The Commandments, Precepts and Judgments of Jesus Christ
"Line upon line, precept upon precept"
Jesus opened by teaching
the need to repent because the kingdom of heaven was at hand. The original meaning of repentance is to turn from not
doing as God said to do what He said. It doesn't mean to just stop doing something, it means to turn to do what He said, believing
what He said is the very truth of God. By careful review of His teachings we can know what He taught,
just as the original disciples did. We are warned in Scripture of a time coming upon the world that will catch everyone
in a trap/snare (Matt. 24; Luke 21; Psalm 2, 46, and others), there are also parting words from Jesus regarding patience,
courage, faithfulness, prayer and standing firm in what we have and can do.
advice in Revelation is to be numbered among those whose testimony of Jesus empowers their lives and is in agreement with
what He said. This is also in keeping with the quote from Moses in Acts 3:22,23, that we are to hear whatever He had
to say. It isn't about us being perfect, but that we are actively living and growing by abiding in the treasures of
hope and truth Jesus gave about the will of God, this life, and the one to come - that He makes known to His disciples
that abide in His word.
Following is a listing made of all the things He taught
that are direct teachings of commandments, precepts, promises and judgements that His disciples are to hold fast
to. Most everyone recognizes the 'golden rule', but He gave us far more than that. I would invite everyone who
calls themselves Christian wash themselves in His word and consider each truth and how it relates to their personal relationship
with the Master Teacher.
*some added text noted from the AENT *Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC,
- Matthew 4:4; "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Deu.
- 4:7; "You shall
not tempt the LORD your God." Deu. 6:16
"You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve." Deu.
enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWY your Elohim and Him alone you will serve." Deu.
- 4:17; "Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
would preach in all Galeela and would teach in their assemblies. And he preached the Hope of the Kingdom and healed
every disease and sickness among the people.
(goodness towards you) 'are they who are poor in spirit, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.' Is 57:15; 66:2
- 'Blessed are they who are mourning, because they will be comforted. Is 61:2; 66:10-12
- 'Blessed are they who are meek because they will inherit the earth. Ps 37:11; 149:4
- 'Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be satisfied.
Ze 2:3; Ps 11:3-7; Is 66:11,12
- 'Blessed are they who
are merciful because mercies will be upon them. Ps 18:25; 2 Sa 22:26
- 'Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts because they will see Elohim. Ps 24:4; 51:10; 15:1,2
- 'Blessed are they who make peace because they will be called the sons of Elohim Ps 122:8,9;
Is 26:12; Ps 72:3-7
- 'Blessed are they who are persecuted
because of righteousness because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Ps 38:20; Is 66:5
- Blessed are you whenever they curse you and they persecute you and they say every evil word
about you falsely because of me. Ps 119: 85-87
- '5:16; "Let your light
shine so before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
- 5:17; "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law
or the Prophets."
- "Do not think
that I have come to loosen Torah or the prophets. I have not come to loosen but to fulfill." (Due 4:2; 13:1; 12:32)
- 5:17; "I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
(The Law and Prophets)
- 5:18; "; till
heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
- "For truly I say to you that
until heaven and earth pass away, not one Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens."
- 5:19; "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least
of these commandments, and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;"
- " All who loosen, therefore, from one (of) these small commandments and
teach thus to the sons of man, will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven."
- 5:20; "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds
the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."
- 5:22; "But I say to you that whoever is angry with
his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment."
- "But I say to you that anyone who provokes to anger his brother without cause, is condemned to judgment
and anyone who should say to his brother, I spit on you, is condemned to the assembly, and anyone who should say, you are
a coward, is condemned to the Gehenna of fire."
"And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council.’
(Note: Raca means ‘empty head’)
"But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire."
- 5:23,24; "Therefore if you bring your gift to the
altar (worship God), and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar,
and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift."
- 5:25; "Agree with your adversary quickly while you
are on the way to him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be
thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny."
- "Be in agreement with your adversary at Torah while you are with him on the way,
or else your adversary at Torah deliver you to the judge and the judge deliver you to the officer and you be thrown into the
house of captives."
- 5:27,28; "You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already
committed adultery with her in his heart."
"If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable
for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." (Note this is a
place where Jesus teaches about hell being a physical place)
"Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate
of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit
adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery."**19:1-12; Note that the teaching on divorce
is expanded to explain further that ‘All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it
has been given.’ and that ‘He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.’
