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We are all different, yet we seem to be assailed by many

similar thoughts and concerns. The following selection of

passages from the Bible may provide you with material

for further deep thought and consideration. We suggest

that you do pray to God that He will open the eyes of

your understanding, so that you may truly understand

what He is saying to you here.


It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who

has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our

righteousness, holiness and redemption.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV)

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things

that come from the Spirit of God, for they are

foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them,

because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you

proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)

For what I received I passed on to you as of first

importance: that Christ died for our sins according to

the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised

on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he

appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (NIV)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have

fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his

Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will

forgive us our sins and purify us from all


1 John 1:9 (NIV)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not

sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks

to the Father in our defence -

Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 2:1 (NIV)

We know that we have passed from death to life,

because we love our brothers.

Anyone who does not love remains in death.

1 John 3:14 (NIV)

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in his Son.

1 John 5:11 (NIV)

I write these things to you who believe in the name of

the Son of God so that you may know that you have

eternal life.

1 John 5:13 (NIV)

Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will

you waver between two opinions?

If the LORD is God, follow him;

but if Baal is God, follow him."

1 Kings 18:21a (NIV)

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death

and destruction. For I command you today to love the

LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his

commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and

 increase, and the LORD your God will bless you

in the land you are entering to possess.

But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient,

and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods

and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will

certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land

you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against

you that I have set before you life and death,

blessings and curses.

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his

voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life,

and he will give you many years in the land he swore to

give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (NIV)

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in

sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your

fathers served on the other side of the flood, 

and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose

you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods

which your fathers served that were

on the other side of the flood,

or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:

but as for me and my house,

we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:14-15 (KJV)

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed,

but of imperishable,

through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 1:23 (NIV)

 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even

though you do not see him now, you believe in him 

and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)

… you also, like living stones, are being built into a

spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual

sacrifices acceptable to God through

Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a

stone in Zion , a chosen and precious cornerstone, and

the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. 

But to those who do not believe, "The stone the

builders rejected has become the capstone,"

1 Peter 2:5-7 (NIV)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy

nation, a people belonging to God, that you may

declare the praises of him who called you

out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) 

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, 

leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
1 Peter 2:21-22 (NIV)

Your beauty should not come from outward

adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of

gold jewellery and fine clothes. Instead, it should be

that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle

and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who

asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

But do this with gentleness and respect, ….

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

This is good, and pleases God our Saviour,

who wants all men to be saved and to come to a

knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and 

one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

who gave himself as a ransom for all men -

the testimony given in its proper time.

1 Timothy 2:3-6 (NIV)

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will

abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and

things taught by demons. Such teachings come

through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have

been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to

marry and order them to abstain from certain foods,

which God created to be received with thanksgiving

by those who believe and who know the truth.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new

creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that

in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do

righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or

what fellowship can light have with darkness? What

harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What

does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

What agreement is there between the  

temple of God and idols?

For we are the temple of the living God.

As God has said:

"I will live with them and walk among them, and

I will be their God, and they will be my people."

"Therefore come out from them and be separate,

says the Lord.

Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."

"I will be a Father to you, and 

you will be my sons and daughters, 

says the Lord Almighty."

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NIV)

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for

my power is made perfect in weakness."

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my

weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the

teaching of Christ does not have God;

whoever continues in the teaching has both

the Father and the Son.

2 John 9 (NIV)

For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man,

but men spoke from God

as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:21 (NIV)

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance

with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of

counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in

every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.

They perish because they refused to love the truth and

so be saved. For this reason God sends them a

powerful delusion so that they will believe

the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not

believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NIV)

…. Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV)

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,

boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,

ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving,

slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the

good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure

rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness

but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2 Timothy 3:2-5 (NIV)

.... while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse,

deceiving and being deceived

2 Timothy 3:13 (NIV)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,

rebuking, correcting and training in

righteousness, so that the man of God may be

thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)  

After Jesus said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, 

and a cloud hid him from their sight. 

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, 

when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 

"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." 

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, 

a Sabbath day's walk from the city. When they arrived, 

they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. 

Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, 

and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 
Acts 1:9-14 (NIV)

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord

will be saved.

Acts 2:21 (NIV)

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and

to the fellowship,

to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2:42 (NIV)

Salvation is found in no one else,

for there is no other name under heaven given to men

by which we must be saved."

Acts 4:12 (NIV)

But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves

whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than

God. For we cannot help speaking about what

we have seen and heard."

Acts 4:19-20 (NIV)  

Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
Acts 5:29 (NIV)

God exalted him to his own right hand as

Prince and Saviour that he might give

repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel .

Acts 5:31 (NIV)

So the word of God spread. The number of

disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large

number of priests became obedient to the faith.

Acts 6:7 (NIV)

Then Philip began with that very passage of

Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Acts 8:35 (NIV)

The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on

Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named

Saul, for he is praying.

Acts 9:11 (NIV)  

He then brought them out and asked,

"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and

you will be saved - you and your household."

Acts 10:43 (NIV)  

All the prophets testify about him that 

everyone who believes in him 

receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Acts 16:30-31

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, 

for they received the message with great eagerness and 

examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 
Acts 17:11-12 (NIV)

But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I

stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am

saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses

said would happen - that the Christ would suffer and,

as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim

light to his own people and to the Gentiles."

Acts 26:22-23 (NIV)

See to it that no one takes you captive through

hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on

human tradition and the basic principles of this world

rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:8 (NIV)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your

hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the

right hand of God. Set your minds on things above,

not on earthly things. For you died, and

your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-3 (NIV)  

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as

members of one body you were called to peace.

And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you

teach and admonish one another with all wisdom,

and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs

with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:15-16 (NIV)  

Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard

the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a

voice. He declared to you his covenant, the

Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to

follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.

And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the

decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you

are crossing the Jordan to possess. You saw no form

of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you

at Horeb out of the fire.

Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,

so that you do not become corrupt and make for

yourselves an idol, an image of any shape,

whether formed like a man or a woman,

Deuteronomy 4:12-16 (NIV)  

There is not a righteous man on earth 
who does what is right and never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus

Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms

with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)

… he predestined us to be adopted as his sons

through Jesus Christ,

in accordance with his pleasure and will

Ephesians 1:5 (NIV)

In him we have redemption through his blood,

the forgiveness of sins,

in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and

sins, in which you used to live when you

followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the

kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work

in those who are disobedient.

Ephesians 2:1-2 (NIV)

…. built on the foundation of the apostles and

prophets, with Christ Jesus himself

as the chief cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:20 (NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God,

who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ

- even when we were dead in transgressions -

it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith

- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -

not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)  

"You shall have no other gods before me.

"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of

anything in heaven above or on the earth

beneath or in the waters below.

"You shall not bow down to them or worship them;

for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,

punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the

third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but

showing love to a thousand generations of those who

love me and keep my commandments."

Exodus 20:3-6 (NIV)  

Instead, speaking the truth in love, 

we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 
Ephesians 4:15-16 (NIV)

Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in

accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were

taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off

your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful

desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

and to put on the new self, created to be like God in

true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:21-24 (NIV)

For you were once darkness, but

now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)


to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ

with an undying love.

Ephesians 6:24 (NIV)

For you have heard of

my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely

I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.

Galatians 1:13 (NIV)

But when God, who set me apart from birth and called

me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me

so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,

I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem

to see those who were apostles before I was,

but I went immediately into Arabia

and later returned to Damascus.

Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get

acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days.

I saw none of the other apostles -

only James, the Lord's brother.

Galatians 1:15-19 (NIV)

I do not set aside the grace of God,

for if righteousness could be gained through the law,

Christ died for nothing!"

Galatians 2:21 (NIV)

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they

realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves

together and made coverings for themselves.

Genesis 3:7 (NIV)

The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the

exact representation of his being,

sustaining all things by his powerful word.

After he had provided purification for sins,

he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than

any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing

soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges

the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Therefore he is able to save completely those

who come to God through him,

because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)

Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer

sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then

for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins

once for all when he offered himself.

Hebrews 7:27 (NIV)

In fact, the law requires that nearly

everything be cleansed with blood, and

without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Hebrews 9:22 (NIV)

Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since

the creation of the world. But now he has

appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away

with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is

destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of

many people; and he will appear a second time,

not to bear sin,

but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:26-28 (NIV)

And by that will, we have been made holy through the

sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his

religious duties; again and again he offers the same

sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when

this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins,

he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time

he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,

because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever

those who are being made holy.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this.

