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A Holy Calling
by Sharon McClean
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Titus 3:4—But when THE KINDNESS and THE LOVE of God our Savior toward man appeared, (5) not by works of righteousness which we have done BUT ACCORDING to HIS MERCY He saved us, THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION and RENEWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. (6) whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (7) that having been JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE we SHOULD BECOME HEIRS according TO THE HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE. Ephesians 2:8—For BY GRACE you have been saved through faith, and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; it is THE GIFT of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast. (10) For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus FOR GOOD WORKS, which God PREPARED BEFOREHAND that we should WALK IN THEM. 2 Timothy 1:7—For God has not given us a spirit of fear, BUT OF POWER and OF LOVE and of A SOUND MIND. (8) Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings FOR THE GOSPEL according TO THE POWER OF GOD, (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 to us in Christ Jesus before time began. Romans 9:15—For He says to Moses, I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOMEVER I WILL HAVE MERCY, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. (16) SO THEN IT IS NOT OF HIM WHO WILLS, NOR OF HIM WHO RUNS, but of God WHO SHOWS MERCY. Acts 20:32—And now brethren, I commend you to God and TO THE WORD OF HIS GRACE, which is able to build you up and give you AN INHERITANCE among all those WHO ARE SANCTIFIED.

Titus 2:11—For THE GRACE of God THAT BRINGS SALVATION has appeared to all men, (12) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (13) Looking for the blessed hope AND GLORIOUS APPEARING of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (14) Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and PURIFY FOR HIMSELF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS. Titus 1:15—To THE PURE ALL THINGS ARE PURE, (Acts 10:28—But God HAS SHOWN me that I should not call ANY MAN common or unclean.) but to those who are defiled and unbelieving NOTHING IS PURE; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. (16) They profess to know God, BUT IN WORKS THEY DENY HIM, being abominable, disobedient, and DISQUALIFIED for EVERY GOOD WORK. Hebrews 9:11—But Christ came AS HIGH PRIEST of THE GOOD THINGS TO COME with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands that is, not of this creation. Hebrews 9:28—So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION. Galatians 5:5—For we THROUGH THE SPIRIT eagerly wait for THE HOPE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH.

2 Peter 1:1—To those who have OBTAINED like precious faith with us BY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of Our God and of Jesus our Lord, (3) as HIS DIVINE POWER has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE of Him WHO CALLED US BY GLORY and VIRTUE, (4) by which have BEEN GIVEN TO US exceedingly GREAT and PRECIOUS PROMISES, THAT THROUGH THESE you may be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, HAVING ESCAPED THE CORRUPTION that is in the world THROUGH LUST.

2 Thessalonians 2:13—But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord because GOD FROM THE BEGINNING CHOSE YOU FOR SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION by THE SPIRIT and BELIEF IN THE TRUTH. (14) To which HE CALLED you BY OUR GOSPEL for THE OBTAINING of THE GLORY of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

2 Corin. 4:3—But even if our GOSPEL is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, (4) whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest THE LIGHT of THE GOSPEL of THE GLORY of CHRIST, who is THE IMAGE of God, SHOULD SHINE on them. (5) For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. (6) For it is the God who commanded LIGHT to SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS who has SHONE IN OUR HEARTS to GIVE THE LIGHT of THE KNOWLEDGE of THE GLORY OF GOD in THE FACE of JESUS CHRIST. (7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that THE EXCELLENCE of THE POWER may be OF GOD and not of us. Proverbs 16:14—As messengers OF DEATH is the king’s WRATH, but a WISE MAN will APPEASE it. (15) in THE LIGHT OF the king’s FACE IS LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is like a cloud of THE LATTER RAIN. Deut 32:2—Let MY TEACHING drop AS THE RAIN, My speech distill as the dew.

Psalm 67:1—God BE MERCIFUL to us 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. (3) Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. (4) Oh, let THE NATIONS be glad and sing for joy! For you SHALL JUDGE the people RIGHTEOUSLY, and GOVERN THE NATIONS ON EARTH. (5) Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. (6) THEN the earth shall yield her increase; God our own God, shall bless us. (7) God shall bless us, AND ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL FEAR HIM.