- 5:33-37; "And you have heard that it was said to
those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not
swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem,
for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black..
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’. For whatever is more than
these is from the evil one. (is from evil)"
"You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But
I tell you not to resist an evil person (should not stand against evil). But whoever slaps you
on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak
also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two."
- 5:42; "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do
not turn away."
- 5:43-48; "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your enighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say
to you, love your enemies,"
"bless those who curse you,"
- 5:43-48; "do good to those who hate you,"
- 5:43-48; "and pray for those who spitefully use you
and persecute you,"
- 5:43-48; "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and
sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors
do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore
you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
- 6:1; "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen
by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven."
- 6:6; "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door,
pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
- 6:7; "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions
as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words."
- 6:8-13; " For your Father knows the things you have need of before you
ask Him. In this manner therefore pray:" (Psalm 91)
- "Our Father in Heaven."
- "Hallowed be Your name."
- "Your kingdom come"
- "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven"
- "As in heaven so on earth" *'Prayer is a dialogue with Heaven, not
a monologue. Y'shua's teaching stands as the demarcation between relationship with YHWH rather than a religion about
Him. Prayer is meant to establish and maintain an intimate relationship, and accountability between each individual
and YHWH. Heavens always come before the earth in terms of the creation order, importance and having heaven's laws rule
on earth (Job 38:31-33)' AENT footnotes 74,75
- "Give us this day our daily bread"
- "Give us the bread of our need this day."
- "And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors."
- "And forgive us our offences as we also have forgiven those who have offended us."
- "And do not lead us into temptation"
- "But deliver us from the evil one."
- "And do not bring us to trial, but deliver us from the evil one,"
- "For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory
- 6:14; "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."
- 6:15; "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
- 6:16-18; "But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that
you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret
will reward you openly."
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves
break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves
do not break in and steal."
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
- 6:22; "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore
your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light."
- 6:23; "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore
the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"
- 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and
love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other."
- B. "You cannot serve God and mammon." (Money, wealth
- 6:25-32; "Therefore
I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put
on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?"..Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which
today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more cloth you, O you of little faith?..."Therefore
do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the
Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."
- 6:33; "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you."
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things."
- 6:34; "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
- 7:1-4; "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with
what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."
- 7:5; "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your
own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
- 7:6; "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast
your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."
- 7:7-11; "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and
you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who
knocks it will be opened."..."If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more
will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?"
- 7:12; "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also
to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Jesus made no claim that this was the fullness of what He taught,
but it is often taken out of context and presented as such)
- 7:13,14; "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way
that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads
to life, and there are few who find it."
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous
wolves. You will know them by their fruits."
"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their
fruits you will know them."
"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but
he who does the will of My Father in heaven."
"Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast
out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;
depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who
built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did
not fall, for it was founded on the rock."
"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man
who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it
fell. And great was its fall."
- So now we find ourselves at the end of Jesus’ famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’ text. Do we find
that Jesus said we are to simply follow the ‘golden rule’, or do we instead see that Jesus told us to do many
things? These are the beginning of the words God gave to Him to tell us. Note that the matter divides on two things: hear
Jesus and do what He said, or, hear and don’t do, so the matter is of doing what He said. Hearing and doing what He
said meets the imperishable end result. To be a disciple of Jesus is to
hear and do what He said to do!
"When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him,
saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying,
‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed."
- 8:5-14; "Go your way; and as you have believed, so
let it be done for you." Note the faith of the centurion in the authority and power of Jesus Christ and of his
submission to the will of Jesus. As Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such
a great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and
sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer
darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
- 8:22; "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
- 8:26; "Why are you fearful, of you of little faith?"
- 8:28-33; "Go." The demons acknowledge
the person of Jesus as the Son of God and asked, ‘Have You come here to torment us before the time?’ Demons know
that they must submit to His will and that their time of torment is coming. Jesus is able to deliver man from even demon possession.
- 9:1-8; "Son, be of
good cheer, your sins are forgiven" .."Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say,
‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man
has power on earth to forgive sins" - then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
- 9:9; "Follow Me."
- 9:12; "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are
sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ For I did not
come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Did Jesus teach the total depravity of man?)
- 9:15; "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom
is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they
- 9:16; "No one puts
a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. Nor do
they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled and the wineskins are ruined. But they
put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."
- 9:22; "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has
made you well." (Her faith was that she could only touch the hem of His garment that she would be healed. Again,
her faith was in His power and ability to remedy her problem.)