First he says:

"This is the covenant I will make with them after that

time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts,

and I will write them on their minds."

Then he adds:

"Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."

And where these have been forgiven,

there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

Hebrews 10:10-18 (NIV)  

And without faith it is impossible to please God, 

because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists 

and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great

cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that

hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us

run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set

before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,

and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful

men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

In your struggle against sin,

you have not yet resisted to the point of

shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that

word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,

and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

because the Lord disciplines those he loves,

and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

Endure hardship as discipline;

God is treating you as sons.

For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are

not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline),

then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who

disciplined us and we respected them for it.

How much more should we submit

to the Father of our spirits and live!

Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they

thought best; but God disciplines us for our good,

that we may share in his holiness.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.

Later on, however, it produces

a harvest of righteousness and peace

for those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:1-11 (NIV)

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly

Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to

thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful

assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names

are written in heaven. You have come to God, the

judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made

perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and

to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word

than the blood of Abel.

Hebrews 12:22-24 (NIV)

Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage

bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer

and all the sexually immoral.

Hebrews 13:4 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the same

yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually

offer to God a sacrifice of praise -

the fruit of lips that confess his name.

Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)  

"I, even I, am he who blots out your

transgressions, for my own sake,

and remembers your sins no more.

Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)

The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the

coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it

with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his

strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.

The carpenter measures with a line and makes an

outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and

marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of

man, of man in all his glory, 

that it may dwell in a shrine.

He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak.

He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted

a pine, and the rain made it grow. It is man's fuel for

burning; some of it he takes and warms himself,

he kindles a fire and bakes bread.

But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes

an idol and bows down to it. Half of the wood he burns

in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his

meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says,

"Ah! I am warm; I see the fire."

From the rest he makes a god, his idol; 

he bows down to it and worships. 

He prays to it and says, "Save me;you are my god." 

They know nothing, they understand nothing; 

their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, 

and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or

understanding to say, "Half of it I used for fuel; I even

baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate.

Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? 

Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"

He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he

cannot save himself, or say, 

"Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

"Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my

servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant;

O Israel, I will not forget you.

I have swept away your offences like a cloud, your sins

like the morning mist.

Return to me, for I have redeemed you."

Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this;

shout aloud, O earth beneath.

Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your

trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob,

he displays his glory in Israel .

"This is what the LORD says --

your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

Isaiah 44:13-24 (NIV)

"Gather together and come;

assemble, you fugitives from the nations.

Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,

who pray to gods that cannot save.

Declare what is to be, present it--

let them take counsel together.

Who foretold this long ago,

who declared it from the distant past?

Was it not I, the LORD?

And there is no God apart from me,

a righteous God and a Saviour;

there is none but me.

"Turn to me and be saved,

all you ends of the earth;

for I am God, and there is no other.

By myself I have sworn,

my mouth has uttered in all integrity

a word that will not be revoked:

Before me every knee will bow;

by me every tongue will swear.

They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone

are righteousness and strength.'"

All who have raged against him

will come to him and be put to shame.

Isaiah 45:20-24 (NIV)

…. provide for those who grieve in Zion - to

bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the LORD

for the display of his splendour.

Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my

God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation

and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10 (NIV)

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and

all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;

we all shrivel up like a leaf,

and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Isaiah 64:6 (NIV)  

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. 
James 1:5-8 (NIV)

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does. 
James 1:22-25 (NIV)

But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."

Show me your faith without deeds,

and I will show you my faith by what I do.

You believe that there is one God. Good!

Even the demons believe that - and shudder.

You foolish man,

do you want evidence that faith without deeds is

useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham

considered righteous for what he did when he

offered his son Isaac on the altar?

You see that his faith and his actions were working

together, and his faith was made complete by what

he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says,

"Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as

righteousness," and he was called God's friend.

You see that a person is justified by what he does

and not by faith alone.

James 2:18-24 (NIV)  

But the LORD is the true God;

he is the living God, the eternal King.

When he is angry, the earth trembles;

the nations cannot endure his wrath.

