for Understanding Yourself and Others
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (Heb. 10:22; 1 Jn. 1:9).
And [Jesus] said …, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ … I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live (Lk. 7:48; Jn. 11:25).
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. … If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.
So … walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened … according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His Beloved Son, in Whom we have … the forgiveness of sins. He is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Jn. 14:15, 15:12, 13:35, 14:23; Heb. 9:28; Col. 1:10-17).
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:11).