1 John 3: 8—For THIS PURPOSE the SON of GOD was MANIFESTED, that HE MIGHT DESTROY the WORKS OF THE DEVIL. 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. 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, (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, among whom you also are THE CALLED of Jesus Christ. Ps. 111:6—He has DECLARED to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of HIS WORKS, IN GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE of THE NATIONS.
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. 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. 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.
1 John 3:10—In THIS the CHILDREN of GOD and the CHILDREN of the DEVIL are MANIFEST; WHOEVER DOES NOT PRACTICE RIGHTEOUSNESS is NOT of GOD, (Ps. 118:19—Open to me THE GATES of RIGHTEOUSNESS; I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord. (20) THIS is THE GATE of THE LORD, through which THE RIGHTEOUS shall ENTER. (22) The STONE which the BUILDERS REJECTED has become THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.) (Jere. 51:25—Behold, I am AGAINST you, O DESTROYING mountain, WHO DESTROYS all THE EARTH, says the Lord. (26) They shall not take from you a STONE for a CORNER nor a STONE for a FOUNDATION.)
Returning to 1 John 3:10--NOR is he who DOES NOT LOVE HIS BROTHER. (11) For this is THE MESSAGE that you heard from THE BEGINNING, that we should LOVE one ANOTHER. (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. (22) And WHATEVER we ASK we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are PLEASING in HIS SIGHT. (23) And THIS is His commandment: that we should BELIEVE on the name of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST and LOVE ONE ANOTHER, as He gave commandment. John 14:10—Do you NOT believe that I am IN THE FATHER, and THE FATHER in ME? The words that I speak to you I do NOT speak on My own AUTHORITY; (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.
( 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 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. Ps. 93:12—The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a Palm tree. (14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; (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.)
Mark 4:22—For there is NOTHING hidden which will not be REVEALED, nor has anything been KEPT SECRET but that it should come to LIGHT. 1 Peter 2:9—But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, that you may proclaim the PRAISES of Him who called you OUT OF DARKNESS into his MARVELOUS LIGHT; (10) who once were not a people but are now THE PEOPLE OF GOD, who had not obtained MERCY but now have obtained MERCY. Amos 5:18—Woe to you who desire THE DAY OF THE LORD! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It will be DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT. (20) Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very dark, with NO brightness in it? (21) I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your SACRED ASSEMBLIES. (23) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (24) But let justice run down like water, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a mighty stream. Is. 42:6—I, the Lord, have called You in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand: I will KEEP YOU and give YOU AS A COVENANT to the People, as A LIGHT to the GENTILES, (7) to OPEN BLIND EYES, to BRING OUT PRISONERS FROM THE PRISON, those who sit in DARKNESS from the PRISON HOUSE. Is. 49:8—I will preserve YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH.
Is. 14:12—How you are FALLEN FROM HEAVEN, (Luke 10:18—And He said to them, “I SAW SATAN FALL LIKE LIGHTNING from HEAVEN.) O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who WEAKENED the NATIONS! (13) For you HAVE SAID IN YOUR HEART: I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD: I will also SIT ON THE MOUNT of the CONGREGATION. On the farthest sides of the north: (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH. (15) Yet you shall be BROUGHT DOWN TO SHEOL, to the lowest depths of the Pit.
Rom. 10:6—But the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in THIS WAY, “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, who WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN? (10) or who WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS? (8) But WHAT DOES IT SAY? The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart (9) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe IN YOUR HEART that GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, you WILL BE SAVED. (14) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have NOT believed? And how shall they hear WITHOUT A PREACHER? (15) And how shall they preach unless they are SENT? As it is written: HOW BEAUTIFUL are THE FEET of THOSE who PREACH THE GOSPEL of PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS. (Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—THAT PROMISE which was made to the fathers, (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.) (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.’ (The second Ps. goes on to read: You are My Son, 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.)
1 Thess. 5:8—But let us who are of the day be SOBER putting on THE BREASTPLATE of FAITH and as A HELMET THE HOPE OF SALVATION. (9) For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ. Pro. 29:8—Scoffers ensnare a city, but WISE MEN turn away WRATH. (Is.12:9-Behold, THE DAY of THE LORD comes CRUEL, with both WRATH and fierce anger to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it.) (Amos 9:10—All the sinners of MY PEOPLE shall die by the sword, who say, THE CALAMITY shall NOT overtake us.) (Hab. 3:2—O Lord, I have heard YOUR SPEECH and was afraid; O LORD REVIVE YOUR WORK IN THE MIDST OF THE YEARS! In WRATH remember MERCY. Zech. 8:3—Thus says the Lord: I WILL RETURN to ZION, and dwell in the midst of JERUSALEM. JERUSALEM shall be called THE CITY of TRUTH, the mountain of the Lord of hosts, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. Is. Zech. 2:10—Sing and rejoice, O daughter of ZION! For behold, I AM COMING and I WILL DWELL IN YOUR MIDST, says the Lord. (11) Many NATIONS shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become MY PEOPLE. And I will be in your midst. Then YOU WILL KNOW that the Lord of hosts has SENT ME to you.
Is.30:19—For the people shall DWELL in ZION at JERUSALEM. Ps. 14:32—What will one then answer the MESSENGERS of THE NATION? THAT THE LORD HAS FOUNDED ZION, and the poor of HIS PEOPLE shall take REFUGE in IT. 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. 1 Peter 2:6—Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who BELIEVES in HIM will by NO MEANS be PUT to SHAME. Is .62:11—Indeed the Lord has PROCLAIMED TO THE END OF THE WORLD; Say to the daughter of ZION, SURELY YOUR SALVATION is COMING; Behold, His REWARD is with Him, and His WORK BEFORE HIM.
Heb. 10:14—For by ONE OFFERING He has PERFECTED FOREVER those who are being SANCTIFIED. (15) And the HOLY SPIRIT also WITNESSES to US; for after He had said BEFORE, (16) THIS is THE COVENANT that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put MY LAWS into their HEARTS, and IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM, (17) then He adds, THEIR SINS and THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (18) now where there is REMISSION of THESE, there is NO LONGER AN OFFERING FOR SIN. 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. 2 Corin. 5:19—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.
Zech. 3:1—Then he showed me JOSHUA the high priest standing before the ANGEL of THE LORD, and SATAN standing at his right hand to OPPOSE him. (2) And THE LORD SAID TO SATAN, “THE LORD REBUKE YOU, SATAN! The LORD WHO HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE YOU! Ps. 128:5—The Lord bless you out of ZION, and may you see the GOOD of JERUSALEM all the days of your life. (6) Yes, may you see your children’s children. Ps.135:21—BLESSED be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM. Ps. 134:13—For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has DESIRED it for HIS HABITATION: (14) THIS is MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; HERE I WILL DWELL, for I HAVE DESIRED IT. Pro. 13:12—HOPE deferred makes the heart SICK, but when THE DESIRE COMES it is A TREE of LIFE. Heb. 12:22—But you have come to Mount ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM.
Returning to Zech. 3:3—Now Joshua was CLOTHED with FILTHY GARMENTS, and was standing before the Angel. (4) Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him saying, ‘TAKE AWAY the FILTHY GARMENTS from him. (Is. 64:6—But we are ALL like an UNCLEAN thing, and ALL OUR RIGHTEOUNESSES ARE LIKE FILTY RAGS.) And to him He said, “SEE, I HAVE REMOVED YOUR INIQUITY FROM YOU, and I will CLOTHE you with RICH ROBES.
Is. 61:10—I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For HE HAS CLOTHED me with THE GARMENTS of SALVATION, He has covered me WITH THE ROBE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, as A BRIDEGROOM DECKS HIMSELF WITH ORNAMENTS, and AS A BRIDE adorns herself with HER JEWELS. (Rev. 21:9—“COME, I WILL SHOW YOU the BRIDE, the LAMBS 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. Gal. 4:22—For it is written that ABRAHAM had two sons; the one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN. (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, (sarah) which is the MOTHER of US ALL.) Is. 51:2—Look to ABRAHAM your father, and to SARAH who BORE YOU; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him. (3) For THE LORD WILL COMFORT ZION, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like EDEN, and her desert LIKE THE GARDEN of THE LORD: JOY and GLADNESS will be found IN IT, THANKSGIVING and the VOICE of MELODY. (Joel 1:15—Alas for THE DAY of THE LORD is at hand; it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY. (16) Is not THE FOOD CUT OFF before our eyes, JOY and GLADNESS from THE HOUSE OF OUR GOD.)
