Category Archives: Verses

How the Apostles See Our Lives Being Redirected by Christ

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Scriptures on the Centrality of Christ

The scriptures that follow speak to the central place Christ is to hold in our thinking.  Christ is not peripheral to our faith.  He is not one of its most important facets. He is not part of a trinity with … Continue reading

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How the Old Testament Refers to Itself

We are using to see how dependent the New Testament is on the Old Testament.  In fact, without the Old Testament, the New Testament would make no sense.  Thus the Old Testament lays a foundation that the New Testament builds … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Spiritual Time

The scripture makes reference to spiritual time, which operates differently than the time on a clock or calendar.  Spiritual time, or season, hsa to do with the appropriateness of an activity – especially from the standpoint of righteousness. We ourselves … Continue reading

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Expressions of Devotion Which Are Fitting for the Lord

Here are expressions of devotion found in Scripture which we may adapt for use in expressing our devotion to the Lord.  Let these be impressed deeply in our minds, that we might genuinely think and feel them toward the Lord … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Jesus’ Regard for the Prophets

Jesus thought highly of the prophets.  He trusted them.  He believed that they spoke for His Father. Jesus modeled His own life after the prophets, and encouraged His disciples to do the same. Jesus believed everything that His Father had … Continue reading

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Questions and Exclamations of Jesus of Nazareth

There are times in the ministry of Jesus that He seemed surprised by the kind of thinking He encountered in His fellow Jews.  His attention was arrested and He seemed to be full of wonder at what He was beholding. … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Fear of Man

God does not want us to be afraid, and therefore “Do not fear” is a common refrain in the Bible.  Perhaps the consummate verse on this subject is 1 John 4:18 (see below). The fears that plague us go by … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Fear of God

The Bible speaks of “the fear of the Lord” in a variety of ways.  The purpose of this post is to demonstrate some of them. The fear of God is not an idea about which pop culture has much to … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Giving Thanks

We teach our children to say “thank you” when someone gives them something.  How then shall we fail to thank God for all He has given us? Here are some verses to help us think about the importance of thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Glorifying God

We have the privilege of glorifying our Creator.  Let meditate these verses that we might be more mindful to do so [emphasis added]: Luke 17:11 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Judgment

The concept of judgment is prominent in the Scriptures.  However, people recognize it more readily in the Old Testament than they do in the New Testament teaching.  Yet judgment is portrayed just as prominent in the kingdom of God as … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Kindness and Severity

God is all-powerful.  He sends His judgments in the earth, as is His responsibility as its rightful judge.  Yet we may repent so that our behavior calls forth His blessings rather than His curses. God is good, but that does … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Ought

The word “ought” is a wonderful word.  For when we know what we ought to do, we are strengthened to do it.  Though we be tempted not to do it, we can persevere and do what we ought. Let us … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Listening

God made us to listen to Him, for in hearing Him we have life.  We should also be quicker to listen to our fellow man than we are to speak to him. Consider these verses [emphasis, and occasional comments, added]: … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Quietness

Quietness is important to the believer – quietness of life and quietness of heart.  It is in quietness that we are best able to hear the voice of our Lord, for He is gentle and profound. Therefore, let us think … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Eating (Food)

God designed living creatures such that they require regular sustenance in order to survive.  Humanity, being made in God’s image, requires also spiritual sustenance – food for the spirit within.  Even when the Bible talks about physical food, there’s a … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Strength

These verses have to do with spiritual strength, being spiritual strong.  This is God’s will for us, so the more we know about it, the better.  This not only means meditating on verses that speak to strength and being strong, … Continue reading

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Scriptures on God’s Activities

Do we think God is idle?  Of course not!  His work, however, is done in hiddenness.  Therefore, we need to trust in His workings, knowing that the evidence of His acts will inevitably become manifest.  Therefore, let us remind ourselves … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Worldliness

This post is part of a Series of Posts on Aspects of the World in Which We Find Ourselves. Here are some verses which speak of that which is of, or like, the world [emphasis added]: 1 Timothy 4:7 But have … Continue reading

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How Our Place in the World Is Related to His Place in the World

This post is related to the previous post Scriptures on the Place of the People of God in This World. The place we have in the world is a function of His place in the world.  As He is despised, … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Christ’s Victory over the World

Previous post related to this subject are: Scriptures on the World Scriptures on the Place of the People of God in This World This post is, specifically, on the victory of Christ over the world.  His love has overcome the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on the World

What people today would call “modernity,” “pop culture,” or some other term, the Bible calls “the world.”  It represents the way of the world that is apart from, and actually against, God.  That is the subject of this post. A … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Imitating Jesus

These verses speak to our imitation of Christ.  To imitate Jesus Christ is our greatest privilege in life.  Here are some verse to help us ponder this privilege of imitating Christ [emphasis and comments added]: Matthew 10:25 “It is enough for … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Conscience

