucifixion occurs only once in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). The word crucified occurs 39 times in the New King James Version (NKJV) as well as Revised Standard Version (RSV). The word crucify occurs 46 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). The core meaning of crucifixion was the substitutionary suffering of Jesus Christ for sinners, even to death, the Righteous for the unrighteous, in order to redeem mankind. Simply, Jesus died for sinners, for you and me. 

I.   Jesus Predicted the Crucifixion.

Mat 20:17-19,As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them: Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.

Note: Whenever Jesus predicted His death, He unmistakably also predicted His resurrection. The Greek word for crucify is stauroō  which means to stake, drive down stakes, fortify with driven stakes, palisade, hang; to crucify the flesh, destroy its power utterly (implying that the destruction is attended with intense pain); - it occurs 46 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). 

II.   Jesus Did not Die the Death of a Victim.

Mar 15:14-15,But Pilate said to them: Why, what evil has He done? But they shouted all the more: Crucify Him! Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Mat 27:22,Pilate said to them: Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ? They all said: Crucify Him!

Mar 14:55,Now the chief priests and the whole council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.

Note: Those who sought to kill Jesus manufactured false witness against Him.

Jhn 19:10-11,So Pilate said to Him: You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You? Jesus answered: You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.

Note: No one had authority over Jesus, not even the governor or Caesar of the Roman Empire. How?

Mat 26:53-54,Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?

Note: Legion in Greek is legiōn which means a body of soldiers whose number may have consisted of 6,826 men. Twelve legions of angels as the army of God may be 81,912 angels. The Lord who commanded wind and sea would have no problem in destroying the Roman soldiers. Even one mighty angel could destroy the whole Roman army. This simply says that Jesus was obedient to Gods will even to death willingly.

Jhn 10:15,Even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

Note: Believers are the sheep of Jesus. Jesus died for His sheep.

Jhn 10:18,No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.

Note: Jesus willingly and voluntarily died for sinners as commanded by the Father before the foundation of the world.

III.   The Sufferings of Jesus.

Mar 9:12,And He said to them: Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?

Note: In Greek to treat with contempt is exoudeneō which means to hold as of no account, utterly to despise, set at naught, insult; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Even today there are unbelieving scientists and scholars who insult Jesus Christ. They will be judged on the Day of Judgment.

Mar 15:20,After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.

Note: The Greek word for mock is empaizō which means to play with, trifle with, make fun of, deride, ridicule; - it occurs 13 times in the New Testament.

Mat 27:31,After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

Note: The scarlet robe was the royal robe which they used to mock Jesus because He claimed to be the King of the Jews.

IV.   The Meanings of Jesus’ Death.

Mat 20:28,Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Note: The Greek word for ransom is lytron which means the price for redeeming, the price paid or demanded, penalty of sins; - it occurs twice in the New Testament. Jesus gave His life as the price for redeeming sinners. Salvation is available to all, but effective only to those who accept and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Luk 9:56,For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went on to another village.

Note: The Greek word for save is sōzō which means to rescue from danger or destruction, deliver from the penalties of sin, save from eternal damnation, make one a partaker of the salvation of God; - it occurs 110 times in the New Testament. To save is the opposite of to destroy. The devil destroys lives; Jesus saves believers from eternal death.

V.    Jesus accomplished the work of salvation.

Jhn 19:28-30,After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said: I am thirsty. A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said: It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Note: In Greek accomplish is teleō which means to bring to a close, to finish, to end; to perform, execute, complete, fulfill; - it occurs 26 times in the New Testament. It is finished means that Christ has satisfied God's justice by dying for all to pay for the sins of all believers. These sins can never be punished again since that would violate God's justice. Sins can only be punished once, either by a substitute or by yourself.

Accomplish and finish in Greek here is the same word.

