Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered?
For this is what the LORD says: "Even the captives of a mighty man will be taken, and the prey of a tyrant will be delivered; I will contend with the one who contends with you, and I will save your children.
Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.
How can someone enter a strong man's house and steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.
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.'
Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, He also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death-- that is, the Devil--
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.
As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all [people] to Myself."
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.
They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts.
For you were once darkness, but now [you are] light in the Lord. Walk as children of light--
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.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works.
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able
"I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.
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,
and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.
I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness.
And what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death.
But now, since you have been liberated from sin and become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification-- and the end is eternal life!
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals,
thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom.
Some of you were like this; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord; do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you.
I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.
We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also.
But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
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,
so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in [His] kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
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.
we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
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,
For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death.
"I have consecrated My King on Zion, My holy mountain."
I will declare the LORD's decree: He said to Me, "You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.
I continued watching in the night visions, and I saw One like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before Him.
He was given authority to rule, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, the people of Christ.
Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet.
his dear Son
"This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, [this is] My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations.
And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands.
Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world's foundation.
to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.