This post is part of a series of posts on the subject of sin. In this post are some verses which reference the human conscience, so important in a right relationship with God [emphasis and comments added]: Romans 2:14 For when … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Condemnation

This post is part of a series of posts on the subject of sin. In this post are some verses about condemnation and related topics [emphasis and comments added]: Romans 2:14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law … Continue reading

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Scriptures on the Slavery of Sin

This post is part of a series of posts on the subject of sin. This post includes verses which speak of the enslavement that sin brings [emphasis and comments added]: Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of a man are before the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Sin

Here are posts listing scriptures about aspects of sin: Scriptures That Define Sin Scriptures That Speak of Eradicating Sin Scriptures on the Slavery of Sin Scriptures on Condemnation Scriptures on Conscience The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus … Continue reading

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Scriptures That Speak of Eradicating Sin

This post is part of a series of posts on the subject of sin. The verses in this post speak of God’s purpose to eradicate sin from our lives.  The reason God forgives us of our sins is so that we … Continue reading

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Scriptures That Define Sin

This post is part of a series of posts on the subject of sin. The following verses define sin, or at least help to define it. Genesis 15:6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Hope Without Direct Reference to God

Sometimes we get dulled to the meaning of a word like “hope.”  This can happen when it is used solely in a religious context and its practical meaning gets lost as people talk about it without practicing it.  It can … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Entering the Kingdom of God

What could be more important in our time than seeking and finding the kingdom of God?  Nothing. The most important thing to know about entrance into the kingdom of God is that it requires morality on our part – godliness. … Continue reading

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Significant Statements About Spirit

This post is part of a series of posts On Becoming Spiritual.   Here are some other phrasings involving the word “spirit” that are worth studying (in addition to the ones already identified in the list found at the end of On … Continue reading

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The Word “Spirit” in a List

This post is part of a series of posts On Becoming Spiritual.   Sometimes the word “spirit” shows up in a context where it is described as part of a set or list (that is, two or more items).  This helps … Continue reading

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Spiritual Wisdom v. Worldly Wisdom

In this  post are portions of Scripture which speak of two different kinds of wisdom: that which is from God and that which is from the world.  I made references to the wisdom of the world bold, and references to … Continue reading

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Synonyms for the Human Spirit

The Bible refers to the human spirit in a variety of ways.  Of coure, foremost among these is “spirit” itself.  Here are some of the others [emphasis added]: Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in … Continue reading

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The Word “Spiritually” (an Adverb)

The word “spiritually” – which, of course, is an adverb – appears only once in the NASB.  Here it is [emphasis added]: 1 Corinthians 2:14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they … Continue reading

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The Word “Spiritual” as a Noun

The word “spiritual” appears in the NASB 26 times, all of them in the New Testament, according to the search function at BibleGateway.com. Most occurrences of “spiritual” are as an adjective.  Here are the verses in which “spiritual” acts as a noun, … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Hope in God

Keep in mind that since Christ is God, hope in God means hope in Christ. Here are scriptures that tell us about hope in Christ (i.e. God) [Emphasis, and occasional comments, added]: Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Strengthening and Encouraging Faith and Hope

The verses in this list speak of either strengthening, encouraging, or otherwise helping someone’s faith or hope.  Think of the subject as being the care and feeding of faith, or the care and feeding of hope.  Here then is the … Continue reading

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Scriptures that Distinguish Faith and Hope

Faith and hope are related concepts,but they are not the same thing.  Faith has to do with what is; hope has to do with what is to come.  That is, faith has to do with the present, while hope has … Continue reading

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Correlating Biblical Concepts: Faith and Love

Here are some verses where the concepts of faith ahd love both appear: 1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. ##### 1 Thessalonians 1:3 constantly bearing in mind your … Continue reading

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Correlating Biblical Concepts: Faith and Hope

Here are some verses where the concepts of faith ahd hope both appear: Romans 5:2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Fearlessness

The true disciples of Jesus Christ, when they are fully trained, become fearless because He was fearless (Luke 6:40).  Here are some verses which help us to meditate on the fearlessness that Christ practiced and that He commands [emphasis, and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Courage

The true disciples of Jesus Christ, when they are fully trained, become courageous because He was courageous (Luke 6:40).  As part of this study, we are including references to “encourage” and its cognates since they mean to “give courage.” Here … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Righteousness

Jesus Christ is righteous.  And He power, as it works within us, makes us righteous.  Here are some verses of Scripture to ponder with regard to righteousness [emphasis added]: Matthew 3:14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Holiness

Jesus Christ is holy.  And through Him, we can be holy. Be aware that holy, holiness, saint, sanctify, and sanctification are all cognates in the orginal language. Here are some scriptures to help you think about that [emphasis added]: Romans 7:12 … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Obedience