Roman Catholic church has many unscriptural traditions and legacies. Reenactment of crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the blasphemous and ridiculous practices; for Jesus Christ before His death declared: It is finished. Jhn 19:30, “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” It is wrong to use a bloody annual ritual to mark Good Friday as some Filipinos do annually. The spectacle does not glorify the Lord and fails to understand the true meaning of crucifixion, vicarious death of the Righteous for the unrighteous. Carrying wooden crosses does not dramatize Christ’s sacrifice and fails to proclaim the forgiveness of sins as a result of Christ’s completed redemption. No matter how devotees undergo the hardships and pains, such extreme sacrifices are no way to atone for their sins; and they do not attain miracle cures for illness or give thanks to God. Such pagan practices are not in line with Biblical teaching, abhorrent in the sight of God, and it offends the God of Salvation. It is superstitious to believe in good luck. Hammering stainless steel nails into the palms and feet of a pretender is both sadistic and masochistic which is condemned by the Bible and against the will of God.

Jhn 1:29,The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said: Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Note: All the sacrifices in the Old Testament symbolized the better sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God when He died on the cross to take away your sins and my sins, the sin of the world.

Jhn 10:10-11,The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Note: The word come in Greek is erchomai which means to come from one place to another, to appear, make one's appearance, come before the public: - it occurs 635 times in the New Testament. The word is used to denote the Lord Jesus who came into the world as the Divine Logos among men, God became Man and manifested in human form.

Come in Chinese is   which has an etymological meaning as follows:

十字架 cross),man)。

Jesus was crucified on the cross; there was a little man (thief) on the left and a little man on the right (robber). In the center there was a big Man (Jesus).

Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross for sinners, this was an invitation of God to man:

Isa 1:18,Come now, and let us reason together,

Says the LORD,Though your sins are as scarlet, 

They will be as white as snow; 

Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

Mat 18:11,For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

A sinner is lost because he is alienated from God. Jesus Christ came to bring men and women near to God by His blood.

9.   Greed

Luk 12:15, “Then He said to them: Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Greed in Greek is pleonexia which means greedy desire to have more, covetousness or avarice. There are various modes which greed shows itself, including fraud, deceit, extortion, exploitation, unrighteousness, etc. Because of greed, the S&L executives looted customers’ deposits and used the money to benefit themselves some years ago. Because of greed, Enron and many others falsified records to show a veneer of high profitability recently. Because of greed, mortgaged companies made loans to people who were not qualified to buy expensive houses. Because of greed, investment banks closed their eyes to make unnecessary profits known as subprime, short sale, creative accounting, etc. Because of greed, insurance companies and banks and mortgage companies, etc. made big bets on others’ money and lost.

A. The love of money is the root of all evil.

1Ti 6:10,For the love of money is the root of all evil, for which some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Note: The Greek word for love of money is philargyria  which means avarice, greed, covetousness, the desire of having more and more, lust; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. All sorts of evil are endless. For the love of money most dangerous to health and life are the recycling of expired drugs, manufacturing of fake and toxic drugs, manufacturing of fake and toxic food and drink, etc. For the love of money doctors used pain killer injections paid at high price to be divided with some patients each paying full price. I believe those who make and sell deadly food and drug and drink should meet with death penalty. The American healthcare system is the most costly in the world because greedy doctors and hospital owners, drug and insurance companies commit predatory practices and defraud patients. For the love of money Wall Street executives created the economic and financial crisis started in 2007 which looted the world more than $50 trillion. For the lust of power warmongers attacked and occupied nations and killed millions of people.

The Greek word for sorrow is odynē which means consuming grief, pain, sadness, mental or emotional suffering; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. I am not surprised that Las Vegas is the saddest city in America with the third-highest suicide rate. Gambling is an obvious form of greed, unlike the predatory practices of doctors and hospitals are hidden in their fraudulent billing. The greedy are consumed or will be consumed by grief and pain caused by their own greed; if not in this world, it will be in hell forever and ever.

1Ti 6:17,Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Those billionaires are only rich in this present world; they have nothing in the world to come. Jam 1:11,For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. The rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Jam 2:5,Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

The poorest Christians are richer than those billionaires because they are rich in faith and they are heirs of the Kingdom of God. The Bible has a word for those billionaires, Jam 5:1,Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you! 

B.  There are many forms of greed.

Luk 12:15,Then He said to them: Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.

