Simeon has reported how God first intervened to take from the Gentiles a people for His name.
As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.
These are the names of the 12 apostles: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
"Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.
But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
"Lord," he told Him, "I'm ready to go with You both to prison and to death!"
"I tell you, Peter," He said, "the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!"
and he brought [Simon] to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which means "Rock").
When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs," He told him.
A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him.
He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To the temporary residents of the Dispersion in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God's good news--
Because of this, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,'
Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
For He who was at work with Peter in the apostleship to the circumcised was also at work with me among the Gentiles.
This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of the Messiah, and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you:
By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.
And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us.
He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
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,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
For it has been given to you on Christ's behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him,
clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also.
Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,
To Titus, my true child in our common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
so that the genuineness of your faith-- more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire-- may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
So the honor is for you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected-- this One has become the cornerstone, and
In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely, and this is what she will be named: The LORD Is Our Righteousness.
For in it God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness has been revealed-- attested by the Law and the Prophets
-- that is, God's righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.
He presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
But from Him you are in Christ Jesus, who for us became wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ-- the righteousness from God based on faith.
of God and our Saviour
Indeed, God is my salvation. I will trust [Him] and not be afraid. Because Yah, the LORD, is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation."
and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
while we wait for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.