Here are verses which speak of obedience.  Included are references to disobedience, for the clarity of contrast.  As you read and ponder this list of verses, think about how Jesus set an example of obedience for us [emphasis, and occasionally … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Steadfastness

[Emphasis added]: 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. ##### Colossians 1:9 For this reason also, since the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Endurance

[Emphasis, and occasionally comments, added]: 1 Corinthians 4:12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; ##### 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Truth v. Lies

“Truth” (including its cognates and synonyms) is shown in bold, while “lie” (including its cognates and synonyms) is shown in italicized bold. Proverbs 11:18 The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward. ##### Proverbs … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Human Will

The following scripture verses mention, or allude to, the human will [emphasis added]: Genesis 24:5 The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Falling Away from Faith

Alas, some who grasp faith do not cling to it.  Consider these verses [emphasis, and occasional comment, added]: Matthew 13:20 “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Doubt

We study doubt only to better understand its opposite: faith. Here are some verses that help us see what faith is not [emphasis added]: Matthew 14:26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Faith

In English, “faith” and “belief” do not appear to be cognates.  However, in Greek they are.  Therefore, whenever we see the following words, we should recognize them all as cognates from one root word:  belief, believe, believing, faith. It is … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Purity

Jesus was pure in heart.  And thus He demonstrates to us that we should be pure in heart. Here are some scriptures to help us think about what it means to purify ourselves [emphasis added]: Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Ambition

We might not normally associate the virtue of ambition with Jesus of Nazareth, but would you consider Him lazy?  Would you consider Him lacking in direction or motivation?  Certainly He was ambitious – but not for His own sake.  That … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Excellence

Jesus lived in pursuit of excellence.  Note carefully that it’s moral excellence He sought – not worldly excellence.  Worldly excellence is as close as well-produced television show, but it is likely to be providing content that is morally contaminated.  Moral … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Perseverance

Perseverance is found in Jesus Christ.  It is found in abundance.  Therefore, if we are to be conformed to His image, we must become persevering.  Here are some scripture verses to help think about that virtue [emphasis added]: Luke 8:15 “But … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Zeal

Zeal is undoubtedly a virtue of Christ.  His disciples noticed how zealous He was for the interests of God (see the context of John 2:17).  Those who want to be like Christ ponder virtues like this so that they might … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Diligence

Jesus was diligent; therefore, diligence is undoubtedly a virtue of Christ.  Therefore, we ought to think about it so that we might practice it. Here are some scriptures to help you do that [emphasis added]: Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Discipline

Jesus Christ was disciplined.  Otherwise, He could never have gone through the last week of His life as He did.  (His patience, perseverance, and forbearance were part of that discipline.)  Jesus both accepted the discipline of His Father and, as … Continue reading

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Alternative Expressions for the Flesh-Spirit Distinction

This post is part of a series on Flesh v. Spirit (Understanding How the Bible Distinguishes Flesh from Spirit). We find variations on these phrases in Scripture, and there are also synonymous expressions used to point to this all critical distinction. … Continue reading

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Scriptures on the Abolition of Physical Warfare Conducted in the Name of God

The New Testament makes clear that the coming of the kingdom of God meant the end of physical warfare in the name of God.  In the kingdom of God, spiritual warfare is the only sort of warfare God authorizes to … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Peace

Jesus Christ was a man of peace, and He is a God of peace.  Consider these scriptures, that we, too, might have peace [emphasis added]: Num 6:24 The LORD bless you, and keep you; Num 6:25 The LORD make His … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Joy

Joy is a virtue, or you could say character trait, of Jesus Christ.  Though He was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3), He knew that the sorrow was fleeting and that enduring joy would ultimately come … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Love

It is almost needless to say that love is a character trait of Jesus Christ.  It is, in fact, the one trait that embodies all the others.  Everything Jesus taught, said, and did was rooted in the motive of love. … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Faithfulness

Faithfulness was an attribute of Jesus when He was a man, and it is an attribute of Christ our God.  It is therefore an attribute He expects us to practice so that we might be bearers of His image and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Forbearance

The Greek word translated as “forbearance” in the NASB is Strong’s # 463.  It shows up only twice in the New Testament, both listed below [Emphasis added]: Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Goodness

Goodness is a characteristic of Jesus Christ.  Study of scriptures like these help us better understand what is entailed in that simple word [Emphasis added]: Psalm 27:13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Gratitude

Jesus was a grateful man.  In fact, His grateful attitude accounted for much of His success – spiritual success, that is.  Here are some scriptures on gratitude, including ones that showed how giving thanks was important to Jesus [emphasis added]” … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Generosity

