For Whom He Foreknew He Also Predestined To Be Conformed Into The Image Of His Son
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John 1:1--In the BEGINNING was THE WORD, and THE WORD was WITH GOD, and THE WORD WAS GOD. (14) And THE WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS GLORY, the GLORY as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN of the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH. (Gen.1:26--Then God said, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, according to OUR LIKENESS (27) So God created man IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM, male and female He created them.
Gen.3:22--Then the Lord God said, “behold the man has become LIKE ONE OF US, to know GOOD and EVIL, And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the TREE OF LIFE, and EAT and LIVE FORVER.--(Pro.14:22--Do they NOT GO ASTRAY, who DEVISE EVIL? But MERCY and TRUTH belong to those WHO DEVISE GOOD.) (Pro.13:12--Hope DEFERRED makes the HEART SICK, But when the DESIRE comes, IT IS A TREE OF LIFE.) (Pro.11:30--The FRUIT of the RIGHTEOUS is A TREE OF LIFE, and he who wins souls is WISE.) Gen.3:3:22--Ps.33:1--REJOICE in the Lord, O you RIGHTEOUS! For PRAISE from the UPRIGHT IS BEAUTIFUL.) (Ps.92:12--The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, (15) TO DECLARE THAT THE LORD IS UPRIGHT; He is my ROCK, and there is NO UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN HIM.)
Pro.2:21--for the UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND and the BLAMELESS WILL REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL WILL BE UPROOTED FROM IT.) (Jere.42:10--If you will STILL ABIDE IN THIS LAND, (Promise land?) THEN I WILL BUILD YOU and NOT PULL YOU DOWN, and I WILL PLANT you and not PLUCK YOU UP. For I RELENT concerning the DISASTER that I have brought upon you.) (Ps.119:89--FOREVER, O Lord, YOUR WORD is SETTLED IN HEAVEN. (90) YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENDURES TO ALL GENERATIONS; You established the earth, and it ABIDES. (91) They continue THIS DAY according to YOUR ORDINANCES, for ALL are Your servants.
Jere.33:25--Thus says the Lord: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed THE ORDINANCES of HEAVEN and earth. (26) THEN I will CAST AWAY THE DESCENDANTS of JACOB and DAVID My servant, so that I WILL NOT TAKE ANY OF HIS DESCENDANTS TO BE RULER OVER THE DESCENDANTS of ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB, For I WILL CAUSE THEIR CAPTIVITY TO RETURN, and will have MERCY on them. (Luke 1:30--Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found FAVOR with GOD. (31) And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a SON, and shall call His name JESUS. (32) He will be GREAT, and will be called THE SON OF THE HIGHEST; and the Lord God will GIVE Him THE THRONE of HIS FATHER DAVID. (33) And HE WILL REIGN over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.)”
(Ps.8:4--What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (5) For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have CROWNED him with GLORY and HONOR. (6) You have made him to have DOMINION OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; YOU have put ALL THINGS under his FEET. (7) All sheep and oxen--even the beasts of the field, (8) The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the sea. (9) O Lord, our Lord, how EXCELLENT is YOUR NAME in ALL THE EARTH.) (Eph.1:22--And He put ALL THINGS under His FEET, and GAVE HIM to be HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH, (23) WHICH IS HIS BODY, the FULLNESS OF HIM WHO FILLS ALL IN ALL.) (Eph.4:11--And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for THE EQUIPPING of the SAINTS for the WORK of MINISTRY, for the EDIFYING of THE BODY OF CHRIST, (13) TILL WE ALL COME to THE UNITY OF THE FAITH and THE KNOWLEDGE of THE SON OF GOD, to A PERFECT MAN, to THE MEASURE of THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS of CHRIST;
Heb.7:19--For the law made nothing PERFECT; on the other hand, there is THE BRINGING IN OF A BETTER HOPE, through which WE DRAW NEAR TO GOD. (20) And inasmuch as He was not made PRIEST without an OATH. (21) (For they have become priests without an OATH, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The Lord has SWORN and will NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) (Heb.6:13--For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could SWEAR by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF. (16) For men indeed swear by the greater, and AN OATH for CONFIRMATION is for them AN END OF ALL DISPUTE. (17) Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to THE HEIRS OF PROMISE the immutability of HIS COUNSEL CONFIRMED IT BY AN OATH, (16) that by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have STRONG CONSOLATION, who have fled for refuge to LAY HOLD OF THE HOPE SET BEFORE US. (19) THIS HOPE we have as an ANCHOR of THE SOUL, both SURE and STEADFAST, and which ENTERS THE PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL, (20) Where the FORERUNNER has ENTERED FOR US, even JESUS, having become HIGH PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) Heb.5:5--So also Christ did NOT GLORIFY HIMSELF to BECOME HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (6) As He also says in another place: YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK;
(Ps.110:4--The Lord shall send the ROD OF YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION, rule in the midst of your enemies! (4) The Lord has SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZDEK.)
Returning to Eph.1:14--that we should NO LONGER BE CHILDREN, tossed to and fro and carried about with EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, (15) but speaking THE TRUTH in LOVE, may GROW UP IN ALL THINGS UNTO HIM WHO IS THE HEAD--CHRIST--(16) from whom THE WHOLE BODY, JOINED and KNIT TOGETHER by what every joint supplies according to THE EFFECTIVE WORKING by which EVERY PART DOES ITS SHARE, CAUSES GROWTH OF THE BODY FOR THE EDIFYING OF ITSELF IN LOVE.)
1 Corin.15:49--And as we have BORNE THE IMAGE OF THE MAN OF DUST, we SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY MAN. (50) Now this I say, brethren, THAT FLESH and BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, NOR DOES CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION.. (Rom.8:9--But you ARE NOT in THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (10) And if Christ IS IN you, THE BODY IS DEAD because of SIN, but THE SPIRIT IS LIFE because of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) 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 WHO DWELLS IN YOU. (14) For AS MANY as ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE THE SONS OF GOD. (Eph.2:1--And you HE MADE ALIVE, who were DEAD IN TRESPASSES and SINS. (2) In which you once walked according TO THE PRINCE of THE POWER of THE AIR, the SPIRIT who now works in THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE.
Gen.1:26--Then God said, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, according to OUR LIKENESS; let them have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, OVER ALL THE EARTH and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. (Is.46:9--Remember the FORMER THINGS OF OLD, For I AM GOD, and THERE IS NO OTHER; (Is.45:22--Look to Me and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD, and THERE IS NO OTHER.) (Returning to Is.46:9--I am God, and there is NONE like me, (10) DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ANCIENT TIMES THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE. Saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure. (11,b) Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I HAVE PURPOSED IT; I will also do it. (12) Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I BRING MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall not be far off. MY SALVATION shall NOT LINGER. And I WILL PLACE SALVATION IN ZION, for ISRAEL my GLORY.)
