During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered. … For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. … Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. … Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and
Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” … In the holiness
If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. … and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. … Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! … Born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. … Through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on
I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. … They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.
Those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority … bold and arrogant, these men … they blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.