Jesus Said You Must Be Born Again
by Sharon McClean
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John 3:3—Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN, he cannot see THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” (4) Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a SECOND TIME into his mother’s womb and be born? (5) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER and THE SPIRIT, (Eph. 5:25—Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved THE CHURCH and gave HIMSELF for IT, (26) that He might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it WITH THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD.) Returning to John 3:5--he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (6) THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH IS FLESH, and that which is born of the SPIRIT is SPIRIT. (7) “Do not marvel that I said, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.
John 1:13—who were BORN, not of BLOOD, nor of the will of THE FLESH, nor of the will of MAN, BUT OF 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. (17) For THE LAW was given through Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came through JESUS CHRIST. (18) No one has seen God at any time. The ONLY BEGOTTEN SON who is in THE BOSOM of THE FATHER, He has DECLARED HIM. 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. Ps. 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.
Gal. 4:21—Tell me you who desire to be under the law, do you not HEAR THE LAW? (22) For it is written that Abraham had two sons: The one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN. (23) But he who was of the BONDWOMAN was BORN ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN through 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 JERUSALEM ABOVE is FREE, which is the mother of us ALL. (sarah)
Rev. 21:9—Then one of the SEVEN angels who had the SEVEN bowls filled with the SEVEN last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “COME, I WILL SHOW YOU THE BRIDE, THE LAMB’S WIFE.” (10) And he carried me away IN THE SPIRIT to a great and high mountain, and showed me, the GREAT CITY, the HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of heaven from God. Rev. 21:2—Then I, John, saw THE HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM, COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN from GOD, PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND. (3) And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS WITH MEN, and HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, and THEY SHALL BE HIS PEOPLE, and GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM and BE THEIR GOD. (5) Then He who sat on the throne said, “BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.” And He said to me, ‘IT IS DONE! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the BEGINNING and the END. I will GIVE OF THE FOUNTAIN OF THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY TO HIM WHO THIRSTS. (7) “He who overcomes shall INHERIT ALL THINGS, and I WILL BE HIS GOD AND HE SHALL BY MY SON. Rev. 10:1—And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, CLOTHED WITH A CLOUD, and A RAINBOW WAS ON HIS HEAD, HIS FACE was LIKE THE SUN, and His feet like pillars of fire. (Eze. 1:28—Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of THE GLORY of THE LORD.) Returning to Rev. 10:5--And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his hand to heaven (6) and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and that things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be DELAY NO LONGER. (7) but in the days of the SOUNDING OF THE SEVENTH ANGEL, when he is about to SOUND, the MYSTERY OF GOD WOULD BE FINISHED, as HE DECLARED TO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS.
Rev. 11:15—Then the SEVENTH angel SOUNDED: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying “THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD HAVE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD and OF HIS CHRIST, and HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER and EVER. (16) And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, (17) saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who was and who is to come, because YOU HAVE TAKEN YOUR GREAT POWER and REIGNED. (Ps.111:6—He has declared to His people THE POWER OF HIS WORKS, in GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS.) Returning to Rev. 11:18--THE NATIONS were angry, and YOUR WRATH HAS COME, and the time of THE DEAD, that they should be JUDGED, and that You should REWARD Your servants THE PROPHETS and THE SAINTS, and those who FEAR YOUR NAME, small and great, AND SHOULD DESTROY THOSE WHO DESTROY THE EARTH.
Ps. 97:10—Say among THE NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS; THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; He shall JUDGE the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For HE IS COMING, for He is coming TO JUDGE THE EARTH. He shall JUDGE THE WORLD WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the PEOPLES with HIS TRUTH. Ps. 93:1-The LORD REIGNS, He is clothed with MAJESTY; the LORD is CLOTHED, HE HAS GIRDED HIMSELF WITH STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED.
Mal. 3:16—Then those who FEARED the Lord spoke to one another, and THE LORD LISTENED and HEARD THEM; (Ps. 65:1—PRAISE is awaiting You, O God, in ZION; and to You the vow shall be performed. (2) O YOU WHO HEAR PRAYER, to YOU ALL FLESH WILL COME. (5) By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER US, O God of our salvation, YOU WHO ARE THE CONFIDENCE OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.) (Ps. 20:1—May the NAME of the GOD of JACOB defend you; (2) May He send you help from the sanctuary, and STRENGTHEN you out of ZION; (4) May He grant you according to your HEARTS DESIRE, (Pro. 13:112—Hope deferred makes THE HEART SICK, but when THE DESIRE COMES, IT IS A TREE OF LIFE.) Returning to Ps. 20:4—and fulfill ALL our PURPOSE. (5) We will rejoice in YOUR SALVATION, and IN THE NAME OF OUR GOD WE WILL SET UP OUR BANNERS!
Returning to Mal. 3:16—So A BOOK of REMEMBRANCE was WRITTEN BEFORE HIM for those who FEAR THE LORD and WHO MEDITATE ON HIS NAME. (17) They SHALL BE MINE, says the Lord of hosts, ON THE DAY THAT I MAKE THEM MY JEWELS. And I WILL SPARE THEM as a man SPARES HIS OWN SON WHO SERVES HIM. (18) Then you shall again DISCERN BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS and THE WICKED, between ONE WHO SERVES God and one who does not serve Him. Mal. 4:2—But to you who FEAR MY NAME The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with HEALING in HIS WINGS; and you shall go out and grow like stall-fed calves.(4) Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with THE STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH the PROPHET BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he WILL TURN the HEARTS OF THE FATHERS TO THE CHILDREN, and THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN TO THEIR FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
(1 Kings 2:3—And keep the charge of the Lord your God; to walk in HIS WAYS, (Ps. 25:12—Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him shall He teach in THE WAY that HE CHOOSES, (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Micah 4:2—Many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to THE HOUSE OF THE GOD OF JACOB; He will teach us HIS WAYS, and we shall walk in HIS PATHS. For OUT OF ZION the LAW SHALL GO FORTH, and THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM.) (Heb. 7:12—For THE PRIESTHOOD being CHANGED, of NECESSITY THERE IS ALSO A CHANGE OF THE LAW.) (Amos 3:3—Can TWO WALK TOGETHER, unless they are AGREED?)
2 Corin. 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY, behold ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. (18) Now ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, who has RECONCILED us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given 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. (21) For He made Him who knew no sin to BE sin for US, that we might become THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD in Him.
Jere. 51:10—The Lord has REVEALED OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. COME AND LET US DECLARE IN ZION THE WORK OF THE LORD OUR GOD. Ps. 37:3—Trust in the Lord, and DO GOOD; DWELL IN THE LAND and feed on His faithfulness, (4) Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (5) Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (6) HE SHALL BRING FORTH YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE LIGHT, and YOUR JUSTICE as the NOONDAY. (7) Rest in the Lord, and WAIT patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. (8) CEASE FROM ANGER, and FORSAKE WRATH; (John 15:8—By THIS my Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be MY DISCIPLES. (9) As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; ABIDE IN MY LOVE.) 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. (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 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 HIS SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (16) And we have known and believe the LOVE that God has for us. GOD IS LOVE, and he WHO ABIDES IN LOVE ABIDES IN GOD, and HE IN HIM. Returning to Ps. 37:8-- Do not fret—it only causes harm. (9) For evildoers shall be cut off, but THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (11) but THE MEEK shall INHERIT THE EARTH, and SHALL DELIGHT THEMSELVES IN THE ABUNDANCE OF PEACE. Matt. 5:5—BLESSED are THE MEEK, for THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.
Ps. 38:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are cursed by Him shall be cut off. (34) Wait on the Lord, and KEEP HIS WAY, and HE SHALL EXALT you to INHERIT THE LAND; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. (37) Mark THE BLAMELESS man, and observe THE UPRIGHT; for THE FUTURE OF THAT MAN IS PEACE. 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. (Ps. 92:13—Those who are PLANTED in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (Is. 61:1—The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has ANOINTED ME to preach GOOD TIDINGS to THE POOR; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim LIBERTY to THE CAPTIVES, and the OPENING OF THE PRISON to those who are bound; (2) To proclaim THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort ALL who MOURN IN ZION, to give them BEAUTY for ASHES, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called TREES of RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE PLANTING OF THE LORD, that HE may be GLORIFIED. Returning to Ps.92:14-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. 28:10—Whoever causes THE UPRIGHT to GO ASTRAY (Pro.28:10—DO THEY NOT GO ASTRAY who DEVISE EVIL? But MERCY and TRUTH belong to those who DEVISE GOOD.) in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; but THE BLAMELESS WILL INHERIT GOOD THINGS.
