For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
All scripture quotations in this
page are from the New International Version of the Bible.
Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man
accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through
him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose
and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing Him
to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death,
because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. David said about him:
"I saw the Lord always
before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my
heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not
abandon me to grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known
to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."
Brothers, I can tell you
confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this
day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would
place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the
resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did His body see
decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.
Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy
Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to
heaven, and yet he said,
"The Lord said to my
Lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet'"
Therefore let all Israel be
assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.
When the people heard this,
they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what
shall we do?"
Peter replied, "Repent
and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your
sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you
and your children and for all who are afar off - for all whom the Lord our God will
Brothers, my heart's desire
and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.For I can testify
about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since
they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own,
they did not submit to God's righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may
be righteousness for everyone who believes.
Moses describes in this way
the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by
them."But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your
heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down)
"or'Who will descend into the deep?" (that is, to bring Christ up
from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in
your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That
if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is LORD," and believe in your heart that
God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you
believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to
shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is
Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, "Everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved."
You see, at just the right
time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely
will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly
dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been
justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through
Him! For if when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death
of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His
life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our LORD Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.
As for you, you were dead in
your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this
world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those
who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the
cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we
were by nature objects of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is
rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is
by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him
in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the
incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ
Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we
are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in
advance for us to do.
At one time we too were
foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and
pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But
when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of
righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of
rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus
Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs
having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress
these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to
doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
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