Note: There are endless forms of greed, from love of money, power, sex to fame and glory, luxurious life style, shameless corruption, etc. Greed appears in business and industry, government, charity, school and university, religion, healthcare, Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood. A form of greed is selling the fake as true. For example, selling nonorganic vegetables as organic vegetables at many times the prices. All fake products from food, drug, and drink to manufactured goods and products are selling as real for high profits. As an illustration, the price disparity between a Ming or Qing antique and a modern imitation is so vast that may be millions of dollars in difference.

C.   Greed is idolatry.

Col 3:5,Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

Note: The sin of greed is the same as idolatry worshiping of idols.

Greed amounts to idolatry; greed is idolatry.

2Pe 2:14, Having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children.

Note: Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood display having a heart vigorously trained in greed. Only people having a heart trained in greed could produce the American economic and financial crisis in 2008. If you ever audit a medical bill, you will quickly understand what it means to have a heart trained in greed. They seek to maximize profits by fraudulent billing of very sophisticated and technical nature that even a Ph.D. might not understand the bill. A life insurance policy is masterpiece of lawyers having a heart trained in greed. I had a classmate who was a law student but she could not understand the life insurance policy. 

D.   Greed exploits people.

2Pe 2:3,And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Note: Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood who represent 1 percent of the American population exploit the 99 percent.

I saw with my eyes and heard with my ears (May 14, 2012) on TV that a Wall Street executive said, ...We know we are sloppy. We know we are stupid... How incredible are American capitalists who defrauded the public by their own confession! The problem is they are much more than being sloppy and stupid; they are crooks and criminals, thieves and robbers. What is even more desperate, the flawed legal system let them do it with impunity. What is needed is not to Occupy Wall Street, but to Obliterate Wall Street. Woe is to America, who shall save Americans from the evil of Wall Street 

E.   Greed is as wide as Hell.

Hab 2:5,Moreover, wine is treacherous; the arrogant man shall not abide. His greed is as wide as Hell; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations, and collects as his own all peoples.

Note: Greed is like Hell because it has never enough.

Greed deadens conscience. Greed stinks. Greed destroys.

If you watch all the TV news and reports on how companies and individuals manufacture drugs, food and drink with high content of toxic and harmful and deadly materials and additives, you would not dare to eat or drink anything! This appears to be a national emergency more dangerous and deadly than SARS because it is intentionally caused and created by wicked people infected by incurable capitalistic greed. Just as China has demonstrated its abilities in dealing with natural disasters, I am sure China is fully capable in dealing with such man-made disaster. It is hoped Chinese government will prosecute and execute any responsible people or groups of people who manufacture and sell toxic and harmful products in the form of drug, food, drink, etc. It is high time to eliminate those mass murderers who violate the law boldly for the sake of high profits. Perhaps mass execution is necessary to stop and eliminate this evil deed infected by capitalistic greed. If corrective action is not taken promptly and effectively to stop those mass killers, the consequences would be disastrous of unimaginable magnitude and unthinkable calamity and catastrophe. It would be like committing suicide. When you have internal enemies like those deliberate killers, you do not need external enemies who are at work to destroy China.

Luk 12:16-21,And He (Jesus Christ) told them a parable, saying: The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying: What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops? Then he said: This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him: You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

At least in ancient times people made money the old-fashioned way through the productive land. Today billionaires make money through speculation in real estate, currency, commodity, etc. and gambling on papers. Not only you cannot swap one minute of your life for $1 trillion, there is judgment after death. There are so many billionaires who store up treasure on earth and they are not rich toward God. At the moment of your death, you are not worth a penny!

10.   The Gospel

Something is strange and abnormal about European churches, they have big cathedrals which are actually cemeteries where kings and queens and famous people are buried. European churches are spiritually dead. Something is strange and abnormal about American churches where they practice a false version of Christianity and preach many false gospels such as prosperity gospel, social gospel, etc. Not a few American preachers and many church members practice divorces. Many preachers and congregations support American capitalism and imperialism as if they were compatible with Christianity. American presidents who claim to be Christians are actually liars and killers since the end of World War II. Many American preachers and church members love money and the world. One thing is true there is religious freedom in America, you can preach the Gospel anywhere except not to block traffic or create public disturbance. The United States of America is the most secular society in the world. Something is strange and abnormal about Chinese preachers and churches. Chinese preachers 传教 (teach morality), but they do not preach the Gospel (传福音). There are no evangelists in China. I do not know why Chinese preachers do not preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. I do not know whether Chinese preachers do not know how to preach the Gospel or they do not want to preach the Gospel. Many Chinese churches are like Buddhist temples, not centers of evangelization.

