You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free
by Sharon McClean
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John 8:32—Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD, YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES INDEED. (32) “And you SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, and THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. John 4:23—But the hour is coming, and NOW is when the TRUE WORSHIPERS will worship the Father in SPIRIT and TRUTH; for the FATHER IS SEEKING SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. (24) God is SPIRIT, and those who worship HIM MUST WORSHIP in SPIRIT and TRUTH.
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; but the Father who dwells in Me DOES THE WORKS. (11) Believe Me that I am IN the Father and the Father in Me, or else BELIEVE ME FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORKS THEMSELVES. (12) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the WORKS that I do HE WILL DO ALSO; and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE HE WILL DO, because I go to MY FATHER. (13) And WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME that I WILL DO, that the FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED in THE SON. (John 15:8—By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so YOU WILL BE MY DISCIPLES.) Returning to John 14:16--And I will pray the FATHER, and He will give you ANOTHER HELPER, that he may ABIDE with YOU FOREVER. (17) Even THE SPIRIT of TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him but you will KNOW Him, for He dwells with you and will BE IN YOU. (23) “IF ANYONE LOVES ME, HE WILL KEEP MY WORD; and MY FATHER will LOVE HIM, and WE will COME TO HIM and MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM.
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. (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 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 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. (18) He who believes in HIM is NOT CONDEMNED; but he who DOES NOT BELIEVE is CONDEMNED ALREADY, because He has NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.
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. 2:1—Why do the nations RAGE; and the peoples plot a VAIN THING? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED saying, (3) let us BREAK THEIR BONDS IN PIECES and CAST AWAY THEIR CORDS FROM US. (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, (John 15:14—If you ASK ANYTHING in MY NAME I WILL DO IT.) and I will GIVE YOU, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION. (9) You shall BREAK THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; YOU SHALL DASH THEM IN PIECES LIKE A POTTER’S VESSEL. 1 Sam. 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. He will give STRENGTH to HIS KING, and EXALT THE HORN OF HIS ANOINTED.
Acts 4:25—Who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: Why did the nations RAGE and the people plot VAIN THINGS? (26) The kings of the earth took counsel together AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS CHRIST. (27) For truly AGAINST YOUR HOLY SERVANT JESUS, whom you ANOINTED, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with THE GENTILES and the PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, were gathered together (28) to DO WHATEVER YOUR HAND and YOUR PURPOSE DETERMINED BEFORE TO BE DONE. (29) Now, Lord, LOOK ON THEIR THREATS, and GRANT TO YOUR SERVANTS that with ALL BOLDNESS they may speak YOUR WORD, (30) by STRETCHING OUT YOUR HAND TO HEAL, and THAT SIGNS and WONDERS MAY BE DONE THROUGH THE NAME OF YOUR HOLY SERVANT JESUS. (31) And when they had PRAYED, the PLACE where they were assembled together was SHAKEN; and they WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and THEY SPOKE THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS.
John 6:32—Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, MOSES did NOT give you the bread from HEAVEN, but MY FATHER GIVES YOU THE TRUE BREAD from HEAVEN. (33) For the BREAD OF GOD IS HE WHO COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN and GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD. (51) I am THE LIVING BREAD, which came down from heaven. If anyone EATS of THIS BREAD, HE WILL LIVE FOREVER, and the BREAD that I SHALL GIVE IS MY FLESH, WHICH I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD. Ps. 41:9—I have PROCLAIMED the GOOD NEWS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O lord, You Yourself know. (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. 33:25—My PRAISE shall be of You in the GREAT CONGREGATION; I will pay my vows before those who FEAR HIM. (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. (29) For the KINGDOM is the LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. Ps. 54:4—Behold, God is my HELPER; The LORD IS WITH THOSE WHO UHPOLD MY LIFE. (5) He will repay my enemies for their evil. CUT THEM OFF IN YOUR TRUTH. Returning to Ps. 57:4—My soul is among LIONS; I lie among the sons of men who are SET on FIRE, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their TONGUE a sharp SWORD. (James 3:6—and the TONGUE is a FIRE, a WORLD of INIQUITY. The TONGUE is so SET among our members that it defiles the WHOLE BODY, and SETS ON FIRE THE COURSE OF NATURE; and IT IS SET ON FIRE BY HELL. (9) With it we BLESS our GOD and FATHER, and with it we CURSE MEN, who have been made in the similitude of God. (10) Out of the SAME MOUTH proceed BLESSING and CURSING. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. (11) Does a SPRING send forth FRESH WATER and BITTER from the SAME OPENING? (12) can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? THUS NO SPRING CAN YIELD BOTH SALT WATER and FRESH.