(Jere. 33:11—the voice of JOY and the voice of GLADNESS, the voice of THE BRIDEGROOM and the voice of the BRIDE, the voice of THOSE who will say; PRAISE THE LORD of HOSTS, for the Lord is GOOD, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.— Returning to Is. 61:11--For as the earth brings 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 THE NATIONS. Is. 59:15—Then the Lord saw it, and it DISPLEASED Him that there was NO justice, (16) He saw that there was NO MAN, and wondered that there was NO INTERCESSOR. Therefore His OWN ARM brought SALVATION for HIM. (17) For He put on RIGHTEOUSNESS AS A BREASTPLATE, and A HELMET of SALVATION on His head; He put on THE GARMENTS of vengeance for CLOTHING.
Chapter 62:1—For ZION’S sake I will not hold My peace, and for JERUSALEM’S sake I will NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes FORTH as BRIGHTNESS, and HER SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. (6) I have set WATCHMEN on your walls, O JERUSALEM, who never shall hold their peace day or night. YOU WHO MAKE MENTION OF THE LORD, do NOT keep SILENT, (7) and GIVE HIM NO REST TILL HE ESTABLISHES and till He makes JERUSALEM A PRAISE in THE EARTH. Zeph.3:16—In that day it shall be said to JERUSALEM “DO NOT FEAR; ZION let NOT your hands be WEAK , (17) The Lord your God IS IN YOUR MIDST, the MIGHTY ONE will SAVE; He will rejoice over you with GLADNESS, He will QUIET YOU IN HIS LOVE, He will REJOICE over you WITH SINGING. (18) I will gather those who sorrow over the APPOINTED ASSEMBLEY, who are among you, to whom its REPROACH IS A BURDEN. (19) Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you, I WILL SAVE the LAME, and gather those who were driven out; I WILL APPOINT THEM for PRAISE and FAME in every land where they were put to shame. (20) At that time I WILL BRING YOU BACK, even at the time I gather you; For I WILL GIVE YOU FAME and PRAISE AMONG ALL THE PEOPLES of THE EARTH, When I RETURN your captives before your eyes, says the Lord.
Jere. 15:19—Therefore thus says the Lord: IF you RETURN, then I will BRING YOU BACK; you shall stand before Me; If you take out the precious from the vile, YOU SHALL BE AS MY MOUTH. Let them return to you, BUT YOU MUST NOT RETURN TO THEM. Jere. 3:14—RETURN, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I AM MARRIED TO YOU. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I WILL BRING YOU TO ZION. (15) And I will give you shepherds ACCORDING to MY HEART, who will feed you with KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING. Chapter 4:1—If you will RETURN, O Israel, says the Lord, RETURN to ME; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, THEN YOU SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (2) And you shall swear, THE LORD LIVES, in TRUTH, in JUDGMENT, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS; THE NATIONS shall BLESS THEMSELVES in HIM, and IN HIM THEY SHALL GLORY. Zech. 8:6—Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will save MY PEOPLE from the land of the east and from the land of the west; (8) I WILL BRING THEM BACK, and they shall dwell IN THE MIDST OF JERUSALEM. THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, in TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Matt. 13:36—Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying. “Explain to us the parable of THE TARES of THE FIELD. (37) He answered and said to them: He who SOWS the GOOD SEED is the SON of MAN. (38) THE FIELD is THE WORLD, the GOOD SEEDS are THE SONS OF THE KINGDOM, but THE TARES are the sons of the wicked one. (39) THE ENEMY who SOWED THEM is the DEVIL, THE HARVEST IS THE END OF THE AGE, and THE REAPERS are THE ANGELS. (4) Therefore as THE TARES are GATHERED TOGETHER and burned in the fire, so it will be at the END OF THIS AGE. (41) THE SON of MAN will send out HIS ANGELS, and they will GATHER OUT OF HIS KINGDOM ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, and those who practice LAWLESSNESS, (42) and WILL CAST THEM INTO THE FURNACE, There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (43) Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH as THE SUN in the KINGDOM of their FATHER. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Luke 12:32—Do not fear LITTLE FLOCK, for it is Your Fathers GOOD PLEASURE to GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.
Matt. 12:28—But if I CAST OUT DEMONS by the SPIRIT of GOD, surely THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME UPON YOU. Luke 4:6—Then THE DEVIL taking Him up on a HIGH MOUNTAIN, showed Him ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD in a moment of time. (6) And THE DEVIL said to Him, ALL THIS AUTHORITY I WILL GIVE YOU, and their GLORY; for this HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO ME, and I GIVE IT TO WHOMEVER I WISH. (7) Therefore, if You will worship before me ALL WILL BE YOURS. (8) and JESUS answered and SAID to him, GET BEHIND ME SATAN! For it is written, YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, and HIM ONLY YOU SHALL SERVE.