Romans 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. (30) Moreover whom HE PREDESTINED, these He also CALLED; whom HE CALLED, these He also JUSTIFIED; and whom HE JUSTIFIED, these He also GLORIFIED. Hebrews 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 HAS 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, (Ephesians 1:19—And what is the exceeding GREATNESS OF HIS POWER toward us who believe, according TO THE WORKING of HIS MIGHTY POWER (20) which He worked in Christ when He RAISED HIM from the dead and SEATED HIM AT HIS RIGHT HAND in THE HEAVENLY PLACES?) (Psalm 111:6—He has DECLARED to His people THE POWER OF HIS WORKS, In GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS.) (Psalm 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.) Romans 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.

Psalm 66:3—Say to God, HOW AWESOME ARE YOUR WORKS! Through THE GREATNESS of YOUR POWER Your enemies SHALL SUBMIT themselves to You. (4) ALL THE EARTH shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name

Returning to Hebrews 1:3-- when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down AT THE RIGHT HAND of the MAJESTY ON HIGH, (Psalm 110:1—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! (3) Your people shall be VOLUNTEERS in the DAY OF YOUR POWER ;) Hebrews 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, (3) For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. (4) FOR IF HE WERE ON EARTH, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law.) (1 Samuel 2:10—The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; FROM HEAVEN He will thunder against them. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)

Returning to Hebrews 1:4-- 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”? (that second Psalm goes on to read, “Today I have begotten You, Ask of Me and I will give You the nations as YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.) (Hebrews 1:13—But to which OF THE ANGELS has He ever said: SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL? (14 Are they not all MINISTERING SPIRITS sent forth to minister FOR (Note it does not say to!) those who WILL INHERIT SALVATION.) (Psalm 104:3—He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes THE CLOUDS HIS CHARIOT, who walks on the wings of the wind, (4) WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS SPIRITS, HIS MINISTERS a FLAME OF FIRE. (Jere. 23:29—Is not MY WORD LIKE A FIRE?) (5) You who laid the foundations of the earth, SO THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE MOVED FOREVER.) (Psalm 103:17—But THE MERCY of the Lord is FROM EVERLASTING to EVERLASTING on those who fear Him and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to CHILDREN’S CHILDREN. (20) Bless the Lord, YOU HIS ANGELS, who excel IN STRENGTH, who do HIS WORD, HEEDING the voice of HIS WORD. (21) Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, YOU MINISTERS of His, who do HIS PLEASURE. (22) Bless the Lord, ALL HIS WORKS, In all places of HIS DOMINION.)

(Psalm 28:3—Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts.(4) Give to them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give to them according to THE WORKS OF THEIR HANDS; render to them what they deserve. (5) BECAUSE THEY DO NOT REGARD THE WORKS OF THE LORD. NOR THE OPERATION OF HIS HANDS, He shall destroy them and not build them up.) (Habakkuk 3:2—O Lord, I HAVE HEARD YOUR SPEECH and was AFRAID! O Lord, REVIVE YOUR WORK IN THE MIDST OF THE YEARS! In the midst of the years MAKE IT KNOWN; IN WRATH REMEMBER MERCY.) (John 4:34—Jesus said to them, MY FOOD is to DO THE WILL of Him who SENT Me, and to FINISH HIS WORK.) (John 3:17—For God did not SEND His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world THROUGH HIM might BE SAVED.) (John 5:30—I can of Myself DO NOTHING. As I HEAR, I JUDGE; and MY JUDGMENT is RIGHTEOUS, because I DO NOT SEEK MY OWN WILL but THE WILL of THE FATHER who SENT Me.)

