because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
And since we have the same spirit of faith in accordance with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak,
and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.
These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.
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.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish-- ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come-- all are yours,
and you belong to Christ, and Christ to God.
Now when this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?
Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Indeed, we who are in this tent groan, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
And the One who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.
Therefore, though we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord--
for we walk by faith, not by sight--
yet we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.
My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don't know which one I should choose.
I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ-- which is far better--
And no wonder! For Satan himself is disguised as an angel of light.
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.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.
because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him.
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.
Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your brothers in the world.
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.