Disciple and Follower of Jesus

What Jesus Said He  Required

 

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Disciples and Follower of Jesus

 

 

Romans 10:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 So then faith comes by hearing,

and hearing by the word of God.

 

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Matthew 12:46-50 New Living Translation (NLT)

The True Family of Jesus

46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd,

his mother and brothers stood outside,

asking to speak to him.

47 Someone told Jesus,

 “Your mother and your brothers

are standing outside,

and they want to speak to you.”[g]

48 Jesus asked,

“Who is my mother?

Who are my brothers?”

49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said,

“Look, these are my mother and brothers.

 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father

 in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

 

 

 

Matthew 9:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Calls Matthew

As Jesus was walking along,

he saw a man named Matthew

sitting at his tax collector’s booth.

 Follow me and be my disciple,”

Jesus said to him.

So Matthew got up and followed him.

Matthew 7:15-23 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets who come

disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.

16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is,

by the way they act.

Can you pick grapes from thornbushes,

or figs from thistles?

17 A good tree produces good fruit,

and a bad tree produces bad fruit.

18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit,

 and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit

is chopped down and thrown into the fire.

20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit,

so you can identify people by their actions.

 

True Disciples

21 “Not everyone who calls out to me,

‘Lord! Lord!’

 will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Only those who actually

do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.

22 On judgment day many will say to me,

‘Lord! Lord!

We prophesied in your name and

cast out demons in your name and

performed many miracles in your name.’

23 But I will reply,

‘I never knew you.

Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Matthew 8:18-22 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Cost of Following Jesus

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him,

he instructed his disciples to cross

to the other side of the lake.

19 Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him,

 “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 But Jesus replied,

 “Foxes have dens to live in,

and birds have nests, but the Son of Man[a]

has no place even to lay his head.”

21 Another of his disciples said,

“Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him,

 Follow me now.

Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.[b]

Matthew 16:24-28 New Living Translation (NLT)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples,

 “If any of you wants to be my follower,

you must give up your own way,

take up your cross, and follow me.

25 If you try to hang on to your life,

you will lose it.

But if you give up your life for my sake,

you will save it.

26 And what do you benefit

if you gain the whole world

but lose your own soul?[a]

Is anything worth more than your soul?

27 For the Son of Man will come

with his angels in the glory of his Father and

 will judge all people according to their deeds.

28 And I tell you the truth, some standing here

right now will not die before they

see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

Mark 8:34-38 New Living Translation (NLT)

34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said,

 “If any of you wants to be my follower,

you must give up your own way,

take up your cross, and follow me.

35 If you try to hang on to your life,

you will lose it.

But if you give up your life for my sake and

for the sake of the Good News,

you will save it.

36 And what do you benefit if you

gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[a]

37 Is anything worth more than your soul?

38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message

 in these adulterous and sinful days,

the Son of Man will be ashamed of that

person when he returns in the glory

of his Father with the holy angels.”

Luke 14:25-35 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 A large crowd was following Jesus.

 He turned around and said to them,

 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must,

 by comparison, hate everyone else—

your father and mother, wife and children,

 brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life.

Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me,

you cannot be my disciple.

28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost.

For who would begin construction

of a building without first calculating the cost

 to see if there is enough money to finish it?

29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation

 before running out of money,

and then everyone would laugh at you.

30 They would say,

‘There’s the person who started that

building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

31 “Or what king would go to war against

another king without first sitting down

with his counselors to discuss whether

his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000

soldiers marching against him?

32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation

to discuss terms of peace

while the enemy is still far away.

 33 So you cannot become my disciple

 without giving up everything you own.

34 “Salt is good for seasoning.

But if it loses its flavor, how

do you make it salty again?

35 Flavorless salt is good neither for

the soil nor for the manure pile.

It is thrown away.

Anyone with ears to hear

should listen and understand!”

John 8:31 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus and Abraham

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him,

“You are truly my disciples

if you remain faithful to my teachings.

John 13:34-35 New Living Translation (NLT)

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment:

 Love each other. Just as I have loved you,

you should love each other.

35 Your love for one another will prove

to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 15:1-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus, the True Vine

15 “I am the true grapevine,

 and my Father is the gardener.