Rom.8:28--And we KNOW that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD to those who LOVE GOD, to those WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. (29) For whom He foreknew, He also PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that He might be the FIRSTBORN among many brethren. (3) Moreover whom He PREDESTINED, these He also CALLED; whom HE CALLED, these He also JUSTIFIED; and whom He JUSTIFIED, these He also GLORIFIED. 2 Tim.1:9--Who has SAVED us and CALLED us with a HOLY CALLING, not according to our works, but according to HIS OWN PURPOSE and GRACE which was given BEFORE TIME BEGAN. (Rom.1:1--Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, CALLED to be an APOSTLE, separated TO THE GOSPEL OF GOD (2) which He promised before through His prophets in the HOLY SCRIPTURES, (Gal.3:8--And THE SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that God would JUSTIFY the NATIONS by FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM beforehand, saying IN you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED.) Returning to Rom.1:3--concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of DAVID according to the flesh, (4) and DECLARED TO BE THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER, according to THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS, by the RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. (5) through whom we have received GRACE and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to the faith AMONG ALL NATIONS for His name, (6) AMONG WHOM YOU ALSO ARE THE CALLED OF JESUS CHRIST. (Acts 13:32--And we declare to you glad tidings-- THAT PROMISE which was made to the fathers. (33) GOD HAS FULFILLED THIS for us their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the second psalm. ‘YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (Ps.2:7,8)
(Is.43:5--Fear not, for I AM WITH YOU; I will bring your DESCENDANTS from the EAST, and gather them from the WEST: (6) I will say to the NORTH, ‘Give them up’ Bring MY SONS from afar, and MY DAUGHTERS FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH--(7) EVERYONE who is CALLED by MY NAME, whom I HAVE CREATED for MY GLORY; I have FORMED him, YES, I HAVE MADE HIM.) (John 17:22--And THE GLORY which You GAVE ME I have GIVEN THEM, that THEY MAY BE ONE just as WE ARE ONE; (23) I IN THEM, and YOU IN ME, that they may be made PERFECT in ONE, (Eph.4:13--Tell we all come to the UNITY of the FAITH and the KNOWLEDGE of the SON of GOD, to a PERFECT MAN, to the MEASURE of the STATURE of the FULLNESS of CHRIST.) (Ps.50:2--OUT of ZION, the PERFECTION of BEAUTY,GOD WILL SHINE FORTH.) (KJV) Ps.37:37--Mark the PERFECT MAN, and behold the UPRIGHT: for THE END of that man is PEACE.(28) But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: THE END of the WICKED SHALL BE CUT OFF. (Matt.5:44--But I say to you, LOVE your ENEMIES, BLESS those who CURSE you, do GOOD to those who HATE you, and PRAY for those who SPITEFULLY USE you and persecute you, (45) that you may BE SONS OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN; for He makes HIS SUN RISE on the EVIL and on the GOOD, and sends RAIN on the JUST and the UNJUST. For if you LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU, what REWARD HAVE YOU? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (47) And if you greet your brethren ONLY, what do you do more than the OTHERS? Do not even the tax collectors do so? (48) Therefore YOU SHALL BE PERFECT, just as YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN IS PERPECT.) (Pro.2:21:22) (Returning to John 17:23--and that THE WORLD MAY KNOW that you HAVE SENT ME, and have LOVED THEM AS YOU HAVE LOVED ME.
John 17:25--O righteous Father! The world has not KNOWN YOU, but I HAVE KNOWN YOU; and these have known that YOU SENT ME.) (John 6:28--Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that WE MAY WORK THE WORKS OF GOD? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, that you believe in HIM whom HE SENT.)
(John 17:11--Now I am NO LONGER in the WORLD, but THESE ARE IN THE WORLD, and I come to you Holy Father, KEEP THROUGH YOUR NAME those whom You have GIVEN ME, that they may be ONE as WE ARE. (12) While I was with them in the world, I kept them in YOUR NAME. Those whom YOU GAVE ME I have KEPT; and NONE of them is LOST except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. (13) But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, THAT THEY MAY HAVE MY JOY FULFILLED IN THEMSELVES.
(Phil.2:1--Therefore if there is any CONSOLATION in CHRIST, if any COMFORT of LOVE if any FELLOWSHIP of the SPIRIT, if any AFFECTION and MERCY, (2) FULFILL MY JOY by being LIKE-MINDED, having the same LOVE, being of ONE ACCORD, of ONE MIND. (3) LET NOTHING BE DONE THROUGH SELFISH AMBITION or CONCEIT, but IN LOWLINESS OF MIND LET EACH ESTEEM OTHERS BETTER THAN HIMSELF. (4) LET EACH OF YOU LOOK OUT NOT ONLY FOR HIS OWN INTERESTS, BUT ALSO FOR THE INTEREST OF OTHERS. (5) Let this MIND be IN YOU which was ALSO in CHRIST JESUS, (6) who BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD, did not consider it robbery to be EQUAL WITH GOD, (7) but made HIMSELF of NO REPUTATION, taking the form of a servant, and COMING IN THE LIKENES OF MEN. (Christ came in the likeness of men so that He could bring us back to the Father and to His LIKENESS which is LOVE.) 1 John 3:16--By THIS we know LOVE, because HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US. And we ALSO OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE BRETHREN. (John 15:13--GREATER LOVE has no one than THIS, than TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. (14) YOU are MY FRIENDS if YOU DO WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU.