(1).  The beginning of the Gospel.

Mar 1:1,“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Note: The Gospel begins with Jesus Christ just as life begins with God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the beginning of the Gospel. There is no Gospel outside of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel in any other religion. For all religions teach you have to do good in order to be saved. It is like telling a drowning person you have to be careful not to fall into water, or you should have learned how to swim in the first place. No one can save himself, and no one is good enough to go to heaven. The Gospel of Jesus Christ tells the good news what Jesus Christ has done for you. When Jesus Christ was born, hope was born so that sinners may be saved and have eternal life in Heaven.

The word gospel in Greek is euaggelion which means good tidings or glad tidings good news; it occurs about 77 times in the New Testament. It can be briefly defined as the glad tidings of salvation through Jesus Christ. The good news has to do with the Kingdom of God of which Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the founder. To set up the Kingdom of God, God became Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world, died for sinners on the cross in order to procure salvation and eternal life for believers. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to accomplish the redemption. He ascended into heaven sitting at the right hand of God... To consummate the Kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is coming again to reign with the saints forever and ever. The good news is the truth that sinners who cannot save themselves, simply by believing in Jesus Christ they can be saved and become the children of God to inherit the Kingdom of God.

Jhn 10:10-11,The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Note: The word come in Greek is erchomai which means to come from one place to another, to appear, make one's appearance, come before the public: - it occurs 635 times in the New Testament. The word is used to denote the Lord Jesus who came into the world as the Divine Logos among men, God became Man and manifested in human form.

Come in Chinese is   which has an etymological meaning as follows:

十字架 cross),man)。

Jesus was crucified on the cross; there was a little man (thief) on the left and a little man on the right (robber). In the center there was a big Man (Jesus).

Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross for sinners, this was an invitation of God to man:

Isa 1:18,Come now, and let us reason together, 

Says the LORD: Though your sins are as scarlet, 

They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

Mat 18:11,For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Mat 11:28,Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Jhn 6:37-38,All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 

(2).   The poor have the Gospel preached to them.

Mat 11:5,“The blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.”

Note: The poor have the Gospel preached to them. Because of greed and corrupt practices of Wall Street operators, bankers, mortgage and insurance and big firm executives, millions of the people in the world have lost their jobs and homes and become poor. The workers earn so little because executives make too much.

Poor and displaced peoples in the world, I have good news for you. Jesus Christ has prepared a place for, a better country, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem – where there is no death, no sorrow, no illness, no poverty, no oppression, and no injustice – the eternal life in the Paradise of God. 

Jhn 14:2-3,“In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Jesus Christ is coming again soon to receive His believers and be with them for eternity. 

(3).  Jesus was...proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Mat 4:23,“Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”

Note: The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is not of this world. The Gospel of the Kingdom is not worldly, but heavenly. My kingdom is not of this world. It is blasphemous to associate the Gospel or Christianity with any nations of the world. There is no such a thing called Christian nation. 

(4).       The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

Mar 13:10,“The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.”

Note: The Gospel is preached to all the nations by evangelists and missionaries; by individual Christians in personal evangelism; and by printed matter, radio, TV, DVD, movies, the Internet, etc. In obedience to the command of the Lord, I have established websites to proclaim the Gospel and stand for truth and justice. Although I do not buy ads or website visitors, the exalted Lord has attracted a global readers and visitors to my websites from 103 nations (as of March 23, 2014). I hope my websites can reach the entire world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ soon absolutely free of charge and never ask for donation.

Mat 24:14,“This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Note: The end of the world will come only when the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached in the whole world. 

(5).   Jesus preached the Gospel of God.

Mar 1:14,“Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of God.”

Note: The Gospel of Jesus Christ originated from God, not from man. 

(6).   Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Note: God commands and demands sinners to do two things: Repent and believe in the Gospel. Why you and I have to repent? For we have sinned. The good reason for men to repent and believe in the Gospel is the fact that the Kingdom of God is at hand. To be saved you do not depend on your good deeds; all you need to do is to repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Salvation is a gift of God by grace through faith.

Sin is a universal malady. Man by nature is sinful. The prostitution scandal committed by secret service men testifies to the fallacy and folly of secret clearance given by defense department and White House. No sinner can have secret clearance. Given a chance, every sinner can sin. A sinner is not dependable. How can a sinner give clearance to another sinner? How can an evil man give clearance to another evil man? How can a corrupt institution give clearance to anyone? Those who give others clearance are not cleared from sin and freed from evil themselves.

If you are unwilling to repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you cannot be saved. 

(7).   Preach the Gospel to all creation.

Mar 16:15, “And He (Christ) said to them: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”

Note: All Christians must obey the command of Jesus Christ: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all human beings. Creation means the sum or aggregate of all human beings – the human race. The Gospel must reach the entire human race. 

(8).   He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor.

Luk 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (Christ), because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.”

Note: This is the manifesto of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in one verse. My Internet sites are dedicated to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to all and especially to the poor absolutely free. 

(9).  Testify solemnly the Gospel of the grace of God.

Act 20:24, “But I (Paul) do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the Gospel of the grace of God.”

Note: The Gospel is the grace of God. If it is grace, you cannot earn it, and you and I do not deserve it. No one deserves to go to Heaven. 

(10).  I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the Gospel of His Son.

Rom 1:9,“For God, whom I (Paul) serve in my spirit in the preaching of the Gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you.”

Note: Jesus Christ is the Son of God; the Gospel of His Son is the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel of Christ is the Gospel of God. The central message of the Bible is Jesus Christ the Son of God.

(11).  I am not ashamed of the Gospel.

Rom 1:16,“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”ote: Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. No Christian is ashamed of the Gospel. Even people rejected or insulted me because of the Gospel I am not ashamed. If I suffer for the Gospel, I shall share the glory with Christ. For the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes in Christ. There are people who think they are intellectuals and they feel ashamed to believe in creation, they think evolution is respectable. Evolution is the greatest scientific myth, a sham. Jesus Christ teaches and confirms the creation of man by God. Do not claim to be a Christian if you reject the teaching of Christ by believing in evolution. We believe in God Almighty who is the Creator of the universe and mankind. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. 

(12).  I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.

Rom 15:19,“In the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I (Paul) have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.”

Note: To fully preach the Gospel of Christ it must be preached in the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit came to testify for Jesus Christ. The Gospel of the grace of God is the Gospel of Christ.

Act 5:19-20,“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said: Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.

For this reason, I preach Jesus Christ died for our sins, rose again by the power of God, ascended to heaven to prepare a place for believers, and He is coming again to reign with the saints. I also preach God is the Creator and Lord of the universe, and preach against evolution the greatest scientific myth. I preach against prosperity gospel because it is contrary to the teaching of the Bible not to love money and the world and things of the world.

Act 20:27,“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”

For this reason I preach against Lee Teng-hui and Ma Ying-jeou who claim to be Christians and yet they public worship idols. I also preach against American presidents who claim to be Christians and they have been liars and killers since the end of World War II. For Jesus Christ says, Jhn 8:44,

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jesus Christ defines liars and killers as children of the devil. I preach against the Roman Catholic church which teaches pope as the head of the church, and unbiblical doctrines of celibacy, transubstantiation, worship of Mary, saints and angels, confession of sins to priest, purgatory, etc.

Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life; for that reason all other religions are man-made religions. 

(13).  The Gospel of your salvation.

Eph 1:13,“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

Note: The Gospel of your salvation is the message of truth, you must listen. To believe in the Gospel of Christ is to be saved. This is not the gospel of prosperity as false preachers preach in America and now in many parts of the world.