- 9:24; "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping." (Is death but sleep?)
- 9:27-29; ""Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said
to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes saying, "According to your faith let
it be to you."
- 9:38; "Therefore
pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
- 10:5; "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and
do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But as you go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Gospel
to the Jew first and then to the Gentile.)
"And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Ez.
40; Is. 65; Rev. 20?)
- "Heal the sick,
cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide
neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs;
for a worker is worthy of his food." (Later on this was changed, so it was time specific
and directed to the twelve.)
- 10:11-15; "Now
whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when
you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your
peace return to you. And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake
off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah
in the day of judgment than for that city."
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless
- 10:17-20; "But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will
be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up,
do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should
speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."
- 10:21-23; "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his
child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s
sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee
to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
- 10:24-26; "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor
a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If
they have called the master of the house ‘Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore
do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be
known." (Here Jesus calls His disciples to be like Him and that we are not to fear, but to look to His example
by faith in Him.)
- 10:27; "Whatever
I tell you in the dark, speak in the light,"
"and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops."
- 10:28; "And do not fear those who kill the body but
cannot kill the soul.
- 10:28; "But
rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
- 10:29-31; "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of
them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do
not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
- 10:32; "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before
My Father who is in heaven."
"But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven."
- 10:34-36; "Do not think that I came to bring peace
on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For 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; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household."
- 10:37-39; "He who loves father or mother more than
Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross
and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find
- 10:40-42; "He
who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a
prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive
a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple,
assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward."
- 11:6; "And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."
- 11:11; "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born
of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than
- 11:12-14; "And
from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For
all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He
who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and
drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and winebibber; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom
is justified by her children."
"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the
Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him."
- 11:28-30; "Come to Me, all you who labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you
will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
- 12:8; "For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
- 12:12; "...Therefore it is lawful to do good on the
- 12:25-30; "He
who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad."
- 12:31,32; "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven
men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will
be forgiven him, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, will not be forgiven him, either in this
age or in the age to come."
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for
a tree is known by its fruit."
"Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things?"
- 12:34-37; "For out of the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaks."
- 12:34-37; "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an
evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things."
- 12:34-37; "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will
give account of in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
- 12:39; "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after
- 12:43-45; "Then he goes
and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last
state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it be with this wicked generation."
- 12:50; "For whoever does the will of My Father in
heaven is My brother and sister and mother."
The parable of the sower. "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance;
but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."..When anyone hears the
word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked on comes and snatches away what
was sown in his heart. This is he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives
it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation
or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles."
- 13:1-23; "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who
hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful."
- 13:1-23; "But he who received seed on the good ground
is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
- 13:24-30; "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who
sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.".."How
does it have tares?".."He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’" "Let both grow together
until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them
in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."( **Bear fruit to God even if you are in a field with
- 13:37-44; "He
who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons
of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The
enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the
angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the
end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all
things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be
wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the rightious will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their
Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and
for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
- 13:45,46; "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking
beautiful pearls, who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
- 13:47-50; "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a
dragnet that was cast out into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which when it was full, they drew to shore; and they
sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will
come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing
- 13:52; "Therefore
every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and
- 13:57; "A
prophet is not without honor except in his own country or in his own house."
- 15:1-9; "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and
honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments
- 15:11; "Not
what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
- 15:13,14; "Every plant which My heavenly Father has
not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the
blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
- 15:16-20; "Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated?
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out
of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things
which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."
- 16:2-4; "When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is
red; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites!
You know how do discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous
gen3eration seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah."
- 16:6; "Take heed and beware the leaven of the Pharisees
and the Sadducees."
- 16:15-23; "But
who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of
the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you , Simon Bar-Jonah,
for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys
of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound
in heaven, and wahtever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then He commanded His disciples that they
should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem,
and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter
took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He
turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful
of the things of God, but the things of men."
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires
to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains
the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in
the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."
- 17:11,12; "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.
But I say to you that Elijah has come already and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the
Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands."
"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom
of heaven.. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives
on little child like this in My name receives Me."
"Woe to the world because of offenses@ For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!"
- 18:12-14; "assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over taht sheep (finding
the lost one) than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the willof your Father who is in heaven
that one of these little ones should perish."
"Moreover, if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you
have gained your brother. But if he will not hear take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three
witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even
to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
- Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth
will be loosed in heaven.
