„For many are called, but few are chosen.“Matthew 22:14
Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, reserved in the heavens for you, who by the power of God [are] being guarded through faith for the salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In which you greatly rejoice, [though for] a little while now, if need be, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes, though being tested with fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Whom not having seen, you love, in whom now not seeing, but believing, you rejoice with inexpressible joy and glorified, obtaining for yourselves the outcome your faith-the salvation [of your] souls.
Concerning this salvation the prophets have sought out and inquired carefully, having prophesied of the grace [that would come] to you, searching for who or what kind of time the Spirit of Christ in them was revealing when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories which were to follow.
To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to you they were ministering these things, which things were now announced to you by those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-things which angels desire to look into.1 Peter 1:3-12
In this article I would like to refrain from using my own words.
Whoever accepts Jesus Christ of Nazareth as his Lord and believes that he is the Son of the Most High will understand even without my words.
But God has revealed [them] to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we did not receive the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, in order that we might know the things freely given to us by God;
which things we also speak, not in words taught in human wisdom, but in words taught by the Holy Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is discerned by no man. For „Who has known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct Him?“But we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:10-16
So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who does not show mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
What does it profit, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Is that [kind of] faith able to save him?
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, „Go in peace, be warmed and filled,“but you do not give them the necessary things of the body, what [is] the benefit?
Thus also that faith, if it does not have works, is dead, [being] by itself.
But someone will say, „You have faith, and I have works.“Show me your faith [apart] from your works, and I will show you my faith by means of my works.
You believe God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe-and they shudder!
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?James 2:12-20
“I have the right to do anything,” you say
—but not everything is beneficial.
“I have the right to do anything”1 Corinthians 10:23
—but not everything is constructive.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, stay sober, put your hope fully in the grace brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves [after] the former lusts, [as you did in ]your ignorance; but as He[ ]who called you is holy, you also be holy in all manner of life, because it is written, „Be holy, for I am holy.“
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear;
knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your futile way of life handed down from your forefathers,
but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb blameless and spotless,
having been foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, He was made manifest in these last times for you, who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere love for the brothers, love one another fervently from a pure heart,
having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.
For „All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of [the] grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever.“Now this is the word which was proclaimed to you.1 Peter 1:13-25
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection; knowing this, that our old man was crucified [with Him], so that the body of sin may be done away with, [that] we should no longer serve sin. For he who has died has been justified from sin.
But if we died with Christ, we believe that we also shall live together with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies. Death is no longer master [over] Him.
For what [death] He died, He died to sin once for all; but what [life] He lives, He lives to God.
Likewise you also, consider yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts,
nor present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin [resulting] in death, or of obedience [resulting] in righteousness?
But thanks be to God, that though you used to be slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from [your] heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
And having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.
I speak in human terms on account of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness, and to lawlessness [resulting] in [more] lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness [resulting] in sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what fruit did you have then of which [things] you are now ashamed?
For the end of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin, and having become enslaved to God, you have your fruit [resulting] in sanctification, and the end, eternal life.
For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:5-23
[There is] therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death.
For what [was] impossible [for] the law to do in that it was weak through the flesh, God [did] by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
For those who are fleshly set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those [who live] according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.
Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not submit to the law of God, nor indeed can it. And those that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. But if Christ is in you, the body indeed is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit indwelling in you.
Therefore, brothers, we are debtors-not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you shall die; but if by [the] Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again unto fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, „Abba, Father.“
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. And if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer together, so that we may also be glorified together.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy [to be compared] with the coming glory to be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits the unveiling of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but on account of Him who subjected it in hope; because even the creation itself shall be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that all the creation groans together and labors in birth together until now. And not only that, but also [we ]ourselves having the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting adoption, the redemption of our body.
For by this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he[ ]sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly await it with endurance.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
But He that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes on behalf of the saints according to [the will] [of] God.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to [His ]purpose.
Because whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring an accusation against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ is the [One] having died, but rather also having been raised, who is even at [the] right [hand] of God, who also intercedes on our behalf.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
Just as it is written: „For Your sake we are put to death the whole day long; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter.“
But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8
Flee youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.2 Timothy 2:22
For this is [the] will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication, that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God,
that no one should transgress against and to defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger concerning all, just as we told you before and solemnly testified.
For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in sanctification.
Therefore he who rejects [this] does not reject man, but God, who has given His Holy Spirit to you.1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.Matthew 10:37-39
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
with all humility and meekness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.Ephesians 4:1-6
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 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; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4:17-32
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and by no means shall I erase his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.“‚Revelation 3:5-6
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those that dwell upon the earth.
I am coming quickly!
Hold fast what you have, that no man may take your crown.
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and by no means shall he go out any longer. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from heaven from My God. And My new name.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.“‚Revelation 3:10-13
As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. Be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and I will dine with him, and he with Me.
He that overcomes, I will grant to him to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.“Revelation 3:19-22
Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.
Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed 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.
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.Revelation 22:10-21