He cuts off every branch of mine

 that doesn’t produce fruit,

 and he prunes the branches that do

bear fruit so they will produce even more.

You have already been pruned and purified

 by the message I have given you.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is

severed from the vine,

and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.

Those who remain in me, and I in them,

will produce much fruit.

For apart from me you can do nothing.

Anyone who does not remain in me

is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.

Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.

 But if you remain in me and

my words remain in you,

you may ask for anything you want,

and it will be granted!

When you produce much fruit,

you are my true disciples.

This brings great glory to my Father.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me.

 Remain in my love.

10 When you obey my commandments,

 you remain in my love,

just as I obey my Father’s commandments and

remain in his love.

11 I have told you these things so

that you will be filled with my joy.

Yes, your joy will overflow!

12 This is my commandment:

Love each other in the same

way I have loved you.

13 There is no greater love than

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

15 I no longer call you slaves,

because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves.

Now you are my friends,

since I have told you everything the Father told me.

16 You didn’t choose me.

 I chose you.

I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit,

so that the Father will give you

 whatever you ask for, using my name.

17 This is my command: Love each other.

Matthew 5 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Sermon on the Mount

One day as he saw the crowds gathering,

Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down.

His disciples gathered around him,

 and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

“God blesses those who are poor and

realize their need for him,[a]
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]
    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and

 persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts

of evil things against you because you are my followers.

12 Be happy about it! Be very glad!

For a great reward awaits you in heaven.

And remember, the ancient prophets

were persecuted in the same way.

Teaching about Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth.

But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?

Can you make it salty again?

It will be thrown out and

trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—

like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.

Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand,

 where it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your good deeds

shine out for all to see,

 so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Matthew 7 New Living Translation (NLT)

Do Not Judge Others

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.

 For you will be treated as you treat others.

[a] The standard you use in judging is

the standard by which you will be judged.[b]

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[c]

 when you have a log in your own?

How can you think of saying to your friend,[d]

 ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’

when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye;

 then you will see well enough to deal with

the speck in your friend’s eye.

“Don’t waste what is holy on

 people who are unholy.[e]

Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!

They will trample the pearls,

then turn and attack you.

Effective Prayer

“Keep on asking, and you will

 receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking,

and you will find.

Keep on knocking,

 and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives.

Everyone who seeks, finds.

 And to everyone who knocks,

the door will be opened.

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread,

do you give them a stone instead?

10 Or if they ask for a fish,

do you give them a snake? Of course not!

11 So if you sinful people

know how to give good gifts to your children,

how much more will your heavenly Father

give good gifts to those who ask him.

The Golden Rule

12 “Do to others whatever you would

 like them to do to you.

This is the essence of all that is taught

in the law and the prophets.

The Narrow Gate

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom

 only through the narrow gate.

The highway to hell[f] is broad,

and its gate is wide for the

many who choose that way.

14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and

the road is difficult,

and only a few ever find it.

The Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised

 as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.

 16 You can identify them by their fruit,

that is, by the way they act.

Can you pick grapes from thornbushes,

 or figs from thistles?

17 A good tree produces good fruit,

and a bad tree produces bad fruit.

18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit,

 and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit

 is chopped down and thrown into the fire.

20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit,

 so you can identify people by their actions.

True Disciples

21 “Not everyone who calls out to me,

‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Only those who actually do

the will of my Father in heaven will enter.

22 On judgment day many will say to me,

‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and

cast out demons in your name and

performed many miracles in your name.’

23 But I will reply,

‘I never knew you.

Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Building on a Solid Foundation

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and

follows it is wise,

like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

25 Though the rain comes in torrents and

the floodwaters rise and

the winds beat against that house,

it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.

26 But anyone who hears my teaching and

doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person

who builds a house on sand.

27 When the rains and floods come and

the winds beat against that house,

it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,

the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

29 for he taught with real authority—

quite unlike their teachers of religious law.

Matthew 10:16-43 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 “Look, I am sending you out as

sheep among wolves.

So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

17 But beware! For you will be handed over

to the courts and will be flogged with

whips in the synagogues.