At the early Church there was a great debate at Antioch as to what Gentile non-JewishChristians should do because some false teachers came down from Judea and taught Gentile Christians must be circumcised according to the custom of Moses or they would not be saved. Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. A sect of the Pharisees said it was necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses. The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. The first council in Jerusalem took place to settle the matter. Peter stood up and said, Act 15:10-11,Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.

Note: There is no distinction as to how a Jewish or Gentile believer is saved. We are all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Eph 2:8,For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. However, there is a distinction as to how a Jewish Christian or a Gentile Christian should conduct himself. James said, Act 15:19-20,Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

The apostles and the brethren who were elders sent a letter to Gentile Christians saying, Act 15:25-29,It seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell. At that time, the Apostles and Elders proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word of mouth. The New Testament was not written yet. The Apostles made it clear Gentile Christians do not need to be circumcised or keep the Sabbath. The ceremonial Law of Moses was no longer required, but the moral law as repeated in the New Testament remains. However, the essentials for all believers whether Jewish or Gentile to observe are to abstain from:

(1).    eating things sacrificed to idols

(2).    eating blood

(3).    eating meat of strangled animals

(4).    fornication

11.   Evil

Gen 2:9,“Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

The word evil first appears in the Scripture cited above. The word evil in Hebrew is ra` which means distress, misery, injury, calamity, adversity, wrong, ethical badness, wickedness, mischief, trouble, harm, what is unpleasing to anyone, a hurtful thing, malice; - it occurs 690 times in the Old Testament.

Isa 5:20-24, Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.

Note: The word evil used in Isa 5:20-24 is the same original word used in Gen 2:9. To call evil good and good evil is evil. To substitute darkness for light and light for darkness is evil. To substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter is evil. Those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight are evil. Those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant in mixing strong drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right are evil. Those who have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel are evil. The American leaders who took away the rights of China in Taiwan, and Diaoyu Islands in unlawfully giving the administrative control to the unconditional surrendered war crime nation of Japan are evil. Those and Japanese leaders who say China’s Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan are evil.

Mat 5:11,“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”

Note: This is the first time the word evil appears in the New Testament and it was used by Jesus Christ. Evil in Greek is ponēros which means in an ethical sense wickedness, badness; - it occurs 90 times in the New Testament.

Mat 13:19,“When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.”

Jesus Christ uses the same word to call the Devil the evil one.

Luk 11:13,“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Jesus Christ uses the same word to say man is evil, human nature is evil.

Eph 5:16,“Making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”

The same word is used to describe the days we live in.

There are many forms of evil including the love of money, power and sex.

1Ti 6:10,“For the love of money is a root of all evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Interestingly, in this Scripture the word evil in Greek is kakos which means of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be, of a bad mode of thinking, feeling, acting; something troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, harmful, baneful, base, wrong and wicked; - it occurs 56 times in the New Testament.

2Ti 3:13,“But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” The word evil in this Scripture is the same word used by Jesus Christ in calling the devil the evil one. Evil men belong to the evil one. Evil men and impostors will get worse and worse, the world is not getting better. Japanese leaders are a case in point. There are more frauds committed in America than the stars in the sky. The crooks and criminals in America and China and everywhere are getting worse. It is more apparent in China because China used to have a higher morality when I first went to China in 1985. Infected by American capitalistic greed and the love of money, power and sex, all kinds of evil are now happening in China. The Chinese government is vigorously stamping out corruption committed by officials more than any government I know.

Tit 1:12,“One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said: Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”

Japanese prime minister and his gang and not a few Western leaders are always liars, evil beasts.

Heb 5:14,“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Note: To be trained in the Word of God and guided by the Holy Spirit you will be able to discern good and evil.

1Pe 2:16,“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

Note: American leaders who claim to be Christians have use freedom, rule of law, human rights, security, and justice as a cover for the evil of instigating and conducting hundreds of wars and bloody military interventions since the end of World War II that killed millions and millions of innocent peoples around the world.

1Jo 5:19,“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

American leaders want to dominate and dictate the world, knowingly or unknowingly, they lie in the power of the evil one; and the whole world is ruled by the devil.

