The Bond and the Unity

   
The Bond and the Unity  
   
   
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

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12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

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14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

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16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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freely ye have received, freely give.  
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

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7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  
   
   
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  

Asking and doing in His name

   
Asking and doing in His name  
   
   
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  
   
   
   
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  
   
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  
   
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  

Receive Jesus in the name of the Lord

   
Receive Jesus in the name of the Lord  
   
   
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  
   
   
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.  
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.  
   
   
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?  
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.  
   
   
   
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.  
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous manshall receive a righteous man’s reward.  
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.  
   
   
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  
35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.  

A Cheerful Giver

   
A Cheerful Giver  
   
   
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:  
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.  
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)  
   
   
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.  
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.  
   
   
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did castin all that she had, even all her living.  
   
   
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  
   

Seek Jesus

   
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41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.  
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.  
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.  
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.  
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye soughtme? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.  
   
   
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the Lord establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.  
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh: and the child was young.  
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.  
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord.  
27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:  
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.  
   
   
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.  
10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  
   
   
   
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek🙂 for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  
   
   
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  
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. feed my sheep
   
   
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  
   
   
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  
16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.  
17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.  
18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.  
   
   
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,  
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.  
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;  
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?  
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.  
   
   
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  

The Unruly and the Feebleminded

 

 

The Unruly and the Feebleminded

 

 

 

 

 

14 Now we exhort you, brethren,

 

warn them that are unruly,

those who despise …

comfort the feebleminded,

those who faint …

support the weak,

 

be patient toward all men.

 

5 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

 

 

 

 

 

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son,

 

despise not thou the chastening of the Lord,

 

nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

 

 

 

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

 

13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

 

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

 

15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

 

The Bond of Peace

 

 

The Bond of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

 

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

 

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

 

 

 

 

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

 

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

 

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

 

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

 

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

 

 

 

 

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

 

 

 

 

 

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

 

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: