"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able
Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air.
Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us,
In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
flesh and blood
And Jesus responded, "Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.
Brothers, I tell you this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and corruption cannot inherit incorruption.
to reveal His Son in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.
far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
This is so that God's multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.
Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God's right hand, with angels, authorities, and powers subjected to Him.
in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
The LORD asked Satan, "Where have you come from?" "From roaming through the earth," Satan answered Him, "and walking around on it."
Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour-- and the dominion of darkness."
Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me.
and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ;