God In Control

Its an interesting question. I get very suspicious when I hear that radio DJ’s are saying “There’s no verse in the Bible saying, ‘God is in control of everything.'”

That’s true and not true at the same time. The background is the shooting at the movie theater. Two issues arise, and I suspect they arise from the same source.

first, the issue is that Christians were at a midnight movie showing of a violent movie. It looks bad to the world, and presents a bad witness. for starters, the world immediately starts questioning, “What were so-called Godly people doing at a midnight movie showing?” The world has the right to ask that question, as many Christians are asking the same question. It’s a sad reflection upon todays Christianity that so few Christians feel a need to eschew worldly entertainment. It’s even sadder that unsaved worldly people can recognize this is not appropriate behavior for Christians, and that so few Christians recognize it as well. I suppose we should be glad it was not a nightclub serving alcohol this happened at.

Second, the proud boastings of the Christian survivors of that shooting. It is a fact God preserved your life. But… there is also no verse in the Bible that says you are guaranteed safety from death because you are a Christian. On the contrary, Paul spoke of his willingness to die for the Gospel. And as his end approached, he welcomed it in his second epistle to Timothy.

Apparently, some so-called Christians are claiming that their faith (or “word-faith”, I suspect) protected them from all harm – that because they are born again- they were spared. Were any of the victims of that shootings born again? You may be boasting of an unconscious superiority over the slain and injured because you think you’re born again. And again, you’re assuming that those who were shot and injured, or killed, were all unsaved, despite Jesus warning in Luke 13:1-5 that we are not to interpret death and injury from misfortune to be the result of sin.

Did these same Christians puff out their chests on 9-11 and justify themselves saying, “God protected me! At least I wasn’t a sinner like those thousands who died in the Twin towers!!!” How many saved people were in those towers, I wonder? If it fits demographics, I guarantee that at least 2% of those people in the Trade Center were saved, and now walk streets of Gold. Yes, I know, most of Christianity thinks the number of saved in the US is higher than that. With so few churches preaching repentance as part of the salvation message, I guarantee the number is 5% or lower. The number in one analysis of statistics provided by Operation World revealed only 2 to 3% of the World’s population is saved.

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. John 9:1-3 (KJV)

Dennis Costella was struck and killed when a car hit him while he was out walking. Can the average Christian claim a superiority to Mr. Costella? He was a tireless advocate of Fundamentalism, of trying to get Christians to wake up and live Godly lives as the Bible commands us, and not worldly lives. The same verses that Christians misquote to prove their superiority would certainly apply, and possibly more so, to Dennis Costella. Not to mention the millions of Baptist martyrs who died for doctrines such as Believer’s Baptism, and Church Ordinance instead of Church Sacrament.

The point is, Dennis Costella did something for the faith. He wrote, he spoke, he visited, he rebuked wordliness when he saw it, he enjoined Christians to live separated, Godly lives – the things the Bible commands us to do. If anything, he should have had more reason to be safe from harm than the worldly christian who watches tv, listens to rock and roll, and attends midnight showings of movies – in other words, someone who gives no evidence of being a Christian in the eyes of the world besides wearing the occaisional T-shirt with a trite “christian” saying upon it. Costella gave evidence by his life and work of being a saved believer of Jesus Christ.

And the same to be said for those Christians imprisoned, burned alive, drowned, tortured on the rack, placed in freezing stone cold prisons, stripped naked and exiled in the winter to perish from the elements – all because they believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible, and recognized that Baptism should only be done to repentant born again adults. Millions of Christians have died for the faith. Many die every year for their faith around the world every year. Shouldn’t they have been protected as well if your doctrine is true? Alas, it is not true – it is a false doctrine. Demonstrateably so, because we are to accept Jesus Christ by faith. And if Christians were protected from all calamity and evil, then EVERYONE would be trying to be Christians, and it would be impossible to accept the Lord’s propitiatory sacrifice by faith.

We live in a blessed time (for now) when we can actually have a building publically with a sign on it that says “Baptist”, and not have to hide for fear of the sword! It’s only been possible to do that for 300 years! And what do we do? See midnight showings of movies with ungodly subject matter. What good could a movie whose first showing is at midnight be??? If a movie were made of the life of John Bunyan and released in the theaters, would it be premeired at midnight, I wonder? Or Hudson Taylor, or… you get the idea.

However, I do get suspicious of anyone who says “there is no verse in the Bible saying ‘God is in control.” Yes, if you’re looking through a concordance, you’re right. The Emergent Church is quick to find any excuse they can make to attempt to limit the power of God in people’s mind. It’s like the Rabbi who wrote the books on good things happening to bad people, saying “God is limited.” Maybe the God you believe in as a reform Rabbi, but the God of the Bible is not limited.

The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. Isaiah 14:24-25 (KJV)

These are not the words of a limited God. These are the words of a God with immense power.

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:4-7 (KJV)

God is aware of every bird that flies, every person, every dog and cat. That’s what the bible means by Omnipotent. Job understood this!

Then Job answered the Lord, and said, 2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Job 42:1-2 (KJV)

Jeremiah faithfully recorded the words of God…

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? 24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. Jer 23:23-24 (KJV)

So, yes, there is no one verse that says “God is in control”, literally and word for word. There are many verses that tell us thus, spoken in different words. But again, no guarantee exists that Christians should have their lives preserved from tragedy. God may choose to spare your life, for His own good reasons – but Almighty God is under no obligation to preserve your life. Especially if you choose to spend your Christian liberty in things that will keep you from growing or prospering as a Christian.

If the point of the DJ’s was that these Christians were wrong for their boasting, they were correct. I don’t listen to contemporary Christian radio, so I missed the conversation. And I don’t want to misrepresent someone.

Today we need to be sure of our knowledge of the Bible. It seems as if the foes of the Bible are multiplying faster than true Christians are. So today, more than ever, a Christian needs to be able to understand clearly the doctrines of the Bible, and even point out in the Bible where they are! Because they question. Oh, they question. They question and challenge, and quickly raise every example of crooked reasonings that exists – straw men, bad and forced analogies, emotionally charged words, proof by selected instances, appeals to emotion, suggestion by repeated affirmation, misrepresenting an argument, and more.

We worry about a Jehovah’s Witness coming to our door – I worry about the person in the pew next to me being Emergent, sitting there smiling in a Baptist church, not believing any of what he hears in a sermon, but there because Brian Maclaren has a master plan for how to make all churches emergent. Or the kids in the youth group who have read Velvet Elvis and Love Wins. I worry about the Deacon reading books by T. D. Jakes, which aren’t overtly charismatic, but enough smatterings of that doctrine are present to subtly influence – seeds planted that will blossom and grow next year. I worry about the church adopting Church Growth strategies to boost membership. I worry about the Youth Pastor, with his goatee and earring. And none the wiser, because few pastors will warn, despite Biblical command and example. We perish for lack of knowledge.

So, if I understand what the DJ’s were saying correctly, they’re right. Christians at midnight movie theaters should not boast that God saved them, but instead rejoice that they were spared.

He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah. Psalms 66:7 (KJV)


A New Kind Of Heretic

Gen 3:1-5 NOW the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

“Imagine that you’re a…[whatever]”.

Thus begins our introduction to Brian D. McClaren’s “A New Kind of Christianity”. It certainly is not how the book starts – but understanding this is a key to surviving a read of his writings without succumbing to apostasy, heresy, or otherwise damnable errors.

McClaren portrays himself as a “mild-mannered” guy, and begins his book by describing good, solid Christians placing yellow sheets of paper on windshields warning people about him. It is a shame they were not listening.

McClaren thus begins a tactic to accomplish two things: bring your defenses down (“Mild Mannered”) and make you sympathize with him – and thus be more open to whatever heresy he wants to sell you – and second, to make you think that whatever he’s about to sell you is helpful.

And helpful it is, if you’re not a truly born-again believer and are trying to be led astray and away from a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. If you’re trying instead to save your immortal soul from everlasting hellfire, then McClaren’s book is the last thing you want to read.

He tells us “I never wanted to be a controversial religious leader.” Actually, he’s not. He’s respected and loved – except among Bible-believing Christians. Where he’s rejected and feared. And yet “fear” is exactly what McClaren is trying to portray himself as suffering. “Confidence in the hall, fear in the car park.” He writes.

“Dogma” or “Doctrine”?

McClaren is fond of using the word “Dogma” in replacement of the more accurate word “Doctrine” when referring to the teachings of Bible-believing Churches.

The term is not inaccurate – Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines Dogma as…

DOGMA, n. [Gr., to think; L.] A settled opinion; a principle, maxim or tenet; a doctrinal notion, particularly in matters of faith and philosophy; as the dogmas of the church; the dogmas of Plato.

However, in the mind of a liberal, unsaved person, the term “Dogma” carries negative connotations. It seems to imply, to an unsaved person, that one’s beliefs, are “Narrowminded”, inflexible, unrealistic, judgmental. McClaren is subtly attempting to emotionally prejudice his readers against the Bible-believing Church by using the phrase.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #1 – Emotionally charged words

The term can be found three times in two pages, as he begins chapter two.

The parables that McClaren uses (US Revolution, Evolution, Einstein and Relativity, Racial rights, Astronomy) are very misleading. He seems to insinuate that Christianity is opposed to democracy (he is obviously not a Baptist)…

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #34 – Bad or Forced Analogy

and goes so far as to offer a very tenuous argument against a literal interpretation of the Bible (“You’d expect species to radiate out from one center, but the patterns you’re observing don’t support that dogma at all” pgs 14&15). His insinuations is that science again and again trumps the Bible – but again, his arguments are tentuous, and presented in many cases by mere insinuation. He also fails to cite his evidence, leaving us unable to check these so-called patterns. The obvious conclusion is that he’s making that up – or he’d cite his so-called proof!

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #31 – Faulty Assumptions

He suggests on page 15 that the Bible teaches the earth to be the center of the universe, and holds up Galileo Galilei as a warrior bravely facing against traditional Christianity! Alas, he is woefully mistaken. Galileo was a Christian, and the teaching was that held at the time by the Roman Catholic Church, and not by Christianity. And certainly is not the teaching of the Bible…

Psa 19:4-6 KJV Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, (5) Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. (6) His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Yet McClaren states on page 15 authoritatively, “All Christians have known with absolute and objective certainty that the earth is fixed and immovable in the center of the universe, and that the moon, planets, suns and stars str securely embedded in ten majestic crystalline spheres that rotate around the earth.” He’s lying or wrong. There’s no other conclusion.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #2 – Faulty Distribution (Making an argument where “all” is implied or presented, but only “some” is actually true).

It’s a shame Mr. McClaren never checked his beliefs against the Bible, or his apparent lack of knowledge about history against the Bible. He would never have set himself up for embarrassment in this manner.

His insinuation is that just in the same way that Christians didn’t believe in Evolution (We don’t – scientific facts do not support it), don’t believe in Democracy (again, he was not a Baptist, and had no idea that democratic governing is a hallmark of Baptists going back from Baptists, to Anabaptists, to the Waldenses and Albigenses, to the Donatists, to the early Christian church)… didn’t believe in Astronomy (Galileo was a Christian, not a Catholic by convinction), and therefore are against civil rights and racial rights.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #7 – Proof by bad or inconsequential argument

It’s a straw man argument he has set up, and hurriedly moves along, again insinuating his points and not belaboring them. In this manner McClaren attempts to demonize the Christian faith, and cause impressionable youth (who will merely repeat a good argument without verifying it first) to get an unsavory impression of Christianity, and pursue his blasphemy instead.

Twice in these paragraphs he makes quick fallacious jabs at the Bible, attempting to imply that the Bible is untrustworthy, and therefore must be read allegorically.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #10 – Pointing out the logical correctness of the form of an argument whose premisescontain doubtful or untrue statements of fact

This argument makes a lie out of the book title – there is nothing new about this approach. It dates back to Augustine, and to Origen, the two fathers of the Roman Catholic Church.

It may well be we may see McClaren make his bid in the next few years for the office of Pope of the Emergent Church. McClaren may well see himself in position within five years to begin attempting to try assimilating the Roman Catholic Church (which never works – the RCC is a Juggernaut, steamrolling everything in its path. Any attempt to reform it fails, and those attempting to build bridges to it are in reality returning home to the Great Whore).


Mr. McClaren also attempts another subtle trick. In many cases, he uses overly complicated vocabulary to slide his points past the unwary reader.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #25 – Prestige by the use of pseudo-technical jargon

Possibly anticipating that most readers will be unfamiliar with terms like “overarching”, he uses the term perhaps in the hope that the unwary and less educated reader will skip over the unfamiliar words, and thus miss part of his point. In his question, “What is the over-arching theme of the Bible?” most readers will miss what the question is really asking. It is not asking, “What is the theme of the Bible?” but “What theme of the Bible covers over it from first lesson to last?”

The answer is obvious. The most ignorant person in a Baptist Church could answer that question. “The need for Salvation from sin and death, which is a free gift in Jesus Christ!”

God made it that simple for a reason!

2Co 11:2-3 KJV For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

The Bible message is simple so that even the Simple can understand it, turn and be saved. Paul warns us that a subtle teacher (whom McClaren most definitely is) could corrupt the Christian’s mind from “the Simplicity that is in Christ.”

That would indeed be a pity if a good Christian were to be bamboozled by McClaren’s trickery. What worries me is the majority of false converts that flock to churches, who are swayed away by this heresy, to be lost forever by following this. If they stayed in the church, it’s probable that listening to Biblical preaching would eventually lead to their actual salvation. And how many times have we seen someone who’s been in a church for 20 years suddenly realize they never were truly saved, and finally come to the altar one Sunday! Those that get misled by McClaren may never get the chance, and will one day find themselves on Jesus’s left hand, and hear those terrible words, “Away from me, I never knew you…”

The 96th Thesis

On page 18, McClaren offers what he calls the 96’th thesis (referring to the 95 thesis posted by Roman Catholic monk and persecuter of Baptists Martin Luther). His thesis is interesting indeed…

“It’s time for a quest, launched by new questions…a quest for a new kind of Christian faith.” Whatever kind of faith McClaren is proclaiming, it is indeed not Christian at all. It follows Greek thought and philosophy, something the Apostle Paul warns about in Colossians:

Col 2:8 KJV Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

McClaren most certainly applies wonderfully here to that verse. The amazing thing is, like Roman Catholicism before him, he dares to call it Christian. He is presenting another Gospel, an allegorical one. It is post modernism to the Nth degree: “My truth may not be your truth.”

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. John 18:37-38 (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (KJV)

What McClaren is saying is, “my Jesus may not be your Jesus.”

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Cor 11:4 (KJV)

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Cor 11:13-15 (KJV)

JW’s & The Holy Name

This one has a lot of Greek, and some Hebrew in it. I’m not anticipating any comments on this post- ever!

There are a number of issues with the Holy Name. For instance, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is how it’s written in Exodus 8. And the names YHVH and Elohim are also used. The English word Jehovah is impossible in the Hebrew, as there is no J. And without any syllables, it’s conjecture on how its pronounced.

The Greek does not have the name of God. It is not pronounceable in Greek, and is meaningless sounds. “Ieoah” is as close as Greek would get – and it makes no sense. rather, the Greek uses the word Theos.

Theos is a word the Greeks and Romans could recognize, although the Jewish use of it in the singular would have been odd, especially with the designation only (monos) and Monogenes (only begotten).

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3 (KJV)

monon aleithenon theon is how the Greek reads. Only true God. In Hebrew Echad Emet Elohim. But there again is no way to put Elohim into Greek – it becomes a meaningless word to Greeks and Romans.

So, again, there is no evidence for the JW claim that the Holy Name was removed from the Greek text by the Pope, In addition, we have Greek texts dating back to before the first Pope, which was actually Boniface III, in AD 607. Before him was Gregory the Great, who did most of the setting in place of the doctrines and formalization that became the Roman Cathlic Church, 594-604.

Yet we have Greek texts going before this time, some of which belonged to Baptists who never bowed the knee to the Roman Church, such as the Paulicians, the Catharists, and the Donatists. These people were persecuted by the Church, and their Bibles burned when found. Any decree from any Pope to alter their Bibles would end up scorned and ignored. And the texts we do have were ones not found by the Roman Catholic Church – or they would have been burned, not emended.

In none of these texts do we see the greek letters ιεουαη or ιεουας, which is about as close as you’ll get to “Jehovah”, a name which actually could not be written even in English until after 1680 or so as the letters J and V are of recent origin. The V was originally pronounced “U”. So the word “Just” would be written “Jvste” or sometimes “Jvsste”, as their originally was no consistancy in how Englishe words where speyllede. In the 17th century, there was no way to fail spelling. Your way was as good as mine.

Going back to the original English translations, we see

& I appeared vnto Abraham, Isaac & Iacob, an Allmightie God: but my name, LORDE, haue I not shewed vnto them: (Exodus 6:3, Coverdale)

I appeared vnto Abraham, Isahac, and Iacob as an almightie God: but in my name Iehouah was I not knowen vnto them. (Exodus 6:3, Bishops)

And I appeared vnto Abraha, to Izhak, & to Iaakob by the Name of Almightie God: but by my Name Iehouah was I not knowen vnto the. (Exodus 6:3, Geneva)

and I appeared vnto Abraham, Isaac and Iacob an allmightie God: but in my name Iehouah was I not knowne vnto them. (Exodus 6:3, Tyndale)

And I appeared vnto Abraham, vnto Isaac, and vnto Iacob, by the Name of God Almighty, but by my name IEHOVAH was I not knowen to them. (Exodus 6:3 KJV-1611)

It was not until after 1680 or so that it began to be written “Jehovah”. And It was not until the Cambridge Edition of the King James in 1769 that spelling was finally standardized for all future editions of the Authorized Bible, also known as the King James.

What about Luther? Although he did not separate from Rome anywhere NEAR far enough, here is his German translation of the Bible,

und bin erschienen Abraham, Isaak und Jakob, daß ich ihr allmächtiger Gott sein wollte; aber mein Name, HERR, ist ihnen nicht offenbaret worden. (Exodus 6:3, Luther 1545)

Luthor chose “LORD” (HERR) rather than Iehouah.

so, the Watchtower Society claim of editing of Greek Texts does not bear out. In fact, they make the claim without any evidence, and despite the weight of evidence rising to the contrary.

So the New World Translation places Jehovah in places where the Greek and Hebrew texts do not have it.

More on JW’s

Again, coming from a slightly different approach. We’ve already shown that the Watchtower Society has chosen the very text that was edited by the Church, and not the one they claim was – and was not.

Does the Bible have any evidence for the creation of an organization such as the “governing body”? Indeed, the Bible shows rather that the church is a local institution. There is no Biblical authority for a priesthood, or any sanctuary other than the Jerusalem Temple. While the apostate temple will be built by Jews who do not believe… the last one will be built by the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is also no Scriptural evidence for any group of men to determine the meaning of Scripture. That is the right of every believer to search the Scriptures for themselves and see.

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20 (KJV)

Yes, we are to learn correct doctrine, and are to follow in the Apostles’s Doctrine. But that doctrine must agree with the plain sense reading of the Scriptures, and not be some allegorical or spiritualized reading attributed to the text.

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Matt 22:29 (KJV)

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 3:14-15 (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ makes it clear we will be judged by the Scriptures. And Paul mentions to Timothy that his learning that he’d had since a child was assured of. this tells us that Paul told him, “yup, you had it right!” Which means timothy was able to read it for himself and see the plain meaning.

So, by comparing these two verses, a JW should be able to read the Bible for himself, see what it means. If the Governing Body is in error, the JW is duty bound to reject it.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

 Having made too many blog posts on other subjects in the last few days, this actually is written on the 15th, and the event happened on the 14th.

A JW came to my door. Well, someone in my family was ill, so I couldn’t let him in. Alas. I did invite him to come back sometime a couple of weeks from now, so the next few days my blog posts will probably all deal with JW’s.

The essential issue that I don’t think they’re prepared for is the manuscript issue. The JW’s bought into a line that the WH manuscript is the “oldest and best” manuscript – yet it was written in 1881.

The WH was based upon a supposed reconciling of Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. The reconciling turned out to be impossible, as they contradict each other in over 10,000 places. This count was done by Dean John Burgon, and recently repeated by Lawrence Vance.

The NWT is based upon the Wescott/Hort, who both had an admiration for Roman Catholicism, and when Vaticanus supported their (w&h’s) theologies, they followed it. When Sinaiticus followed their theologies, they followed that. And when neither followed, they either removed the verse, or the part of the verse that would interfere with their theologies.

Vaticanus and Sinatiticus both showed editing by several different men over several different years. Verses removed by erasing, words, passages and verses overwritten to change their meaning… both manuscripts can only be ruled as completely unreliable.

So only the Textus Receptus is accurate, having been in use since the time of Christ.

This makes the Watchtower society contradict themselves. They claim that “christendom” has falsified the Greek Manuscripts, and only the JW’s are using the correct manuscripts. Yet they themselves are guilty of what they proclaim loudly from the rooftops!

Not only do they choose the edited manuscripts to “translate” from – they do not translate correctly, and like Wescott and Hort, they choose the rendering that best supports their theology. As opposed to the King James Bible, where Lancelot Andrews and others, mostly Conformist Anglicans, all translated the Bible as best they could, even when the verses contradicted their theologies. Instead of supporting the Church of England, the KJV supported the hated Baptists.

The key is the Bible. It is the word of God. And if you’ve got the best manuscripts and translate them correctly, then you must follow what they say.

Word Study “Overcometh”

July 15

Overcometh Nika’o Victory, victor, conquer, victorious

To overcome is to gain the victory.

Lk 11:22
Casting out a dumb devil, He rebukes the blasphemous Pharisees
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
Jn 16:33
He assures them that their prayers made in His name will be answered by His Father
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Ro 3:4
Their prior rights
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Ro 12:21
We want to please God because of His mercies
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
1Jn 2:13
To know God is to keep His commandments
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
1Jn 2:14
To know God is to keep His commandments
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
1Jn 4:4
He warns us to test all teachings before accepting them
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1Jn 5:4
Those who love God love His children and keep His commandments
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5
Those who love God love His children and keep His commandments
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Rev 2:7
The things Christ tells John to write to the angel (minister) of the church in Ephesus
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Rev 2:11
to the angel of the church in Smyrna
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Rev 2:17
to the angel of the church in Pergamum
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Rev 2:26
and to the angel of the church in Thyatira
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 3:5
The angel of the church in Sardis is reproved
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Rev 3:12
The angel of the church in Philadelphia
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 3:21
The angel of the church in Laodicea is rebuked for indifference
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 5:5
The book sealed with seven seals
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Rev 6:2
Four seals are opened, each followed in turn by a rider
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Rev 11:7
The Lord’s two witnesses prophesy
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 12:11
A woman clothed with the sun lies in travail
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 13:7
A beast arises out of the sea, and the dragon gives it his power
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 15:2
The seven angels with the seven last plagues
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Rev 17:14
The victory of the Lamb
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Rev 21:7
A new heaven and a new earth
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Word Study “To make Holy”

Hagiadzo – to make holy or consecrate.

This is a greek word study, to show and get a better feel for the use of the word “to make Holy.”

Something that is consecrated is set apart for holy use, for use by God. Thus, as you’ll see, the verses make clear by the context of the use of the word Hagiadzo  that the believer in Jesus Christ is set apart for Holy use.

This explains the antonymic comparison Paul used of “vessels of honor, and vessels of dishonor.”

Description Context
Mt 1:18
The story of Jesus’ birth
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Mt 1:20
The story of Jesus’ birth
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Mt 3:11
He reprimands the Pharisees, and baptizes Jesus in Jordan
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mt 4:5
Christ fasts, then is tempted
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Mt 7:6
Christ, ending His sermon on the mount, reproves rash judgment
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Mt 12:32
He heals the blind and dumb demoniac
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Mt 24:15
Christ foretells the destruction of the temple
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mt 25:31
The description of the last judgment
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mt 27:52
He dies and is buried
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mt 27:53
He dies and is buried
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Mt 28:19
Christ appears to His disciples
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mk 1:8
The mission of John the Baptist
8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
Mk 1:24
He heals one who had an unclean spirit
24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
Mk 3:29
and refutes the charge that He casts out devils with the aid of Beelzebub
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Mk 6:20
Various opinions of Christ’s identity
20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
Mk 8:38
and acknowledges that He is the Christ, who must be killed but will rise again
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Mk 12:36
He refutes the scribes’ opinion of Christ
36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Mk 13:11
Christ foretells the destruction of the temple
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Lk 1:15
The conception of John the Baptist
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
Lk 1:35
and of Christ
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Lk 1:41
The prophecies of Elisabeth and Mary concerning Christ
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
Lk 1:49
The prophecies of Elisabeth and Mary concerning Christ
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Lk 1:67
The prophecy of Zacharias, about Christ
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
Lk 1:70
The prophecy of Zacharias, about Christ
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
Lk 1:72
The prophecy of Zacharias, about Christ
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
Lk 2:23
Jesus is circumcised
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
Lk 2:25
Simeon and Anna prophesy of Jesus
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Lk 2:26
Simeon and Anna prophesy of Jesus
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Lk 3:16
his testimony concerning Christ
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Lk 3:22
Christ, baptized, receives testimony from heaven
22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Lk 4:1
The temptation and fasting of Christ
1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Lk 4:34
and begins to preach
34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
Lk 9:26
Peter acknowledges Him to be the Christ
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Lk 11:13
Christ teaches how to pray
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Lk 12:10
Christ tells His disciples to avoid hypocrisy
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
Lk 12:12
Christ tells His disciples to avoid hypocrisy
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Jn 1:33
The testimony of John concerning Christ
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Jn 7:39
and teaches in the temple
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Jn 14:26
requests love and obedience
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Jn 17:11
in unity
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Jn 20:22
and to His disciples
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Ac 1:2
Christ prepares the apostles for His ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Ac 1:5
Christ prepares the apostles for His ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Ac 1:8
Christ prepares the apostles for His ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Ac 1:16
They choose Matthias in the place of Judas
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Ac 2:4
The apostles are filled with the Holy Spirit and witness in many languages
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Ac 2:33
Peter preaches the Messiah crucified, risen, the worker of miracles
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Ac 2:38
He baptizes three thousand converts
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Ac 3:14
Peter rebukes them for crucifying Jesus Christ
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Ac 3:21
Peter rebukes them for crucifying Jesus Christ
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Ac 4:8
After Peter’s bold declaration at the hearing
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
Ac 4:27
The church prays for God’s help
27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Ac 4:30
The church prays for God’s help
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Ac 4:31
The church prays for God’s help
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Ac 5:3
Ananias and Sapphira, his wife, fall dead at Peter’s rebuke of their hypocrisy
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Ac 5:32
The apostles are again imprisoned
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Ac 6:3
The apostles, determined to neglect neither physical needs nor ministry if the word
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Ac 6:5
The apostles, determined to neglect neither physical needs nor ministry if the word
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Ac 6:13
The apostles, determined to neglect neither physical needs nor ministry if the word
13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:
Ac 7:33
Stephen, permitted to answer the accusation of blasphemy
33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
Ac 7:51
He rebukes the Jews’ rebellion and murder of Christ, whose coming the prophets foretold
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Ac 7:55
At this they stone him to death, as he commends his soul to Jesus and humbly prays for them
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Ac 8:15
Peter and John come to confirm and enlarge the church, where by prayer and laying on of hands the Holy Spirit is given
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
Ac 8:17
Peter and John come to confirm and enlarge the church, where by prayer and laying on of hands the Holy Spirit is given
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Ac 8:18
Peter and John come to confirm and enlarge the church, where by prayer and laying on of hands the Holy Spirit is given
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Ac 8:19
Peter and John come to confirm and enlarge the church, where by prayer and laying on of hands the Holy Spirit is given
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Ac 9:13
is called by Christ to be and apostle
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
Ac 9:17
is called by Christ to be and apostle
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Ac 9:31
The Jews lay wait to kill him
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Ac 9:32
The Jews lay wait to kill him
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
Ac 9:41
and restores Dorcas to life
41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Ac 10:22
who, by a vision
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Ac 10:38
As he preaches Christ to Cornelius and his company
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Ac 10:44
the Holy Ghost descends on them
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Ac 10:45
the Holy Ghost descends on them
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Ac 10:47
the Holy Ghost descends on them
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Ac 11:15
Peter, being accused of eating with Gentiles
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Ac 11:16
Peter, being accused of eating with Gentiles
16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Ac 11:24
As the gospel spreads to Phenice (Phoenicia), Cyprus, and Antioch, Barnabas is sent to confirm the converts
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Ac 13:2
Paul and Barnabas are chosen for ministry to the Gentiles
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Ac 13:4
Paul and Barnabas are chosen for ministry to the Gentiles
4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
Ac 13:9
Paul and Barnabas are chosen for ministry to the Gentiles
9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
Ac 13:52
The Gentiles beg Paul to preach to them
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
Ac 15:8
The apostles consult about it
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Ac 15:28
and send their decision, by letters, to the churches
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Ac 16:6
Paul circumcises Timothy
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
Ac 19:2
The Holy Spirit is given by Paul’s hands
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Ac 19:6
The Holy Spirit is given by Paul’s hands
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Ac 20:23
At Miletus Paul calls the elders together, tells them what shall befall him
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Ac 20:28
At Miletus Paul calls the elders together, tells them what shall befall him
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Ac 21:11
Philip’s daughters are prophetesses
11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
Ac 21:28
where he is seized, and in great danger
28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
Ac 26:10
Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, describes his life from his childhood
10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
Ac 28:25
He states openly to the Jews in Rome the cause of his coming
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Ro 1:2
Paul commends his calling to the Romans
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
Ro 1:7
Paul commends his calling to the Romans
7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ro 5:5
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Ro 7:12
Yet the law is not sin
12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Ro 8:27
They that are in Christ, and live according to the Spirit, are free from condemnation
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Ro 9:1
Paul’s sorrow for the Jews
1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
Ro 11:16
God has not cast off all Israel, but has saved a remnant
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Ro 12:1
We want to please God because of His mercies
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Ro 12:13
We want to please God because of His mercies
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Ro 14:17
The weak brother
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Ro 15:13
but we should receive one another, as Christ received us all
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Ro 15:16
but we should receive one another, as Christ received us all
16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Ro 15:25
but we should receive one another, as Christ received us all
25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Ro 15:26
but we should receive one another, as Christ received us all
26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
Ro 15:31
and requests their prayers
31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
Ro 16:2
He introduces and commends Phebe
2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Ro 16:15
He introduces and commends Phebe
15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
Ro 16:16
He introduces and commends Phebe
16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
1Co 1:2
After his salutation and thanksgiving
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1Co 2:13
Only to those of mature faith can he impart God’s wisdom
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 3:17
Every man is the temple of God and the dwelling place of His Spirit
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Co 6:1
Christians must not go to law against each other
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1Co 6:2
Christians must not go to law against each other
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:19
The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 7:14
Marriage vows are to be taken seriously
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
1Co 7:34
Reasons for marrying or remaining single
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
1Co 12:3
Paul gives the Corinthians a rule wherewith they can recognize the Spirit of God
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
1Co 14:33
Let all things be done for edification
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1Co 16:1
The apostle commands the Corinthians to provide for the needs of the brethren at Jerusalem
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1Co 16:15
and after friendly admonitions
15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
1Co 16:20
and after friendly admonitions
20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
2Co 1:1
Paul comforts the Corinthians in their affliction, citing his own experiences of God’s help
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2Co 6:6
As a fellow worker with Christ, Paul asks them not to accept God’s grace and then waste it
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
2Co 8:4
He seeks funds for relief of the poor in the church at Jerusalem, and reminds the people of the Macedonians’ generosity
4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
2Co 9:1
Paul has sent Titus and the other brethren in advance to arrange for their gift
1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
2Co 9:12
which, if made generously and cheerfully
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
2Co 13:12
…and to escape his severity by reforming now
12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
2Co 13:13
…and to escape his severity by reforming now
13 All the saints salute you.
2Co 13:14
…and to escape his severity by reforming now
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Eph 1:1
Paul salutes the Ephesians
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
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and gives thanks for spiritual blessings
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
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and gives thanks for spiritual blessings
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
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and gives thanks for spiritual blessings
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
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and gives thanks for spiritual blessings
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
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By comparing what we were by nature
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
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By comparing what we were by nature
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
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By revelation, Paul learned
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
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By revelation, Paul learned
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
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and prays
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
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He pleads for unity of the Spirit
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
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He pleads for unity of the Spirit
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 5:3
to flee fornication
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
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to flee fornication
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 6:18
The duty of children to their parents
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Php 1:1
The Christians at Philippi are greeted by Paul and Timothy
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
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Paul tells how much he appreciated the Philippians’ liberality to him in prison
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
Php 4:22
Paul tells how much he appreciated the Philippians’ liberality to him in prison
