Jesus’ Words are Spirit and Life
John 6:63; 14:6
The Importance of Jesus’ Words.
The Origin, Authenticity, Accuracy and Authority of Jesus’ Words.
There Are Abundant Blessings For All who Choose To Obey Jesus’ Words,
regardless of their position and function In God’s Kingdom on planet earth.
There Are Severe Consequences For All who Choose To Refuse To Obey Jesus’ Words, regardless of their political or ecclesiastical titles and positions.
In all of my Teachings I use ample Scripture References.
In most of my Teachings I use a Plethora of Scripture References.
I have good reasons for using so many Scripture References.
► I am genuinely concerned about making sure that people are presented with God’s Truth, Not man’s thoughts, Not man’s opinions, Not man’s ideas, Not man’s desires, Not man’s goals.
I am well aware that far too many people read through a Teaching far too speedily:
► Without Taking the time and Making the effort to Look Up the Scripture References.
► Without Praying For Understanding and Studying God’s Word.
So, for convenience, and in the hope that more people will Pray for Understanding and Study God’s Word, I have placed a Plethora of Scriptures into the text of this Teaching.
Christ Jesus Himself Places The Utmost Importance Upon, Both, The Words Father God Spoke and The Words He Himself Spoke. Matthew 3:1-17; 4:1-11
Likewise, Christ Jesus Himself Places The Utmost Importance Upon The Words He Spoke Through Apostles, Prophets and others During The Early-Church Age, Which Are Recorded In The Bible For us To Read, Study and Understand.
For Your Own Good, For The Good of Your Loved-Ones,
Please Choose To Become Aware of The Following Bible Truths.
For Your Own Good, For The Good of Your Loved-Ones,
Please Choose To Apply These Bible Truths,
To Yourself and Your Loved-Ones,
For Yourself and Your Loved-Ones.
ALL of us, regardless of our political or ecclesiastical titles and positions,
Will Stand Before The Judgment Seat of Christ.
Pray For Understanding and Study Jude 1:1-25; 1 Peter 4:17-19; 2 Peter 1-21; 2:1-23:1-18; 2 Corinthians 5:9-21; Romans 14:1-13; Ephesians 6:1-20; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Hebrews 6:1-3; 1 John 4:17-21; James 2:12-13; Matthew 12:31-37(v35-37); John 5:1-30(v16-30); 6:63; 16:1-1-15.
Pray For Understanding and Study 1 John 5:1-5(v3); 1 Corinthians 10:1-33; Hebrews 3:1-19; 4:1-16;
Pray For Understanding and Study 2 Peter 1:1-11(v3-4); Ephesians 1:1-14(v3); Romans 8:24-39(v28,32); 1 Corinthians 2:6-16(v12).
I Pray For You. I Pray That You Will Choose To take the time and make the effort To Pray For Understanding and Study These Scripture References, In Their Entirety.
As You Pray For Understanding and Study These Scripture References, In Their Entirety, the Holy Spirit Himself, As He Works With, Within and Through The Living and Active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12–13), Will Enable You To Realize and Understand That:
► Modern day Christians Are Judged By All-Mighty God Himself,
just like God’s people Were Judged and “Missed God’s Best” in Old Testament Times.
► Modern day Christians Are “Missing God’s Best”, Needlessly Suffering, Causing Death In their own Families, Even they themselves Are Dying Prematurely,
just like God’s people “Missed God’s Best” in Old Testament Times.
► Yes, Even God-Appointed Kings (politicians) Can and Do “Miss God’s Best”, Needlessly Suffer, Cause Death In their own Families, Even they themselves Die Premature Deaths.
Malachi 3:6; Numbers 13:1-33; 14:1-45(v11-38); 25:1-10; 1 Samuel 13:1-23; 15:1-35; 16:1-23; 28:1-19; 2 Samuel 5:1-25; 11:1-27; 12:1-31
► Yes, Even God-Appointed clergy Can and Do “Miss God’s Best”, Needlessly Suffer, Cause Death In Their Own Families, Even they themselves Die Premature Deaths.
1 Samuel 2:11-12, 22-36; 4:1-18
► Yes, Even Apostles That Christ Jesus Himself Appointed During His Ministry on planet earth Were Judged and “Missed God’s Best”, one Even Died a Horrible, Premature, Death.
Luke 22:1-53; Acts 1:12-26
► Yes, Even Apostles That Christ Jesus Himself, After His Ascension, Sent Out, Sends Out Through the Holy Spirit During New Testament Times Are Judged and Do “Miss God’s Best”.
Acts 9:1-22; 13:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-32; 1 Corinthians 9:1-27(v19-27)(v24-27)
► Yes, Even Kings (politicians) and members of the Occult Are Judged and Do “Miss God’s Best”, Needlessly Suffer, Even Die Horrible, Premature, Deaths.
Acts 12:20-25; 13:1-12(v8-12)
► Yes, New Testament Christians Are Judged and Do “Miss God’s Best”, Needlessly Suffer, Even Die Horrible, Premature, Deaths.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 5:1-16; Romans 1:18-32; 2:1-16
► Yes, Both, New Testament Christians and modern day secular people alike:
Can and Do Commit Sins Unto Death.
Can and Do Commit Sins That Cause Their Own, Premature, Death.
Can and Do Commit Sins That Cause Death In Their Own Families..
James 5:13-20; 1 John 3:9-15; 5:14-17; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 5:1-16; Romans 1:18-32; 2:1-16
► Why do finite, mortal human-beings Choose To Refuse To Pray For Understanding and Study God’s Word?
► Why do finite, mortal human-beings Choose To Refuse To Obey God’s Word?
► Why do finite, mortal human-beings Choose To Do things some way, Other Than God’s Way?
► Why do people,
who claim to Believe In God,
who Pray To God,
who Ask God To Do Good Things For them,
who Ask God To Give them Good Things,
who Want To Go To Heaven,
who claim to Follow Christ Jesus,
who Pray In Jesus’ Name,
Choose To Refuse To Obey Jesus’ Words, Which Are Indeed All-Mighty God’s Words?
► Who Entices, Seduces finite, mortal human-beings, Created beings, To Choose To Refuse To Obey our Creator, Who Himself Is also Law-Given and Judge?
► There is a very real spirit being, an evil supernatural spirit being, commonly referred to as the devil, also referred to as satan, the dragon, the serpent, the adversary, the liar, the deceiver, the thief, the murderer, the destroyer, the devourer, etc. Right Here on planet earth, Right Now.
► Right Here, Right Now, on planet earth, the devil Roams Around, Seeking Anyone and Everyone he is able To Entice, Seduce, Destroy, Devour.
► Right Here, Right Now, on planet earth, the devil is a lying murderer who came, Only, To Lie, To Steal, To Kill, To Destroy, To Devour.
John 8:42-52; 10:10-11; James 4:1-10; 1 Peter 5:1-1-11; 2 Corinthians 2:10-17; Matthew 5:1-15; 18:21-37; John 12:1-8 (1 Timothy 6:1-10(v9-10); 13:1-30(v2, 27, 29); Luke 22:1-6, Acts 5:1-11(v3)
► Yes, The devil Has Access To Your Heart.
The devil Wants To Steal God’s Word, The Word of Life, Which Is The Truth That Sets Free, Out of Your Heart, Before Your Faith Is Developed By God’s Living and Active Word To The Point That You Overcome the devil In Your Life and In Your Family.
Romans 12:21; 1 John 1:1-10; 2:12-23; 5:1-13(v1-5)
Pray For Understanding and Study John 8:31-36; Matthew 13:1-58(v18-19); Hebrews 4:12-13; Romans 10:1-21(v13, 17).
In Romans 10:13 Greek word # 4982 is used and is translated into English as, Saved.
Greek word # 4982 (Sozo), Saved, means: to Save, i.e. (to) Deliver, or (to) Protect (literally or figuratively): Heal, Preserve, Save, Do Well, Be Whole, Make Whole. (Strong’s)
Pray For Understanding and Study Matthew 9:18-26(v22); Mark 5:21-43(v34); 10:46-52(v52); Luke 8:40-56(v48,50); 17:11-19(v19).
In each of these Scriptures Greek word # 4982 (Sozo), Saved, is used and is translated into English as Healed, or Made Whole, or Made Well.
My Point Is.
Faith To Set You Free,
Faith To Save You,
Faith To Heal You,
Comes Unto You, Comes Into You, Is Developed Within You, By The Living and Active Word of God, When You Pray For Understanding and Study God’s Word.
John 8:31-36; Matthew 13:1-58(v18-19); Hebrews 4:12-13; Romans 10:1-21(v13, 17)
Matthew 9:18-26(v22); Mark 5:21-43(v34); 10:46-52(v52); Luke 8:40-56(v48,50); 17:11-19(v19)
For Your Own Good, Please Pray For Understanding and Study God’s Word.
For The Good of Your Loved Ones, Please Pray For Understanding and Study God’s Word.
As you Pray For Understanding and Study God’s Word, the Holy Spirit Himself Will Help you To Realize and Understand How Very Important God’s Word Is, and how much the lying, murdering devil, who came To Steal, To Kill, To Destroy, To Devour, Wants To Keep you From Praying For Understanding and Studying God’s Word.
Right Now, Right Here, on planet earth, During and Throughout The Entire Duration of The Church Age, Christ Jesus Himself Places The Utmost Importance Upon The Words He Speaks Through the Holy Spirit As He (the Holy Spirit Himself) Speaks Through those He Calls, Anoints, Gifts and Sends.
Acts 10:1-48; 13:1-12; Mark 16:14-20; Matthew 28:16-20; 18:18-20; 16:13-20; Ephesians 4:1-32; 1 Corinthians, chapters, 12 through 14
Pray For Understanding and Study Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; 14:36-40.
It Saddens me that the devil has managed To Lie To, To Entice, To Seduce people, Both, secular people and religious people, and has Drawn them Into his network of Anti-Bible-Truth propagators.
I Pray For All people, Both, secular and religious, that the devil Has Lied To, Has Enticed, Has Seduced Into:
Choosing To Refuse To Pray For Understanding and Study God’s Word.
Choosing To Reject Bible Truth and Thereby Subverting God’s Kingdom.
I Pray For the world and the church, Both of which have been, are being, Adversely Effected by the devil, to a large extent, through people he has managed To Lie To, To Entice, To Seduce and Draw Into his network of Anti-Bible-Truth propagators.
Romans 1:16-32(v20); 2:1-16; 8:1-39(v18-23)
During and Throughout His Ministry on planet earth Each and Every Time Christ Jesus Spoke He Spoke Words That Came From Father God Himself.
The Words That Jesus Spoke Were God’s Words, God’s Commands.
Jesus’ Words Contain and Convey The Exact Same Authority That All-Mighty God’s Words Carry and Convey.
Jesus’ Words Are God’s Words.
Jesus’ Commands Are God’s Commands
John 6:63; 10:10; 17:8; 5:19-30; 8:26-30; 8:31-47; 15:7-8; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; 8:38; Luke 21:33; 9:26; Hebrews 4:12-13
James 1:21-27 (Amplified Bible)
21 So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word (of God) which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to Save (Greek word # 4982) your Souls (Greek word # 5590).
Greek word # 4982 is used in James 1:21 and is translated in English as Save.
Greek word # 4982 mans:
to save, i.e. (to) deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):— (to) heal, preserve, save, do well, be whole, make whole. (Strong’s)
Greek word # 5590 is used in James 1:21 and is translated in English as Souls.
Greek word # 5590 comes from Greek word # 5594, which means: breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstract or concrete. (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguishes on the one hand from Greek word # 4151, which is the rational or immortal soul; and on the other hand, distinguishes, from Greek word # 2222, which in mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to Hebrew words # 5315, 7307 and 2416).
Greek word # 5590 means:
heart (+ -ily), life, mind, soul, + us, + you. (Strong’s)
Jesus’ Words Are Spirit and They Are Life.
John 6:63 (New American Standard Bible)
63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I (Jesus) have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Jesus Warned that Severe Consequences Await All who Choose To Refuse To Do As He Says, Because:
Everything Jesus Says Is (Exactly) and (Precisely) What God Says.
Everything Jesus Commands Is (Exactly) and (Precisely) What God Commands.
Jesus Always and Only Says What God Says,
Jesus Always and Only Commands What God Commands:
Jesus Requires The Same of us.
Jesus Will Judge us Accordingly.
Jesus Never speaks idle words.
Jesus Never offers opinions, thoughts or suggestions.
John 4:24 (New American Standard Bible)
24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and (in) truth.”
John 4:24 (Amplified Bible)
God is spirit (God Is a Holy Spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
John 1:1-5 (Amplified Bible)
1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
2 He (Jesus) was present originally with God.
3 All things were made and came into existence through Him (through Jesus); and without Him (Jesus) was not even one thing made that has come into being.
4 In Him (in Jesus) was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
5 And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].
6:63 (New King James Version)
63 (Jesus Speaking) It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 10:10-11 (New American Standard Bible)
10 (Jesus Speaking) “The thief (the devil) comes only to steal and (to) kill and (to) destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it (life) abundantly.
11 “I (Jesus) am the good shepherd; (Jesus,) the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Hebrews 4:12-13 (New King James Version)
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
John 17:8 (Amplified Bible)
8 For the [uttered] words that You (Father God) gave (to) Me (Jesus) I have given them (I have spoken them) (I (Jesus) (Always) Speak (Only) What You, Father God, Speak); and they have received and accepted [them] and have come to know positively and in reality [to believe with absolute assurance] that I (Jesus) came forth from Your presence (Father God), and they have believed and are convinced that You did send Me.
John 5:19-30 (Contemporary English Version)
19 Jesus told the people:
I tell you for certain that the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do.
20 The Father loves the Son and has shown him everything he does. The Father will show him even greater things, and you will be amazed.
21 Just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants to.
22 The Father doesn’t judge anyone, but he has made his Son the judge of everyone.
23 The Father wants all people to honor the Son as much as they honor him. When anyone refuses to honor the Son, that is the same as refusing to honor the Father who sent him.
24 I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. They have already gone from death to life.
25 I tell you for certain that the time will come, and it is already here, when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen to it will live!
26 The Father has the power to give life, and he has given that same power to the Son.
27 And he has given his Son the right to judge everyone, because he is the Son of Man.
28 Don’t be surprised! The time will come when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man,
29 and they will come out of their graves. Everyone who has done good things will rise to life, but everyone who has done evil things will rise and be condemned.
30 I cannot do anything on my own. The Father sent me, and he is the one who told me how to judge. I judge with fairness, because I obey him, and I don’t just try to please myself.
John 8:26-30 (Amplified Bible)
26 I (Jesus) have much to say about you and to judge and condemn. But He (God) Who sent Me (Jesus) is true (reliable), and I (Jesus) tell the world (Say) [only] the things that I have heard from Him (Father God).
27 They did not perceive (know, understand) that He was speaking to them about the Father.
28 So Jesus added, When you have lifted up the Son of Man [(up) on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that I am He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me.
29 And He (God) Who sent Me (Jesus) is ever with Me; My Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.
30 As He said these things, many believed in Him [trusted, relied on, and adhered to Him].
Hebrews 1:1-3 (Contemporary English Version)
1 Long ago in many ways and at many times God’s prophets spoke his message to our ancestors.
2 But now at last, God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will someday belong to the Son.
3 God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together.
After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side [a] of the glorious God in heaven.
Colossians 1:9-23 (New American Standard Bible)
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–
23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
John 8:31-47 (Amplified Bible)
31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My Word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
33 They answered Him, We are Abraham’s offspring (descendants) and have never been in bondage to anybody. What do You mean by saying, You will be set free?
34 Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin.
35 Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever.
36 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free (free indeed).
37 [Yes] I know that you are Abraham’s offspring; yet you plan to kill Me, because My Word has no entrance (makes no progress, does not find any place) in you.
