Truly Being Sanctified

 

   
Truly Being Sanctified  
   
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  
   
   
The Cross –

not foolishness but the power of God

 
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  
   
Do this in remembrance of me –

show the Lord’s death

 
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.  
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.  
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  
   
The Grace of God –

Christ died for our sins and rose again

 
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  
11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.  
   
Our Baptism  
29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?  
30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?  
31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.  
32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.  
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.  
34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  
   
Partakers of the Sufferings  
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  
   
The Savour of Death, The Savour of Life  
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:  
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?  
17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.  
   
The Death of Jesus, The Life of Jesus  
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  
   
Live a worthy life  
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.  
   
1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.  
   
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,  
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;  
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,  
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,  
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;  
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;  
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.  
   
Be Holy  
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.  
   
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Good Fruit

   
Good Fruits  
   
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  
   
   
For the Common Good  
4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  
5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  
6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  
7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  
   
To do the will of my Father – Love  
1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  
2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  
3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  
   
To Build up the Church  
1Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.  
2For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  
3But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.  
4He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.  
5I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.  
6Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?  
   
12Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.  
   
26How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  
   
Bearing Fruit  
9For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  
10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  
11Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.  
   
The Firstfruits  
20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  
21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  
22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  
23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  
24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  
   
Not in Vain – Not Fruitless  
29Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?  
30And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?  
31I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.  
32If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.  
33Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.  
34Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  
   
45And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  
   
58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  
   
Sanctification  
17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  
18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  
19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  
20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  
21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  

Great

 

   
Great  
   
The Fear of God, The Love of People  
14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.  
15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God. Lordship
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.  
17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.  
18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people. heavy
19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.  
   
   
Savor the things of God  
33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.  
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.  
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  
   
   
He came to serve and to give  
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.  
36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?  
37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.  
38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?  
39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:  
40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.  
41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.  
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.  
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:  
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.  
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  
   
   
Come to Jesus and Suffer for Him  
2Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:  
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.  
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.  
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, Things of God
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,  
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.  
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.  
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.  
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.  
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.  
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.  
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.  
   
Deny Self – Abandon his Rights  
1 Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?  
2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.  
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,  
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?  
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?  
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?  
7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?  
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?  
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?  
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.  
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?  
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.  
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?  
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.  
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.  
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!  
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.  
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.  
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.  
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;  
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.  
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. fisher
23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. self-control
   

Great


 

 

 
The Fear of God, The Love of People
 
14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.
15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God. Lordship
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.
17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.
18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people. heavy
19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.




Savor the things of God
 
33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.




He came to serve and to give
 
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.




Come to Jesus and Suffer for Him
 
2Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, Things of God
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.


Deny Self – Abandon his Rights
 
1 Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. fisher
23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. self-control

Good Fight of Faith

   
The Good Fight of Faith  
   
7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,  
8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.  
9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. Pray

Watch

10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. A spirit of despair

Rejoice

    * Thanksgiving

    * Praise

11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.
12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.
13 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  
14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.  
   
   
1Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed, Watch, Rejoice, Pray
2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.  
3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.  
   
73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities. Pray, Watch, Rejoice
   
1 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,  
28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; Pray, Watch, Rejoice

Sanctification,

Knowledge,

Understanding

   
   
   
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.  
   
   
44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited. Pray
45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. Rejoice, Watch
46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. Rejoice
47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron. Rejoice,

Watch,

Pray

   
   
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?  
4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:  
5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests. Pray,

Rejoice,

Watch,

Worship

6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:  
7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a Nimbus Roman No9 Lchamber in the courts of the house of God.  
8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff to Tobiah out of the chamber.  
9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense.  
10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.  
11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place.  
12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.  
13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.  
   
   
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  
   
   
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.  

Judge

Judge
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Be Spiritual
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Judge yourself
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Sanctification
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Desire the Spiritual Gifts
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Bearing Fruits
With what judgment ye judge 

With what measure ye mete

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Spiritual 

 

15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? Carnal
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. Pride
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Vain
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;
23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; Judge within
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? Judge within
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Left cheek, 

Cloak,

Another mile

8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
See clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye 

Be truly sanctified and Sanctify for others

Sanctification
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. Judge ourselves
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For the benefit of others
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. Spiritual Gift 

Fruit Bearing

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Good gifts 

Good things

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. The best gifts 

Love

Covet earnestly the best gifts
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. Love
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. Speak in Tongue 

Prophesy

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. To edify the Church
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. The Head of the Church
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

The Faithful and Wise Servant

 

   
Faithful and Wise Servant  
   
30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, not take their daughters for our sons:  
31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.  
32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;  
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.  
   
   
In Regard To Sin

Our Work

Obedience to what Jesus commands

11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place.

13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.

14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.

In Regard To Righteousness

God’s Grace

Redemption

Being saved not by works but by grace

18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.

22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.

In Regard to Judgment

Out of the world

Separation

Foreign to this world

26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.

28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.

29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.

30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;

31 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

 
   
A parable of the fig tree  
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.  
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,  
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  

Conviction

 

   
Conviction  
   
Of sin,

because they believe not on me

Prepare the Lord’s Coming
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.  
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.  
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.  
   
Of righteousness,

because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

Spiritual Gift –

Bearing Fruits

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.  
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.  
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.  
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.  
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.  
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.  
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.  
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.  
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:  
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.  
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:  
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.  
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.  
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.  
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  
   
Of judgment,

because the prince of this world is judged.

Eternal Life
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  
   
   
   
The Conviction of the Spirit  
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;  
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.