What It Means To Be Set Apart

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The Christian is like an eagle – destined to be set apart.  But what does this really mean.

Revelation 18:4-5 “And i heard another voice from Heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to Heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”

According to the New Testament, a major characteristic of a Christian is that he/she has accepted God’s holy call to forsake this world, family, and self, through Christ. 

Christians are saints. According to the Jewish Scripture (Old and New Testament), a saint is one who is set apart/separated from the world system/ideas/ways, while a church is two or more of such persons. Luke 14:25-27 “Now great multitudes went with Jesus. And He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”  In those days, everyone knew that when you see someone carrying a cross, it means the person had been sentenced to death by the Roman government. According to Jesus, to pick up the cross means death to self (forsaking human desires) so as to follow Him.

In John 17:14, concerning those who are His, Jesus said to His Father: “I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”  Most Christian leaders today go against the words of Jesus by making it top priority to be like the world and always at peace with the world. But James 4:4 says “… Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” 

2Corinthians 6:14-18 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”  7:1 “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”  1Corinthians 15:33-34 “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”

At the core of this issue is what the Jews call “Shema Yisrael” which is a major foundation for true Christianity and true Judaism: Deuteronomy 6:4-9. God instructed through Moses: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, YAH is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind these words as a sign on your hand, they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write these words on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  On the walls too.  Why?  Because God said “these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children.

(6:4 is also translated as: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, YAH, the only one.”

Furthermore, in Deuteronomy 7:1-10, God instructed the descendants of Yakob ben Yitzaak (the Jews) “When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you … seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when YAH your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the LORD will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire. For you are a holy people to YAH your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the nations on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them …”

Romans 11: Israel (godly Jews) are the root and blessed Olive tree.  Gentile Christians are in-grafted branches partaking of Israel’s spiritual wealth.

God’s promise to the Jews as a nation is everlasting. No Church can replace Israel:

Jeremiah 30:10-11 “Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob, says the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you, says YAH, to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.”  31:37“Thus says the LORD: If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says YAH.”  33:25-26“Thus says the LORD: If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.”

Gentile Christians are in-grafts (spiritually) into Israel, not a replacement of Jewish Christians or Israel. In Romans 11:1-2, Paul wrote: “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! Because i also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew …”  11:17-27“And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off that i might be grafted in.’ Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For i do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”

An idol is any creation or imagination that captivates your heart. Idolatry is very prevalent, it’s human; it’s everywhere. Most teachings about God is idolatry because they fall short of who God is/how God is.  Covetousness/lust/greed is idolatry, yet as prevalent as that is, idolatry still exists in many other forms, such as, people’s adoration of spiritual leaders, sport legends, Rome/Vatican’s products and Hollywood’s imaginations/crafts. To some, family is their god.

Colossians 3:1-8 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

1 John 5:18-21 “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”  Ephesians 5:6-7 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.”

Secular Education and Work: Not easy at all: Psalm 26:3-5 “God, Your loving kindness is before my eyes, and i have walked in Your truth. I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, nor will i go in with hypocrites. I have hated the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.”  1:1-2 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

In some societies, the experience of true Christians is the following (Hebrews 10:32-39) “But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in Heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.”  10:25“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.”

The type of society a Christian finds him/herself in, will (to a large extent) determine the possibility or impossibility/difficulty of locating a moral job or educational system. But in any society (generally speaking) things will be difficult for a true Christian. Most who claim to be Christian disagree with my statements. But in John 15:19, Jesus said to His followers: “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”  In Matthew 10:16-17, Jesus said “I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of people, because they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.”  The encouragement for the Heavenly citizen is this: No one stays on this earth forever; the next life has no end. Each person will be repaid eternally, according to their works.

I have learnt not to verbally share Christ at work. God has taught me that when at work, I am been paid for that work, not preaching. But sometimes people ask questions; spiritual discussions naturally come up. When that happens I have to really watch myself and not get carried away with sharing Christ. One should immediately set up a non-work time for such discussions.

Genesis 12:1-4 “Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you … So Abram departed as YAH had spoken to him …”

 Article written by Taiwo Olokun

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Romans 12:2 ESV / 440 helpful votes

 

 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 241 helpful votes

 

 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

John 17:15-18 ESV / 176 helpful votes

 

 

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

 

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

Romans 12:1 ESV / 82 helpful votes

 

 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 81 helpful votes

 

 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

 

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 72 helpful votes

 

 

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

Romans 13:14 ESV / 66 helpful votes

 

 

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 64 helpful votes

 

 

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, …

 

1 Peter 1:16 ESV / 61 helpful votes

 

 

Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV / 52 helpful votes

 

 

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

 

Colossians 3:10 ESV / 48 helpful votes

 

 

And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

 

John 15:19 ESV / 48 helpful votes

 

 

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ESV / 46 helpful votes

 

 

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 45 helpful votes

 

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

 

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 44 helpful votes

 

 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

1 Peter 2:1-25 ESV / 39 helpful votes

 

 

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …

 

Galatians 5:16 ESV / 39 helpful votes

 

 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

 

Colossians 4:5 ESV / 33 helpful votes

 

 

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

 

James 1:27 ESV / 32 helpful votes

 

 

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 27 helpful votes

 

 

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 

Romans 8:9 ESV / 25 helpful votes

 

 

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

 

Romans 8:28 ESV / 23 helpful votes

 

 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

 

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

 

 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

Titus 2:14 ESV / 20 helpful votes

 

 

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

 

Romans 1:1 ESV / 19 helpful votes

 

 

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

 

Psalm 119:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

 

 

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

 

Romans 7:18 ESV / 17 helpful votes

 

 

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

 

Romans 6:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

 

 

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

 

Galatians 5:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

 

 

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

 

1 Peter 3:21 ESV / 15 helpful votes

 

 

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 

1 Timothy 1:8-11 ESV / 15 helpful votes

 

 

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

 

 

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

 

2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15 ESV / 15 helpful votes

 

 

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. …

 

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 15 helpful votes

 

 

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

 

John 17:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

 

 

And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

 

2 Timothy 2:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

 

 

Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

 

Colossians 3:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

 

 

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

 

Galatians 3:28 ESV / 14 helpful votes

 

 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ESV / 14 helpful votes

 

 

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. …

 

Romans 8:28-29 ESV / 14 helpful votes

 

 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

 

Acts 10:47 ESV / 14 helpful votes

 

 

“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

 

2 Peter 2:4-10 ESV / 13 helpful votes

 

 

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); …

 

2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes

 

 

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

 

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes

 

 

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

 

Ephesians 4:24 ESV / 13 helpful votes

 

 

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

 

 

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 

Acts 10:1-48 ESV / 13 helpful votes

 

 

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. …

 

1 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

 

 

For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 12 helpful votes

 

 

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

1 Corinthians 2:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

 

 

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

 

Titus 3:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

 

 

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

 

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

 

 

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

 

1 Timothy 3:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

 

 

Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

 

Ephesians 4:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

 

 

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

 

Ephesians 1:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

 

 

Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

Romans 1:26-27 ESV / 11 helpful votes

 

 

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

 

1 John 5:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

 

2 Peter 3:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,

 

2 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

 

Philippians 3:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

 

Galatians 4:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

 

Romans 3:23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 

John 3:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

 

John 3:3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 

John 1:12-13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Mark 11:23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

 

Leviticus 20:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

 

Leviticus 18:22 ESV / 10 helpful votes

 

 

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

 

1 John 3:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

 

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

Galatians 2:14-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. …

 

1 Corinthians 11:14-15 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.

 

Romans 1:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

 

Acts 10:28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

 

John 6:63 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

 

Psalm 139:1-24 ESV / 9 helpful votes

 

 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …

 

1 John 1:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

 

 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

James 2:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

 

 

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

 

 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …

 

1 Thessalonians 4:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

 

 

Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

 

Romans 8:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

 

 

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

 

John 15:1-27 ESV / 8 helpful votes

 

 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. …

 

Romans 3:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

 

Romans 1:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 13:1-52 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. …

 

Acts 8:26-40 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” …

 

John 15:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

 

Luke 10:10-12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

 

Luke 6:1-5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

 

Mark 9:1-50 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.” And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” …

 

Matthew 23:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

 

Matthew 23:17 ESV / 7 helpful votes

 

 

You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?

 

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

 

 

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— …

 

Galatians 3:27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

 

 

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

Romans 6:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

 

 

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

 

Romans 3:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

 

 

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

 

Mark 2:23-27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

 

 

 

One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

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