The Grace of God

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Ephesians 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Made Alive in Christ

       1.And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,  2.in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  3.Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  4.But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  5.even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  6.and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  7.so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8.For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  9.not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  10.For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

       11.Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—  12.remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  13.But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  14.For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,  15.by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,  16.and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.  17.AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR 18.for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  19.So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,  20.having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,  21.in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,  22.in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

   

 

Romans 11      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Israel Is Not Cast Away

       1.I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  2.God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  3.“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.”  4.But what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”  5.In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  6.But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

       7.What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;

8.just as it is written,
            “G
OD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,
             EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT,
             D
OWN TO THIS VERY DAY.”

9.And David says,
           “L
ET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,
            A
ND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM.

       10.“LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT,
            A
ND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER.”

       11.I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.  12.Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!  13.But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,  14.if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.  15.For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  16.If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

       17.But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,  18.do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  19.You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”  20.Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;  21.for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  22.Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.  23.And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  24.For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

       25.For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

26.and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
           “T
HE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,
            H
E WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.

       27.“THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM,
            W
HEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”

28.From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers;  29.for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30.For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,  31.so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.  32.For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

       33.Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  34.For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR35.Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN 36.For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

   

 

Galatians 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Introduction

       1.Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),  2.and all the brethren who are with me,
       To the churches of Galatia:

       3.Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,  4.who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,  5.to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.


Perversion of the Gospel

       6.I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  7.which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  8.But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  9.As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

       10.For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.


Paul Defends His Ministry

       11.For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.  12.For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

       13.For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it;  14.and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions.  15.But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased  16.to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,  17.nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.

       18.Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days.  19.But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.  20.(Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.)  21.Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.  22.I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ;  23.but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.”  24.And they were glorifying God because of me.

   

 

2 Peter 3:10-18      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A New Heaven and Earth

       10.But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

       11.Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,  12.looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  13.But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

       14.Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,  15.and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,  16.as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  17.You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,  18.but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

   

 

Hebrews 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Give Heed

       1.For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.  2.For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,  3.how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,  4.God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.


Earth Subject to Man

       5.For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.

6.But one has testified somewhere, saying,
          “W
HAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM?
           O
R THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?

       7.“YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS;
           Y
OU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR,
           A
ND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;

       8.YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.”
For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.


Jesus Briefly Humbled

       9.But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

       10.For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.  11.For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12.saying,
          “I
WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN,
           I
N THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.”

13.And again,
          “I
WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.”
           And again,
          “B
EHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.”

       14.Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,  15.and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.  16.For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.  17.Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  18.For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

   

 

Jude 1:1-16      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Warnings of History to the Ungodly

       1.Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
          To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 
2.May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

       3.Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.  4.For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

       5.Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.  6.And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,  7.just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

       8.Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.  9.But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”  10.But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.  11.Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.  12.These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;  13.wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

       14.It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones,  15.to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”  16.These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.

   

 

Hebrews 13:1-14      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Changeless Christ

       1.Let love of the brethren continue.  2.Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.  3.Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.  4.Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.  5.Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

6.so that we confidently say,
         “T
HE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.
          W
HAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

       7.Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.  8.Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  9.Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.  10.We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.  11.For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp.  12.Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  13.So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.  14.For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

   

 

Grace of God
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: the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

   

 

Galatians 2:11-21      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Peter (Cephas) Opposed by Paul

       11.But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.  12.For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.  13.The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.  14.But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?

       15.“We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles;  16.nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.  17.“But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be!  18.“For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.  19.“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.  20.“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  21.“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

   

 

Titus 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Duties of the Older and Younger

       1.But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.  2.Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

       3.Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,  4.so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,  5.to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

       6.Likewise urge the young men to be sensible;  7.in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,  8.sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

       9.Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,  10.not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.

       11.For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,  12.instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,  13.looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,  14.who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

       15.These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

   

 

Romans 3:21-31      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Justification by Faith

       21.But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,  22.even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;  23.for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  24.being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;  25.whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;  26.for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

       27.Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.  28.For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.  29.Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,  30.since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.

       31.Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.

   

 

Acts 15:1-12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Council at Jerusalem

       1.Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”  2.And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.  3.Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.  4.When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.  5.But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

       6.The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.  7.After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.  8.“And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;  9.and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.  10.“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  11.“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

       12.All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

   

 

John 1:14-18      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Word Made Flesh

       14.And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  15.John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”  16.For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.  17.For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.  18.No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

   

 

Titus 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Godly Living

       1.Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,  2.to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.  3.For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.  4.But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,  5.He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,  6.whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  7.so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  8.This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.  9.But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.  10.Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,  11.knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.


