The Ultimate Essentials







For nothing is impossible with God.

- angel Gabriel talking with Mary about the birth of Christ,
 who was conceived in her by the Holy Spirit.




..... Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ..... “The kingdom of God is near. Repent4a and believe the good news!




Luk17:20 ..... “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you.” 




Luk3:16� ..... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.� - John the Baptist speaking of Jesus




Joh3:16�For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.�


 36�Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.� - John the Baptist speaking about Jesus



Joh5:28� ..... a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his* voice 29and come out�those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

    * Jesus'



They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. .....

  12 ..... all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.




Mar12:28 ..... �Of all the commandments, which is the most important?�

 29�The most important one,� answered Jesus, �is this: .....

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' (Deu 6:4-5)




Joh5:42� ..... I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. ..... 44How can you believe if you ..... make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?




Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.





Jam2:14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 18 ..... Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

..... 20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” (Gen 15:6) and he was called God's friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

..... 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.



the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.



..... The righteous will live by faith. (Hab 2:4) .....

 14 ..... by faith we ..... receive the promise of the Spirit.


22But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.


Rom3:21But now a righteousness from God ..... has been made known, .....

 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.



Joh6:63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.�


�Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.



�Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. ..... �

 28Then they asked him, �What must we do to do the works God requires?�

 29Jesus answered, The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.


 33�For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.�


Joh1:33“ 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' ” - John the Baptist saying what God told Him about Jesus


 35Then Jesus declared, �I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
                for they will be filled.


Joh7:37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, �If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. 39By this he meant the Spirit, .....



But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 



Rom10:4Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.



Gal3:26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, ..... 

Gal4:6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts .....



Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation�but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.

13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die;

 but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,

 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. ..... 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 ..... we are ..... heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, ..... if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.



Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do�living in debauchery2a, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. ..... 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.



Jam1:12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.



Heb2:18Because he* himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

   * Christ

Heb3:1Therefore ..... fix your thoughts on Jesus .....



..... clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.



everything that does not come from faith is sin.




Gal5:6 ..... The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.




1Cor13:6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

  7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 8Love never fails. .....



Do everything in love.




1Tim1:4 ..... God's workwhich is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.


 18 ..... fight the good fight, 19holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.



Heb13:18Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.



Heb9:14How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!



 26 ..... But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.



Heb10:10 ..... we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.



.....  14 ..... by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.



 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.



Heb13:12 ..... Jesus ..... suffered ..... to make the people holy through his own blood.



1Pet2:21 ..... Christ suffered for you .....

  24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.



Heb10:26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.


1Cor6:9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified1a, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.


Eph5:3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.


  5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personsuch a man is an idolaterhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.


  6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.



..... God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” (Num 16:5) and, Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.

“When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways. - speaking about Jesus


Joh7:17If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. -  Jesus  



Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ..... 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.


1Pet5:8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, .....


..... take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.


 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.


  12 ..... this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.


Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. 


 24 ..... it is by faith you stand firm.


..... you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power .....


But the man who loves God is known by God.


..... Keeping God's commands is what counts.


 1Joh5:3This is love for God: to obey his commands.

  And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.


 13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.


 18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.




       you are strong,
the word of God lives in you,
you have overcome the evil one.


 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.



Mat5:28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.



1Joh3:29If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.



To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 15If you love me, you will obey what I command.

 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever 17the Spirit of truth. ..... you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. ..... 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.

He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

23Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.

My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.


Joh8:34Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”



Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were ca
lled .....  


Act14:21 ..... they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.



Heb12:7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? ..... 9 ..... submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10 ..... God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.



Heb5:8Although he was a son*, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him .....

     * Jesus


Heb2:10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God ..... should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.



2Tim2:3Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs�he wants to please his commanding officer. 5Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.




Jam1:21 ..... get rid of all moral filth ..... and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

 22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.


For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

He replied, My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice.


 26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.




