"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.
The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn't act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!"
"Be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right or the left.
You must be careful to do everything I command you; do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.
and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house.
I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.
for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.
Now I praise you because you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: on the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread,
If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord's command.
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, [growing] into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ's fullness.
Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head-- Christ.
From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts.
But that is not how you learned about the Messiah,
assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:
you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;
you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;
you put on the new man, the one created according to God's [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.
Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.
Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger,
and don't give the Devil an opportunity.
The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.
No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.
And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.
All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God-- as you are doing-- do so even more.
For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother who walks irresponsibly and not according to the tradition received from us.
For you yourselves know how you must imitate us: we were not irresponsible among you;
we did not eat anyone's bread free of charge; instead, we labored and toiled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
It is not that we don't have the right [to support], but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us.
In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: "If anyone isn't willing to work, he should not eat."
For we hear that there are some among you who walk irresponsibly, not working at all, but interfering with the work [of others].
Now we command and exhort such people, by the Lord Jesus Christ, that quietly working, they may eat their own bread.
All who are under the yoke as slaves must regard their own masters to be worthy of all respect, so that God's name and His teaching will not be blasphemed.
And those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved. Teach and encourage these things.
If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness,
he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slanders, evil suspicions,
But you must speak what is consistent with sound teaching.
Older men are to be self-controlled, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.
In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. [They are] to teach what is good,
so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children,
to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God's message will not be slandered.
Likewise, encourage the young men to be sensible
about everything. Set an example of good works yourself, with integrity and dignity in your teaching.
Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back
or stealing, but demonstrating utter faithfulness, so that they may adorn the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you.
Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do evil, they may, by observing your good works, glorify God in a day of visitation.
Submit to every human institution because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor as the supreme authority,
or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
For it is God's will that you, by doing good, silence the ignorance of foolish people.
As God's slaves, [live] as free people, but don't use your freedom as a way to conceal evil.
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.
Household slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.
For it [brings] favor if, because of conscience toward God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,
knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,
godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted, and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins.
Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble.
For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
so that you can remember the words previously spoken by the holy prophets, and the commandment of our Lord and Savior [given] through your apostles.
This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands.
The one who says, "I have come to know Him," without keeping His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
that is how we will know we are of the truth, and will convince our hearts in His presence,
because if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn [us] we have confidence before God,
and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.
Now this is His command: that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us.
The one who keeps His commands remains in Him, and He in him. And the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.
"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated "God is with us."
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them."
The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, serving in the household of his Egyptian master.
When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made everything he did successful,
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
He answered, "I will certainly be with you, and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will all worship God at this mountain."
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.
The LORD of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah
The LORD of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah
It will pour into Judah, flood over it, and sweep through, reaching up to the neck; and its spreading streams will fill your entire land, Immanuel!
Band together, peoples, and be broken; pay attention, all you distant lands; prepare for war, and be broken; prepare for war, and be broken.
Devise a plan; it will fail. Make a prediction; it will not happen. For God is with us.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs.]]
I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
"In a little while the world will see Me no longer, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live too.
In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you.
The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him."
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it You're going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?"
Jesus answered, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, "Don't be afraid, but keep on speaking and don't be silent.
For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city."
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me, and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.
the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Therefore just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous,
While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?"
And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]]
" Amen," Benaiah son of Jehoiada replied to the king. "May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so affirm it.
May the LORD, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting." Then all the people said, " Amen" and "Praise the LORD."
May His glorious name be praised forever; the whole earth is filled with His glory. Amen and amen.
and the Living One. I was dead, but look-- I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.
He who testifies about these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!