Barnabas, however, took him and brought him to the apostles and explained to them how, on the road, Saul had seen the Lord, and that He had talked to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae.
So you should welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever matter she may require your help. For indeed she has been a benefactor of many-- and of me also.
And when I arrive, I will send those whom you recommend by letter to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem.
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or like some, do we need letters of recommendation to you or from you?
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone,
Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, as does Mark, Barnabas' cousin (concerning whom you have received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),
Therefore, we ought to support such men, so that we can be co-workers with the truth.
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us.
This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
According to God's grace that was given to me, as a skilled master builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it,
because no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid-- that is, Jesus Christ.
If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw,
each one's work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one's work.
If anyone's work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward.
Not that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.
Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your advancement and joy in the faith,
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,
who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name,
But by God's grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God's grace that was with me.
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift--
not from works, so that no one can boast.
For we are His creation-- created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
For it has been given to you on Christ's behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him,
Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior,
He saved us-- not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This [Spirit] He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Don't be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.
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.
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and [for the] sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,