(Psalm 148:11—The Lord TAKES PLEASURE in those WHO FEAR HIM, in those WHO HOPE IN HIS MERCY, (12) Praise the Lord, O JERUSALEM! Praise your God, O ZION (13) For He has STRENGTHENED THE BARS OF YOUR GATES; HE HAS BLESSED YOUR CHILDREN within you!(14) He MAKES PEACE in your borders, and FILLS you with THE FINEST WHEAT. (15) HE SENDS OUT HIS COMMAND TO THE EARTH; HIS WORD RUNS VERY SWIFTLY.) (Psalm 107:20-22—HE SENT HIS WORD and HEALED THEM, and DELIVERED THEM FROM THEIR DESTRUCTIONS. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for HIS GOODNESS and for HIS WONDERFUL WORKS to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, AND DECLARE HIS WORKS with REJOICING.)

(Psalm 92:4--For You, Lord, have made me glad THROUGH YOUR WORK; I WILL TRIUMPH in THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS. (5) O Lord HOW GREAT ARE YOUR WORKS! Your THOUGHTS are VERY DEEP. (6) A senseless man does not know, nor does a fool understand this. (7) WHEN THE WICKED SPRING UP LIKE GRASS, and when all the WORKERS OF INIQUITY FLOURISH, IS IT NOT THAT THEY MAY BE DESTROYED FOREVER. (8) But You, Lord, ARE ON HIGH EVERMORE. (9) For behold, YOUR ENEMIES SHALL PERISH; all the workers of iniquity SHALL BE SCATTERED. (10) But my horn You have EXALTED like a wild ox; I HAVE BEEN ANOINTED WITH FRESH OIL. (11) My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; My ears hear my desire on the wicked who rise up against me (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 (Isaiah 8:13—The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. (14) HE WILL BE AS A SANCTUARY.) (Hebrews 8:2—A Minister of THE SANCTUARY and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which THE LORD ERECTED and NOT man.) (Psalm 78:68—But chose the tribe of Judah MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like THE HEIGHTS, like THE EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER.) (Hebrews 12:22—But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to the city of THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angel (23) To the general assembly AND CHURCH of THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge OF ALL, to the spirits of just men made perfect, (34) to Jesus THE MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, and to THE BLOOD of SPRINKLING that speaks better things than that of Abel.) Returning to Psalm 92:13-- 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.

John 7:18—He who SPEAKS FROM HIMSELF SEEKS HIS OWN GLORY, but He WHO SEEKS THE GLORY OF THE ONE WHO SENT HIM IS TRUE, AND NO UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IS IN HIM. Hebrews 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. (Second Psalm goes on to read, “Today I have begotten You. ASK of Me, and I will GIVE YOU the nations for Your INHERITANCE and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) John 17:1—Father, THE HOUR has COME. GLORIFY YOUR SON, that YOUR SON also MAY GLORIFY YOU, (2) As You HAVE GIVEN Him AUTHORITY over ALL flesh, that He may GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to AS MANY as You HAVE GIVEN Him. (3) and THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom YOU HAVE SENT. (4) I have GLORIFIED You on the earth. I have finished THE WORK which You have given Me to do. (5) “And now, O Father, GLORIFY Me together WITH YOURSELF, with THE GLORY which I HAD BEFORE THE WORLD WAS. (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. (14) I have given them YOUR WORD; and the world HAS HATED THEM because they ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD, just as I AM NOT OF THIS WORLD. (We are of Christ and the heavenly Father!) (15) I DO NOT PRAY THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF THIS WORLD, but that YOU SHOULD KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE. (16) They are not of this world, just as I am not of the world. (17) “SANCTIFY them BY YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH. (18) As You SENT Me into the world, I also HAVE SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD. (19) “And for their sakes I SANCTIFY MYSELF, that they also may be SANCTIFIED BY THE TRUTH.

Hebrews 2:11—For both He who SANCTIFIES and those who are being SANCTIFIED are ALL OF ONE, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, (12) saying: I will DECLARE YOUR NAME to My brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to You. (13) And again: I will put My trust in Him. And again: Here am I and the children whom God has given Me. (14) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, THAT through DEATH He MIGHT DESTROY HIM who had the power of death, THAT IS THE DEVIL, (15) and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (16) For indeed He does not give aid to angels, BUT HE DOES GIVE AID to THE SEED OF ABRAHAM. (17) Therefore, IN ALL THINGS He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a MERCIFUL and FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST in things pertaining to God, TO MAKE PROPITIATION for the sins of the people.