Is. 49:10—They shall neither HUNGER nor THIRST, (Matt. 5:6—BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS, for THEY shall be FILLED.) Returning to Is. 49:10—Neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has MERCY on them WILL LEAD THEM, even BY THE SPRINGS OF WATER HE WILL GUIDE THEM. (Eph. 5:26—that He might sanctify and cleanse it with WTH THE WASHING of WATER BY THE WORD, (27) that He might PRESENT IT TO HIMSELF A GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that it should be HOLY and without blemish.) John 4:14—but whoever DRINKS of the WATER that I SHALL GIVE HIM WILL NEVER THIRST. But the water that I shall give him will become in him A FOUNTAIN OF WATER SPRINGING UP INTO EVERLASTING LIFE.
Looking back to verse Is.49:8--.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. 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. (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.) Returning to Ps. 87:5—And of ZION it will be said, this one and that one were born in her; (7) Both the singers and the players on instruments say, ALL MY SPRINGS ARE IN YOU.
Is. 35:3—Strengthen the WEAK HANDS, and make FIRM the FEEBLE KNEES. (4) Say to those who are FEARFUL-HEARTED; be STRONG, DO NOT FEAR! Behold, your God will come with VENGEANCE, with the recompense of God; He will come and SAVE you; (5) Then the EYES of THE BLIND shall BE OPENED, and the EARS of the DEAF shall be UNSTOPPED. (6) Then THE LAME shall LEAP LIKE A DEER, and the TONGUE of the DUMB SING. For WATERS shall burst FORTH in the wilderness, and STREAMS IN THE DESERT. (7) The parched ground shall become a POOL, and the thirsty land SPRINGS OF WATER; (10) And the RANSOMED of the LORD shall RETURN, and come to ZION with SINGING, with EVERLASTING JOY on their HEADS. They shall OBTAIN JOY and GLADNESS, and SORROW and SIGHING SHALL FLEE AWAY.
Ps. 94:1—O Lord God, to whom VENGEANCE belongs—O God, to whom VENGEANCE belongs, SHINE FORTH! (2) RISE UP, O JUDGE OF THE EARTH; Render punishment to the proud. (15) But JUDGMENT will return to RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all the UPRIGHT in heart will FOLLOW IT. (Pro. 2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL in THE LAND and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in IT; (27) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the earth, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from IT.) Ps. 96:10—Say among the NATIONS, “THE LORD REIGNS; THE WORLD 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. 82:8—ARISE, O God, JUDGE the EARTH; for YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.)
Ps. 15:1—Lord who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your HOLY HILL? (2) He who walks UPRIGHTLY, and works RIGHTEOUSNESS, and speaks the TRUTH in HIS HEART; Ps. 24:3—Who may ascend in 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. He shall receive BLESSING from the Lord, and RIGHTEOUNESS from the GOD of his SALVATION. This is JACOB, the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE. (Gen.32:28—And He said your name shall NO longer be called JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you have STRUGGLED with GOD and with MEN, and have PREVAILED.) Ps. 27:8—When You said “SEEK MY FACE,” my heart said to YOU, Your FACE, Lord, I WILL SEEK. (11) TEACH ME YOUR WAY, O lord, and lead me in a SMOOTH PATH (Ps. 17:5—Uphold my STEPS in YOUR PATHS, that my footsteps may NOT slip because of my enemies.) (Is.2:3—Many people 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 SHALL GO FORTH THE LAW, 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.) (Ps. 135:21—Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM.) Returning to 27:13--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. 23:4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) LEAD ME in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me. (8) Good and UPRIGHT is the Lord; therefore HE TEACHES sinners in THE WAY, (9) the HUMBLE He GUIDES IN JUSTICE, and the HUMBLE HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? HIM SHALL HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. 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. Gal. 3:29—And if you are CHRIST’S then YOU ARE ABRAHAMS SEED, and HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE. Ps. 41:5—For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have GIVEN ME THE HERITAGE OF THOSE WHO FEAR YOUR NAME. (6) You will PROLONG the KING’S LIFE, HIS YEARS AS MANY GENERATIONS. (7) He shall ABIDE BEFORE GOD FOREVER. Oh, prepare MERCY and TRUTH, which may PRESERVE HIM! Is. 49:8—I WILL PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH.