12.   Justification

Rom 3:24-26,“Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Note: The Greek word for justify is dikaioō  which means to render righteous, count as righteous, declare or pronounce one to be just or righteous; - it occurs 40 times in the New Testament. By rising from the dead Jesus had fulfilled the righteousness of God and through the righteousness of Christ a believer is justified or counted righteous before God as if he had never sinned. 

I.         God Reckoned Abraham as Righteousness.

Gen 15:6,“Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.”

Note: The Hebrew word for reckon is chashab which means to think, plan, esteem, consider, make a judgment, count, value, regard, take to be; - it occurs 124 times in the Old Testament. Abraham believed in God and God counted him as righteousness. To be justified is to be counted by God as righteousness. So a man is justified by faith in God. That was the old dispensation. Under the new dispensation, you believe in God and you must also believe in Christ in order to be justified. To be justified is to be counted as righteousness by God in Christ. All who believe in God as Abraham believed will also be justified.

Psa 32:2,“How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!”

Note: The Hebrew word for impute is the same used in Gen 15:6 as reckon.

Justification has active and passive meanings: Actively God counts a person (believer) as righteousness. Passively God does not impute iniquity to a man (believer).

Isa 45:25,“In the Lord all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory."

Note: The Hebrew word for justify is tsadaq which means to be just, be righteous, to be put right, make to appear righteous, declare righteous, render innocent; - it occurs 41 times in the Old Testament. The Book of Isaiah is the Gospel of the Old Testament.

Isa 53:11,“As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.”

Note: The prophecy of Isaiah cited above was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The Son of God, the Righteous One, who died on the cross to bear the iniquities of sinners. Christ will justify as many as those who come to Him by faith.

Isa 61:10,“I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Note: A sinner is naked and shameful before God. To be justified in figuratively speaking is to be wrapped with a robe of righteousness.

Jesus Christ is our Righteousness. The righteous will live by faith.

Zec 3:4,“He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying: Remove the filthy garments from him. Again he said to him: See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”

Note: Our sins are like filthy garments. The Lord takes our iniquity away is like to remove filthy garments from us and clothe us with the robe of righteousness – that is to be justified before God.

Rom 4:3,“What does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Jam 2:23And the Scripture was fulfilled which says: Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.”

Note: To believe in Greek is pisteuō which means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, place confidence in, trust in one’s word; - it occurs 248 times in the New Testament. To believe God is to trust His Word. We can learn a lot from the father of all who believed in God.

II.       The Meanings of Justification.

Justification actively denotes “the act of pronouncing righteous, justification, acquittal;” its precise meaning is determined by that of the verb dikaioo, “to justify” which means “to count as righteous”, it is used 8 times in Galatians. In Rom 4:25 the phrase “for our justification,” or “because of our justification” means all that was necessary on God's part for our “justification” had been effected and completed in the death of Christ. On this account or for this reason He was raised from the dead. The propitiation being perfect and complete, His resurrection was the confirmation. In Rom 5:18,“justification of life” means “justification which results in life.” That God “justifies” the believing sinner on the ground of Christ's substitutionary death, involves His free gift of life.

Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest, professor of theology who was the leader of the Protestant Reformation. Luther strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He condemned sale of indulgence by the Roman Catholic Church with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. Luther refused to retract all of his writings by his famous statement, “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.” Luther discovered that the Bible teaches salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Redeemer from sin. Luther did not start a new church; he brought the church back to the Bible. So Protestantism is not a new religion, it was as old as the teachings of Christ and the Apostles, long before the existence of the Roman Catholic Church. In my opinion, Martin Luther (do not confuse with a black man who adopted his name) was the greatest man ever lived outside of the Bible. No one should compare himself with the great persons in the Bible. It is stupid and wrong for a preacher to claim that he has preached to more people than Apostle Paul.

Justification passively means not coming into judgment.

Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

Note: The Greek word for judgment is krisis which means sentence of condemnation, condemnation and punishment; - it occurs 48 times in the New Testament. Jesus defines justification as not coming into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Those who believe in Christ will not come into judgment but receive eternal life. To be justified is not coming into judgment. Those who have been justified will not be condemned or come into judgment. To be justified is a part of the process to be saved. To be saved is to have eternal life and have passed out of death into life.

