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Welcome to the “Find God” page, you may have chosen to click on this page, but we are taught that God draws those who will believe (John 6:44). The next question people tend to ask is has He “drawn me” to which the answer is… you’re here aren’t you? Nothing happens by chance or by accident. God desires for you to know Him. The only question is will you continue in your quest to “find God?” However, there are a few questions you may need answered before getting there. Below we’ll attempt to answer these very important questions and then tell you how to know God!


Questions We will Seek to Answer:

Who is God?
The One True God, Lord Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth (who is Three as One Nature; being Father, Son and Holy Spirit… this is hard to understand but God essentially exists in three subsistence’s (i.e. forms of existence), and these subsistence’s all equally partake of the same essence).

Where Is God?
Everywhere… His glory is in Heaven and His Spirit is in the believer.

What does God Want?
The Glory that is due to Him.

Why Does He Allow Bad Things?
He allows choice and we chose and choose bad things (which bring with them their consequences… messed things up, including our relationship with Him, which was severed by sin).

What Did God Do To Restore Us?
Took sins punishment to the Cross (as our substitute), died for our sin and rose again three days later! The Cross of Christ acted as a bridge to again unite us with God (since our sin had severed it).

How do I “Get Saved?”
Faith in God/Jesus Christ… which has a proper response… confession to Him and others, repentance and living for God.

I’ve Accepted Jesus and His Salvation… What Now?
Foster a deep relationship through prayer, reading the word, being with others that believe, following the Holy Spirit, which lives within the believer, and keep your eyes on the prize of Heaven as hardship will come.

What happens when I sin after salvation?
Still saved, but it does affect the intimacy of the relationship. Confess and Repent.

Is there another Way to Heaven?
No… Jesus declared He is the only way… so there is no other way, even if they claim to complement the Bible.

Our Prayer
That you draw near to God as He draws near to you. That today you “find” salvation in Jesus’ name. He is waiting and desires that you come to Him! In accepting Christ today, you’d be joining our family… “the family of God!”

 

Who Is God?

This is an important question! If you are to find God you must know what it is you are looking for. You see there are many “gods” out there, but the One True God is what you need to be seeking.

First off, you must realize that God is who He is (Isaiah 46:9-10). Who you assume, think or feel Him to be is of no relevance, God doesn’t exist in our minds… He IS who He IS regardless of whether our not you believe it (Exodus 3:14). Many people start out with “I think” when telling someone about their view of God, which is silly because what you “think” doesn’t matter. What matters is what you know (as fact) because God has made it known about Himself (Romans 1:20; 2 Timothy 1:8-10) People who base their life off of what they think are basing their life off of what their finite minds can know. No one knows everything about everything but God, so why not base your life off of someone smarter than yourself… or are you proud in your thinking? You won’t find God if you are prideful in your thinking (Psalm 138:6; James 4:6).

The God that we at FBCFW believe in is the One true God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth (He is far above us), as described in the Bible, which we believe are made up of God inspired books written by people (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16, 19-21). We also believe that the Bible in its original manuscripts is without error (Psalm 19:7; 2 Peter 1:21). We also believe that God has preserved (miraculously) for us manuscripts that are accurate with the same unaltered message (either originals or close to). There is much study in this field that validates this belief. If you struggle in believing this we encourage you to do more studying on the background of the Bible at carm.org

What does the Bible say about God? I must warn you… God is bigger than your mind can comprehend and is not limited to your box or logic, for we possess but finite/limited minds and are trying to comprehend an infinite being that is not limited by creation, time or space (Romans 11:33; Psalm 139:16-17). However, the Bible has told us some things about God that we accept in faith (our logic and experience also validate this faith). It describes God as Holy (set apart/perfect/unstained/pure) (Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:16), All Powerful (Colossians 2:9-10; Revelation 19:1, Daniel 4:35), which creation attests too (Romans 1:20), All Knowing (Psalm 94:11; 1 John 3:19-20), All Present (Psalm 139:7-12; 1 Kings 8:27), The Good Judge of all (Revelation 20:11-15) and Loving (Revelation 1:5b; 1 John 4:7-8). In fact, God is even described as Love (1 John 4:16). To be clear we are not talking about “love” as our society has warped the word, but rather a deep, unrelenting, selfless/sacrificial, patient, kind, humble, hoping love that can not be shaken for it is not based on how its received (Ephesians 2:4-8). 