1 John 2:3--Now by THIS we know that we KNOW HIM, if we keep His COMMANDMENTS. (4) He who says, “I know Him,” and does NOT keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (5) But whoever keeps HIS WORD, TRULY THE LOVE OF GOD IS PERFECTED IN HIM. By THIS we KNOW that we ARE IN HIM. (6) He who says HE ABIDES IN HIM OUGHT HIMSELF ALSO TO WALK JUST AS HE WALKED.) (1 John 4:7--Beloved, let us LOVE ONE ANOTHER, for LOVE IS OF GOD; and EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD and KNOWS GOD. (8) He who DOES NOT LOVE DOES NOT KNOW GOD, FOR GOD IS LOVE. (9) in THIS the LOVE OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED TOWARD US, that GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD, that WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM. (Ps.2:7,8) (13) By THIS we know that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word?) and testify that THE FATHER HAS SENT THE SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
(John 4:23--But the hour is coming and NOW is, when THE TRUE WORSHIPERS will WORSHIP the FATHER in SPIRIT and TRUTH; for THE FATHER IS SEEKING SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. (24) “GOD IS SPIRIT, and those who worship Him must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH.) Returning to 1 John 2:15 Whoever confesses that JESUS is THE SON OF GOD, GOD ABIDES IN HIM
Returning to John 11:14--I have GIVEN THEM YOUR WORD; and the WORLD HATED THEM because they are NOT of the WORLD; just as I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. (15) I DO NOT PRAY THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, but that YOU SHOULD KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE. (17) Sanctify them by YOUR TRUTH, YOUR WORD IS TRUTH. (John 18:37--Pilate therefore said to Him, “ARE YOU A KING THEN? Jesus answered , “You say RIGHTLY that I AM A KING. For this CAUSE I WAS BORN, and for THIS CAUSE I have COME INTO THE WORLD. That I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH. Everyone who is OF THE TRUTH HEARS MY VOICE.”
Is.54:3--Incline your ear, and COME TO ME. HEAR and your soul shall live; and I will MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH YOU--THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. (4) Indeed I HAVE GIVEN HIM AS A WITNESS to the PEOPLE, a LEADER and COMMANDER for the people. (Is.61:8--For I the Lord, love JUSTICE; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in TRUTH, and will make with them AN EVERLASTING COVENANT. (8) Their DECENDANTS shall be known among the GENTILES, AND their OFFSPRING among the people. All who see them shall ACKNOWLEDGE THEM, that they are the POSTERITY whom the LORD has BLESSED.) (Ps.37:22--For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.)
Returning to Is.61:11-- For as the earth bring forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth. So the Lord God will cause RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to spring forth BEFORE ALL NATIONS.) (Returning to Is.54:5--Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and NATIONS WHO DO NOT KNOW YOU SHALL RUN TO YOU, because of the LORD your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for HE HAS GLORIFIED YOU. (6) SEEK the Lord while He may be FOUND, CALL upon HIM while HE IS NEAR.)
1 Corin.15:49--And as we have BORNE THE IMAGE OF THE MAN OF DUST, we SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY MAN. (50) Now this I say, brethren, THAT FLESH and BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, NOR DOES CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION.. (Rom.8:9--But you ARE NOT in THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (10) And if Christ IS IN you, THE BODY IS DEAD because of SIN, but THE SPIRIT IS LIFE because of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) 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 WHO DWELLS IN YOU. (14) For AS MANY as ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE THE SONS OF GOD.