18 You will stand trial before governors and

kings because you are my followers.

 But this will be your opportunity

to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.[a]

19 When you are arrested,

don’t worry about how to respond or what to say.

God will give you the right words at the right time.

20 For it is not you who will be speaking—

it will be the Spirit of your

Father speaking through you.

21 “A brother will betray his brother to death,

a father will betray his own child,

and children will rebel against their parents and

 cause them to be killed.

22 And all nations will hate you because

you are my followers.[b]

But everyone who endures

to the end will be saved.

23 When you are persecuted in one town,

 flee to the next.

I tell you the truth,

 the Son of Man[g]

will return before you have reached

all the towns of Israel.

24 “Students[h] are not greater than their teacher,

and slaves are not greater than their master.

25 Students are to be like their teacher,

 and slaves are to be like their master.

And since I, the master of the household,

have been called the prince of demons,

[i] the members of my household

will be called by even worse names!

26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you.

For the time is coming when

everything that is covered will be revealed,

and all that is secret will be made known to all.

27 What I tell you now in the darkness,

shout abroad when daybreak comes.

What I whisper in your ear,

shout from the housetops for all to hear!

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want

to kill your body;

they cannot touch your soul.

Fear only God, who can destroy

both soul and body in hell.[j]

29 What is the price of two sparrows—

one copper coin[k]?

But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground

without your Father knowing it.

30 And the very hairs on your head

are all numbered.

31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable

to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

32 “Everyone who acknowledges

me publicly here on earth,

 I will also acknowledge

before my Father in heaven.

33 But everyone who denies me here on earth,

I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace

to the earth!

 I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36     Your enemies will be right in

 your own household!’[l]

37 “If you love your father or mother

 more than you love me, you are not worthy

of being mine;

or if you love your son or daughter more than me,

you are not worthy of being mine.

38 If you refuse to take up

your cross and follow me,

you are not worthy of being mine.

39 If you cling to your life,

you will lose it;

 but if you give up your life for me,

 you will find it.

40 “Anyone who receives you receives me,

and anyone who receives me receives

the Father who sent me.

41 If you receive a prophet as

one who speaks for God,[m]

you will be given the same

reward as a prophet.

And if you receive righteous people

 because of their righteousness,

 you will be given a reward like theirs.

42 And if you give even a cup of cold water

to one of the least of my followers,

you will surely be rewarded.”

Matthew 18:15-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

Correcting Another Believer

15 “If another believer[a] sins against you,[b]

go privately and point out the offense.

If the other person listens and confesses it,

you have won that person back.

16 But if you are unsuccessful,

take one or two others with you and go back again,

so that everything you say may be confirmed

by two or three witnesses.

17 If the person still refuses to listen,

take your case to the church.

Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision,

treat that person as a pagan

or a corrupt tax collector.

18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid[c]

on earth will be forbidden in heaven,

 and whatever you permit[d]

on earth will be permitted in heaven.

19 “I also tell you this:

If two of you agree here on earth concerning

anything you ask,

my Father in heaven will do it for you.

20 For where two or three gather together as my followers,

[e] I am there among them.”

Matthew 19:16-30 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rich Man

16 Someone came to Jesus with this question:

“Teacher,[a] what good deed must I do

 to have eternal life?”

17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied.

 “There is only One who is good.

But to answer your question—

if you want to receive eternal life, keep[b]

 the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” the man asked.

And Jesus replied:

 “‘You must not murder.

You must not commit adultery.

 You must not steal.

You must not testify falsely.

19 Honor your father and mother.

Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c]

20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,”

the young man replied.

“What else must I do?”

21 Jesus told him,

 “If you want to be perfect,

go and sell all your possessions and

give the money to the poor,

 and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow me.”

22 But when the young man heard this,

 he went away sad,

for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples,

“I tell you the truth, it is very hard

for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

24 I’ll say it again—

it is easier for a camel to go through

the eye of a needle

than for a rich person to enter

the Kingdom of God!”

25 The disciples were astounded.

“Then who in the world can be saved?”

they asked.

26 Jesus looked at them intently and said,

“Humanly speaking,

it is impossible.

But with God everything is possible.”

