"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: "The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God's creation says:
His offspring will continue forever, his throne like the sun before Me,
like the moon, established forever, a faithful witness in the sky." Selah
Since I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples,
"I assure you: We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you do not accept Our testimony.
He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony.
"Even if I testify about Myself," Jesus replied, "My testimony is valid, because I know where I came from and where I'm going. But you don't know where I come from or where I'm going.
You judge by human standards. I judge no one.
And if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me [judge together].
"You are a king then?" Pilate asked. "You say that I'm a king," Jesus replied. "I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice."
In the presence of God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you
For there are three that testify:
the Spirit, the water, and the blood-- and these three are in agreement.
If we accept the testimony of men, God's testimony is greater, because it is God's testimony that He has given about His Son.
(The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given about His Son.)
and the first
that the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles."
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.
For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, the people of Christ.
He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
and the prince
The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the [kingdom] of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!
These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with him are called and elect and faithful."
And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
And let all kings bow down to him, all nations serve him.
I will also make him My firstborn, greatest of the kings of the earth.
It is by me that kings reign and rulers enact just law;
by me, princes lead, as do nobles [and] all righteous judges.
So the king gave orders to summon the diviner-priests, mediums, sorcerers, and Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. When they came and stood before the king,
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.
Then Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
He demonstrated [this power] in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens--
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.
And He put everything under His feet and appointed Him as head over everything for the church,
which God will bring about in His own time. [He is] the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords,
But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Yet the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but He turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.
Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
"I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.
"As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love.
No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.
and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,
to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word.
He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
I said to him, "Sir, you know." Then he told me: These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
"On that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the residents of Jerusalem, [to wash away] sin and impurity.
"You will never wash my feet-- ever!" Peter said. Jesus replied, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with Me."
Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head."
"One who has bathed," Jesus told him, "doesn't need to wash anything except his feet, but he is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you."
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.
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.
how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.