Jesus of Nazareth was a generous man.  He gave His life in service to God and His fellow Jews.  (And more than a few Gentiles have been helped along the way, too!)  Here are some scriptures on generosity upon which … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Self-Control

Jesus kept Himself under control.  Never was this more apparent than in the hours leading up to His death.  Yet it was only because He had developed self-control long before that time that He was able to exercise it in … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Godliness

Godliness is undoubtedly a virtue of Christ.  Those who want to be like Him study this attribute of His, and seek to make it their own.  Here are some scriptures to help you do that [emphasis added]: Psalm 4:3 But … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Patience

Because the Lord is patient, we should be as well.  Consider these verses which speak of patience [Emphasis added]: 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Kindness

Jesus is kind, and wants us to be kind.  Here are scriptures to help us think about how [Emphasis added]: Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Humility

Jesus was humble.  Therefore, we should be, too.  Let’s meditate on these scriptures about humilty (there are others that you can find on your own, perhaps as you study using a Strong’s concordance) that we might find help in becoming … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Gentleness

Gentleness is important because it is a characteristic of Christ our Lord.  To help us imitate Him, here are some scriptures which shed light on that quality [emphasis added]: Isaiah 40:11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “The Faith”

There is a previous post of scriptures on faith in Christ.  That faith is sometimes called “the faith.” This expression can also refer to the call for us to imitate the faith of Jesus of Nazareth.  As he imitated the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “Able to Teach”

Three times in the New American Standard Bible, the phrase “able to teach” occurs [emphasis added]: 1 Timothy 3:2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, As for … Continue reading

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Scriptures with the phrase “in you”

It’s staggering and wonderful to think of the God of the entire universe working inside of us.  That’s just what the following verses (all containing the phrase “in you,” applied to the believer) communicate [emphasis added]: Philippians 1:6 For I … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Heirs and Inheritance

The Bible speaks frequently of heirs and inheritance.  Of course, both are the result of death, for it’s when someone dies that his wealth is left behind.  There is much to be gleaned, and from a variety of angles, when … Continue reading

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Scriptures on a Hardened Heart

A hardened heart is one that does not receive communications from God.  Note in the scriptures that follow that it is is not just believers who are plagued by hardening, but it can happen to believers, too.  Therefore, be on … Continue reading

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Scriptures on the Kingdom of God Being Given and Received

Here are scriptures indicating that the kingdom of God is given – by God, of course [emphasis added]: Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Sacrifice, Offering, and Altar

The practice of animal sacrifice, so prevalent in ancient times and in Mosaic Law, was rendered obsolete by the spirituality brought by Jesus Christ.  Thus the New Testament speaks of spiritual sacrifices (whether explicitly or implicitly).  However, the Old Testament … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Reward

The Bible speaks of God as a rewarder.  How then can anyone think that living for God leads to an unrewarding life? Here are some scriptures which speak to God rewarding us [emphasis added]: Matthew 6:1 “Beware of practicing your … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Honor

The following verses speak of honor, and particularly the honor that we give God [emphasis added, and comments follow]: 1 Samuel 2:30 “…those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.” God is … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Faith in Christ

Here are some Scriptures on faith in Christ [emphasis added].  Note how the Bible directs our faith to Christ.  That is, faith in God is faith in Christ.  Be aware also that while “faith” and “believe” or “believing” may not look … Continue reading

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Scriptures on the Will of Man

Just as God has a will, He has given to each of us a will.  God has declared His will for us in the Bible and makes it known in our hearts as well.  The disposition of our respective wills … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Obedience to Christ

We who call on the name of Christ should be found obeying Christ.  Here are some scriptures that speak to that, some directly and some indirectly [emphasis added]: Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Righteousness

Righteousness defines the way God thinks and behaves, and thus defines the way He would have His children think and behave. Jesus and His apostles were constantly encouraging the disciples to practice righteousness – and not just righteousness in the … Continue reading

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Scriptures on One God

[Emphasis added.] Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! Malachi 2:10 “Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Gospel

“Gospel” is a scriptural word well worth studying.  It’s meaning is “good news.” The following verses are in scriptural order. Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Grace

The word “grace” is an important one when it comes to understanding the Lord’s message to us through the Bible.  Here are some scriptures with comments to help you get started.  They are listed in scriptural order [emphasis added]. Psalm … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Knowledge

If you study the word “knowledge” in the Scripture you will find the exercise to be very fruitful.  Here are some scriptures on the subject to get you started [emphasis added]: Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Truth

“Truth” is a key word in the Bible.  Studying this word will yield great benefit to the human soul.  Perhaps you could learn to use Strong’s concordance, even the one that is embedded in the NASB online. Here are some … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Salvation

In this age, God has given us a complete salvation.  It is a salvation not of our circumstances, but rather of our souls.  Through this salvation, our hearts are blessed beyond measure – no matter what is going on around … Continue reading

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