1 John 2:1—And He Himself is THE PROPITIATION for our sins, and NOT FOR OURS ONLY but also FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. 1 John 4:9—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. (10) In THIS IS LOVE, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be THE PROPITIATION for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God SO LOVED US, we ALSO SHOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (12) No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, GOD ABIDES IN US. (13) By THIS we KNOW that we abide in Him and He is us, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen and testify THAT THE FATHER HAS SENT THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. John 4:42—Then they said to the woman, “Now we BELIEVE, not because of what you said, for WE HAVE HEARD FOR OURSELVES and KNOW that this is INDEED THE CHRIST, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. John 2:29—The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD who TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD. 1 John 3:8—FOR THIS PURPOSE the Son of God was MANIFESTED that HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS of THE DEVIL.

2 Thessalonians 2:13—But we are bound to give thanks always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because GOD FROM THE BEGINNING chose you FOR SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION by THE SPIRIT and BELIEF IN THE TRUTH, (14) to which HE CALLED YOU BY OUR GOSPEL for THE OBTAINING OF THE GLORY of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Romans 15:1—We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (2) Let each of us PLEASE HIS NEIGHBOR FOR HIS GOOD, leading to EDIFICATION. (3) For even Christ DID NOT PLEASE HIMSELF; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” (4) For whatever things WERE WRITTEN BEFORE were written for OUR LEARNING, that we through the patience and comfort of THE SCRIPTURES might have HOPE. (5) Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded one toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (6) that you may with one mind and one mouth GLORIFY THE GOD and FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ. (7) Therefore receive one another, JUST AS CHRIST also RECEIVED US, TO THE GLORY OF GOD. (8) NOW I say that JESUS CHRIST has become A SERVANT to the circumcision FOR THE TRUTH OF GOD, TO CONFIRM THE PROMISES MADE TO THE FATHERS. (9) And that THE GENTILES might GLORIFY GOD for HIS MERCY, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among THE GENTILES, and SING TO YOUR NAME.

(Acts 13:46—Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary THAT THE WORD OF GOD should be spoken to you first; (Jewish people) but since you REJECT IT, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn TO THE GENTILES: (47) For so the Lord has COMMANDED US: I HAVE SET YOU TO BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BE FOR SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (48) Now when THE GENTILES heard this, they were glad AND GLORIFIED THE WORD OF THE LORD. Isaiah 49:3—And He said to me, You are My servant, O Israel, IN WHOM I SHALL BE GLORIFIED. (6) Indeed it is too small a thing that You should by My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. John 12:46:--“I HAVE COME AS A LIGHT INTO THE WORLD, that whoever believes IN ME should not abide in darkness. (47) “And IF ANYONE HEARS MY WORDS and DOES NOT BELIEVE, I DO NOT JUDGE HIM; FOR I DID NOT COME TO JUDGE THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD. (48) “He who REJECTS ME, and does NOT RECEIVE MY WORDS, has that which judges him—THE WORD that I HAVE SPOKEN will JUDGE HIM in the last day.

Isaiah 40:5—THE GLORY OF THE LORD shall BE REVEALED and ALL FLESH shall see it together; FOR THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HAS SPOKEN. (6) The VOICE said, “Cry out!” and he said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All flesh is grass, and all it loveliness is like the flower of the field. (7) The grass withers, the flower fades, BECAUSE the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely THE PEOPLE ARE GRASS. (8) The grass withers, the flower fades, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who BRING GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice WITH STRENGTH, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (10) Behold, the Lord God SHALL COME with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, AND HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (11) He will feed His flock LIKE A SHEPHERD; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.