(The devil never owned all of the kingdoms to give to anybody.)
Ps. 2:7—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. 1 Chron. 29:10—Blessed are YOU, Lord God of Israel, our father forever and ever. (11) Yours, O Lord is THE GREATNESS, the POWER and the GLORY, the VICTORY and the MAJESTY; FOR ALL THAT IS IN HEAVEN and EARTH IS YOURS; YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, O LORD, and you are EXALTED AS HEAD OVER ALL. In Your hand is POWER and MIGHT; In Your hand IT IS TO MAKE GREAT and TO GIVE STRENGTH to ALL.
Neither did he ever have the authority.
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 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 ALWAY, EVEN TO THE END OF THE WORLD. (KJV) 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. (3) and THIS is ETERNAL life, that THEY MAY KNOW YOU, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST WHOM YOU HAVE SENT. Heb. 8:11—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.
John 15:7—If you ABIDE in ME, and MY WORDS ABIDE in YOU, you will ASK what you DESIRE, and it shall be DONE FOR YOU. (8) By THIS MY FATHER IS GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; SO YOU WILL BE MY DISCIPLES. (Ps. 2:8—ASK OF ME, and I WILL GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. Is. 45:22—Look to me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER.
2 Thess. 2:1—Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, (2) not to be SOON SHAKEN in MIND or TROUBLED, either by SPIRIT or by WORD or by LETTER, as if from us, as though the DAY of CHRIST had come. (3) Let no one DECEIVE YOU by any means for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin IS REVEALED, the SON of PERDITION, (Phil 1:27—Only let your conduct be worthy of THE GOSPEL of CHRIST, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you STAND FAST in ONE SPIRIT, with ONE MIND striving together for THE FAITH of THE GOSPEL, (28) and NOT in any way terrified by YOUR ADVERSARIES, which is to them A PROOF of PERDITION, but TO YOU OF SALVATION, and THAT FROM GOD.) (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. (14) I have GIVEN THEM YOUR WORD; and THE WORLD HATED THEM because they are NOT of THIS 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.)
Returning to 2 Thess 2:4--who opposes and EXALTS HIMSELF ABOVE ALL THAT IS CALLED GOD or THAT IS WORSHIPED, so that he sits as God in THE TEMPLE of GOD SHOWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD. (9) the coming of the LAWLESS ONE is ACCORDING to THE WORKING OF SATAN, with ALL POWER, SIGNS and LYING WONDERS, (10) and with all UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION among those who perish, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they may BE SAVED. (11) and for THIS REASON GOD WILL SEND STRONG DELUSION, THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE THE LIE, (12) that they ALL may be CONDEMNED who did NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. (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.
1 John 3:4—whoever commits sin also commits LAWLESSNESS, and SIN is LAWLESSNESS. (4) And you KNOW that He was MANIFESTED to TAKE AWAY OUR SINS, and IN HIM there is NO SIN. (2 Corin 5:17—Therefore, if ANYONE is IN CHRIST, HE is a BRANDNEW 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 to US the MINISTRY of RECONCILATION Returning to 1 John 3:6--Whoever ABIDES in HIM does NOT SIN. 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.) Returning to 1 John 3:8--Whoever SINS has neither seen HIM nor knows HIM. (7) Little children, let NO ONE DECEIVE you. He who PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS is RIGHTEOUS, just as HE IS RIGHTEOUS.
Is. 46:12—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.
Returning to 1 John 3:8--He who SINS if of the devil, for the devil, SINNED FROM THE BEGINNING. For this PURPOSE the SON of GOD WAS MANIFESTED, that He might DESTROY the WORKS of THE DEVIL. (9) Whoever HAS BEEN BORN of GOD does NOT SIN, for his seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN BORN of GOD.
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.. (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 OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (12) no one has seen God at any time. If we LOVE ONE ANOTHER, GOD ABIDES in US, and HIS LOVE has been perfected 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 THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. John 15:4—ABIDE in ME, and I IN you, as the branch cannot BEAR FRUIT of itself, unless it ABIDES in THE VINE, neither can you, unless you ABIDE in ME.
Returning to 1 John 3:10--NOR is he who DOES NOT LOVE HIS BROTHER. (11) For this is THE MESSAGE that you heard from THE BEGINNING, that we should LOVE one ANOTHER. (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. (22) And WHATEVER we ASK we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are PLEASING in HIS SIGHT. (23) And THIS is His commandment: that we should BELIEVE on the name of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST and LOVE ONE ANOTHER, as He gave commandment. John 14:10—Do you NOT believe that I am IN THE FATHER, and THE FATHER in ME? The words that I speak to you I do NOT speak on My own AUTHORITY; (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. ( 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 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. Ps. 93:12—The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a Palm tree. (14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; (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.)
Ps.41:9—I have proclaimed THE GOOD NEWS of RIGHTOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION. (10) I have not hidden YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS within my heart; I have declared YOUR FAITHFULNESS and YOUR SALVATION; I have not concealed YOUR LOVINGKINDNESS and YOUR TRUTH from THE GREAT CONGREGATION. Ps. 23:25—My praise shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; I will pay my vows before those who FEAR Him. (26) The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who SEEK HIM will PRAISE the Lord. Let your heart live forever! (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. (3) A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, (31) THEY WILL COME AND DECLARE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to a people who WILL BE BORN, that HE HAS DONE THIS.
1 John 5:1—Whoever believes that Jesus is THE CHRIST is BORN of GOD, and everyone who loves Him who BEGOT also loves him who is BEGOTTEN OF HIM. (2) By this we KNOW that we love the children of GOD, WHEN WE LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. (3) For THIS is THE LOVE of GOD, that we keep His commandments. And HIS COMMANDMENTS are NOT BURDENSOME. Matt. 22:37—Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) THIS is THE FIRST and GREAT COMMANDMENT. (39) And the second is like it: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as YOURSELF. (40) on THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS hang all THE LAW and THE PROPHETS.
1 John 5:3—For THIS is the LOVE of GOD, that we keep HIS COMMANDMENTS. . And His commandments are NOT burdensome. (4) 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? 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.
Heb. 2:14—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. Gal. 3:8—And the Scripture, foreseeing that GOD would justify THE NATIONS, 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. (13) Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE of THE LAW, having become A CURSE for US. (14) that the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come upon THE GENTILES in CHRIST JESUS, that we might receive THE PROMISE of THE SPIRIT through FAITH. Rom 3:13—For THE PROMISE that he would THE HEIR of THE WORLD was NOT TO ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the law but THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. Gal. 3:29—And IF your are CHRIST’S THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS according o THE PROMISE.
Heb. 11:1—Now FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of THINGS HOPED for, THE EVIDENCE of THINGS not SEEN. (6) But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM, for he who comes to God must believe that HE IS, and THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. Rom.5:4—For WHATEVER is BORN of GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And this is THE VICTORY that has overcome THE WORLD—OUR FAITH. 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 times THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I WILL DO all MY PLEASURE. (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.
. Matt. 6:33—But SEEK FIRST the KINGDOM of GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all of these things shall be added to you. 2 Corin. 3:9—For IF THE MINISTRY of CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS exceeds much more in GLORY. (7) But if the MINISTRY of DEATH, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, (8) how WILL THE MINISTRY of THE SPIRIT not be MORE GLORIOUS? Jere. 34:6—For I will set My eyes on them for GOOD, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and NOT PULL THEM DOWN, and I will PLANT THEM and NOT PLUCK them UP. (7) Then I will give them A HEART TO KNOW ME, that I am the Lord; and they shall be MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, for THEY SHALL RETURN TO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART.
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It takes me a while to get around to reading all the articles that I get notices for in my inbox, especially lately. But God is never late! I needed this timely message TODAY. So thankful that I had it to find this morning.
"For this purpose"...Christ came, and entered the world of men. By gong to the Cross, and through the Resurrection, Satan and his anti-kingdom are not only soundly defeated and dismantled; but Christ is made manifest to us; and we are the Victors along with Him. Sharon, thank you for reminding us, through the Word of God, Christ's victory over Satan, sin and death. May God's Holy Spirit teach us to sing and lift high the Victor's song of deliverance! Thank you once again for your faithfulness to God and His Word! Dennis
Dearest Sharon, Once again, you have prepared an inspired study for us and it is so appropriate to receive this hopeful messsage on Easter! The glorious 'threads' that I saw woven in these Scripture passages are: We are to believe in the Son whom God sent to us and confess His name, believing that God raised him from the dead - it is then we will be saved. We overcome the world by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God - and faith is the key! As we have heard from the beginning, we should love one another as God loves us and lay down our lives for our brothers (give of ourselves) - as Jesus laid down His life for us, so that we may LIVE! What a WONDROUS MESSAGE FOR EASTER DAY! Happy Easter, Sharon, and may God continue to guide your hand so that His Word may be written and shared. Love, Peggy