Jeremiah 10:10 (NIV)  

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.

Who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness

to the light. The true light that gives light to every man

was coming into the world. He was in the world, and

though the world was made through him, the world did

not recognize him. He came to that which was his own,

but his own did not receive him.

Yet to all who received him,

to those who believed in his name,

he gave the right to become children of God -

children born not of natural descent,

nor of human decision or a husband's will,

but born of God.

John 1:8-13 (NIV)

Jesus' mother said to the servants,

"Do whatever he tells you."

John 2:5 (NIV)

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the

Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who

believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so

loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have

eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world

to condemn the world, but to save the world through

him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but

whoever does not believe stands condemned already

because he has not believed

in the name of God's one and only Son.

John 3:14-18 (NIV)

Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will

be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give

him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will

become in him a spring of water

welling up to eternal life."

John 4:13-14 (NIV)

God is spirit, and his worshipers must

worship in spirit and in truth."

John 4:24 (NIV)

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and

believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not

be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

John 5:24 (NIV)

I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

John 6:47 (NIV)

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The

words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

John 6:63 (NIV)

He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one

can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."

John 6:65 (NIV)  

If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
John 7:17 (NIV)

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not

believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed

die in your sins."

John 8:24 (NIV)

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said,

"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my

disciples. Then you will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free."

John 8:31-32 (NIV)

So if the Son sets you free,

you will be free indeed.

John 8:36 (NIV)  

You belong to your father, the devil,

and you want to carry out your father's desire.

He was a murderer from the beginning,

not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.

When he lies, he speaks his native language,

for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44 (NIV)  

He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know.

One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"

John 9:25 (NIV)

"I am the good shepherd;

I know my sheep and my sheep know me

John 10:14 (NIV)

My sheep listen to my voice;

I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27 (NIV)

- and the Scripture cannot be broken -

John 10:35b (NIV)

Yet at the same time many even among the

leaders believed in him. But because of the

Pharisees they would not confess their faith

for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;

John 12:42 (NIV)

There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does

not accept my words; that very word which I spoke

will condemn him at the last day.

John 12:48 (NIV)

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the

life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (NIV)

You may ask me for anything in my name,

and I will do it.

John 14:14 (NIV)

But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the

Father will send in my name, will teach you all things

and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 14:26 (NIV)

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes,

he will guide you into all truth.


He will not speak on his own;

he will speak only what he hears, and

he will tell you what is yet to come.

John 16:13 (NIV)

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the

only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:3 (NIV)

When he had received the drink, Jesus said,

"It is finished."

With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30 (NIV)

But these are written that you may believe that

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by

believing you may have life in his name.

John 20:31 (NIV)

The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do

you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked

him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord,

you know all things; you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."

John 21:17 (NIV)

And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour"

Luke 1:46-47 (NIV)

Blessed are you when men hate you,

when they exclude you and insult you

and reject your name as evil,

because of the Son of Man.

“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,

because great is your reward in heaven.

For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.

Luke 6:22-23 (NIV)

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of

Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his

glory and in the glory of the Father

and of the holy angels.

Luke 9:26 (NIV)

"He who listens to you listens to me; he who

rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me

rejects him who sent me."

Luke 10:16 (NIV)

As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the

crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you

birth and nursed you." Jesus replied, "Blessed rather

are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Luke 11:27-28 (NIV)  

Jesus said to the Phasisees:
"Woe to you experts in the law, 

because you have taken away the key to knowledge. 

You yourselves have not entered, and 

you have hindered those who were entering." 
Luke 11:52 (NIV)  

Jesus answered. "No one is good - except God alone.
Luke 18:19 (NIV)

"He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.
Luke 19:26 (NIV)

Jesus looked at them and said,

"With man this is impossible, but not with God;

all things are possible with God."

Mark 10:27 (NIV)

 Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who

has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father

or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,

who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time,

houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and

children and lands, with persecutions,

and in the age to come eternal life.

Mark 10:29-30 (RSV)

Heaven and earth will pass away,

but my words will never pass away.