III.      How Does Justification Work.

Rom 5:16,“The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.”

Rom 5:18,“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.”

Note: Justification is a gift of God which results in forgiveness of sins, free from condemnation by the righteous act of Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ establishes a believer as just by acquittal from guilt.

IV.   Through the redemption of Christ.

Rom 3:24,Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

Note: Justification is a gift by Gods grace through the redemption of Jesus Christ. Gift in Greek is dōrea  which means a present, something free; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. Grace in Greek is charis which means unmerited favor, loving-kindness, mercy which God bestows upon one who does not deserve; - it occurs about 156 times in the New Testament. Redemption in Greek is apolytrōsis which means a releasing effected by payment of ransom, liberation procured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance; - it occurs only 10 times in the New Testament. Redemption is deliverance effected through the death of Christ on the cross for sinners from the retributive wrath of the Holy God and the penalty of sin. The redemption is only in Christ because Jesus died on the cross for sinners. Justification is a gift by God’s grace through the work of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.

Rom 4:24-25,“But also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

Rom 5:19,“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.”

Note: Christ’s obedience was to die for sinners on the cross. The redemption of Christ was accomplished by the Righteous dying for the unrighteous. 

V.   Justified by His grace.

Tts 3:7,“That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Eph 2:5,“Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

Eph 2:8,“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

Note: The Greek word for grace is charis which means favor, good will, loving-kindness, the merciful kindness of God; - it occurs 156 times in the New Testament. Grace is God’s favor which man does not deserve. Those who are justified by His grace are also saved by grace. To be saved by grace means it does not depend on your good deeds or merit. It is grace because it is the gift of God. It is the gift of God because it is free. You cannot earn or buy salvation of God. Those who are justified become heirs of God to have eternal life.

VI.   Through faith in Jesus Christ.

Rom 3:22,“Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction.”

Rom 3:30,“Since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”

Rom 9:30,“What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith.”

Gal 2:16,“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

Gal 3:11,“But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith.”

Note: Faith in Greek is pistis which means a conviction or belief respecting God’s salvation and divine things, belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ; - it occurs 244 times in the New Testament. Faith is simply taking God at His word; believing in whatever God says. Faith is a strong belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God. To be justified by faith in Christ means to obtain the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. To live by faith means to walk in the footsteps of the faith, through faith in Jesus Christ.

13.   MAN 

What is man? By man we do not mean adult male. The word “man” is used to include adult male and female and child – in sum the humankind, human race, human being, human. Man is used in the Biblical sense.

Gen 1:26-27,“Then God said: Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Note: Man in Hebrew is 'adam which means mankind, human being, person, the human race, humankind; - it occurs 552 times in the Old Testament.

Image in Hebrew is tselem which means likeness, resemblance; - it occurs about 17 times in the Old Testament. Likeness in Hebrew is dĕmuwth which means appearance, image, model, similitude; - it occurs about 25 times in the Old Testament. Create in Hebrew is bara' which means to produce, make by producing something new, fashion, used of the creation of the universe and of men; - it occurs about 54 in the Old Testament.

A.   Man Is Sinful.

Luk 5:8,“But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Note: Sinful in Greek is hamartōlos which means devoted to sin, not free from sin, especially wicked; - it occurs about 47 times in the New Testament. I am a sinful man – should be the confession of every man. Even Peter knew he was a sinful man.

2Ch 6:36,“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near;”

Note: Sin in Hebrew is chata' which means to miss the way, err from the mark, go wrong, incur guilt, miss the goal or path of right and duty, incur penalty by sin, wander from the way, bring into guilt or condemnation or punishment, make a false step; - it occurs about 238 times in the Old Testament. There is no man who does not sin.

1Ki 8:46,“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;”

Job 13:28,“Man decays like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.”

Note: Decay in Hebrew is balah which means to wear out, become old, waste away, use up completely; - it occurs about 16 times in the Old Testament. Man through sickness, suffering, sorrow, cares, or age wastes away.

Psa 7:14,“Behold, the wicked man conceives iniquity, and is pregnant w