- 18:19; "Again I
say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven."
- 18:20; "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there
in the midst of them."
- 18:21-35; "Then
Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’
Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’" Continues with
the parable of the servants about forgiveness of debt and that if we have been forgiven but then do not extend that to others
then God will cancel the forgiveness He gave us. "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his
heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."
"Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason
a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So then they
are no longer two but one flesh."
"Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
- 19:8,9; "He said tot hem, ‘Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce
your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and
marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery"
- 19: 10-12; "His disciples said to Him, ‘If such is the case of the
man with his wife, it is better not to marry.’ But He said to them, ‘All cannot accept this saying, but only those
to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs
who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have make themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.
He who is able to accept it, let him accept it."
"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
- 19:17; "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
- 19:18,19; "You shall not murder’, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ You shall not steal,’
You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor
- 19:21; "If you want to
be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me."
- 19:23-26; "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter
the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich
man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, sayig ‘Who then can
be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are
- 19:28-30; "Assuredly, I say
to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also
sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father
or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But
many who are first will be last, and the last first."
The landowner went out to hire laborers in the marketplace several times during the day and paid the last hired the same as
the first hired, who had worked hard all day, but they were paid what they agreed to work for and complained about it, to
which the landowner said: "Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours
and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. It is not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own
things? Or is your eye evil because I am good? So the last will be first, and the first last."
- 20:16; "For many are called, but few chosen."
- 20:25-28; "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great
among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of
Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
- 20:31-33; The blind men along the road. "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David! So
Jesus stood still and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, ‘Lord,
that our eyes may be opened.’ So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight,
and they followed Him."
- 21:21,22; "Assuredly,
I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say
to this mountain, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea’, it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer,
believing, you will receive."
- 21:28-32; "But
what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and sid, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’
He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said
likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir’, but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?"
They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots
enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax
collectors and harlots believed him, and when you saw it you did not afterward repent and believe him."
- 21:33-44; Parable of the wicked vinedressers. "Therefore I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone
will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
- 22:1-14; "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent
out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other
servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and fatted cattle are killed,
and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another
to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about
it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants,
‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you
find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants ent out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found,
both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But then the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man
there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding
garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and
cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ "For many are called, but few are chosen."
- 22:15-22; "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and to God the things that are God’s."
"You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God."
- 22:30-33; "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels
of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I
am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
- 22:36-40; "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said
to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’. This
is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On
these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
- 23:8; "But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’, for One is your Teacher, the Christ,
and you are all brethren."
- 23:9; "Do
not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
- 23:10; "And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ."
- 23:11; "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant."
- 23:12; "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted."
- 23:13-39; Jesus
pronounced many ‘woe’s’ to the scribes, Pharisees and hypocrites. These are surely teachings and precepts
of the judgement of God and should be well noted for the individual disciple to avoid and such behavior:
- "For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go
in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."
- "For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive
- "For you travel
land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves."
- "Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies
- "Fools and blind! For which is
greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?"
- "Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. He who swears by the temple,
swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on
- "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and
mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and
swallow a camel!"
- "For you are like
whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, bu tinside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."
- "Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes; some of
them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that
on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah, son
of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon
- "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as
a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to
you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.’"
- 24:4-8; "Take heed that no one deceives you." For many will come in
My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ’, and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that
you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the
beginning of sorrows."
- 24:9-14; Then they
will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many
will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this
gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations and then the end will come."
- 24:15-22; "Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation spoken
of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is
on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be
in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world
until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
"Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false
christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have
told you beforehand."
- 24:26-28; "Therefore
if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not
believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered."
- 24:29-31; "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will
not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son
of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on
the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will
gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
- 24:32-35; "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has
already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things,
know that it is near - at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these
things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."
- 24:36-44; "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels
of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For
as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered
the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one
will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know
this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his
house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
- 24:45-51; "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master
made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes,
will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you, that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil
servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to bat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink
with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint
him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
- 25:1-13; Parable of the wise and foolish virgins and the need to
be prepared, even with slumber, to be ready to go at His coming. "Assuredly, I do not know you" is said to
those not prepared to meet him. "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of
Man is coming."