(Ps.19:13--KEEP BACK Your servant also from PRESUMPTUOUS SINS; let them NOT have DOMINION over ME. Then I shall be BLAMELESS, and I shall be innocent of GREAT TRANSGRESSION. (Ps.119:133--DIRECT MY STEPS BY YOUR WORD, and let NO INIQUITY have DOMINION over ME. (134) Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts. (135) Make YOUR FACE SHINE upon Your SERVANT, and TEACH me YOUR STATUTES.) (Ps.67:1--God be MERCIFUL and BLESS US, and cause HIS FACE to SHINE UPON US. (2) That YOUR WAY may be KNOWN ON EARTH, YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS.) (Ps.24:6--This is JACOB the GENERATION of THOSE who SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.)
(Ps.17:15--As for me, I WILL SEE YOUR FACE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS; I SHALL BE SATISFIED WHEN I AWAKE IN YOUR LIKENESS. Ps.22:24--For He has NOT despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; NOR HAS HE HIDDEN HIS FACE FROM HIM; but WHEN HE CRIED HE HEARD . (25) My praise shall be of You in the great congregation; (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL NATIONS shall worship before You. (28) For the KINGDOM is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.) (Is.54:2--Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; Do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. (3) For you shall expand to the right and to the left, AND YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL INHERIT THE NATIONS, and make the desolate cities inhabited. Is.8:16--Bind up ;the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. (17) And I will wait on the Lord, WHO HIDES HIS FACE FROM THE HOUSE OF JACOB; and I WILL HOPE IN HIM. (18) HERE AM I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for SIGNS and WONDERS in ISRAEL from the Lord of hosts, who DWELLS IN ZION. (Ps.80:3--RESTORE us, O God; CAUSE YOUR FACE TO SHINE, and we shall be SAVED.)
Is.54:8--With a little wrath I HID MY FACE FROM YOU FOR A MOMENT; but with EVERLASTING KINDNESS I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU, says the Lord, your Redeemer. (9) for this is like the WATERS of NOAH to ME; For as I have SWORN that THE WATERS OF NOAH WOULD NO LONGER COVER THE EARTH, so have I SWORN that I would NOT be ANGRY with you, nor REBUKE you. (Heb.11:7--By faith NOAH, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD, by which HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD and became HEIR of the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is according to faith.) (1Peter 3:18--For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD, being put to death in the flesh but made ALIVE BY THE SPIRIT. (19) by WHOM also HE WENT and PREACHED TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON, (20) who formerly were DISOBEDIENT, when once the LONG SUFFERING of God WAITED IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, EIGHT WHO WERE SAVED THROUGH WATER.)
(1 John 5:5--Who is he who OVERCOMES THE WORLD, but he who believes that JESUS is THE SON OF GOD? (6) This is He WHO CAME BY WATER and BLOOD--JESUS CHRIST; NOT ONLY BY WATER, but by WATER and BLOOD. And it is THE SPIRIT who BEARS WITNESS, because THE SPIRIT is TRUTH. ) (Ps.43:3--Oh send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me; let them bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (John 3:16--For God so loved the world that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, (Ps.2:6--Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and the ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.) (Returning to John 3:16--that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON into the world to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that THE WORLD through Him might be SAVED. (Is.45:22--Look to Me and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER.)
