Monthly Archives: November 2012

Freedom through Jesus Christ

Freedom

John 8 1-11

1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts,
where all the people gathered around him,
and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers
of the law and the Pharisees brought in a
woman caught in adultery. They made her
stand before the group 4and said to Jesus,
“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act
of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us
to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
6They were using this question as a trap,
in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on
the ground with his finger. 7When they kept
on questioning him, he straightened up and
said to them, “If any one of you is without
sin, let him be the first to throw a stone
at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote
on the ground.

9At this, those who heard began to go away
one at a time, the older ones first, until
only Jesus was left, with the woman still
standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and
asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no
one condemned you?”

11“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.
“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

John 8:32

Then you will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free.”

 

Romans 6:22-23

22But now that you have been set free from
sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit
you reap leads to holiness, and the result is
eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life inb Christ
Jesus our Lord.

 

Psalms 107:13-43

13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.

14He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom
and broke away their chains.

15Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men,

16for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.

17Some became fools through their rebellious ways
and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.

18They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.

19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.

20He sent forth his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave.

21Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.

22Let them sacrifice thank offerings
and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23Others went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.

24They saw the works of the Lord,
his wonderful deeds in the deep.

25For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.

26They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril their courage melted away.

27They reeled and staggered like drunken men;
they were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.

29He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.

30They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.

31Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.

32Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
and praise him in the council of the elders.

33He turned rivers into a desert,
flowing springs into thirsty ground,

34and fruitful land into a salt waste,
because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

35He turned the desert into pools of water
and the parched ground into flowing springs;

36there he brought the hungry to live,
and they founded a city where they could settle.

37They sowed fields and planted vineyards
that yielded a fruitful harvest;

38he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
and he did not let their herds diminish.

39Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled
by oppression, calamity and sorrow;

40he who pours contempt on nobles
made them wander in a trackless waste.

41But he lifted the needy out of their affliction
and increased their families like flocks.

42The upright see and rejoice,
but all the wicked shut their mouths.

43Whoever is wise, let him heed these things
and consider the great love of the Lord.

 

Psalms 116:16

O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant,
the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.

 

Galatians 4:3-7

3So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under
the basic principles of the world. 4But when the time had
fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under
law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the
full rights of sons. 6Because you are sons, God sent the
Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out,
“Abba,a Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son;
and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

 

1 Peter 2:16

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up
for evil; live as servants of God.

 

1 Peter 1:25

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout
Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been
chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through
the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ
and sprinkling by his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise to God for a Living Hope

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living
hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or
fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded
by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready
to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief
in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of
greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by
fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and
honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen
him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and
glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the
grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the
greatest care, 11trying to find out the time and circumstances
to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he
predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would
follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving
themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have
now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to
you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long
to look into these things.

Be Holy

13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;
set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ
is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil
desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he
who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is
written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”a

17Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially,
live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18For you know
that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that
you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you
from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ,
a lamb without blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the
creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for
your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from
the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so
that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another
deeply, from the heart.b 23For you have been born again, not of
perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and
enduring word of God. 24For,

“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25but the word of the Lord stands forever.”c
And this is the word that was preached to you.

 

Colossians 1:12-29

12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified youd to share
in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and
brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14in whom we have redemption,e the forgiveness of sins.

The Supremacy of Christ

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over
all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones
or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were
created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and
in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the
body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn
from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the
supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness
dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to
himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your
minds because off your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled
you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy
in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you
continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the
hope held out in the gospel.
This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to
every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Paul’s Labor for the Church

24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh
what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of
his body, which is the church.
25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present
to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been
kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the
saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the
glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor,
struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.

 

Revalation 21 1-27

The New Jerusalem

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the
first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw
the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard
a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men,
and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself
will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their
eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for
the old order of things has passed away.”

5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

6He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning
and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from
the spring of the water of life. 7He who overcomes will inherit all this,
and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But the cowardly,
the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who
practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place
will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

9One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last
plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife
of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great
and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of
heaven from God. 11It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was
like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
12It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at
the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of
Israel. 13There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three
on the south and three on the west. 14The wall of the city had twelve
foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles
of the Lamb.

15The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure
the city, its gates and its walls. 16The city was laid out like a square,
as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to
be 12,000 stadiaa in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17He
measured its wall and it was 144 cubitsb thick,c by man’s measurement,
which the angel was using. 18The wall was made of jasper, and the city of
pure gold, as pure as glass. 19The foundations of the city walls
were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was
jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
20the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the
eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth,
and the twelfth amethyst.d 21The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate
made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like
transparent glass.

22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and
the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to
shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring
their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there
will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought
into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what
is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written
in the Lamb’s book of life.