The hand of the LORD was on me, and He brought me out by His Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.
He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I replied, "Lord God, [only] You know."
He said to me, "Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live.
I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD."
So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
As I looked, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man. Say to it: This is what the Lord God says: Breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live!"
So I prophesied as He commanded me; the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army.
But He told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God."
because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"
And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness.
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.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,
for what makes everything clear is light. Therefore it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you.
however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,
how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?
In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself.
Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
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.
You caused me to experience many troubles and misfortunes, but You will revive me again. You will bring me up again, even from the depths of the earth.
This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life.
And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to anyone He wants to.
The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn't help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
in God's sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.
Foolish one! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.
In the presence of God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you
[Davidic. A Maskil.] How happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
"Come, let us discuss this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.
Let the wicked one abandon his way, and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will freely forgive.
No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying: Know the LORD, for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them"-- the LORD's declaration. "For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin."
Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you,
and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything, which you could not be justified from through the law of Moses.
that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.
"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days," says the Lord: "I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.
And each person will not teach his fellow citizen, and each his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them.
For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins."
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 say, "We have no sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name.