Heb. 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. Ps. 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. 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. (3) For every HIGH PRIEST is appointed to OFFER both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it was 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 GIFTS according to the law. Heb. 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.
1 Peter 1:20—He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you (21) 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. (22) since you have PURIFIED your SOULS in obeying the TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY with a pure heart, (23) HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVES and ABIDES FOREVER, (24) because all flesh is grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER. Now this is THE WORD by which the GOSPEL was preached to you. Is. 40:6—All flesh is grass, and all its 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..
Rom. 8:16—The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, (17) and if children, then HEIRS—HEIRS of GOD and JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may be GLORIFIED TOGETHER. (18) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy go be compared with THE GLORY which shall be revealed IN us, (19) For the earnest expectation of the creation EAGERLY WAITS for the revealing of THE SONS of GOD. (20) For the creation was SUBJECTED TO FUTILITY, NOT WILLINGLY, but BECAUSE OF HIM WHO SUBJECTED IT IN HOPE; (21) because THE CREATION itself also will be DELIVERED from THE BONDAGE of CORRUPTION INTO THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD. (22) For we know that THE WHOLE CREATION groans and labors with BIRTH PANGS TOGETHER UNTIL NOW.
1 Corin. 15:50—Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; (Romans 8:9—But you are NOT in THE FLESH but in THE SPIRIT, if indeed the SPIRIT OF GOD dwells in you.) (1 John 3:24—Now he who keeps His commandments ABIDES IN HIM, and HE IN HIM. And by THIS we know that HE ABIDES IN US, BY THE SPIRIT WHOM HE HAS GIVEN US.) (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.) (Acts 13:37—but He whom GOD RAISED FROM THE DEAD SAW no CORRUPTION.) (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. Returning to Acts 13:34-- and that HE RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, NO MORE TO RETURN TO CORRUPTION, He has spoken thus: I will give you THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. (35) Therefore He also says in another Psalm: YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO SEE CORRUPTION. (36) For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and SAW CORRUPTION; (37) but HE WHOM GOD RAISED UP saw NO CORRUPTION. (38) Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through THIS MAN is preached to you THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS; (39) AND by HIM EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES is JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS from which you could NOT BE JUSTIFIED by THE LAW OF MOSES.)
Returning to 1 Corin. 15:50--nor does CORRUPTION inherit INCORRUPTION. (51) Behold, I tell you A MYSTERY: We shall NOT ALL SLEEP, but we shall ALL be changed—(52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMPET. For THE TRUMPET will SOUND, (Rev. 10:7—but in the days of the SOUNDING of the SEVENTH ANGEL when he is about to SOUND, the MYSTERY of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.) and THE DEAD WILL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, and we SHALL BE CHANGED. (53) for THIS CORRUPTIBLE MUST PUT ON INCORRUPTION, and this MORTAL must put on IMMORTALITY. (54) So when this CORRUPTIBLE HAS PUT ON INCORRUPTION, and this mortal has put on IMMORTALITY, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY. (55) The sting of DEATH is SIN, and the STRENGTH of SIN IS THE LAW. (57) But thanks be to our God, who gives us the VICTORY through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 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. 1 John 5:5—For whatever is BORN of GOD overcomes the world. And THIS is the VICTORY that has overcome the world—OUR FAITH. (5) Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who BELIEVES THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD?
1 Peter 1:22—Since you have PURIFIED your souls in OBEYING THE TRUTH through THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, love one another fervently with a PURE HEART, (23) HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE SEED but INCORRUPTIBLE through THE WORD OF GOD which lives and ABIDES FOREVER. Ps.24:3—Who may ascend into THE HILL of THE LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? (4) He who has CLEAN HANDS and A PURE HEART, who has NOT lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. (5) He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM THE GOD OF OUR SALVATION. (6) THIS is JACOB, the generation of those WHO SEEK HIM, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE. Ps. 27:8—When you said, ‘SEEK MY FACE,’ my heart said to You, “YOUR FACE, LORD, I WILL SEEK. (13) I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would SEE THE GOODNESS of THE LORD, IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING. Ps. 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. (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.
Is. 45:22—LOOK TO ME, and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER. Is. 46:9—Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is NO OTHER; I am God and there is NONE like ME, (10) Declaring THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient time things that are NOT YET DONE, saying, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND.
2 Corin. 5:2—For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is FROM HEAVEN, (3) if indeed, having BEEN CLOTHED, we shall NOT be found NAKED. (Rev. 3:16—So then, because you are LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot. I WILL SPEW YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH. (17) Because you say,
I am rich, have become wealthy, and have no need of nothing—and DO NOT KNOW that you are wretched miserable, poor, blind and NAKED—Returning to 2 Corin. 5:4-- For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, NOT because we want to be UNCLOTHED, but FURTHER CLOTHED, THAT MORTALITY MAY BE SWALLOWED UP BY LIFE. (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 may LIVE through Him.) 2 Tim. 1:8—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 (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.) Returning to 2 Tim. 1:9--and GRACE which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, (10) but has NOW been REVEALED BY THE APPEARING OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, who has ABOLISHED DEATH and BROUGHT LIFE and IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL, (11) to which I, (Paul) was appointed a preacher, and apostle, and a teacher of THE GENTILES. (14) The GOOD THING which was committed to you, KEEP BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN US. John 11:25—Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and THE LIFE. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (26) And WHOEVER LIVES and BELIEVES IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. Do you believe this?
Rom. 2:7—ETERNAL LIFE to whose 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. Rom. 4:13—For THE PROMISE that he would be HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. (14) For if those who ARE OF THE LAW are HEIRS then FAITH IS MADE VOID and THE PROMISE of NO EFFECT, (15) because THE LAW BRINGS about WRATH; for where there is NO law THERE is NO TRANSGRESSION. (Rom.10:4—For Christ is THE END OF THE LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who BELIEVES. Rom. 6:21—So that as SIN REIGNED in DEATH, even so GRACE might REIGN through RIGHTEOUSNESS to ETERNAL LIFE through JESUS Christ our lord.
(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 should give ETERNAL LIFE to AS MANY as you have given HIM. (all flesh.) (3) And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW YOU, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom You have SENT.) 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.
(Gal.4:29—And if you ARE CHRIST’S then YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. Ps. 105:41—He opened THE ROCK, and WATER gushed out; it ran in the dry places LIKE A RIVER. (42) FOR HE REMEMBERED HIS HOLY PROMISE, and ABRAHAM HIS SERVANT. Ps.105:4—Seek the Lord and HIS STRENGTH; SEEK HIS FACE FOREVERMORE. (5) Remember HIS MARVELOUS WORKS WHICH HE HAS DONE, HIS WONDERS, and THE JUDGMENTS of HIS MOUTH, (6) O SEED OF ABRAHAM HIS SERVANT, YOU CHILDREN OF JACOB, HIS CHOSEN ONES! (7) He is the Lord our God; His JUDGMENTS are in all the earth. (Ps. 48:10—According to Your name, O God, so is YOUR PRAISE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; Your RIGHT HAND is full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) LET MOUNT ZION REJOICE, let the daughters of Judah (The Lion of Judah) be glad, because of your JUDGMENTS. (12) WALK ABOUT ZION, and go all around her, count her towers; (13) Mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; THAT YOU MAY TELL IT TO THE GENERATION FOLLOWING. (14) for THIS IS GOD, our God forever and ever:) Returning to Ps.105:8--He has remembered HIS COVENANT FOREVER, THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS, (9) THE COVENANT WHICH HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM, and HIS OATH TO ISAAC, (10) And CONFIRMED IT TO JACOB FOR A STATUTE, TO ISRAEL FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Gal. 4:28—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. (31) So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the FREE. Gal. 5:5—For we THROUGH THE SPIRIT EAGERLY WAIT for THE HOPE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH. (6) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, BUT FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE. Rom. 8 1—There is now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN Christ Jesus, who DO NOT walk according to THE FLESH, but according to THE SPIRIT. (2) For the law of the Spirit of LIFE IN Christ Jesus has made me FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN and death. (3) For what the law could not do in that it was WEAK through THE FLESH, GOD DID BY SENDING HIS OWN SON in the LIKENESS of SINFUL FLESH, on account of SIN: He condemned sin in the flesh, (4) 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. (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 SONS OF GOD.