Here’s where most people elevate themselves in their minds to be “needed” by God. The truth is that God does not and has never needed us (Acts 17:24-25). God in and of Himself is complete and experiences love and relationship even within Himself (John 17:23-24). People tend to get confused at this point (remember the earlier warning). God is “Three in One” or “Triune” or “The Trinity” as He is more commonly referred to (John 1:1-3; 10:30; Colossians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16-17). This is a tough thing to comprehend. There are many explanations that try to make sense of this. “Body, Soul and Spirit make up a person;” “Fuel, Spark and Oxygen make up fire” but these simply fall short in the depth and understanding of the Trinity, and that is okay. Basically God exists in three subsistence’s (i.e. forms of existence) and these subsistence’s all equally partake of the same essence. So, Jesus is as much God as the Holy Spirit, but the way they exist in person is distinct, and the way they exist as God is essentially the same (One in essence, distinct in person). Therefore, this also means that each member of the Trinity shares the same attributes as the other, without ruining their distinction from one another. If this only leaves you more confused do not worry, it is difficult to wrap your mind around. Then again, if we could understand all that God is and does, than He wouldn’t be as awe inspiring and infinite. The essential thing you need to know is that there are three parts of the Godhead, which are The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-3; 10:30; Colossians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

 

Where Is God?

As mentioned before God is “All Present” or Omnipresent. He is everywhere and yet not “in everything” as eastern philosophy might suggest, although He does make everything function and hold together (Colossians 1:17). God’s glory is found in Heaven where “He Dwells” but is present here with us. He is not limited in His location. The Holy Spirit in fact dwells within the believer who has accepted Jesus Christ (the Son who came in flesh and dwelt among us) as Savior from sin (more will be explained later on this). So God’s Glory is in Heaven (Acts 7:55), His Presence is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12) and He lives within those who have put their faith and trust in Him (2 Timothy 1:14).

 

What Does God Want?

If God is this Mighty God that Created the Universe, than the natural following question is why, or for what purpose did He make it? Here is a massively important question… the answer to this question ultimately gives us the purpose of Creation and Humanity and more specifically you and I.

The answer is glory (Psalm 19:14; Psalm 29; Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 66:18; Isaiah 43:7). He wants the glory that all Creation gives Him (Psalm 8). He also desires the voluntary glory/worship (important distinction we’ll discuss more later) that we are capable of. Now before you get to thinking that God is somehow wrong for wanting praises and recognition, we must remember that He is God, not us. He alone IS worthy of praises and all glory (Psalm 148:13). To give the glory that is due Him to another is improper due to this (Exodus 34:14; Isaiah 48:11).

 

If God is All Powerful and All Loving, Why do Bad Things Happen?

Well first off God did not make the world with bad things in it. Genesis 1-2 describes the world as “very good” not lacking anything for man and untouched by pain, disease and death. We were made different from the animals, for we were made in the image of God and He breathed life into us (we’re not simply a move advanced animal, an idea of the Theory of Evolution which is filled with holes and problems, for more info check out irc.com). Also we, unlike the animals, were made to have an intimate relationship with God (whereby we glorified Him).

However, one day everything changed. You see God had given us access to all the fruits and vegetables in the Garden of Eden (where man lived) with exception to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which we were forbidden to eat (death would be the penalty for eating of it). We were tempted (Satan spurring us on) and ate of the fruit and from that day forward things changed. Sin had corrupted perfection… Disease, suffering and death would become a part of what we’d know as life. So the reason that things are bad is due to our original sin and the sin that we and others commit regularly! So we humans are the ones who chose the pain we go through.

However, the consequences of our actions don’t stop there. Because we sinned and are stained by sin we are at odds with a Holy God, that cannot be associated with sin (must remain set apart from it) (James 1:13). Our sin has separated us from God now and one day forever in Hell (Isaiah 59:2; Hebrews 7:26; Matthew 13:49-50; Matthew 10:28). If he hadn’t made a way of forgiveness/reconciliation/restoration than we would live without hope in this world or eternity to come.

Could God have made it so that we wouldn’t have to go through this? Yes, but that would have meant we were unable to choose not to glorify Him. We would have simply been puppets and pre-programmed robots that had no choice. Instead He desired voluntary worship/glory from us and therefore gave us choice to listen and follow Him, glorifying Him in our obedience and love. Some people have a problem with this. For in giving us this option many have chosen not to follow God and reap the punishment of Hell that comes with this (something we all actually deserve, a concept that many struggle with, but a good Judge condemns the guilty party). But honestly what right does the clay have to say to the potter “why have you made me like this” (Romans 9:20-21)? It is unfortunate that all have forsaken God (Romans 1-3 declares that we’ve abandoned God and have each chosen not to follow Him), but it is also wonderful that God in his love has made a way to be with Him now and forever in Eternity (Heaven)! The means in which He’d make this possible would forever be the greatest display of love known to all creation. A display which showed mankind the great love and desire He has for us and for His glory.

 

What Did God Do To Restore Us?

Well the punishment for sin outlined right from the garden and the tree is death (Genesis 2:17). So our sin required death. But to simply shed the blood of animals (as in the Old Testament), who were meant to be a substitute, merely “pushed forward” the sin, never actually getting rid of it completely. The blood/life of a Holy sacrifice was necessary and the only Holy One is God. So God Himself came born of a virgin (so as to remain pure… not blemished by a family line of sin and sin itself) to grow as a man named Jesus, who displayed His status as God and then took the sin of the world to the cross and His death was sufficient payment (a sufficient substitute) for the sin of the world. Therefore “bridging the gap” between sinful man and Holy God, by making those who would have faith in Him right/pure in His eyes (the punishment having been sufficiently paid for).

But it didn’t end there, He showed His power over sin and death by raising Himself from the dead on the third day! If He hadn’t raised He wouldn’t have fulfilled His prediction (John 2:19) and would be much like the others who claim great things, but their stories end in the grave. This is great proof that Jesus is God, for no other has power over sin and death.

 

How do I get this “salvation” from Sin in Jesus?

First off you must know you can’t earn it. Its only by faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Besides even our “good” actions are as filthy rags, for they are stained by sin (Isaiah 64:6). There is only one way to be made clean!

Believe that Jesus is who He said He is (God as a man)… that He did what the Bible says He did (die on the cross for the sin of the world and raise three day later) (1 Corinthians 15:3-6). Repent from sin, which is to say sorry and turn from sin (the proper/natural reaction when you realize the cost of your sin was Christ’s suffering) (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). Then in faith confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:8-10). In short, Belief is the means of salvation, which results in Faith and Repentance (for belief itself is not enough according to James 2:19, belief in God requires a response/changed life).

Why is this the case? Think of it this way. You’re at odds with someone because of what you’ve done. First you must believe that this happened, then you must acknowledge your fault, say sorry and live differently (to do it over and over again says to the person that your sorry wasn’t meant). This makes sense to us and it’s the same in salvation. You must believe its real in order to accept His payment of sin and your repentance isn’t accepted when its not genuine.

If you have both genuine faith in Jesus (God in the flesh) and repentance from sin, then you have been made right by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:9) and now stand innocent before God (Colossians 1:21-22). You have had the “wall” of sin that separated you from God “torn down” and a relationship with the Holy God can be had again!

 

I’ve accepted… What now? What does God want from me?

Well now that you’ve started a relationship, what kind of relationship would it be if you never really did anything together? Prayer is how we talk to God and He speaks to us through the Bible, His “Word.” We know that these two components are necessary in a relationship with God, just as they are in any relationship (communication).

However, we have the opportunity to have an intimate relationship with the Creator God and the Savior of our Eternal status (which we do not deserve, no matter how much you may “feel” entitled to it). If that is what we believe, in faith… it is our reality and we wouldn’t want to stop at “hello!” We would desire a deep, rich relationship! If one believes that sin cost our Savior what it did (in coming to be rejected by His creation and hung on a cross for our sin), why would we want to go back to it? The answer is we wouldn’t. Leonard Ravenhill put it this way: “Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for?”

We also know that there are many without the knowledge of salvation in Jesus. How can a believer remain silent? Out of love for God and others (which He loves them and values them highly, therefore so should we) we should be declaring the life giving message of salvation through Jesus (Romans 10:14-15)! Out of gratitude we should also want to live out our days for His glory and with the great expectation of meeting Him one day face to face (Hebrews 10:35-39, 12:1-2; Philippians 3:7-16)! The greatest honor which we hope for and look forward to is entering into His eternity with Him declaring “well done” (Matthew 25:21).

In all of these things the Holy Spirit that lives within the believer stirs us up to these “good works” and comforts us in our trials that will surely come to the follower of Jesus, as they came to Him (1 Peter 2:25; Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4). 

So in short the Holy Spirit inspires the believer to daily seek a relationship with Him, live for Him, tell others about Him and helps us to persevere with the hope and promise of Heaven in mind!

There is also a first act of obedience that Jesus has laid out for us to follow. That is a public declaration of the inward transformation and salvation through Jesus. That is done as it is in the Bible, through immersion Baptism, which we do regularly at FBCFW to those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:1-4)!

There is also an element of being with other believers in Jesus. We are told we are now a part of the Family of God, heirs of Eternity together (Galatians 4:1-7)! The road of Christianity is a joyous and blessed one, but it is not without its discouragement and trials (2 Timothy 3:12; John 15:20). We are told to come together to learn, worship Him and encourage one another. We hope that if you are from the area you will join FBCFW as we do this together. If you’re from out of town we encourage you, as does God (Hebrew 10:23-25) to find and be a regular part of a Bible believing, God honoring and Christ sharing church in your local town (which shares this view of salvation by grace alone, as outlined in God’s word).

 

What happens when I sin after I’ve been saved?