38 I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side, and your actions also reflect what you have heard and learned from your father (the devil).
39 They retorted, Abraham is our father. Jesus said, If you were [truly] Abraham’s children, then you would do the works of Abraham [follow his example, do as Abraham did].
40 But now [instead] you are wanting and seeking to kill Me, a Man Who has told you the truth which I have heard from God. This is not the way Abraham acted.
41 You are doing the works of your [own] father. They said to Him, We are not illegitimate children and born out of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He (God) sent Me.
43 Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.]
44 You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.
45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [do not trust Me, do not rely on Me, or adhere to Me].
46 Who of you convicts Me of wrongdoing or finds Me guilty of sin? Then if I speak truth, why do you not believe Me [trust Me, rely on, and adhere to Me]?
47 Whoever is of God listens to God. [Those who belong to God hear the words of God.] This is the reason that you do not listen [to those words, to Me]: because you do not belong to God and are not of God or in harmony with Him.
(God is not your father, you are not God’s Children)
John 15:7-8 (New King James Version)
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
James 1:21-27 (Amplified Bible)
21 So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it (the Word), betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].
23 For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it (the Word) and being a doer of it (Doing As the Word Says), he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;
24 For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.
25 But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (he shall be blessed in his life of obedience).
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren).
27 External religious worship religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.
James 2:14-26 (New King James Version)
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Matthew 7:1-29 (Contemporary English Version)
Judging (Condemning) Others
1 Don’t condemn others, and God won’t condemn you.
2 God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.
3 You can see the speck in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the log in your own eye.
4 How can you say, “My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you don’t see the log in your own eye?
5 You’re nothing but show-offs! First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend’s eye.
6 Don’t give to dogs what belongs to God. They will only turn and attack you. Don’t throw pearls down in front of pigs. They will trample all over them.
Ask, Search, Knock
7 Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.
8 Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks.
9 Would any of you give your hungry child a stone, if the child asked for some bread?
10 Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish?
11 As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask.
12 Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets [a] are all about.
The Narrow Gate
13 Go in through the narrow gate. The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate.
14 But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you.
16 You can tell what they are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thornbushes.
17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.
19 Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and burned.
20 You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds.
21 Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in.
22 On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, “We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles.”
23 But I will tell them, “I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!”
24 Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock.
25 Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock.
26 Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn’t obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand. 27The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash.
28 When Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were surprised at his teaching. 29He taught them like someone with authority, and not like their teachers of the Law of Moses.
2 John 1-13 (New King James Version)
Greeting the Elect Lady
1 The Elder,
To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,
2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Walk in Christ’s Commandments
4 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.
5 And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.
6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
Beware of Antichrist Deceivers
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
John’s Farewell Greeting
12 Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.
Matthew 24:35 (Amplified Bible)
35 Sky and earth will pass away, but My (Jesus’) words will not pass away.
Mark 13:31 (Amplified Bible)
31 Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My (Jesus’) words will not perish or pass away.
Luke 21:33 (Amplified Bible)
33 The sky and the earth, the universe, the world) will pass away, but My (Jesus’) words will not pass away.
Mark 8:38 (Amplified Bible)
38 For whoever is ashamed [here and now] of Me and My words in this adulterous (unfaithful) and [preeminently] sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory (splendor and majesty) of His Father with the holy angels.
Luke 9:26 (Amplified Bible)
26 Because whoever is ashamed of Me and of My teachings, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in the [threefold] glory (the splendor and majesty) of Himself and of the Father and of the holy angels.
Luke 1:20 (Amplified Bible)
Now behold, you will be and will continue to be silent and not able to speak till the day when these things take place, because you have not believed what I told you; but my words are of a kind which will be fulfilled in the appointed and proper time.
John 14:7-24 (New American Standard Bible)
Oneness with the Father
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Role of the Spirit
16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;
17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
19 “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
20 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
Respectfully submitted for your consideration,
Dr. Earl I Powell, Th.D. (Doc), (Earl Powell) (docpowellone) (docpowell)