Ps. 98:3—He hath REMEMBERED His MERCY and His TRUTH toward the house of ISRAEL; ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH have seen THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD. (6) With TRUMPETS and sound of cornets make a JOYFUL NOISE before THE LORD, THE KING. (KJV) Luke 1:54—He has HELPED His servant ISRAEL, in REMEMBRANCE of His MERCY, (55) As He spoke to our fathers, to ABRAHAM and to HIS SEED FOREVER. Jere. 31:7—For thus says the Lord: sing with gladness for JACOB, and shout among the chief of the NATIONS; proclaim, give PRAISE, and say, O LORD SAVE YOUR PEOPLE, the REMNANT of ISRAEL! (8) Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and GATHER THEM FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, among them THE BLIND and THE LAME, the woman with child and the one who LABORS with CHILD together; a GREAT THRONG shall RETURN there. (9) They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I WILL LEAD THEM, I WILL CAUSE THEM TO WALK BY THE RIVERS OF WATERS, in a STRAIGHT way in which they shall NOT STUMBLE,
(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, (between neighbor and self?) you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. (10) For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet STUMBLE in ONE POINT, “he is GUILTY of ALL. Gal. 3:10—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. (13) CHRIST has REDEEMED US FROM the CURSE of THE LAW, (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. Ro, 3:13—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.)
Returning to Jere. 31:9—For I am A FATHER to ISRAEL, and EPHRAIM (fruitful) is My firstborn. (10) Hear the WORD OF THE LORD, O NATIONS and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, HE WHO SCATTERD ISRAEL will GATHER HIM and KEEP HIM AS A SHEPHERD DOES HIS FLOCK. (11) For the Lord has REDEEMED JACOB, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. (12) Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of ZION, STREAMING TO THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD—for wheat and NEW WINE and OIL, for the young of the flock and the herd; THEIR SOULS SHALL BE LIKE A WELL-WATERED GARDEN, and they shall SORROW NO MORE AT ALL. (14) I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance and MY PEOPLE shall be SATISFIED with MY GOODNESS, says the lord. (16) Thus says the Lord: Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for YOUR WORK shall be REWARDED, says the Lord, (Heb. 11:6—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 SEEK HIM.) Returning to Jere 31:16—For your WORK shall BE REWARDED, says the Lord, and they SHALL COME BACK from the LAND OF THE ENEMY. (17) There is hope in your FUTURE, says the Lord, that YOUR CHILDREN shall come back to THEIR OWN BORDER. (28) And it shall come to pass, that as I have WATCHED over THEM to PLUCK UP, to break down, to throw down to DESTROY, and to AFFLICT, so I will WATCH over them to BUILD and to PLANT, says the Lord.
Jere. 31:31—Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I shall make A NEW COVENANT with the house of ISRAEL and with the house of JUDAH—(Heb. 7:14—For it is evident that our Lord AROSE from JUDAH, of which Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.) (32) NOT according to THE COVENANT that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which THEY BROKE, though I WAS A HUSBAND to THEM, says the Lord. (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.) Returning to Jere. 31:33--But THIS is the COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days, says the Lord: I WILL PUT MY LAW in THEIR MINDS, and WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY shall be MY PEOPLE. (34) No more shall every man teach his NEIGHBOR, and every man his BROTHER, saying, KNOW the LORD, for they ALL SHALL KNOW ME, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will FORGIVE their INIQUITY, and their SIN I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.
Heb. 8:10—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. (13) In that He says, A NEW COVENANT, He has made the first OBSOLETE and growing OLD is ready to VANISH away. Heb. 9:15—And for this REASON He is the MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT, by means of death, for THE REDEMPTION of the TRANSGRESSIONS UNDER the FIRST COVENANT, that those who are called may receive the PROMISE of the ETERNAL INHERITANCE.
Col. 2:12—Giving thanks to the Father who has QUALIFIED us to be PARTAKERS of the INHERITANCE of the saints in THE LIGHT. (13) He has delivered us from THE POWER OF DARKNESS and TRANSLATED US INTO the KINGDOM of the SON of HIS LOVE, (14) in whom we have REDEMPTION through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of SINS. (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? (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. 42:1—Behold! My servant whom I UPHOLD, My elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth JUSTICE to the GENTILES. (4) He will NOT FAIL nor be DISCOURAGED, till He has ESTABLISHED JUSTICE in the EARTH.)
