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1All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). There are some things in [Paul‘s epistles] that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37). And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:13). He said to them, ?How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”(Matthew 22:43-44)? But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26). When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16:13-14).
2Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him (Proverbs 30:5). God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it (Numbers 23:19)? The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times (Psalm 12:6). …so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us (Hebrews 6:18). Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away (Matthew 24:35). …in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began… (Titus 1:2). Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth (John 17:17). But Jesus answered them, ?You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29).
3Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories (1 Peter 1:10-11). He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation (John 11:51).
4There are some things in [Paul‘s epistles] that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). [Satan said to Jesus], ?If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, He will command his angels concerning you,‘ and On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.‘ Jesus said to him, ?Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test‘ (Matthew 4:6-7).
5Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. ?For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
6Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18). Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes (Psalm 119:12)! [I pray that] having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:18).
7Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one (Deuteronomy 6:4).
8Simon Peter replied, ?You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; see also 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 3:12; Revelation 7:2).
9I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:2). Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases (Psalm 115:3). The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will (Daniel 4:25). His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ?What have you done (Daniel 4:34-35)? In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will… (Ephesians 1:11). Instead you ought to say, ?If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that (James 4:15). See notes 29, 31-36, 45, 46.
10And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD (Psalm 138:5).
11Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).
12No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father‘s side, he has made him known (John 1:18). This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God (John 5:18). Not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father (John 6:46). Jesus said to her, ?Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God‘ (John 20:17). Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing (Acts 2:33). To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:7). Together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:6). Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3)! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Philemon 1:3).
13There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist (1 Corinthians 8:6).
14These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31). In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-3). This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God (John 5:18). Not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father (John 6:46). ?Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel(which means, God with us) (Matthew 1:23). All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him (Matthew 11:27). I and the Father are one (John 10:30). Believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father (John 10:38). And whoever sees me sees him who sent me (John 12:45). If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him (John 14:7). To [Israel] belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen (Romans 9:5). For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9). [We are] waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3). But of the Son he says, ?Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom (Hebrews 1:8 ). Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ... (2 Peter 1:1). I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13).
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of [=over] all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him (Colossians 1:15-16). For to which of the angels did God ever say, ?You are my Son, today I have begotten you? Or again, ?I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, ?Let all God‘s angels worship him (Hebrews 1:5-6). And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth… No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father‘s side, he has made him known (John 1:14, 18).
16In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
17For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9).
18But Peter said, ?Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit… You have not lied to men but to God (Acts 5:3-4). Do you not know that you are God‘s temple and that God‘s Spirit dwells in you (1 Corinthians 3:16)? These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person‘s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:27).
19But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26). But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me (John 15:26). When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16:13-14). All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills (1 Corinthians 12:11). And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).
20[Sound teaching is] in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed [=happy] God with which I have been entrusted (1 Timothy 1:11). His master said to him, ?Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master(Matthew 25:23). These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:11). I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them (John 17:26). Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased [delights]. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles (Matthew 12:18). When he established the heavens, I [Wisdom, the Word, the Son] was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always (Proverbs 8:27-30).
21[He] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began (2 Timothy 1:9). This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ephesians 3:11). He chose us in him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He [Christ] was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake (1 Peter 1:20). All who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain (Revelation 13:8).
22For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36; see also Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14). Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified (Isaiah 60:21; see also 43:7). ?Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour?‘ But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name. Then a voice came from heaven: ?I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again (John 12:27-28). When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ?Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you (John 17:1). I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do (John 17:4). [God highly exalted Christ so that] every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).
23Delight yourself in the LORD (Psalm 37:4). Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice (Philippians 4:4)! His master said to him, ?Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master (Matthew 25:23). He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away (Revelation 21:4).
24But, as it is written, ?What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
25In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11).
26God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it (Numbers 23:19)? And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret (1Samuel 15:29).
27Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ?My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose (Isaiah 46:9-10). The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Proverbs 16:33). Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand (Proverbs 19:21).
28Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified (Isaiah 41:21-23). I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them (Isaiah 42:8-9; see also Genesis 15:13; 40:13,19; Exodus 3:19; Deuteronomy 31:16; Psalm 34:20; Isaiah 44:6-8; 44:24-28; 45:11; 45:20-21; 46:8-11; 48:1-6; Zechariah 12:10; John 6:64; 19:36-37).
29[God] commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars (Job 9:7). Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing (Isaiah 40:26).
30Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:29-30). For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).
31For to the snow he says, ?Fall on the earth, likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it. Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens. From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen (Job 37:6-13). He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow (Psalm 147:15-18). And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ?Peace! Be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ?Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith? And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ?Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him (Mark 4:39-41)?
32The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations (Psalm 33:10-11). Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it (Amos 3:6)? Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come (Lamentations 3:37-38)? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today (Genesis 50:20).
33And the ten horns [= kings] that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled (Revelation 17:16-17). The king‘s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will (Proverbs 21:1). The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Proverbs 16:33).
34A man‘s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way (Proverbs 20:24)? The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9).
35O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all (Psalm 104:24). To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen (Romans 16:27). For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:21).