Mark 13:31 (NIV)

He said to them, "Go into all the world and

preach the good news to all creation.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,

but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Mark 16:15-16 (NIV)

"Why does this fellow talk like that? He's

blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Mark 2:7 (NIV)

(Jesus continued)

"Isaiah was right when he prophesied about

you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These people honour

me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

They worship me in vain;

their teachings are but rules taught by men.'

You have let go of the commands of God and are

holding on to the traditions of men."

And he said to them: "You have a fine way of

setting aside the commands of God in order to

observe your own traditions!

For Moses said, 'Honour your father and your mother,'

and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother

must be put to death.'

But you say that if a man says to his father or mother:

'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from

me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God), then you

no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.

Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition

that you have handed down.

And you do many things like that."

Mark 7:6-13 (NIV)

"She will give birth to a son, and

you are to give him the name Jesus, because

he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on

bread alone, but on every word that comes

from the mouth of God.'"

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)  

Jesus said:

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the

Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill

them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth

disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of

a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law

until everything is accomplished.

Anyone who breaks one of the least of these

commandments and teaches others to do the same will

be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but

whoever practices and teaches these commands

will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


For I tell you that unless your righteousness

surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the

law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:17-20 (NIV)

[Here, Jesus is telling us that if we want to be saved by

keeping the Law, our righteousness needs to be impossibly outstanding!]  

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good,

your whole body will be full of light.

Matthew 6:22 (NIV)

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like

pagans, for they think they will be heard

because of their many words.

Matthew 6:7 (NIV)  

So do not worry, saying,

'What shall we eat?' or

'What shall we drink?' or

'What shall we wear?'

For the pagans run after all these things, and

your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)  

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter

the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of

my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on

that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your

name, and in your name drive out demons and perform

many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly,

'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)

"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also

acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:32 (NIV)

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the

earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:34 (NIV)

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me

is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or

daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

Matthew 10:37 (NIV)

 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and

learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother

and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.

Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are

standing outside, wanting to speak to you."

He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my

brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said,

"Here are my mother and my brothers.

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven

is my brother and sister and mother."

Matthew 12:46-50 (NIV)

For where two or three come together in my name,

there am I with them."

Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the

Scriptures: "'The stone the builders rejected has

become the capstone; the Lord has done this,

and it is marvellous in our eyes'?

Matthew 21:42 (NIV)

"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only

one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call

anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and

he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called 'teacher,'

for you have one Teacher, the Christ.

Matthew 23:8-10 (NIV)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the

Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey

everything I have commanded you. And surely I am

with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

What is more, I consider everything a loss

compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing

Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all

things. I consider them rubbish, 

that I may gain Christ and be found in him, 

not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,

but that which is through faith in Christ -

the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV)

I want to know Christ and the power of his

resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his

sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have

already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold

of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Philippians 3:12 (NIV)

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my

God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield

and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalms 18:2 (NIV)

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God

for help. From his temple he heard my voice;

my cry came before him, into his ears.

Psalms 18:6 (NIV)

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.

The ordinances of the LORD are sure

and altogether righteous.

They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the comb.

By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalms 19:9-11 (NIV)  

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. 
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness 
For His name's sake. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. 

Psalms 23 (NKJV)

Though my father and mother forsake me,

the LORD will receive me.

Psalms 27:10 (NIV)

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and

mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm

place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Psalms 40:2-3 (NIV)  

No man can by any means redeem his brother,
Or give to God a ransom for him-- 
For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever-- 
That he should live on eternally;That he should not undergo decay. 
Psalms 40:2-3 (NAS)

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is

my fortress, I will not be shaken.  

Psalms 62:6 (NIV)

Those who hate me without reason

outnumber the hairs of my head;

many are my enemies without cause,

those who seek to destroy me.

I am forced to restore

what I did not steal.

Psalms 69:4 (NIV)

I am a stranger to my brothers,

an alien to my own mother's sons;

Psalms 69:8 (NIV)

Those who sit at the gate mock me,

and I am the song of the drunkards.

Psalms 69:12 (NIV)

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind:

"You are a priest forever,

in the order of Melchizedek."

Psalms 110:4 (NIV)

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.

Psalms 119:164 (NIV)  

...the Maker of heaven and earth,

the sea, and everything in them --

the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

Psalms 146:6 (NIV)  

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,

I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write:

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."

