Goodnews Christian Ministry
"I tell you most solemnly,
Whoever keeps my word will never see death."
THE BEATITUDES: 20- 6:20-26
"Happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God."
"Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied."
"Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh."
Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. this was the way their ancestors treated the prophets."
"But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now."
"Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry."
"Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep."
"Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets."
THE COMMANDMENTS - LUKE 4
"You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone."
"You must not put the Lord your God to the test."
"It is not those who are well that need the doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance."
"But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies."
"Do good to those who hate you."
"Bless those who curse you."
"Pray for those who treat you badly."
"To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too."
"To the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic."
"Give to everyone who asks you,"
"Do not ask for your property back from the person who robs you."
"Treat others as you would like them to treat you."
"If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them."
"And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much."
"And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount."
"Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked."
"Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate."
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves."
"Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves."
"Grant pardon, and you will be pardoned."
"Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap, because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back."
"The disciple is not superior to his teacher. The fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher."
"Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye', when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother's eye."
"There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit...for a man's words flow out of what fills his heart."
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord' and not do what I say?"
"Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and acts on them...is like the man who when he built his house dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built. But the one who does nothing is like the man who built his house on soil, with no foudations: as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and what a ruin that house became!."
"Happy is the man who does not lose faith in me."
"I tell you, of all the children born of women, there is no one greater than John (the Baptist); yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is."
"All the people who listened to John (including the tax collectors) acknowledged God's plan by accepting baptism from him; but by refusing baptism from him the Pharisees and the lawyers thwarted what God had in mind for them."
"Simon," he said, "you see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love."
"It is the man who is forgiven little who shows little love."
"In the parable of the sower the seed is the word of God.
Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hears in case they should believe and be saved.
Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for awhile, and in time of trial they give up.
As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and do not reach maturity.
As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance."
"No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in."
"For there is nothing hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light."
"So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away."
"My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice."
"If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me."
"For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it."
"What gain, then, is it for a man to have won the whole world and to have lost or ruined his very self?"
"For if anyone is ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his own glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels."
"Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great."
John spoke up, "Master," he said "we saw a man casting out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him." But Jesus said to him, "You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you".
When a Samaritan village refused to allow Jesus to enter, James and John said, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?" But Jesus turned and rebuked them "You do not know what spirit you are made of. The Son of Man came not to destroy souls but to save them". *
As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go". Jesus answered, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head".
"Another to whom Jesus said, "Follow me", replied, "Let me go and bury my father first". But he answered, "Leave the dead to bury the dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God".
"Another said, "I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home". Jesus said to him, "Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God".
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is rich but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest.'
"Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, 'Peace to this house!' And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go out and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, 'The kingdom of God is very near to you'. But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say; 'We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.
"Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects ou rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me."
"Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven."
"I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do."
"Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father; and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
A lawyer asked Jesus, "Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the Law? What do you read there?" He replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself". You have answered right," said Jesus "do this and life is yours."
In answer to the question, "Who is my neighbor?" The parable of the Good Samaritan versus the priest in caring for a beaten man. After telling them the parable Jesus said, "Go and do the same yourself."
"Say this when you pray:
Father, may your name be held holy
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test"
The parable of the persistent friend.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him."
"If you, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
"He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters."
Parable on a recently cleaned house left empty. The evil spirit comes back and brings several others with him, leaving the last state of that man worse than he was before he was cleansed.
"Did not he who made the outside of the cup make the inside too? Give alms from what you have and then indeed everything will be clean for you."
"But alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practiced, without leaving the others undone."
"Alas for you Parisees who like taking the seats of honor in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares!"
"Alas for you who build the tombs of the prophets, the men your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building."
"Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves, and have prevented others going in who wanted to."
To his disciples, Jesus said: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees that is, their hypocrisy."
"Everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed on the housetops."
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I will tell you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him."
"I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will declare himself for him in the presence of God's angels. But the man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presnce of God's angels."
"Everyone who says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven."
"When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy spirit will teach you what you must say."
"Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs."
The parable about the man who died rich and is brought to judgment. "So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God."
"That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. For life means more than food, and the body more than clothing."
"You must not set your hearts on things to eat and things to drink; nor must you worry. It is the pagans of this world who set their hearts on all these things. Your Father well knows you need them. No; set your hearts on his kingdom, and these other things will be given you as well."
"There is no need to be afraid, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom."
"Sell your possessions and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, treasure that will not fail you, in heaven where no thief can reach it and no moth destroy it. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
"See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit."
The parable about the servants whom the master found busy at their tasks when he returned. "Happy that servant if his master's arrival finds him at his employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns."
"You must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
"The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash."
"The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes."
"When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him."
"Why not judge for yourselves what is right? For example: when you go to court with your opponent, try to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the bailiff and the bailiff have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny."
Parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, "Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?" "Sir," the man replied "leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down."
"Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed."
"Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us' but he will answer, 'I do not know where you come from."
"Then you will find yourself saying, 'We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets' but he will reply, 'I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!"
"There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last."
"When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honor. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, 'Give up yor place to this man'. And then, to your embarrassement, you would have to go and take the lowest place and sit there."
"No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, 'My friend, move up higher'. In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honored."
"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted."
"When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbors, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. That they cannnot pay you back means that you are fortunate because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again."
Parable about those who made excuses rather than accept the Master's invitation to his banquet. None would be allowed in.
"If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple."
"Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple."
Parable about setting out to build a tower; make sure you have enough to complete the job. "So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions."
"Salt is a useful thing. But if the salt itself loses its taste, how can it be seasoned again? It is good for neither soil nor manure heap. Peaple throw it out. Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!"