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 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. Heb. 10:16—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—To those who eagerly WAIT for HIM He will APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART from SIN for SALVATION.)
(Rom. 5:10—For if when we were ENEMIES we were RECONCILED to GOD through the DEATH of HIS SON, much more having been RECONCILED, WE shall be SAVED by HIS LIFE.) (Rom. 8:32—He who did NOT spare HIS OWN SON, but delivered Him up for US ALL, how shall HE NOT WITH HIM ALSO FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?) Returning to Rom. 5:11--And NOT only that, but we also REJOICE in GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE RECONCILIATION.) (2 Corin. 3:5—Not that we are sufficient of OURSELVES to think of anything as BEING FROM OURSELVES, but OUR SUFFIFICENCY 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 passing 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. 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 SALVATON shall not linger. And I will place SALVATION in ZION, for ISRAEL My glory.
Eph.2:13—But now in Christ Jesus you who were FAR OFF have been made NEAR by the BLOOD of CHRIST. (14) For HE HIMSELF is OUR PEACE, who has made both one, and has broken down the MIDDLE WALL of DIVISION BETWEEN US, (15) having abolished in HIS FLESH the ENEMITY that is, THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS contained in ordinances, so as to create in HIMSELF ONE NEW MAN FROM THE TWO, thus making PEACE, (16) and that he might RECONCILE them BOTH to GOD in ONE BODY through the CROSS, thereby putting to death the ENMITY. (17) And He came and preached PEACE to you who were FAR OFF and to those who were NEAR. (18) For THROUGH HIM we BOTH HAVE ACCESS BY ONE SPIRIT TO THE FATHER. (19) Now therefore, you are NO LONGER STRANGERS and FOREIGNERS, but FELLOW CITIZENS WITH THE SAINTS and MEMBERS of THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD, (20) having been built on the FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (Heb.2:6—Behold, I lay in ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect precious, and he who believes on HIM will by no means be put to shame.) Returning to Eph 2:21--in whom THE WHOLE BUILDING, being JOINED TOGETHER, grows into a HOLY TEMPLE in the Lord, (22) in whom you ALSO are being BUILT TOGETHER FOR A HABITATION of GOD IN THE SPIRIT.
Jere. 32:37—Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in MY ANGER, in MY FURY, and in GREAT WRATH; (1 Thess. 5:9—For God DID NOT APPOINT us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) I will bring them back to this place, (Promise land?) and I will cause them to dwell safely. (38) THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD; (39) then I WILL GIVE THEM ONE HEART and ONE WAY, that they may FEAR ME FOREVER, for THE GOOD of them and their children after them. (40) And I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM, that I will not turn away from doing them GOOD; but I WILL PUT MY FEAR IN THEIR HEARTS SO THAT THEY WILL NOT DEPART FROM ME. (41) Yes, I will REJOICE over them to do them GOOD, and I WILL ASSUREDLY PLANT THEM IN THE LAND, WITH ALL MY HEART and WITH ALL MY SOUL. (42) For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought ALL THIS CALAMITY on this people, so I WILL BRING ON THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT I HAVE PROMISED THEM. Heb.9:11—But Christ came as High Priest of the GOOD THINGS to COME. (Heb.7:14—For it is evident that our Lord arose from JUDAH, of which Moses spoke NOTHING concerning priest hood. (16) Who has come, NOT according to THE LAW of a fleshly commandment, but ACCORDING to the POWER of an ENDLESS LIFE. (17) For He testifies: YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.
(Amos 9:9—For surely I will command, and will sift the house of ISRAEL among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. (10) ALL THE SINNERS OF MY PEOPLE SHALL DIE BY THE SWORD, who say ‘THE CALAMITY SHALL NOT OVERTAKE US NOR CONFRONT US. (11) On that day I will RAISE UP the tabernacle of DAVID, which has fallen down, and REPAIR ITS DAMAGES; I will raise up its ruins, and REBUILD it as in the days of old; (12) That they may possess the remnant of EDOM, (Gen. 36:1—Now this is the genealogy of Esau who is EDOM.) Jere. 49:10—But I have made ESAU bare; I have uncovered his secret places, and He shall not be able to hide himself. His descendants are plundered, his brethren and his neighbors, and he is NO more. (11) LEAVE YOUR FATHERLESS CHILDREN, I WILL PRESERVE THEM ALIVE; and let YOUR WIDOWS trust in Me.) (Rom.(:13) As it is written, JACOB I have LOVED, but ESAU I have hated.) Returning to Amos 9:12—That they may possess the remnant of Edom and all THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED by MY NAME, says the Lord who does this thing. (15) I WILL PLANT THEM IN THEIR LAND and NO LONGER SHALL THEY BE PULLED UP FROM THE LAND (Promise land?) I HAVE GIVEN THEM, says the Lord your God.)