Heb10:35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while,

  “He who is coming will come and will not delay.
    38But my righteous one will live by faith.
   And if he shrinks back,
       I will not be pleased with him.” (Hab 2:3,4)

  39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.




Heb12:1 ..... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, .....




Act15:8“God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, ..... 9 ..... he purified their hearts by faith.




Act26:17' ..... I am sending you to them 18to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified1b by faith in me.' ” - Jesus speaking to Paul


 20“First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent4b and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

Luk3:8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. ..... 9The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.




Gal2:20�I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.�


For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with,

  that we should no longer be slaves to sin .....


 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

  13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness,

 but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.



Rom6:16Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey�whether you are

  slaves to sin, which leads to death,

  or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.

 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.



 19 ..... Just as you used to offer the parts of your body

in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness,

so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.



  22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God,

 the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.



 5For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.

 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit .....



  ..... through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.



 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that

the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us,

who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.


 5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires;

 but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

6The mind of sinful man is death,

 but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;


 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

 9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit,

  if the Spirit of God lives in you.

 And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.


Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? ..... 8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. ..... 11 ..... Aim for perfection, ..... 



No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, .....




Tit3:5 ..... He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, .....




 13 ..... from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying1c work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 





Col1:21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.


1Cor15:1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.





Col2:9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.


Col3:1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. .....

 5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.


 12 ..... clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Blessed are the merciful,
              for they will be shown mercy.

..... 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.




2Cor3:18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.




Col1:27 ..... God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.




2Cor4:13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” (Psa 116:10) With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, .....


Mat10:32Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. - Jesus


For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

 8So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, ..... join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9who has saved us and called us to a holy lifenot because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.





2Cor5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ ..... 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us [OR, be a sin offering], so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


1Cor6:19 ..... your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you .....

..... as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; .....

The weapons we fight with ..... have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.



2Cor6:16 ..... For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: �I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.� (Lev 26:12; Jer 32:38; Eze 37:27)

   17�Therefore come out from them
           and be separate, says the Lord.

        Touch no unclean thing,
           and I will receive you.
(Isa 52:11; Eze 20:34,41)
   18�I will be a Father to you,
           and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.�
(2Sam 7:14; 7:8)

2Cor7:1Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.




1Cor6:13 ..... The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. .....

17But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

 18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.



It is God's will that you should be sanctified1d: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; ..... 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.




Gal5:16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.


 19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery2b; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.



..... any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.


Mat13:44The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.


But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.

 I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.


If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross [daily Luk9:23] and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul [very self Luk9:25]? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?�




Mat6:24�No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.


Luk12:33Sell your possessions and give to the poor.




Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.


Mat7:21Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.


Luk6:46�Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? 47I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.


Luk13:23Someone asked him, �Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?�

   He said to them, 24Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.






Rev1:5 ..... To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Fatherto him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.




Rev2:1�To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

      These are the words of him who ..... walks among the seven golden lampstands*: 2I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent4c and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 ..... To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.�

    * the words are Jesus', and the lampstands are the churches



 11� ..... He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.�


 17� ..... To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.�


 26To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations� 

 27'He will rule them with an iron scepter;
       he will dash them to pieces like pottery' (Psa 2:9)

� just as I have received authority from my Father. 28I will also give him the morning star.�



Rev3:1�To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

      ..... I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent4d. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.�



 12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.�


 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.






Rev15:2And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They ..... 3 ..... sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:

   Great and marvelous are your deeds,
        Lord God Almighty.
     Just and true are your ways,
        King of the ages.
    4Who will not fear you, O Lord,
        and bring glory to your name?
     For you alone are holy.
     All nations will come
        and worship before you,
     for your righteous acts have been revealed.






Rev19:6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

        For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

   7Let us rejoice and be glad
        and give him glory!
     For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
        and his bride has made herself ready.
   8Fine linen, bright and clean,
        was given her to wear.� (
Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

 9Then the angel said to me, �Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

 10� ..... hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.