"I tell you there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance."
Parable of the Prodigal Son. The master killed the fatted calf for him because "this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found."
Parable of the Crafty Steward. "The children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light."
"The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great."
"If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?"
"No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money."
Of the Pharisees who loved money: "You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as virtuous in people's sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is thought highly of by men is loathsome in the sight of God."
"Up to the time of John it was the Law and the Prophets; since then, the kingdom of God has been preached, and by violence everyone is getting in."
"It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for one little stroke to drop out of the Law."
"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery, and the man who marries a woman divorced by her husband commits adultery."
Parable about Lazarus in heaven and the rich man who went to Hades.
"Obstacles are sure to come, but alas for the one who provides them! It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone put round his neck than that he should lead astray a single one of these little ones." Watch yourselves!"
"If your brother does something wrong, reprove him and, if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times a day and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I am sorry', you must forgive him."
The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith'. The Lord replied, 'Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea', and it would obey you."
"Must the master by grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, 'We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty."
Parable of the ten cured lepers; only one, a Samaritan returned to give thanks. Said Jesus: "Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.' And he said to the man, 'Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you."
"The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, 'Look here! Look there!' For, you must know, the kingdom of God is within you."
"A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man and will not see it. They will say to you, 'Look there!' or, 'Look here!' Make no move; do not set off in pursuit; for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of Man when his day comes."
"But first he must suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation."
"As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all."
"It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but the day Lot left Sodom, God rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed."
"When that day comes, anyone on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must not come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back either."
"Remember Lot's wife. Anyone who tries to preseve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe."
When asked the location of the two women, one taken and the other left, Jesus said: "Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather."
Then he told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart.
The parable about the unjust judge and the pleading widow. Said Jesus: "You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily."
He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else,
"Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to imself, 'I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous life the rest of mankind, and particulary that I am not like this tax collector her. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all that I get.'
"The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heven; but he beat his breast and said, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner'. this man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God: the other did not."
"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted."
"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs."
"I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
Jesus said..."Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."
"You must not commit adultery; You must not kill; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; Honor your father and mother."
"Sell all you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
"I tell you solemnly, thre is no one who has left house, wife, brothers, parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God who will not be given repayment many times over in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life."
Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, "Look sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount". And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a son of Abraham..."
"The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost."
Parable of the servants given pounds. The servant who did not allow his gift even to draw interest has it taken away from him. "I tell you, everyone who has will be given more; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
"But as for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence."
When Jesus' apostles shouted cries of praise for him, some Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Master, check your disciples", but he answered, "I tell you, if these keep silent the stones will cry out."
Then he went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling. "According to scripture," he said "my house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers den."
Parable of the wicked vineyard tenants who killed the master's servants and then tried to kill his son as well. "He will come and make an end of those tenants and give the vineyard to others."
They put to him this question, "Is it permissible for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But he was aware of their cunning and said, "Show me a denarius. Whose head and name are on it?" "Caesar's" they said. "Well then," he said to them "give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
"The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of God."
"...he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive."
"If David calls him Lord; how then can he be his son?"
"Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes and love to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, who take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets, who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive."
As he looked up he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on."
"Take care not to be deceived," he said "Because many will come using my name and saying, 'I am he' and, 'The time is near at hand'. Refuse to join them."
"And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon."
"Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven."
"But before all this happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name and this is your opportunity to bear witness."
"Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defense, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict."
"You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives."
"When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you must realize that she will soon be laid desolate. Then those in Judea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it."
"For this is the time of vengeance when all that scripture says must be fulfilled. Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come! For great misery will descend on the land and wrath on this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every pagan country; and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the pagans until the age of the pagans is completely over.
"There will signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamor of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken."
"And then you will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
"When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand."
"And he told them a parable, "Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near."
"Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth."
"Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man."
Then, taking a cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and share it among you because from now on, I tell you, I shall not drink wine until the kingdom of God comes."
Then he took some bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which will be given for you; do this in memorial of me".
He did the same with the cup after supper, and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you."
A dispute arose between them about which should be reckoned the greatest, but he said to them, "Among pagans it is the kings who lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are given the title Benefactor. This must not happen with you. No; the greatest among you must behave as if he were the youngest, the leader as if he were the one who serves."
"You are the men who have stood by me faithfully in my trials; and now I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father conferred one on me: you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel."
"Simon, Simon! Satan, you must know, has got his wish to sift you all like wheat; but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail, and once you have recovered, you in your turn must strengthen your brothers."
"Pray not to be put to the test."
"Why are you asleep?" he said to them. "Get up and pray not to be put to the test."
LUKE 24 (After Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection)
Then he told them, "This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled".
He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentence for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this."
"And now I am sending down to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high."
These words are the bread of life. They are God's own words and have been brought down from heaven by Jesus Christ so that the people who keep them can live forever. These commandments, Jesus said, when followed, produce eternal life.
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"I tell you most solemnly, whoever keeps my word will never see death." (John 8:51).
"What I have spoken does not come from myself; no, what I was to say, what I had to speak, was commanded by the Father who sent me, and I know that his commands mean eternal life. And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak." (John 12:49-50).
"If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully, it is not I who shall condemn him, since I was sent not to condemn the world, but to save the world: he who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day. (John 12:47-48).
"A child of God listens to the words of God; if you refuse to listen, it is because you are not God's children." (John 8:45).
"No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven...He who comes from heaven bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, even if his testimony is not accepted...since he whom God has sent speaks God's own words." (John 3:13-34).
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