Rom 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 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. 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 RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH.
Heb. 11:1—Now FAITH is THE SUBSTANCE of THINGS HOPED FOR, the EVIDENCE of THINGS NOT SEEN. (17) By faith Abraham, when he was TESTED, offered up ISAAC, and he who had received THE PROMISES offered up HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, (18) of whom it was said, “IN ISAAC YOUR SEED SHALL BE CALLED, (19) accounting THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO RAISE HIM UP, EVEN FROM THE DEAD, from which he was also received IN A FIGURATIVE SENSE.
John 3:16—For God so loved the world that He gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON 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. 22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You, (28) For the kingdom is the lord’s, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. Ps. 68:11—THE LORD GAVE THE WORD: GREAT WAS THE COMPANY OF THOSE WHO PROCLAIMED IT. Ps. 44: 8—Rain down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; Let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord have created it. Is. 49:8—Thus says the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them TO INHERIT the DESOLATE HERITAGES; Is. 49:6—Indeed He says, It is too small a thing that You should be 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.
Matt. 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 THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER, THE SON, and THE HOLY SPIRIT. (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, even unto THE END OF THE WORLD. (NKJ)
Ps. 102:12—But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name TO ALL GENERATIONS. (13) You will arise and have MERCY ON ZION; for the time to favor her, Yes, the set time has come. (14) For Your servants take pleasure in her STONES, and show favor to her dust. (18) THIS WILL BE WRITTEN FOR THE GENERATION TO COME, that a PEOPLE YET TO BE CREATED MAY PRAISE THE LORD. (19) For HE LOOKED DOWN FROM THE HEIGHT OF HIS SANCTUARY; from HEAVEN the Lord viewed the earth, (20) To hear the groaning of the prisoner, TO LOOSE THOSE APPOINTED TO DEATH, (21) TO DECLARE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN ZION, and HIS PRAISE IN JERUSALEM.
1 Peter 2:4—Coming to Him as to a LIVING STONE rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious, (5) you also as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in ZION a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by no means be put to SHAME. Jere. 51:25—Behold, I am AGAINST YOU, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN, WHO DESTROYS ALL THE EARTH, says the Lord. And I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain. (26) They shall not take from you a STONE for a CORNER nor a STONE FOR A FOUNDATION, but you shall be desolate forever, says the Lord. Is. 28:16—Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I lay in ZION a STONE for a FOUNDATION, a tried STONE, a precious CORNERSTONE, A SURE FOUNDATION.
Heb. 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 angels, (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, (24) to Jesus THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
1 Peter 1:23—HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD which lives and abides forever, (24) because ALL FLESH IS GRASS, and all the GLORY of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) But THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER. Is. 40:6—ALL FLESH IS GRASS, (8) The grass withers, the flower fades, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, Lift up your voice with Strength, Say to the cities of Judah, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD! (10) Behold, THE LORD SHALL COME WITH A STRONG HAND, and HIS ARM SHALL RULE FOR HIM; Behold, HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.
2 Tim. 3:16—ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITIBLE for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.
2 Tim. 2:15—Be diligent to present yourself APPROVED TO GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing THE WORD OF TRUTH.
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Sharon- Thank you so much for blazing us a trail through the Scriptures, zeroing in on God's intended message. The nuggets you unearth and polish for us are most timely, and need to be heard again and again. Thank you for your scholarship and diligence in presenting these truths. Dennis
Dearest Sharon...You are a wonderful disciple of Christ! You carry His banner and wave it for all to see, sharing His Word and His call to salvation! Your words, once again, are filled with the wisdom and glory of God and inspire all who read it to, indeed, be born again and give their lives and their dedication to our Lord. God bless you for the time, passion, faith and love that you put into these postings - you are God's messenger and you are sharing His teachings and spreading His Word throughout the world He created. May He bless you and continue to guide your heart and hand as you share His Word! With great love and admiration, Peggy
I believe that the greatest new year's resolution we can give ourselves is to know God more and more each day. New year, new life! Thank you Sis. Sharon for reminding us to stay focused in the Word of God. Your time and effort in putting this all together delights God. May you be rewarded with manifold blessings from above. Love in Christ, Gloria