- 25:14-30; Parable of
the talents. Use whatever God has given you to His glory and profit of His business. "For to everyone who
has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
- 25:31-40; "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy
angels with Him then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right
hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty
and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited
Me; I was in prison and you came to Me." ... "Then the righteous will answer Him saying, 'Lord, when
did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or
naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and
say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
- 25:41-46; "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart
from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no
food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me,
sick and in prison and you did not visit Me."..."Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see
You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer
them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
- 26:6-13; "And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the
leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she pouredit on His head as He sat at
the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, 'Why this waste? For this fragrant oil
might have been sold for much and given to teh poor.' ... "But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them,
'Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but
Me you not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say
to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
- 26:24; "The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."
- 26:26-30; "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and
broke it, and gave to the disciples and said, "Take, eat, this is My body." Then He took the cup, and gave
thanks and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which
is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on
until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
- 26:39; "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will,
but as You will."
- 26:40,41; "Then
He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, 'What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.'"
- 26:42; "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from ME unless
I drink it, Your will be done."
"Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot
now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures
be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?" In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out as
against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did
not seize Me. But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled."
- 26:63,64; 'And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under
oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, The Son of God!" Jesus said to him, "It is as
you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power,
and coming on the clouds of heaven."
"Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?"
Jesus said to him, "It is as you say."
"Rejoice!" (the shortest commandment is our response to the risen Christ, as well as the women who found
the tomb empty)
- 28:10; "Do not be afraid."
- 28:18-20; "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
When first presented with
the challenge to look into the teachings of Jesus more deeply, that there would be over one hundred, I didn't expect that
there would be over 200 in the gospel of Matthew alone. Pretty much everything He said was in some way a commandment
or precept/judgment that have to do with what we are to believe or do. This has been quite a task to set out and not
just highlight them in my bible, but to put them to the recounting as done above. Perhaps you see more,
or less, but we should all agree that these are the words we are to cherish and build our faith on. Jesus gave us the
words from God. These are the words we are to hear in addition to the commandments God gave through Moses to Israel.
Even Abraham had commandments and precepts of God to keep before Moses gave the law. Genesis 26: 2-5 says, "Then
the LORD appeared to him and said: "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land which I shall tell you. Dwell in
this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform
the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will
give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham
obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statures, and My laws." The kingdom of heaven is a kingdom,
and the Lord of that Kingdom has said we are to do what He said if we call Him our Lord.
Several times I've noted
precious gems of truth in the Bible from the most unsuspected books. After noting the depth and breadth of Matthews
account of the teachings of Jesus it was hard for me to grasp the other gospel accounts could contain as much, or contain
additional teachings that Matthew didn't account for. As we go through them, book by book, would it
then be useful to take the entire accounting and reduce the redundant or partial teachings that are covered better in another
After some in depth study, I must concede that our Bible's have not been tried by the standards
given by God to verify who we listen to that says they speak for Him. These things are found in Deu. 4, 12, 13 and 18,
Isaiah's words; 'If they speak not according to the Law and the Testimony, there is no light in them', and finally by Jesus
(Y'shua) who passed all the 'tests' and finalized that it is by His word we will be judged. Jesus spoke of 'wolves'
who would damage the sheep and scatter them. In the OT words spoken over the children of Abraham, of the son Benjamin
is a prophecy of latter days when a wolf would arise from Benjamin who would scatter and plunder the sheep. Saul (Paul)
fits the pattern, and surely taught against what Jesus declared true, as did the Twelve declare true. There are twelve
apostles in the foundations spoken of in Revelation, not thirteen. Paul persecuted Jewish Christians, spoke against
the Jews, spoke against the Temple, spoke against the Torah of God, lied about who gave the law to Moses, and taught what
had been prohibited to be permissible (eating meat offered to idols) and not a commandment, but only to be obeyed when
'weak' brothers thought it was wrong. The evidence is overwhelmingly against Paul, and we need to purge his falsehoods
that are not in total accord with what was taught to be the truth from Jesus Christ. To learn more, read "Jesus'
Words Only" by Douglas DelTondo. He's done a great work of research that answers most questions I've thought about
and supports his findings with actual Scripture, historical quotes, and handily shows quite a number of false reasonings Paul
gave to promote his twisted views - confusing the reader, but now made plain to show their falsehoods ugly heads. As
such, I'm deleting all records beyond what the original Church would accept as truth: Only that which was written by
one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ - the ones who knew what He taught with promised Holy Spirit inspiration
- not just second hand witnesses recall after a number of years. Yet, after additional study, particularly a harmony
of the gospel accounts of the teachings Jesus gave regarding the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem and the end times,
I believe we need to also regard the records of Mark and Luke for their testimony of the teachings of the Master Teacher and
Prophet that we must hear in all things.
Several times I've noted precious gems of truth in the Bible from the most unsuspected
books. After noting the depth and breadth of Matthews account of the teachings of Jesus it was hard for me to
grasp the other gospel accounts could contain as much, or contain additional teachings that Matthew didn't account
for. As we go through them, book by book, would it then be useful to take the entire accounting
and reduce the redundant or partial teachings that are covered better in another account? Nevertheless, we can
continue with Mark.
Mark begins his account
of the gospel of Jesus Christ differently. John is found preparing the way for Jesus by preaching repentance
and batism for the remission of sin. John also preached "There comes One after me who is mightier than
I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit." When Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan we read, "And immediately, coming
up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from
heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
- Mark 1:15; "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and
believe in the gospel."
- 2. 1:17; "Follow
Me and I will make you become fishers of men."
"Why do you reason about these things in your hears? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins
are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man
has power on earth to forgive sins' - He said to the paralytic, 'I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to
- 2:17; "Those who are well
have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
- 2:20; "But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from
them, and then they will fast in those days."
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the
wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins."
- 2:27,28; "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore
the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."
"Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" And when He had looked around
at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."
And he stretched it out and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately
plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
- 3:20-30; "Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat
bread. But when His own people heard about this they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said 'He is out of
His mind." And the Scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, 'He has Beelzebub' and, 'By the ruler of
demons He casts out demons.' So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can
Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house
is divided against itself that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he
cannot stand, but has and end. No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods unless he first binds the
strong man. And then he will plunder his house. Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of
men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is
subject to eternal condemnation" - because they said, 'He has an unclean spirit."
- 3:31-35; Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside the sent
to Him, calling Him. And a multitude was sitting around Him and they said to Him, 'Look, Your mother and Your
brothers are outside seeking You." But He answered them saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?"
And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother."
- 4:11,12; "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of
God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And
hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them."
- 4:14-20; "The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the
wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown
in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on the stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive
it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or
persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among the thorns; they
are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things
entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear th
word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
- 4:21-23; "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed?
Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything
been kept secret, but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him her."
- 4:26-29; "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the
ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But
when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
- 4:30-32; "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what
parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground is smaller than
all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all the herbs, and shoots out large
branches, so that the birds of teh air may nest under its shade."
- 4:39,40; Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And
the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, 'Why are you so fearful? How is it that
you have no faith?"
- 5:1-20; When
he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, 'What have I to
do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.' For He said to
him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!" Then He asked Him, 'What is your name?'..And when He got into
the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but
said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had
compassion on you."
- 5:34; "Daughter,
your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
- 5:36; "Do not be afraid; only believe."
- 5:39; "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but
- 6:4; "A prophet is not without
honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house."
- 6:10,11; "In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart
from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust
under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and
Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city."
"Well did Isiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors Me with their lips, But
their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."
- 7:8; "For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of
men - the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do."
- 7:9-13; "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your
tradition. For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'He who curses father or mother, let him
be put to death.' But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever profit you might have received
from me is Corban' - (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,
making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things
- 7:14-16; "Hear Me,
everyone, and understand. There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him, but the things which
come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear , let him hear."
- 7:18-23; "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive
that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart, but his stomach, and
is eliminated, thus purifying all foods? And He said, What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For
from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within
and defile a man."
- 7:27; "Let the children
be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
- 8:15; "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven
- 8:33; "Get behind Me, Satan!
For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
- 8:34-38; "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,
and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and
the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will
be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His father with the holy angels."
- 9:12,13; "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is
it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say
to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him."
- 9:23; "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
- 9:29; "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."
- 9:35; "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant
- 9:37; "Whoever receives
one of these little ones in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me."
- 9:39-41; Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon
afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of
water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward."
- 9:50; Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
- 10:15; "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as
a little child will by no means enter it."
"Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!"
- 10:27; "With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things
- 10:29-31; "Assuredly,
I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or
lands, for My sake and the gospel's who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time - houses and brothers and
sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions - and in the age to come, eternal life. But many
who are first will be last, and the last first."
"but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared."
- 10:41-45; And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with
James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered
rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall
not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you
desires to be the first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give His life a ransom for many."
"Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast
into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have
whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them,
and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that
your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father
in heaven forgive your trespasses."
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
- 12:24-27; "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the
Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but are like angels in heaven. But concerning the dead, that they arise, have you not read in the Book of Moses,
in the burningbush passage, how God spoke to him saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken."