Personal Concerns

       12.When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  13.Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them.  14.Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.

       15.All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
           Grace be with you all.

   

 

Galatians 5      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Walk by the Spirit

       1.It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

       2.Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.  3.And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.  4.You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  5.For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  6.For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

       7.You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?  8.This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.  9.A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.  10.I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.  11.But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.  12.I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

       13.For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  14.For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  15.But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

       16.But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  17.For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  18.But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  19.Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,  20.idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,  21.envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  22.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23.gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  24.Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

       25.If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  26.Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

   

 

1 Peter 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A Living Hope, and a Sure Salvation

       1.Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
         To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 
2.according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

       3.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4.to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  5.who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6.In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,  7.so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  8.and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,  9.obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

       10.As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,  11.seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.  12.It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

       13.Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  14.As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,  15.but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;  16.because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

       17.If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;  18.knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,  19.but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  20.For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you  21.who through Him are believers 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 in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,  23.for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

24.For,
          “A
LL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS,
           A
ND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS.
           T
HE GRASS WITHERS,
           A
ND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

       25.BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.”
           And this is the word which was preached to you.

   

 

Romans 5      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Results of Justification

       1.Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2.through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  3.And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  4.and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  5.and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

       6.For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  7.For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.  8.But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9.Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  10.For if while 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.  11.And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

       12.Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—  13.for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14.Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

       15.But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.  16.The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.  17.For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

       18.So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.  19.For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  20.The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  21.so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

   

 

Ephesians 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Blessings of Redemption

       1.Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
          To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 
2.Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

       3.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  4.just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love  5.He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6.to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  7.In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace  8.which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight  9.He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  10.with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  11.also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,  12.to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  13.In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,  14.who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

       15.For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,  16.do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;  17.that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  18.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19.and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might  20.which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  21.far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  22.And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,  23.which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

   

 

1 Timothy 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Misleadings in Doctrine and Living

       1.Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,

       2.To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

       3.As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,  4.nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.  5.But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  6.For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,  7.wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

       8.But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,  9.realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers  10.and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,  11.according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

       12.I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,  13.even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;  14.and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.  15.It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.  16.Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.  17.Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

       18.This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,  19.keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.  20.Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.

   

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-19      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

       1.Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,  2.by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

       3.For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  4.and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,  5.and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  6.After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;  7.then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;  8.and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.  9.For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  10.But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.  11.Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

       12.Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  13.But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;  14.and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.   15.Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.  16.For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;  17.and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.  18.Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  19.If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

 

   

 

1 Corinthians 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Foundations for Living

       1.And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.  2.I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,  3.for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?  4.For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

       5.What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  6.I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  7.So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  8.Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  9.For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

       10.According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.  11.For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12.Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  13.each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.  14.If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.  15.If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

       16.Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  17.If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

       18.Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.  19.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”;  20.and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”  21.So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you,  22.whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you,  23.and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.

   

 

Ephesians 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul’s Stewardship

       1.For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—  2.if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;  3.that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.  4.By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,  5.which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;  6.to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,  7.of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.  8.To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,  9.and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;  10.so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.  11.This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,  12.in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.  13.Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

       14.For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  15.from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  16.that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,  17.so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  18.may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  19.and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

       20.Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,  21.to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

   

 

1 Corinthians 1:1-17      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Appeal to Unity

       1.Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

       2.To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

       3.Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

       4.I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,  5.that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,  6.even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,  7.so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,  8.who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9.God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

       10.Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.  11.For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you.  12.Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.”  13.Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  14.I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,  15.so that no one would say you were baptized in my name.  16.Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other.  17.For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

   

 

Hebrews 12:4-17      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A Father’s Discipline

4.You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;

5.and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
         “M
Y SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
          N
OR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;

       6.FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
          A
ND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”

7.It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  8.But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  9.Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  10.For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.  11.All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

       12.Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,  13.and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

       14.Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.  15.See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;  16.that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.  17.For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

   

 

Hebrews 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Believer’s Rest

       1.Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.  2.For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.

3.For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,
           “A
S I SWORE IN MY WRATH,
           T
HEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,”
           although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4.For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”;  5.and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.”  6.Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,

7.He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
           “T
ODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
           D
O NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

8.For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.  9.So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  10.For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  11.Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.  12.For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  13.And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

       14.Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15.For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  16.Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

   

 

James 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Things to Avoid

       1.What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?  2.You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.  3.You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.  4.You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  5.Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?  6.But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”  7.Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  8.Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  9.Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.  10.Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

       11.Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.  12.There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

       13.Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”  14.Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  15.Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  16.But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  17.Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

   

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-21      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A Thorn in the Flesh

       7.Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!  8.Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  9.And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  10.Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

       11.I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.  12.The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.  13.For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!

