GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬

“Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’sContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:23-29‬ ‭‬‬

“Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we couldContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:23-29‬ ‭‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:19-22‬‬‬

“Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. Now a mediator isContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:19-22‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‬‬

“Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, itContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:10-14‬‬‬

“But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with GodContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:10-14‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:1-6‬ ‬‬

“Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law ofContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:1-6‬ ‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬ ‭‬‬

““You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ,Continue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬ ‭‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬‬‬

“You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ,Continue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭2:11-14‬‬‬

“But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticismContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭2:11-14‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭2:1-10‬‬‬

“Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I hadContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭2:1-10‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭1:11-23‬‬‬

“Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. You know what I was like when I followed theContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭1:11-23‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭1:6-10‬‬‬

“I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truthContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭1:6-10‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭1:6-10‬‬‬

“I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truthContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭1:6-10‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭‬‬

“This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May GodContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:10-24‬ ‬‬

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powersContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:10-24‬ ‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:1-9‬‬‬

“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Fathers,Continue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:1-9‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:15-21‬ ‬‬

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the HolyContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:15-21‬ ‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:1-9, 11-14‬‬‬

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have noContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:1-9, 11-14‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-32‬ ‭‬‬

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustfulContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-32‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS 4:7-16

“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to ourContinue reading “EPHESIANS 4:7-16”

EPHESIANS 4:1-6

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit,Continue reading “EPHESIANS 4:1-6”

EPHESIANS 3:20-21

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This prayer from Paul culminates in a statement ofContinue reading “EPHESIANS 3:20-21”

EPHESIANS 3:14-19

‘When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trustContinue reading “EPHESIANS 3:14-19”

EPHESIANS 3:1-13

“When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles… assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you readContinue reading “EPHESIANS 3:1-13”

EPHESIANS 2:19-20

“So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him,Continue reading “EPHESIANS 2:19-20”

EPHESIANS 2:11-18

“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and youContinue reading “EPHESIANS 2:11-18”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭‬‬

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ In this one statement, Paul uncovers a long forgotten fact and establishes a long desired truth. Since the fall of mankind, humans have been operating outsideContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS 1:21-23

“Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church isContinue reading “EPHESIANS 1:21-23”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:15-20‬ ‬‬

“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might growContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:15-20‬ ‬‬”

EPHESIANS 1:12-14

“God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit,Continue reading “EPHESIANS 1:12-14”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:9-11‬

“God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance fromContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:9-11‬”

EPHESIANS 1:3-5

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided inContinue reading “EPHESIANS 1:3-5”

EPHESIANS 1:1-2

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”‭‬‬ Ephesians‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭NLT Paul, writing to theContinue reading “EPHESIANS 1:1-2”

JUDE 1:24-25

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time,Continue reading “JUDE 1:24-25”

JUDE‬ ‭1:22-23‬

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬ These two verses are powerful for the Christian ethic. While not being nearlyContinue reading “JUDE‬ ‭1:22-23‬”

JUDE 1:21‬

“and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The responsibility to have an eternal perspective is paramount for Jude. In verse 21, he outlines the idea that sitting in salvation is not to createContinue reading “JUDE 1:21‬”

JUDE‬ ‭1:11-19‬

“What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion. When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. TheyContinue reading “JUDE‬ ‭1:11-19‬”

JUDE‬ ‭1:5-7‬

“So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the placeContinue reading “JUDE‬ ‭1:5-7‬”

JUDE 1:4

“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”‭‬‬ Jude‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT It was as much a problem inContinue reading “JUDE 1:4”

JUDE 1:1-3

“Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The only thing that Jude wantsContinue reading “JUDE 1:1-3”

JUDE 1:1-3

“Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”‭‬‬ Jude‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT Jude faces an infinitely pastoral problemContinue reading “JUDE 1:1-3”

JUDE 1:1-2

“This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬Continue reading “JUDE 1:1-2”