27 Then Peter said to him,

“We’ve given up everything to follow you.

 What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,

“I assure you that when the world is made new[d]

and the Son of Man[e]

sits upon his glorious throne,

you who have been my followers will

also sit on twelve thrones,

judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up

houses or brothers or sisters or

father or mother or children or property,

for my sake,

will receive a hundred times

as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

30 But many who are the greatest

now will be least important then,

and those who seem least important

now will be the greatest then.[f]

Matthew 24:9-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed.

You will be hated all over the world

because you are my followers.[a]

10 And many will turn away from me and

 betray and hate each other.

11 And many false prophets will appear and

will deceive many people.

12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and

the love of many will grow cold.

13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 And the Good News about the Kingdom

will be preached throughout the whole world,

so that all nations[b] will hear it;

and then the end will come.

Mark 1:16-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

The First Disciples

16 One day as Jesus was walking along

the shore of the Sea of Galilee,

he saw Simon[a] and his brother Andrew

throwing a net into the water,

for they fished for a living.

 17 Jesus called out to them,

“Come, follow me, and

I will show you how to fish for people!”

18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

19 A little farther up the shore

Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons,

James and John, in a boat repairing their nets.

20 He called them at once,

and they also followed him, leaving their father,

Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

Mark 10:17-31 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rich Man

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem,

 a man came running up to him,

knelt down, and asked,

 “Good Teacher,

what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?”

Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.

19 But to answer your question,

you know the commandments:

‘You must not murder.

You must not commit adultery.

You must not steal.

You must not testify falsely.

You must not cheat anyone.

 Honor your father and mother.’[a]

20 “Teacher,” the man replied,

“I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

21 Looking at the man,

 Jesus felt genuine love for him.

“There is still one thing you haven’t done,”

he told him.

“Go and sell all your possessions and

give the money to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell,

and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,

“How hard it is for the rich

to enter the Kingdom of God!”

24 This amazed them.

But Jesus said again, “Dear children,

it is very hard[b] to enter the Kingdom of God.

25 In fact, it is easier for a camel

to go through the eye of a needle

than for a rich person to

enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 The disciples were astounded.

“Then who in the world can be saved?”

 they asked.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said,

“Humanly speaking, it is impossible.

But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter began to speak up.

“We’ve given up everything to follow you,”

 he said.

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied,

“and I assure you that everyone

who has given up house or

brothers or sisters or mother or

 father or children or property,

for my sake and for the Good News,

30 will receive now in return a hundred

 times as many houses, brothers,

sisters, mothers,

 children, and property—

along with persecution.

 And in the world to come that person

will have eternal life.

 31 But many who are the greatest now

will be least important then,

and those who seem least important now

will be the greatest then.[c]

Mark 10:46-52New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

46 Then they reached Jericho,

and as Jesus and his disciples left town,

 a large crowd followed him.

A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus)

was sitting beside the road.

47 When Bartimaeus heard that

 Jesus of Nazareth was nearby,

he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David,

have mercy on me!”

48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder,

 “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 When Jesus heard him,

he stopped and said,

“Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man.

“Cheer up,” they said.

“Come on, he’s calling you!”

50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat,

 jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?”

 Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,[a]” the blind man said,

“I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him,

“Go, for your faith has healed you.”

Instantly the man could see,

and he followed Jesus down the road.[b]

Choose Wisely

Luke 16:19-31New Living Translation (NLT)

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

19 Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was

splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen

and who lived each day in luxury.

20 At his gate lay a poor man named

Lazarus who was covered with sores.

21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from

 the rich man’s table,

the dogs would come and lick his open sores.

22 “Finally, the poor man died and

was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham

at the heavenly banquet.[a]

The rich man also died and was buried,

23 and he went to the place of the dead.[b]

There, in torment,

he saw Abraham in the far distance

 with Lazarus at his side.

24 “The rich man shouted,

‘Father Abraham, have some pity!

Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger

 in water and cool my tongue.

I am in anguish in these flames.’

25 “But Abraham said to him,

‘Son, remember that during your life time

you had everything you wanted,

and Lazarus had nothing.

So now he is here being comforted,

and you are in anguish.