Ps.72:5--They shall FEAR You as long as the sun and moon endure, THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS. (6) He shall COME DOWN LIKE RAIN UPON THE MOWN GRASS, like SHOWERS that WATER THE EARTH. (7) In His days THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL FLOURISH, and ABUNDANCE OF PEACE, until the moon is no more. (8) He shall have DOMINION also from sea to sea and from the River to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (Ps.18:43--You have delivered me FROM THE STRIVINGS OF THE PEOPLE; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS; A people I have not known shall serve me. (44) As soon as they here of me THEY OBEY ME; The foreigners SUBMIT TO ME. (45)The foreigners FADE AWAY, and come frightened from their hideouts. (46) THE LORD LIVES! BLESSED BE MY ROCK! Let the God of my SALVATION be EXALTED. It is GOD who AVENGES ME, and SUBDUES THE PEOPLES UNDER ME; (5) GREAT DELIVERANCE HE GIVES TO HIS KING, and shows MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and his DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.)
Heb.1:1--God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, (2) has in these last days SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON, whom He APPOINTED HEIR OF ALL THINGS, through whom also He made the worlds; (3) who being the brightness of HIS GLORY and THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and UPHOLDING ALL THINGS BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER, when He had by HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH, (Returning to Heb.4--having become so much better than the angels, as HE HAS BY INHERITANCE obtained a more EXCELLENT NAME than they. (5) For to which of the angels did He ever say: YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU? (Ps.2:7--YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I WILL GIVE YOU the NATIONS as for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. Heb.8:1--Now THIS IS THE MAIN POINT of the THINGS WE ARE SAYING; We have such a HIGH PRIEST, who is seated AT THE RIGHT HAND of the throne of the MAJESTY in the heavens. (2) a Minister of the sanctuary and of the TRUE TABERNACLE Which the Lord ERECTED and NOT MAN.
Heb.5:5--So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (6) As He also says in another place “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK. (Ps.110:4--The Lord said to My Lord, ‘SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND till I make Your enemies Your footstool. (2) The Lord shall send THE ROD OF YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION. RULE in the MIDST of YOUR ENEMIES. (4) the Lord has SWORN and will NOT RELENT! YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.
(Ps.90:10--Say among the NATIONS, “THE LORD REIGNS; THE WORLD IS ALSO FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; He shall judge the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY.) (Ps.47:2--For the LORD MOST HIGH is AWESOME; HE IS A GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. (3) He will SUBDUE THE PEOPLES UNDER US, and the NATIONS under our FEET. (7) For GOD IS THE KING OF ALL THE EARTH; sing praises with understanding. (8) GOD REIGNS OVER THE NATIONS; GOD SITS ON HIS HOLY THRONE. (9) The princes of the people have gathered together, THE PEOPLE OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM.
(Rom.4:13--For the PROMISE that he WOULD BE THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was NOT TO ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUNESS of FAITH.) (Gal.3:29--And IF you are Christ’s, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.
Rom.8;27--Now He who SEARCHES THE HEARTS knows what the MIND OF THE SPIRIT IS, because He makes INTERCESSION for the saints ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. (28) And we know that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD to those WHO LOVE GOD, to those WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. (29) For whom he foreknew, He also PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that He might be THE FIRSTBORN among MANY BRETHREN.
Rev.1:4,b--GRACE to you and PEACE from HIM who IS and who WAS and who IS TO COME, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne. (5) and from Jesus Christ, THE FAITHFUL WITNESS, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, and THE RULER OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. To Him who LOVED US and WASHED US from our sins in HIS OWN BLOOD, (6) and has made us KINGS and PRIESTS TO HIS GOD and FATHER, to HIM be GLORY and DOMINION FOREVER AND EVER. Amen.
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What an inspiring message, Sharon! May we all listen to God's Spirit within us and look to the ONE who GOD sent to us to share HIS WORD. Let us not be blinded and influenced by what man tells us, but instead grow in the wisdom of the Lord, giving GLORY to the One whom God sent to lead us, His precious SON. May we become fully able to LIVE according to the TRUTH of GOD's Word and share His message with the world. Although man cannot achieve perfection, we can have the Spirit of the Perfect One within us. That is our prayer. Thank you for guidance, Sharon. As always, your knowledge of God's WORD is a blessing to all who read it. I love you. Peggy