Planted in the house of the LORD, they thrive in the courtyards of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green,
But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will banish them with the evildoers. Peace be with Israel.
When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, he will die for this. He will die because of the iniquity he has practiced.
Let us strive to know the LORD. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.
What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? What am I going to do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like the morning mist and like the early dew that vanishes.
and those who turn back from following the LORD, who do not seek the LORD or inquire of Him.
But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit.
But the seed in the good ground-- these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.
But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
As He was saying these things, many believed in Him.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
"As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love.
If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commands and remain in His love.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart--
strengthening the hearts of the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith, and by telling them, "It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God."
eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.
You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth?
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up.
For this reason, when I could no longer stand it, I also sent to find out about your faith, fearing that the tempter had tempted you and that our labor might be for nothing.
But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household, whose household we are if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.
For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.
Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens-- Jesus the Son of God-- let us hold fast to the confession.
But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
who are being protected by God's power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
For uttering bombastic, empty words, they seduce, by fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error.
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, since people are enslaved to whatever defeats them.
For if, having escaped the world's impurity through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in these things and defeated, the last state is worse for them than the first.
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
It has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and, "a sow, after washing itself, wallows in the mud."
The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don't need anyone to teach you. Instead, His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie; just as it has taught you, remain in Him.
Don't be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have tribulation for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.
The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.
He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn't shake it, because it was well built.
The whole building is being fitted together in Him and is growing into a holy sanctuary in the Lord,
and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. [I pray that] you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace.
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.
so that no one will be shaken by these persecutions. For you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about [this hope] in the message of truth,
This hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For by the Spirit we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness from faith.
[I pray] that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,
But since we are of the day, we must be sober and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace,
so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
We have this [hope]-- like a sure and firm anchor of the soul-- that enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.
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,
Look at how great a love the Father has given us, that we should be called God's children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn't know Him.
Dear friends, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.
the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God's grace in the truth.
This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.
Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
But I ask, "Did they not hear?" Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
Today I will begin to put the fear and dread of you on the peoples everywhere under heaven. They will hear the report about you, tremble, and be in anguish because of you.'
When you look to the heavens and see the sun, moon, and stars-- all the array of heaven-- do not be led astray to bow down and worship them. The LORD your God has provided them for all people everywhere under heaven.
You will pursue [them] in anger and destroy them under Your heavens.
There were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved."
I have become its minister, according to God's administration that was given to me for you, to make God's message fully known,
For he was one of our number and was allotted a share in this ministry."
to take the place in this apostolic service that Judas left to go to his own place."
But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of things you have seen, and of things in which I will appear to you.
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving as a priest of God's good news. My purpose is that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God's mysteries.
In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one be found faithful.
It is of little importance that I should be evaluated by you or by a human court. In fact, I don't even evaluate myself.
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.
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not give up.
Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
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.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God."
Working together with Him, we also appeal to you: "Don't receive God's grace in vain."
Are they servants of Christ? I'm talking like a madman-- I'm a better one: with far more labors, many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, near death many times.
I was made a servant of this [gospel] by the gift of God's grace that was given to me by the working of His power.
This grace was given to me-- the least of all the saints!-- to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah,
I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry--
For this I was appointed a herald, an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
For this [gospel] I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher,
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.
But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close.