Doesn’t change your status as a Child of God (his grace covers you). However, to walk in sin effects your relationship (as any relationship is affected when wrong has been done). You must confess and turn from the sin (1 John 1:9-10) as we should constantly be seeking to become more like our example… Jesus Christ, who Himself was perfect (Hebrews 4:15-16; Hebrews 12:1-2; Hebrews 3).

So don’t fear loss of salvation (2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 10:27-28) but rather fear not pleasing the one who gave it all for you (2 Peter 3:13-14; Hebrews 11:6). Fear also the consequences of sin on this earth (Romans 7:4-6; James 1:14-15) and the effect sin has on our relationship with God (1 John 3:8-10).

 

Is there another means of Salvation?

No… The Bible declares there is salvation in no other name than Jesus (Acts 4:12). That means the true Christian faith is the only true faith.

It also means that you can’t save yourself! It is only by the grace of God given through Jesus (Ephesians 2:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:10). Therefore we can’t boast in our goodness but rather only in Christ’s and in His gift of salvation (Galatians 6:14)! You simply can’t be good enough! For apart from Christ’s righteousness we are unrighteous! (1 Peter 2:21-25, 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Our Prayer

It is our hope and prayer that today you would bend the knee humbly before God and in faith accept Him as Lord of your life, repenting of sin (turning from it) to live for God.

If you aren’t sure how to do this it is quite simple. Confess to God your sin and believe in your heart.

Here is an example of a prayer of faith to God: 

God, you are the Holy God of the Bible. You sent Jesus to die in my place and for my sins. I believe in you. I am sorry for my sins and today am turning from them to live for you my Lord and Savior. I give my life to you as you gave it all for me! Be my God. Amen (which means “I mean this” or “truly”).

If you have prayed this prayer today, we want to know and celebrate with you! Please call us at 817-485-7711 or email us at info@fbcfw.org

 

Scriptures: (in NKJV)

John 6:44

44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Isaiah 46:9-10

 Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’

 

Exodus 3:14

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

 

Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse

 

2 Timothy 1:8-10

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

 

Psalm 138:6

\6 Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

 

James 4:6

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”[a]

 

2 Timothy 3:16

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

 

2 Peter 1:16, 19-21

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty…And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

Psalm 19:7

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

 

2 Peter 1:21

for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

 

Psalm 139:16-17

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!

 

Isaiah 6:3

And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

 

1 Peter 1:16

 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Colossians 2:9-10

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.


Revelation 19:1

19 After these things I heard[a] a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord[b] our God!

 

Daniel 4:35

All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

 

Romans 1:20

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

 

Psalm 94:11

11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they are futile.

 

1 John 3:19-20

And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

 

Psalm 139:7-12

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

 

1 Kings 8:27

 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!

 

Revelation 20:11-15

The Great White Throne Judgment

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

1 John 4:16

16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 

 

Revelation 1:5b

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

 

1 John 4:7-8

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

 

Ephesians 2:4-8

 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

 

Acts 17:24-25

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

 

John 17:23-24

23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

 

Galatians 4:1-7

4 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of[b] God through Christ.

 

John 1:1-3

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

 

1 Timothy 3:16

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God[a] was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.

 

2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

Matthew 3:16-17

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

 

Colossians 2:8-9

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

 

Colossians 1:17

17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

 

Acts 7:55

55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,

 

2 Timothy 1:14

14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

 

Psalm 19:1-4

19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,

 

Psalm 29

29 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

 

Psalm 148:13

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.

 

Isaiah 66:18

“For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.

 

Habakkuk 2:14

For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.

 

Isaiah 43:7

Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

 

Exodus 34:14

14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

 

Isaiah 48:11

For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.

 

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear. 

 

Matthew 13:49:50

So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

 

Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

Hebrews 7:26

26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

 

Romans 9:20-21

20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

James 2:19

19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

 

John 2:19

19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 

Isaiah 64:6

But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.

 

Psalm 8:1

8 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

Genesis 2:17

17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

 

John 2:19

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 

Isaiah 64:6

But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-6

 

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.

 

2 Corinthians 7:9-10

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

 

Romans 10:8-10

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

James 2:19

 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

 

Romans 5:9

 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

 

Colossians 1:21-22

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

 

Romans 10:14-15

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

Hebrews 10:35-39

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 

37 “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Philippians 3:7-16

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

 

Matthew 25:21

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

1 Peter 2:25

For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
 

Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Romans 6:1-4

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Galatians 4:1-7

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

2 Timothy 3:12

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

John 15:20

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

 

Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

1 John 1:9-10

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

 

Hebrews 4:15-16

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

2 Corinthians 5:5

Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

 

Ephesians 1:13-14

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 

John 10:27-28

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

 

2 Peter 3:13-14

13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 

 

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Romans 7:4-6

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

James 1:14-15

14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

 

1 John 3:8-10

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

 

1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

 

1 Peter 2:21-25

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

 

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.