- 12:29-31; "The first of all the commandments is 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God,
the Lord is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and
with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
- 12:35-38; "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of
David? For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, Till
I make Your enemies Your footstool.' Therefore David himself calls Him 'Lord'; how is He then his Son?"
In this Jesus declares both the inspiration of the Scriptures and His being greater than David - man and God. ("And
the common people heard Him gladly")
"Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in ling robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats
in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows houses and for a pretense make long prayers.
These will receive the greater condemnation."
"Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they
all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
- 13:2-37. These verses have special instructions of direction and warning
and must not be ignored or overlooked. No prophecy is of private interpretation, and the apostles words must
be properly understood through the very words of Jesus. As many believe the times we live in to be the last
days - the times for the fulfillment of these verses and other key verses found in Danial and Revelation - as
you study these things, always remember what Jesus said. ***
- 2; "Do you see these great buildings?
Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down." 'Peter, James, John and Andrew
asked Him privately, 'Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sighn when all these things will
- 5-8; "Take heed that no one
deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and will deceive many. But when you hear
of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and
there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.
- 9-13; "But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils,
and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to
them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do
not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given to you in that hour, speak that; for
it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and
children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's
sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
"So when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' speken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not,
then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house,
nor enter to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight
may not be in the winter. For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning
of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. And unless the Lord had shortened those
days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
- 21-23; "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ! or, 'Look,
He is there!' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show sighns and wonders
to deceive, if possible, even teh elect. But take heed; see I have told you all things beforehand.
- 24-27; "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His
angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of the earth to the farthest part
- 28-31; "Now learn this parable
from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer
is near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near - at the very doors! Assuredly,
I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth
will pass away, bu My words will by no means pass away.
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country,
who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of teh house is coming - in the evening, at midnight, at the
crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you,
I say to all. Watch!"
"Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with
you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could.
She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the
whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
- 14:22-26 (Matt 26-29) Jesus institutes the Lord's Supper at the Passover meal.
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat;
this is My body." Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to tehm, and they all drank
from it. And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. Assuredly,
I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of
- 14:36; "Abba, Father, all things
are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."
- 14:38; "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
"I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the scriptures must be fulfilled."
- 14:61-62; "Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, 'Are You the
Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" Jesus said, "I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting
at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
- 15:2; "Then Pilate asked Him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' He answered and
said to him, "It is as you say."
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved;
but he who does not believe will be condemned.
"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with
new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will
lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received
up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working
with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen."
Each of the gospel accounts have similarities, just as each has a uniqueness in
the accounts they give of Jesus Christ and His teachings. This point is but half way through the accounting.
Each teaching has a purpose in either shedding light on how we are to walk in life or where we are walking. This light
is what I consider the Dayspring of our lives spoken of by Zacharias' prophecy in 1:78,79; to guide our feet in the way of
peace. Jesus is the dawn and light which has come to show us life and how to live. Luke is perhaps the most complete
gospel account, but let's go over it and see how it compare to the other accounts regarding the teachings of Jesus.
- Luke 2:49; "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must
be about My Father's business?"
"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
- 4:8; "You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve."
- 4:12; "You shall not tempt the LORD your God."
- 4:18,19,21; "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed
Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery
of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
"Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
- 4:23-27; "You will surely say this proverb to Me, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have
heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.' Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.
But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months
and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region
of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of
them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
"I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent."
- 5:4; "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
- 5:10; "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men."
- 5:12-14; "And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold,
a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, 'Lord, if You are willing, You
can make me clean.' Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing, be cleansed." Immediately
the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, "But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering
for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded."
- 5:16; Here we find an action Jesus did that may be an example to us: "So He Himself often
withdrew into the wilderness and prayed."
"When He saw their faith, He said to him, 'Man, your sins are forgiven you.'"
- 6:5; "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."
- 20; 'Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: "Blessed
are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled."
- 21; "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh."
- 22; "Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile
you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake."
- 23; "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for
in like manner their fathers did to the prophets."
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
- 25; "Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.
- 25; "Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall morn and weep."
- 26; "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their
fathers to the false prophets."
"But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray
for those who spitefully use you."
"To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also."
- 29; "And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either."
- 30; "Give to everyone who asks of you."
- 30; "And from him who takes away your goods, do not ask them back."
- 31; "And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise."
- 32; "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them."
"And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same."
- 34; "And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back,
what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back."
