Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. … Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.
You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. … But God found fault with the people. … But God knows your hearts. … But God tests our hearts. … But God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
We cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. … Others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.
I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her. … Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. … Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. … From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. … That I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. … If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful