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So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh-- called "the uncircumcised" by those called "the circumcised," done by hand in the flesh.
At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and without God in the world.
And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions.
But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him--
if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. [This gospel] has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a minister of it.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
after that ye heard
assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:
for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to,
But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher?
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How welcome are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!
But all did not obey the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about [this hope] in the message of truth,
the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God's grace in the truth.
Also, this is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.
Never take the word of truth from my mouth, for I hope in Your judgments.
by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.
Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
"Brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and those among you who fear God, the message of this salvation has been sent to us.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.
and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
For the grace of God has appeared, with salvation for all people,
how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.
Don't work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him."
And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also.
He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription: The Lord knows those who are His, and Everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness.
Then I saw another angel rise up from the east, who had the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were empowered to harm the earth and the sea:
After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"
And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high."
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn't see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit-- the Father will send Him in My name-- will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
"When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father-- the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father-- He will testify about Me.
Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don't go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you.
When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:
about sin, because they do not believe in Me;
about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me;
and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
"I still have many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now.
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.
He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.
Everything the Father has is Mine. This is why I told you that He takes from what is Mine and will declare it to you.
While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promise. "This," [He said, "is what] you heard from Me;
On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and remarkable day of the Lord comes;
then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
"Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know.
The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.