"I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
"What then?" they asked him. "Are you Elijah?" "I am not," he said. "Are you the Prophet?" "No," he answered.
"Who are you, then?" they asked. "We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?"
He said, "I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord-- just as Isaiah the prophet said."
John responded, "No one can receive a single thing unless it's given to him from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I've been sent ahead of Him.'
He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom's friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom's voice. So this joy of mine is complete.
He must increase, but I must decrease."
The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all.
The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
When Peter saw this, he addressed the people: "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and astounded the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great.
They all paid attention to him, from the least of them to the greatest, and they said, "This man is called the Great Power of God!"
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.
But Peter helped him up and said, "Stand up! I myself am also a man."
When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the form of men!"
And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker.
Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice.
The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting:
"Men! Why are you doing these things? We are men also, with the same nature as you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them.
Therefore I have reason to boast in Christ Jesus regarding what pertains to God.
For I would not dare say anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to make the Gentiles obedient by word and deed,
Is Christ divided? Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul's name?
I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
so that no one can say you had been baptized in my name.
So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
just as I also try to please all people in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Some, to be sure, preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will.
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives-- God is our witness--
and we didn't seek glory from people, either from you or from others.
It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching for dishonest gain what they should not.
shepherd God's flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God's [will]; not for the money but eagerly;
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Likewise, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, [pronounced] long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-- by me and Silvanus and Timothy-- did not become "Yes and no"; on the contrary, "Yes" has come about in Him.
"But as for you, do not be called 'Rabbi,' because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!"
God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
He sent the message to the sons of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ-- He is Lord of all.
If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.
but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through Him.
Therefore I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
The first man was from the earth and made of dust; the second man is from heaven.
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Not that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.
For Christ's love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: if One died for all, then all died.
And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
But Jesus called them over and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them.
It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave;
But He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.'
But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.
So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.
Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.
Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up.
For although I am free from all people, I have made myself a slave to all, in order to win more people.
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law-- though I myself am not under the law-- to win those under the law.
To those who are outside the law, like one outside the law-- not being outside God's law, but under the law of Christ-- to win those outside the law.
To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.
Now I do all this because of the gospel, that I may become a partner in its benefits.
For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don't use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.