22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
Col 1:2
Paul thanks God for the faith of the Colossians
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Col 1:4
Paul thanks God for the faith of the Colossians
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
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prays again for their growth in grace
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
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prays again for their growth in grace
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
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prays again for their growth in grace
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
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encouraging them to humility, love, and other duties
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1Th 1:5
Paul remembers the Thessalonians at all times in thanksgiving and prayer
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
1Th 1:6
Paul remembers the Thessalonians at all times in thanksgiving and prayer
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
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He prays for their spiritual growth
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
1Th 4:8
He exhorts them to please God in their lives, and especially to value purity
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
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He prays for their sanctification
26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
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He prays for their sanctification
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
2Th 1:10
He comforts them in their persecution, telling them of God’s righteous judgment on their enemies
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
1Ti 5:10
Rules to be observed in reproof
10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
2Ti 1:9
He asks Timothy to stir up the gift of God in him
9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2Ti 1:14
He asks Timothy to stir up the gift of God in him
14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Tit 3:5
Farther directions as to the things Titus should and should not teach
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
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Paul rejoices to hear of the faith and love of Philemon
5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
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Paul rejoices to hear of the faith and love of Philemon
7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Heb 2:4
We must guard against inattention and neglect of God’s message through His Son
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Heb 3:1
The church is shown how Christ is above Moses
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
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and warned against unbelief
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Heb 6:4
These Christians are warned against backsliding
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:10
We are encouraged to imitate those who have inherited the promises of God
10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Heb 9:8
The earthly priesthood
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
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The weakness of sacrifices under the law
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
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The spirit of Christian love
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
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showing that salvation in Christ is a thing prophesied of old
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
1Pe 1:15
He commands his readers to set their hope on God’s mercy through Christ’s revelation
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
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He commands his readers to set their hope on God’s mercy through Christ’s revelation
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
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and urges them to be living stones of the spiritual house of which Christ is the cornerstone
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
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and urges them to be living stones of the spiritual house of which Christ is the cornerstone
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 3:5
Peter instructs wives and husbands concerning their duty to each other
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
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He warns them to be constant in the faith of Christ, the true Son of God
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
2Pe 1:21
He warns them to be constant in the faith of Christ, the true Son of God
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2Pe 2:21
The godly shall be spared this punishment, as Lot was delivered out of Sodom
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 3:2
Peter assures them that Christ will return
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
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and exhorts them to holiness of life
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
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from whose deceits the godly preserve themselves through perseverance in faith and holiness of life
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1Jn 5:7
Those who love God love His children and keep His commandments
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Jude 1:3
Jude exhorts his readers to be contenders for the faith
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 1:14
Jude exhorts his readers to be contenders for the faith
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
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Jude exhorts his readers to be contenders for the faith
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Rev 3:7
The angel of the church in Philadelphia
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
Rev 4:8
John sees the throne of God in heaven
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev 5:8
The book sealed with seven seals
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 6:10
Four seals are opened, each followed in turn by a rider
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Rev 8:3
At the opening of the seventh seal, seven angels receive seven trumpets
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4
At the opening of the seventh seal, seven angels receive seven trumpets
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Rev 11:2
The Lord’s two witnesses prophesy
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Rev 11:18
The second woe is past
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Rev 13:7
A beast arises out of the sea, and the dragon gives it his power
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:10
A beast arises out of the sea, and the dragon gives it his power
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Rev 14:10
An angel preaches the gospel
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:12
An angel preaches the gospel
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Rev 15:3
The seven angels with the seven last plagues
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Rev 16:6
The angels pour out their bowls of wrath
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Rev 17:6
A woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, with a golden cup in her hand, sits on a scarlet beast
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Rev 18:20
The wicked kings of the earth mourn for Babylon
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
Rev 18:24
The wicked kings of the earth mourn for Babylon
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Rev 19:8
The heavenly hosts praise God
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 20:6
Satan is bound for a thousand years
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Rev 20:9
Satan is bound for a thousand years
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 21:2
A new heaven and a new earth
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:10
A new heaven and a new earth
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Rev 22:6
The river of the water of life
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Rev 22:11
The river of the water of life
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Rev 22:19
The river of the water of life
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.