       14.Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.  15.I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?  16.But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit.  17.Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I?  18.I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps?

       19.All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.  20.For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;  21.I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

   

 

Grace of God
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Synonyms:
generosity, mercy, kindness, favor, approval, approbation, acceptance, esteem, regard,  goodwill
Near Antonyms: hindrance, hurdle, impediment, interference, obstacle

   

 

Hebrews 10:26-39      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Christ or Judgment

       26.For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,  27.but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES 28.Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  29.How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?  30.For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”  31.It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

       32.But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,  33.partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.  34.For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.  35.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  36.For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

       37.FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE,
           H
E WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

       38.BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH;
           A
ND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.

39.But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

   

 

Romans 6      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God

       1.What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  2.May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?  3.Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?  4.Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  5.For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,  6.knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;  7.for he who has died is freed from sin.

       8.Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,  9.knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.  10.For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  11.Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

       12.Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,  13.and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  14.For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

       15.What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!  16.Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?  17.But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,  18.and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  19.I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

       20.For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  21.Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.  22.But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.  23.For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

   

 

Differences between Grace and Mercy
God's Grace -- is God giving us something we do not deserve. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.
God's Mercy --
is God not giving us what we do deserve. Mercy is deliverance from judgment.

   

 

1 Peter 4:1-11      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Keep Fervent in Your Love

       1.Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,  2.so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.  3.For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.  4.In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;  5.but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.  6.For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.

       7.The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.  8.Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.  9.Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  10.As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  11.Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

   

 

Acts 18:23-28      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Third Missionary Journey

       23.And having spent some time there, he left and passed successively through the Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

       24.Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures.  25.This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;  26.and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.  27.And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,  28.for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

   

 

2 Timothy 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Timothy Charged to Guard His Trust

       1.Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,

       2.To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

       3.I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day,  4.longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy.  5.For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.  6.For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  7.For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

       8.Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,  9.who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,  10.but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  11.for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.  12.For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.  13.Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  14.Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

       15.You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  16.The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains;  17.but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me—  18.the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day—and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.

   

 

2 Corinthians 9      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
God Gives Most

       1.For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;  2.for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them.  3.But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you may be prepared;  4.otherwise if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to speak of you—will be put to shame by this confidence.  5.So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness.

       6.Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  7.Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  8.And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

9.as it is written,
            “H
E SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
             H
IS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”

10.Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;  11.you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.  12.For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.  13.Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,  14.while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.  15.Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

   

 

1 Peter 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Godly Living

       1.In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,  2.as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.  3.Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;  4.but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.  5.For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands;  6.just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

       7.You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

       8.To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;  9.not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

10.For,
           “T
HE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS,
            M
UST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.

       11.“HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD;
            H
E MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.

       12.“FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
            A
ND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
            B
UT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”

       13.Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?  14.But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED15.but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;  16.and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  17.For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.  18.For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;  19.in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison,  20.who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.  21.Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,  22.who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

   

 

Acts 6      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Choosing of the Seven

       1.Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.  2.So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.  3.“Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.  4.“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  5.The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.  6.And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

       7.The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

       8.And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.  9.But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.  10.But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.  11.Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”  12.And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.  13.They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;  14.for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.”  15.And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.

   

 

Ephesians 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Unity of the Spirit

       1.Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,  2.with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,  3.being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4.There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  5.one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6.one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

       7.But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

8.Therefore it says,
          “W
HEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
           H
E LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
           A
ND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

9.(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?  10.He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)  11.And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,  12.for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  13.until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  14.As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;  15.but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,  16.from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.


The Christian’s Walk

       17.So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,  18.being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;  19.and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.  20.But you did not learn Christ in this way,  21.if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,  22.that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,  23.and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,  24.and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

       25.Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.  26.BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  27.and do not give the devil an opportunity.  28.He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.  29.Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.  30.Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  31.Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  32.Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

   

 

Romans 12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Dedicated Service

       1.Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  2.And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

       3.For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.  4.For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,  5.so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  6.Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;  7.if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;  8.or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

       9.Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  10.Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;  11.not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  12.rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,  13.contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

       14.Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15.Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  16.Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.  17.Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  18.If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  19.Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.  20.“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”  21.Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

   

 

1 Peter 5      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear    
Serve God Willingly

       1.Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,  2.shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;  3.nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.  4.And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.  5.You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.

       6.Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,  7.casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  8.Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  9.But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.  10.After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.  11.To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

       12.Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!  13.She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark.  14.Greet one another with a kiss of love.
       Peace be to you all who are in Christ.

 
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