Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Gospel Speaks

If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord; To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.".Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name. Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!" My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Genesis 4:17; 1 Peter 2:2; James 1:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Isaiah 59:2; 2 Peter 2:11; Romans 6:23; Luke 1:7; Hebrews 4:15; Heb 9:28; Ezekiel 18:32; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3;1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:40; 1 Corinthians 16:24