36The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he (Deuteronomy 32:4). This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one (James 1:13). Let God be true though every one were a liar (Romans 3:4).
37For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse (Romans 1:20). For God shows no partiality. For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law (Romans 2:11-12). All his works are right and his ways are just; and those who wa lk in pride he is able to h umble (Daniel 4:37).
38Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God (Romans 3:19).
39Though [Jacob and Esau] were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God‘s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call—she was told, ?The older will serve the younger. As it is written, ?Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated. What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God‘s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, ?I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ?For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills (Romans 9:11-18). For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, ?Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). Jesus answered them, ?I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father‘s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father‘s hand (John 10:25-29). I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word (John 17:6). All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day (John 6:37-39). And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).
40So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, ?God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day (Romans 11:5-8).
41[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began (2 Timothy 1:9). He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him (Ephesians 1:4).
42But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed (Romans 6:17). For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
43And the Lord‘s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:24-25). When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, ?Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life (Acts 11:18).
44No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:44). And [Jesus] said, ?This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father (John 6:65). For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake (Philippians 1:29). For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him (Matthew 11:27). And Jesus answered him, ?Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 16:17). One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul (Acts 16:14).
45In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
46The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers (Psalm 24:1-2).
47By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible (Hebrews 11:3). But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world (Hebrews 1:2). In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-3).
48See note 22. Then Moses said to God, ?If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you,‘ and they ask me, What is his name?‘ what shall I say to them? God said to Moses, ?I AM WHO I AM. And he said, ?Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you‘ (Exodus 3:13-14). I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me (Psalm 50:9-15). [God is not] served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything (Acts 17:25).
49…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made (Isaiah 43:7).
50And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 35:10). His master said to him, ?Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Matthew 25:23).
51And they sang a new song, saying, ?Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9). After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ?Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb (Revelation 7:9-10)!
52Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature (Genesis 2:7). So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27). So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Genesis 2:21-22). For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). Thus it is written, ?The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come (Romans 5:14).
53So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27). Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image (Genesis 9:6). With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God (James 3:9).
54And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).
55See note 51.
56Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. ?Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband (Ephesians 5:22-33) Then the LORD God said, ?It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him (Genesis 2:18).
57See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ?Did God actually say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden‘ (Genesis 3:1)? Then the LORD God said to the woman, ?What is this that you have done? The woman said, ?The serpent deceived me, and I ate (Genesis 3:13). But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).
58But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17). So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6).
59Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:7-8). Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (Romans 5:12). For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:21).
60 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned- for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man‘s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man‘s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. If, because of one man‘s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man‘s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man‘s obedience the many will be made righteous (Romans 5:12-19).
61In [sin] you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind (Ephesians 2:2-3).
62Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? …When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness (Romans 6:16, 20).
63The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God‘s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:7-8). But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear (Deuteronomy 29:4).
64For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (Romans 8:20).
65And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23).
66So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
67Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ?For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered (Romans 8:35-36).
68But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
69Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God‘s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4)?
70But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law (Galatians 4:4).
71For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him (John 3:16-17). Simon Peter replied, ?You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16).
72And Mary said to the angel, ?How will this be, since I am a virgin? And the angel answered her, ?The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God (Luke 1:34-35).
73Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us) (Matthew 1:23; see also Luke 1:34-35).
74And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
75Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people (Hebrews 2:17).
76See note 16.
77Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8; see notes 74 and 75).
78For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).
79For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
80The officers answered, ?No one ever spoke like this man (John 7:46)! And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, ?What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him (Mark 1:27). And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ?Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone‘s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances (Matthew 22:16).
81?He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him (Mark 1:27).
82And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people (Matthew 4:23).
83And Jesus answered them, ?Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me (Matthew 11:4-6).
84And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ?Peace! Be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39).
85And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea (Matthew 14:25).
86Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over (Matthew 14:19-20).
87I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he (John 13:19).
88?But there are some of you who do not believe. (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him) (John 6:64). Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me (John 13:21). Jesus answered, ?It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it. So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot (John 13:26). You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified (Matthew 26:2). [When he had given the morsel to Judas] Jesus said to him, ?What you are going to do, do quickly (John 13:27).
89?Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Peter said to him, ?Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death. Jesus said, ?I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me (Luke 22:31-34). ?Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go. (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, ?Follow me (John 21:18-19).
90And he said to them, ?O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory (Luke 24:25-26)?
91I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15). The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (Romans 16:20).
92I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him (Deuteronomy 18:18). [He has sent] the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. Moses said, ?The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people (Acts 3:20-23).
93The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, ?You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4). So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, ?You are my Son, today I have begotten you; as he says also in another place, ?You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:5-6).
94Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this (Isaiah 9:7). The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham (Matthew 1:1). ?What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he? They said to him, ?The son of David (Matthew 22:42).
95Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted… He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 52:13, 53:3-6). For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
96?No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father (John 10:18).
97This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men (Acts 2:23).
98For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place (Acts 4:27-28).
99When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ?It is finished, and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).
100So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid (John 19:40-41). He was buried (1 Corinthians 15:4).
101He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:4). He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay (Matthew 28:6).