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.
He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
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 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 eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. … Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. … A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?
Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. … Stand firm, and you will win life. … Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.