Ezekiel 11:16—Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God; although I have cast them FAR OFF among THE GENITLES, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I WILL BE A LITTLE SANCTUARY FOR THEM in the countries where they have gone. (17) Therefore say, “Thus says the Lord God: I will GATHER YOU FROM THE PEOPLES, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I WILL GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL. (Ezekiel 20:40—For on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of ISRAEL, says the Lord God, there ALL the house of ISRAEL, ALL OF THEM IN THE LAND, shall SERVE ME, there I WILL ACCEPT THEM, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your SACRIFICES, together with all your holy things. (Jere.33:11—the voice of JOY and the voice of GLADNESS, (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?) Returning to Jere. 33:11—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”—and of those who will bring THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.)
Ps. 147:11—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 (19) He DECLARES HIS WORD TO JACOB, HIS STATUTES and HIS JUDGMENTS to ISRAEL. (20) He has NOT dealt thus with any nation; (Ps. 135:4—For the Lord has CHOSEN JACOB for HIMSELF, ISRAEL FOR HIS SPECIAL TREASURE.) 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, and of the far-off seas; Ps. 45:22—Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am GOD, and there is NO OTHER.
Returning to Eze. 11:19—“Then I will GIVE THEM ONE HEART, and I will put A NEW SPIRIT WITHIN THEM, and take THE STONY HEART OUT OF THEIR FLESH, and GIVE THEM A HEART OF FLESH. (John 17:21—“that they may be ONE, as You Father, are in Me, and I in You: that they also MAY BE ONE IN US, that the world may believe that YOU SENT Me. (22) And the GLORY which YOU GAVE ME I HAVE GIVEN THEM, that they may be ONE just as WE are ONE. (23) I IN THEM, and YOU IN ME; that they may be made PERFECT in ONE, and that the world may KNOW that you have SENT Me, and have LOVED THEM as YOU HAVE LOVED ME.) (Zech. 7:8—Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, (9) Thus says the Lord of hosts: EXECUTE TRUE JUSTICE, SHOW MERCY and COMPASSION EVERYONE TO HIS BROTHER. (10) Do not oppress THE WIDOW or the FATHERLESS, the ALIEN or THE POOR, let none of you PLAN EVIL IN HIS HEART AGAINST HIS BROTHER. (11) But they REFUSED to HEED, shrugged their shoulders, and STOPPED their EARS so that they COULD NOT HEAR. (12) Yes, they made THEIR HEARTS LIKE FLINT, REFUSING to hear THE LAW and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by HIS SPIRIT through the former prophets. Thus great WRATH came from the Lord of hosts. Mal. 4:4--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. (Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.
Eze. 11:19—Then I will give them ONE HEART, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the STONY HEART out of their flesh, and give them a HEART of FLESH. (20) that they may WALK IN MY STATUTES and keep MY JUDGMENTS and do them; and they shall be MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD. Eze.34:25—I will make a COVENANT of PEACE with them, and cause the wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. (26) I will make them and the places all around MY HILL A BLESSING; and I will cause SHOWERS to come down in their season; there shall be showers of BLESSING. (Is.45:8—RAIN down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSENSS spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.) Returning to Eze.34:29--I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the GENTILES anymore. (30) Thus they shall KNOW that I, the Lord their God, am WITH THEM, and that THEY, the house of ISRAEL, are MY PEOPLE, says the Lord God. (31) You are MY FLOCK, the FLOCK of MY PASTURE; you are men, and I AM YOUR GOD, says the Lord God.
Jere. 50:4—In those days and in that time, says the Lord, the children of ISRAEL shall come, they and the children of JUDAH together; with continual weeping they shall COME, and SEEK the LORD THEIR GOD. (5) They shall ask the WAY TO ZION, with their faces toward it, saying, COME and let us JOIN OURSELVES TO THE LORD IN A PERPETUAL COVENANT THAT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. 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. (12) And they shall call them the HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of THE LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out a CITY Not Forsaken.
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 MEDIATIOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and to the BLOOD of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Abel sacrificed a lamb; Christ was the Lamb that was sacrificed.)
John 16:7—Nevertheless I tell you THE TRUTH. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the HELPER will not come to you, but if I depart, I will send Him to you. (8) And when He has come, He will CONVICT the WORLD of SIN, and of RIGHTEOUNESS and of JUDGMENT: John 15:26—But when the HELPER comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH who proceeds from the Father He will testify of Me. (27) And you will BEAR WITNESS, because you have been with Me from the BEGINNING. John 1:1—In the BEGINNING was THE WORD and THE WORD was WITH GOD, and THE WORD was GOD. (14) and THE WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His GLORY, the GLORY as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN of the FATHER, full of GRACE and TRUTH. (18) No one has seen God at any time, The ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, who IN the BOSOM of the FATHER, He has DECLARED HIM.
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. Ps. 89:1—I will sing of the MERCIES of the Lord FOREVER; with my mouth will I make known YOUR FAITHFULNESS to ALL GENERATIONS. (2) For I have said, MERCY shall be BUILT UP FOREVER; YOUR FAITHFULNESS You shall ESTABLISH in the very HEAVENS. (3) I have made a COVENANT with MY CHOSEN, I have SWORN to My servant DAVID: (4) YOUR SEED I WILL ESTABLISH FOREVER, and BUILD YOUR THRONE TO ALL GENERATIONS. James 2:13—For JUDGMENT is without MERCY to the one who has SHOWN NO MERCY, MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.
Mark 16:17—And THESE SIGNS will FOLLOW those who BELIEVE: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; (foreign languages?) (18) they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by NO means hurt them; THEY WILL LAY HANDS on THE SICK, and THEY WILL RECOVER. Luke 10:18—And He said to them, “I saw Satan FALL like LIGHTNING from HEAVEN. (19) Behold, I give you the AUTHORITY to TRAMPLE on SERPENTS and SCORPIONS, and over ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, and NOTHING SHALL by ANY MEANS HURT YOU. Zech.3:2—And the Lord said to SATAN, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE YOU.! Gen. 1:28—Then God BLESSED them, and God said to them, ‘BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY; FILL THE EARTH and SUBDUE it; have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and OVER EVERY LIVING THING THAT MOVES ON THE EARTH. 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.
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Oh, how I thank God for the New Covenant, for redemption, for the Holy Spirit, that He KEEPS US AS A SHEPHERD DOES HIS FLOCK, for the Word written in our minds and on our hearts, for His faithfulness in bringing the Word to us through those like yourself who are so faithful and obedient with it. What a refreshing drink I have had today...... just the things I needed. Isn't God good to always have for us exactly what we need exactly when we need it?!?!
You have said a mouthful with your faithful Scripture passages. You cover the topic well. May many be blessed. I will cause SHOWERS to come down in their season; there shall be showers of BLESSING. (Is.45:8) May blessings be showered upon you this day. Thanks! And thanks for your kind comments on my story, "The Theatre." Hope you enjoy these stories. ... Keep sharing.
Mmmm. Your work is sweet to the soul. The LORD bless you more and more - so that you continue to be a blessing to many. I was captured by John 14:23 as I enjoyed your work tongiht, "...If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
Hallelujah! Oh what bliss! Unity with the people of God; Oneness and intimacy with our God; and Jesus, our beloved Saviour is the Divine Catalyst. Indeed, blest be the "tie that binds", and how much it behooves us to be obedient to His Holy Word, and harbingers of His Truth. Thank you, Sharon, for being a faithful editor and scribe, to so masterfully focus our attention on these precious Oracles of God. - Dennis
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. Apart from God, we are nothing. Out of all these verses you wrote here Sis, this one particular verse speaks in my heart today. Our busyness , our search for success and financial security can easily drive us away from God. Even us, Christians are not exempted if we divert our eyes away from our Maker. But thanks God for His Word and for your reminder- indeed, the TRUTH shall set us free. Amen! LOve, Gloria
Dear Sharon... You are such a wonderful messenger of God's TRUTH and, through you, He is reaching many! Yes, once we KNOW God's TRUTH, we shall be set free, indeed! His Truth is our light and our strength and the only WAY to be truly free. God wants us to be His People and we can do that by learning and embracing His Truth through His Word! And, through His dear Son, all things become new and the old (our past) will be gone forever. Let us all cling to the Holy Spirit whom God has sent to dwell within us and teach us the way to salvation and eternal life with our Father! Thank you for being a beacon of light in today's world, Sharon! Your faith glows and draws us near to hear what the Father is saying. With love, always. Peggy