Returning to 2 Thessalonians 2:15-- Therefore, brethren, STAND FAST and hold THE TRADITIONS which you WERE TAUGHT WHETHER BY WORD or OUR EPSTLE. 1Peter 5:10-- But may the GOD OF ALL GRACE, who CALLED US TO HIS ETERNAL GLORY by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, PERFECT, ESTABLISH, STRENGTHEN, and SETTLE you. (11) To Him be THE GLORY and THE DOMINION FOREVER and EVER. Amen. (12) By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying THAT THIS IS THE TRUE GRACE of GOD IN WHICH YOU STAND.

Galatians 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. (9) So then those who ARE OF FAITH are blessed with BELIEVING Abraham. (10) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (The law leaves no margin of error!) (13) Christ has REDEEMED us FROM THE CURSE of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree) (14) THAT THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM MIGHT COME UPON THE GENTILES IN CHRIST JESUS, that we MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT through FAITH. Romans 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 RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH.

Romans 9:6—But IT IS NOT that THE WORD OF GOD HAS TAKEN NO EFFECT. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, (7) NOR are THEY ALL CHILDREN because they are THE SEED OF ABRAHAM; but IN ISAAC your seed shall be called. (8) That is, those WHO ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FLESH, these ARE NOT THE CHILDREN OF GOD; BUT THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE are COUNTED AS THE SEED. Galatians 4:23—But he who was of the bondwoman WAS BORN ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN though PROMISE, (24) which things are symbolic, for these are THE TWO COVENANTS: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar—(25) For this HAGAR IS MOUNT SINAI in Arabia, and CORRESPONDS to Jerusalem WHICH NOW IS, and is in bondage with her children—(26) but THE JEURSALEM ABOVE (Sarah) IS FREE, which is THE MOTHER OF US ALL. (18) Now we, brethren, AS ISAAC WAS, are CHILDREN OF PROMISE. (29) But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him WHO WAS BORN ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT, even so it is NOW. It is interesting to look at these next Scriptures in the light of the ones we just read! Psalm 87:5—And OF ZION it will be said, THIS ONE and THAT ONE were BORN in HER; and the MOST HIGH HIMSELF shall ESTABLISH HER. (6) The Lord WILL RECORD, when HE REGISTERS the peoples; THIS ONE was born there. Psalm 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. This is God’s word, He is the one who said it!

Galatians 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. (16) Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made, He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed, WHO IS CHRIST. (29) and if you are Christ’s THEN you are Abraham’s seed, AND HEIRS according to the promise.

Galatians 1:6—I marvel that you are TURNING AWAY so soon from Him WHO CALLED you IN THE GRACE of Christ, to A DIFFERENT GOSPEL, (7) which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. (11) But I make known to you, brethren that THE GOSPEL which was preached by me is NOT ACCORDING TO MAN. (12) For I NEITHER RECEIVED IT FROM MAN, nor was I TAUGHT IT, but it CAME THROUGH THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

Ephesians 3:1—For this reason I, Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ FOR YOU GENTILES—(2) if indeed you have heard OF THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD which was given to me for you, (3) how that BY REVELATION He made known to me the mystery (4) by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST. Colossians 1:26—THE MYSTERY which has been HIDDEN from ages and generations, but now has BEEN REVEALED to His saints. (27) To them GOD WILLED to MAKE KNOWN what are the riches OF THE GLORY of THIS MYSTERY among THE GENTILES; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the HOPE OF GLORY. 1 John 4:13—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 and testify that the Father HAS SENT the Son as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (Refer to John 3:16-17) Romans 2:7—ETERNAL LIFE to those who by patient continuance IN DOING GOOD SEEK FOR GLORY, HONOR and IMMORTALITY; (8) BUT TO THOSE WHO ARE SELF-SEEKING and do not obey THE TRUTH, but obey UNRIGHTEOUSNESS—indignation and wrath.