"Yes," says the Spirit,

"they will rest from their labour,

for their deeds will follow them."

Revelation 14:13 (NIV)  

"Great and marvelous are your deeds, 
Lord God Almighty. 
Just and true are your ways, 
King of the ages. 
Who will not fear you, O Lord, 
and bring glory to your name?

For you alone are holy. 

All nations will come 
and worship before you, 
for your righteous acts have been revealed." 
Revelation 15:3-4 (NIV)  

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the

saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

Revelation 17:6 (NIV)

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: 

"Come out of her, my people, 
so that you will not share in her sins, 
so that you will not receive any of her plagues; 

 for her sins are piled up to heaven, 
and God has remembered her crimes. 
Revelation 18:4-5 (NIV)

I am not ashamed of the gospel,

because it is the power of God for

the salvation of everyone who believes:

first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

For in the gospel

a righteousness from God is revealed,

a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,

just as it is written:

"The righteous will live by faith."

Romans 1:16-17 (NIV)  

"There is no one righteous, not even one; 
there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; 
there is no one who does good, not even one." 
Romans 3:10-12 (NIV)  

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has

been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets

testify. This righteousness from God comes through

faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short

of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace

through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,

through faith in his blood.

He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his

forbearance he had left the sins committed

beforehand unpunished - he did it to demonstrate

his justice at the present time,

so as to be just and the one who justifies

those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:21-26 (NIV)

What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not

at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and

Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written:

"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no

one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have

turned away, they have together become worthless;

there is no one who does good, not even one."

"Their throats are open graves;

their tongues practice deceit."

"The poison of vipers is on their lips."

"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."

"Their feet are swift to shed blood;

ruin and misery mark their ways,

and the way of peace they do not know."

"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Now we know that whatever the law says,

it says to those who are under the law,

so that every mouth may be silenced

and the whole world held accountable to God.

Therefore no one will be declared righteous

in his sight by observing the law;

rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

Romans 3:9-20 (NIV)

Now when a man works, his wages are not

credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.

However, to the man who does not work but trusts God

who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as

righteousness. David says the same thing when he

speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God

credits righteousness apart from works:

"Blessed are they whose transgressions

are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man whose sin

the Lord will never count against him."

Romans 4:4-8 (NIV)

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the

righteousness that he had by faith while he was still

uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who

believe but have not been circumcised, in order that

righteousness might be credited to them.

Romans 4:11 (NIV)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

through whom we have gained access by faith

into this grace in which we now stand.

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)

And hope does not disappoint us,

because God has poured out his love into our hearts

by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:5 (NIV)

For we know that since Christ was raised from the

dead, he cannot die again;

death no longer has mastery over him.

Romans 6:9 (NIV)

For the wages of sin is death,

but the gift of God

is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my

sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good,

but I cannot carry it out.

Romans 7:18 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who

are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus

the law of the Spirit of life

set me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

Those controlled by the sinful nature

cannot please God.

Romans 8:8 (NIV)

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave

again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.

And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself

testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Romans 8:15-16 (NIV)

…. creation itself will be liberated from its

bondage to decay and brought

into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Romans 8:21 (NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good

of those who love him, who have been called according

to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also

predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,

that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:28-29 (NIV)

Christ Jesus, who died

- more than that, who was raised to life -

is at the right hand of God

and is also interceding for us.

Romans 8:34 (NIV)

Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the

Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify

about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal

is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know

the righteousness that comes from God

and sought to establish their own,

they did not submit to God's righteousness.

Christ is the end of the law 

so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.  

Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: 

"The man who does these things will live by them." 

But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

 "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? 

And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? 

And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 

And how can they preach unless they are sent? 

As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. 

For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" 

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message

and the message is heard through the word of Christ
Romans 10:1-17 (NIV)  

And if by grace, then it is no longer by works;

if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6 (NIV)  

Therefore, I urge you, brothers,

in view of God's mercy,

to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,

holy and pleasing to God -

this is your spiritual act of worship.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Then you will be able to test and

approve what God's will is -

his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)  

But when the kindness and love of God our

Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of

righteous things we had done, but because of his

mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and

renewal by the Holy Spirit,

Titus 3:4-5 (NIV)  

Some poems about our situation before God