If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. – Sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. – They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come. – The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The Comforter … even the Spirit of truth. – The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. – The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us?
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? … Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. … Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead. – Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? … Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
By their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. – If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? … Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. … Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. … We are … willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Not every one that saith, … Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. – Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. – Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.
By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. – Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.
Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.
None of us liveth to himself. – Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. – Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. … When ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
I saw … the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: … And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. – These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. – Upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness … of a man above upon it. … As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. … And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. – No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. – God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died. – A wounded spirit who can bear?
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? – The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, … to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Philip … preached unto him Jesus. – He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Thus saith the Lord that created thee, … Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. – Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. – My delights were with the sons of men. – The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. – They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.