Exodus 33:12—Then Moses said to the Lord, “See You say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, I know you by name, AND YOU have ALSO FOUND GRACE in My sight.’ (13) “Now therefore, I pray, if I HAVE FOUND GRACE in Your sight SHOW ME NOW YOUR WAY, that I MAY KNOW YOU and that I may find GRACE in Your sight. And consider that this nation is YOUR PEOPLE.” (Psalm 67:1—God be MERCIFUL to us 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. (7) God shall BLESS US, and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL FEAR HIM.) Returning to Exodus 33:14--And He said, MY PRESENCE will GO WITH YOU, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST” (15) Then he said to Him, “IF YOUR PRESENCE DOES NOT GO WITH US, DO NOT BRING US UP FROM HERE. (16) For how then will it be known that YOUR PEOPLE AND I HAVE GRACE IN YOUR SIGHT, EXCEPT YOU GO WITH US? So WE SHALL BE SEPARATE, YOUR PEOPLE and I, FROM ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.” (17) Then the Lord said to Moses, I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for YOU HAVE FOUND GRACE in My sight, and I know you by name.” (18) And he said, “Please SHOW ME YOUR GLORY.” (19) Then He said, “I will make ALL MY GOODNESS pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I WILL BE GRACIOUS TO WHOM I WILL BE GRACIOUS, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I WILL HAVE COMPASSION. (20) But He said, “you CANNOT SEE MY FACE; for no man shall see Me, and live,” (21) And the Lord said, HERE IS A PLACE BY ME, and you shall stand ON THE ROCK. (22) “So it shall be, WHILE MY GLORY PASSES BY, that I will put you IN THE CLEFT OF THE ROCK, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.

Exodus 33:19—Then He said, I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 915—For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” (16) So then IT IS NOT OF HIM WHO WILLS, nor of him WHO RUNS, but of God WHO SHOWS MERCY.

We as God’s people owe Moses a lot of gratitude and should not TAKE LIGHTLY the LOVE that he had for God’s word and for His people. This is recorded in the book of Exodus, and should cause us to hold Moses in very high esteem. Exodus 32:9—And the Lord said to Moses, I have seen this people, and indeed it is a STIFF-NECKED people! (10) “Now therefore, let Me alone, that MY WRATH may burn hot against them and I MAY CONSUME THEM. AND I WLL MAKE OF YOU A GREAT NATION.” (11) Then Moses, PLEADED with the Lord his God, and said: Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against YOUR PEOPLE whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with GREAT POWER and with a mighty hand? (12) “Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out TO HARM them, TO KILL them in the mountains, and to CONSUME THEM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH?” TURN FROM YOUR FIERCE WRATH, and RELENT from this HARM to YOUR PEOPLE. (13) “REMEMBER Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom YOU SWORE BY YOUR OWN SELF, and said to them, I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they SHALL INHERIT IT FOREVER.” (14) So THE LORD RELENTED from THE HARM which He said He would do to HIS PEOPLE. What if Moses had gotten all excited and said, “Praise God, He is going to MAKE OF ME A GREAT NATION.” Where would we be today? Confined forever under the law?

1 Chron. 16:23—Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim THE GOOD NEWS OF HIS SALVATION from day to day. (24) DECLARE HIS GLORY among THE NATIONS, His wonders among all peoples. (25) For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is ALSO TO BE FEARED ABOVE ALL gods. (26) For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. (27) Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in HIS PLACE. (28) Give to the Lord, GLORY and STRENGTH. (29) Give to the Lord THE GLORY DUE HIS NAME; (30) Tremble before Him, all the earth. THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (31) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth BE GLAD; AND LET THEM SAY AMONG THE NATIONS, “THE LORD REIGNS.” (32) Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field rejoice, and all that is in it. (33) Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord, FOR HE IS COMING TO JUDGE THE EARTH. (34) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. (35) And say, ‘Save us, O God of our salvation: GATHER US TOGETHER, and DELIVER US FROM THE GENTILES. To give thanks to Your holy name, TO TRUIMPH in YOUR PRAISE.” James 2:8—If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor AS YOURSELF, you do well; (9) but if you show PARTIALITY, you commit sin, and ARE CONVICTED by the law as TRANSGRESSORS. (10) For whoever shall keep the whole law, yet stumble in ONE POINT, he is guilty OF ALL. (13) For JUDGMENT is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. MERCY TRUIMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.

