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Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish, 1577-1640)
Jesus Christ Risen. 1616. Oil on canvas. Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy.


John 6:45

45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.



2 Corinthians 3 NIV

1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

3 You show that you are a letter from Jesus Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

4 Such confidence we have through Jesus Christ before God.
5 Not that we are competent in ourselves, to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from the Spirit of God.

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,
8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.

11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.

14 But their minds were made Dull, to this day…. the same spiritual veil remains when the old covenant is read. The same spiritual veil not been removed, because only in Jesus Christ is it spiritually taken away.

15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit, and
where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

18 And we, who are with unveiled faces experience the Lord’s Devine glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is that Spirit.




2 Corinthians 4 NIV

Present Weakness and Resurrection Life

1Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.

On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing

4 The ruler of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Lord Jesus Christ, who is the image of God.

5 For what we say is not for us, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and we as your servants fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus Christ, so that the life of Jesus Christ may also be revealed in our body.

11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since if we have that same spirit of experiential life, we also believe and therefore speak,
14 because we know that the God who raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.





2 Corinthians 2:14-17 NIV 2013

Ministers of the New Covenant


14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Jesus Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

15 For we are to God the aroma of The Lord Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?

17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in the Lord Jesus Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.



Hebrews 4:12 NIV 2013

Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.




Romans 1:18-32 NIV 2013

God’s Wrath Against Mankind


18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.


26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.

They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.




Psalm 150 NIV

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

Luke 17:20-21 NIV

Luke 17:20-21 20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,
21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."

Matthew 22 NIV

Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself.
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."