Rev21:1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

 5He who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new! Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

 6He said to me: It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

 “To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

 7He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

 8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liarstheir place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”


 22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.


Rev22:3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 ..... And they will reign for ever and ever.






Rev22:10Then he told me, “..... the time is near. 11Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.” - angel speaking to John


 12“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

 14Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. ..... ”

Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.





Rom12:2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.


 9 ..... Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.


 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.




Mat13:40�As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. ..... �




Rev20:10And the devil ..... was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


 11Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.




Gal6:7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

  8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction;

the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.




Rom1:4 ..... Jesus Christ our Lord. 5Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.



Rom2:6God “will give to each person according to what he has done. (Psa 62:12; Pro 24:12) 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.




2The1:3We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

 5All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled ..... 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord .....

..... 11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.




Heb6:7Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

 9Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case—things that accompany salvation. 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.





Heb3:12See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15As has just been said: 

   “Today, if you hear his voice,
        do not harden your hearts

     as you did in the rebellion.” (Psa 95:7,8)

  16Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.


Heb4:1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, .....

..... 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.





Jud1:5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home�these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.


 14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied ..... : �See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.� 16These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires .....


 20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.


 24To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy� 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.




Rom15:16 ..... so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified1e by the Holy Spirit.

..... 18I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God .....




Rom16:25Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, ..... 26 ..... so that all nations might believe and obey him27to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.




1Cor1:4I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. ..... 8He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.




..... Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning3a sacrifice for our sins, .....

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

 4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

  5But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him.

  This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.




..... �Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
                   who was, and is, and is to come.�




..... God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

  7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.



Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to
be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  


           Mat5:8Blessed are the pure in heart,
                          for they will see God.


1Pet1:15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: �Be holy, because I am holy. (Lev 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7)

 17Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.




You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.




 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.




Rom8:29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.


May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 ..... what counts is a new creation.


Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.


until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.



But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

  3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.


  5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.


 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

 7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.

  He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.


 8He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.


 9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.


 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.





Mar9:23� ..... Everything is possible for him who believes.





Tit1:1Paul, a servant 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

 2a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, .....



Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

 3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

 5If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;

..... 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

  7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


2Pet1:10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


1Pet1:22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.




1Pet2:1 ..... rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 ..... crave pure spiritual milk .....




Phi2:3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.


Eph5:21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.


Gal5:13 ..... serve one another in love.




Phi2:12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed ..... continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

 14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved5a generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life .....






Joh14:6Jesus answered,

�I am the way and the truth and the life.

  No one comes to the Father except through me.




Joh14:10� ..... it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.




Joh15:9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love,

  just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.


11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.


  12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

  14You are my friends if you do what I command.


Gal6:2Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.





1Joh3:14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.

  Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

 16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

  23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.





1Joh4:7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

          Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.


 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. .....

  12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

 13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.


      16 ..... God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.





1The3:12May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else ......



1The5:16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.


 21 ..... Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil.


1The5:23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify1f you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.





Mat25:31�When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.�

 34�Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' �

 37�Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? ..... ' �

..... 40� .....'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' �

 41�Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' �

..... 45� ..... 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' �

 46�Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.�







1 - sanctify: to free from sin, purify, and set apart for a sacred purpose.   1a: ^  1b: ^  1c: ^  1d: ^  1e: ^  1f: ^

2 - debauchery: indulgence in pleasure that lacks moral restraint, extreme indulgence in sensual pleasure.   2a: ^  2b: ^

3 - atonement: to restore to friendship or harmony, settle, resolve  ---  to repair, the act of making amends or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury, something done or given as amends or satisfaction, the payment of damages for an offense or injury  ---  the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.   3a: ^

4 - repent: to turn from sin/harmdoing and dedicate oneself to the correction of one's life to God's principles: to feel regret and sorrow, to change one's mind.   4a: ^  4b: ^  4c: ^  4d: ^

5 - deprave: to make bad, to corrupt morally, degrade with unsound principles or moral values.   5a: ^



Faith   and   Love



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