2 Corin. 5:14—For THE LOVE of Christ CONSTRAINS us, because WE JUDGE THUS; that if One died for all, THEN ALL DIED; (15) And He died for all, that those who live should live NO LONGER FOR THEMSELVES, but for Him who died for them and ROSE AGAIN. (16) Therefore, FROM NOW ON, we regard NO ONE according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet NOW we know Him thus no longer. (John 1:14—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.) (Psalm 2:7—You are My Son, today I have begotten You, ask of Me and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.)
Returning to 2 Corin. 5:18—Now all things are of God, who has RECONCILED us to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN to us THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to us THE WORD of RECONCILIATION.

Hebrews 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. (3) For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. (4) FOR IF HE WERE ON EARTH, HE WOULD NOT BE A PRIEST, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; (6) But NOW HE HAS OBTAINED A MORE EXCELLENT MINISTRY, inasmuch as He is also MEDIATOR of a BETTER COVENANT, which was ESTABLISHED ON BETTER PROMISES. (7) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. (8) Because finding fault with them, He says, behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make A NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—(9) not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I DISREGARDED them, says the Lord. (10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel AFTER those days says the Lord: I WILL PUT MY LAWS IN THEIR MIND and WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS; and I will be their God, and they shall BE MY PEOPLE. (11) “NONE OF THEM SHALL TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR and NONE HIS BROTHER, saying, KNOW THE LORD, ‘FOR ALL SHALL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST OF THEM TO THE GREATEST OF THEM. (12) For I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and THEIR SINS and THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (It is important to note that He is not on earth, or He would not be a priest, verse 4.)

2 Corin. 3:2—You are OUR EPISTLE written in OUR HEARTS, known and READ BY ALL MEN; (3) you are manifestly an epistle of Christ, MINISTERED BY US, written NOT WITH INK but BY THE SPIRIT of THE LIVING GOD, not on tablets of stone but ON TABLETS OF FLESH, that is, OF THE HEART. (4) And we have such trust through Christ toward God. (5) NOT THAT we are SUFFICIENT of OURSELVES to think of anything AS BEING FROM OURSELVES, but OUR SUFFICIENCY is FROM GOD, (6) who ALSO made US SUFFICIENT AS MINISTERS of THE NEW COVENANT, not of the letter BUT OF THE SPIRIT; for the letter KILLS, but THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE. (7) But IF THE MINISTRY of DEATH, written and engraved ON STONES, was GLORIOUS, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because OF THE GLORY of his countenance, which glory WAS FADING away, (8) HOW WILL THE MINISTRY of THE SPIRIT not be MORE GLORIOUS? (9) For IF THE MINISTRY OF CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEEDS much more IN GLORY. Matthew 28:18—Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “ALL AUTHORITY has BEEN GIVEN to ME in heaven AND ON EARTH. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of ALL NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and, lo, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. AMEN (KJV)

Acts 10:34--Then Peter opened his mouth and said, "IN TRUTH I perceive that God shows no partiality. (35) "But in EVERY NATION whoever FEARS HIM and WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS is ACCEPTED BY HIM. (36) THE WORD which GOD SENT to the children of Israel, PREACHING PEACE through Jesus Christ--HE IS LORD OF ALL-- (37) THAT WORD you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee AFTER the baptism which JOHN PREACHED: (38) "HOW GOD ANOINTED JESUS of Nazareth with THE HOLY SPIRIT and WITH POWER, who went about DOING GOOD and HEALING ALL who were oppressed BY THE DEVIL, FOR GOD WAS WITH HIM. 1 John 3:8--FOR THIS PURPOSE the Son of God WAS MANIFESTED, that HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.

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David&Dee Jobes 30 May 2005
Wow,Awesome Bible Verses written in this piece that are so Beautifully shared to give us Hope,Instruction,and Wisdom of the Knoweledge of The Holy One. In Jesus Love, Your Sister,Dee:) "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Robert Totman 16 Sep 2004
Wow. Amazing! Sanctified by Truth. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, our Rock and our Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 Glory to Christ our King!!
Joyce Poet 13 Sep 2004
Amen! Yes, just as the Lord is holy, so are we called into holiness.


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