26 And besides,

there is a great chasm separating us.

 No one can cross over to you from here,

and no one can cross over to us from there.’

27 “Then the rich man said,

‘Please, Father Abraham,

at least send him to my father’s home.

28 For I have five brothers,

and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’

29 “But Abraham said,

‘Moses and the prophets have warned them.

Your brothers can read what they wrote.’

30 “The rich man replied,

‘No, Father Abraham!

But if someone is sent to them from the dead,

then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’

31 “But Abraham said,

‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets,

 they won’t be persuaded even if

someone rises from the dead.’”

God Is Jealous Of

Every Minute

Every Thought

Every Dollar

Every Action

That you

Use

Have

Spend

Did

Doing Anything When You Could

Have Used It To Be

Consuming Him

About Him

For Him

 With Him

 

The End Results Will Be beyond Your

Wildest Dreams

Or

Devastating  Beyond

Anything You Can Imagine

Revelation 3 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Message to the Church in Sardis

“Write this letter to the angel[a]

of the church in Sardis.

 This is the message from the one who has

the sevenfold Spirit[b] of God and

the seven stars:

“I know all the things you do,

 and that you have a reputation for being alive—

but you are dead.

Wake up! Strengthen what little remains,

for even what is left is almost dead.

I find that your actions do not meet

the requirements of my God.

Go back to what you heard and

believed at first; hold to it firmly.

 Repent and turn to me again.

If you don’t wake up,

I will come to you suddenly,

as unexpected as a thief.

“Yet there are some in the church

 in Sardis who have not

soiled their clothes with evil.

They will walk with me in white,

for they are worthy.

All who are victorious

will be clothed in white.

I will never erase their names

from the Book of Life,

but I will announce before

my Father and his angels that they are mine.

“Anyone with ears to hear must

listen to the Spirit and

understand what he is saying to the churches.

The Message to the Church in Philadelphia

“Write this letter to the angel of

the church in Philadelphia.

This is the message from the one

 who is holy and true,
    the one who has the key of David.
What he opens, no one can close;
    and what he closes, no one can open:[c]

“I know all the things you do,

 and I have opened a door for you

 that no one can close.

You have little strength,

yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.

 Look, I will force those who belong

to Satan’s synagogue—

those liars who say they are Jews but are not—

to come and bow down at your feet.

They will acknowledge that you are

 the ones I love.

10 “Because you have obeyed

my command to persevere,

I will protect you from the great time

of testing that will come upon

the whole world to test those

who belong to this world.

11 I am coming soon.[d]

Hold on to what you have,

so that no one will take away your crown.

12 All who are victorious will become

pillars in the Temple of my God,

and they will never have to leave it.

And I will write on them

the name of my God,

and they will be citizens in the city of my God—

the new Jerusalem that comes down

from heaven from my God.

And I will also write on them my new name.

13 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen

 to the Spirit and understand

what he is saying to the churches.

The Message to the Church in Laodicea

14 “Write this letter to the angel

of the church in Laodicea.

This is the message from the

one who is the Amen—

the faithful and true witness,

the beginning[e] of God’s new creation:

15 “I know all the things you do,

that you are neither hot nor cold.

I wish that you were one or the other!

 16 But since you are like lukewarm water,

 neither hot nor cold,

 I will spit you out of my mouth!

17 You say, ‘I am rich.

I have everything I want.

I don’t need a thing!’

And you don’t realize that you are wretched and

miserable and poor and blind and naked.

18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—

gold that has been purified by fire.

Then you will be rich.

Also buy white garments from me

so you will not be shamed by your nakedness,

and ointment for your eyes

so you will be able to see.

19 I correct and discipline everyone I love.

So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock.

If you hear my voice and open the door,

 I will come in,

and we will share a meal together as friends.

21 Those who are victorious

will sit with me on my throne,

just as I was victorious and

sat with my Father on his throne.

22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen

 to the Spirit and understand what he

 is saying to the churches.”

 

Associated Teachings

 
Choices


Focus


Spirit Or Flesh


Your Spirit


Your Spirit (2)

   
Your Soul


Your Soul (2)


Your Mind


Your Strength

  
Your Body

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