- 35; "But love your enemies
- "do good"
lend, hoping for nothing in return;
your reward will be great,
- "and you will
be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil."
- 36; "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful."
- 37; "Judge not, and you shall not be judged."
- "Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned."
- "Forgive, and you will be forgiven."
- 38; "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom."
- "For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
- 39; "Can the blind lead the blind? Will theynot both fall into
- 40; "A disciple is
not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher."
- 41; "And why do you look at the speck in your brothr's ey, but do
not perceive the plank in your own eye?"
"Or how can you say to your bother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do
not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will
see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye."
- 43,44; "For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For
every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble
- 45; "A good man out of
the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.
For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?
- 47-49; "Whoever comes to Me, and hars My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood rose, the stream
beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did
nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately
it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."
"Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum." personal note:
From this we can see that Luke identifies this group of teachings to the 'sayings' of Jesus. Likely these are the core
teachings from which the rest of His teachings find their root or foundation of the gospel Jesus taught.
- Specific prophecy fulfillment in speaking of John the Baptist: 27, 28;
"This is he of whom it is written: 'Behold I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You."
"For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least
in the kingdom of God is greater than he."***
"Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven,
the same loves little."
- 50; "Your
faith has saved you. Go in peace."
"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the
birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up,
and yielded a crop a hundredfold. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked HIm, saying
'What does this parable mean?' And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,
but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' Now the
parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes
and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those
who when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall
away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches,
and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having
heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."
- 16-18; "No one when he has lit a lamp, covers it with avessel or
puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that
will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear.
For whoever has to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him."
- 21; "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God
and do it."
- 25; "Where is your
- 39; "Return to your own
house, and tell what great things God has done for you."
When the Gadarenes greatly feared Him and asked Him to depart, He did not force Himself on them, but left for other areas.
- 48; "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well."
- 50; "Do not be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well."
- 9:21,22; "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected
by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."
- 23: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross daily, and follow Me."
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it."
- 25; "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
and is himself destroyed or lost?"
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and
in His father's, and of the holy angels."
"Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For
he who is least among you all will be great."
'Now John answered and said, 'Master we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not
follow with us.' But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side."
- 55; "You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For
the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
- 58; "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His
- 59; "Follow Me."
- 60; "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the
kingdom of God."
- 62; "No one,
having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
- 10:2; "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray
the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
- 3: "Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
- 4-12; "Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along
the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.' And if a son of peace is there, your peace
will rest on it; if not it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they
give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they
receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has
come near to you.' But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into itsstreets and say, "The
very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has
come near you.' But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city."
- 16; "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and
he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."
'Then the seventy returned with joy, saying "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." And He
said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents
and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice
in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
- 22; "All things have been delivered 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 the one to whom the Son wills to reveal
- 23,24; "Blessed are the
eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have
not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it."
- 25-28; "'And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do
to inherit eternal life? He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" 'So
he answered and said, 'You shall 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' And He said to him, "You have answered rightly, do this and
you will live."
- 35-37; "On the
next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the inkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever
more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell
among the thieves?' And he said, 'He who showed mercy on him.' Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
- 39-42; 'And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet
and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You
not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and
said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary
has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
- 11: 2-4; "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed by Your name. Your kingdom
come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread, And forgive us our sins, For
we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us, And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one."
- 9-13; "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and
you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him
who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or
if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to those who ask Him?"
- 23; "He
who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters."
- 24-26; "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places,
seeking rest, and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I cam.' And when he comes, he finds it
swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter
and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first."
- 27,28; And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice
and said to Him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!' But He said, "More than
that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
- 33-36; "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but
on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your
eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having
no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light."
- 42; "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and
all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the
- 52; "Who to you
lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering
in you hindered."
- 12:1-3; "Beware
of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden
that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have
spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops."
- 4,5; "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those whokill the body, and after that
have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power
to case into hell; yes I say to you, fear Him!"
"Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very
hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
- 8,9; "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the
Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels
- 10; "And anyone who speaks
a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be
- 11,12; "Now when they
bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you
should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
- 15; "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not
consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."
"The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do,
since I have no room to store my crops? So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater,
and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for
many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be
required of you; then whose will these things be which you have provided?' "So is he who lays up treasure for himself,
and is not rich toward God."
- 22; "Therefore
I say to you, do not worry about the body, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on."
- 23; "Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing."
- 24; "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have
neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?"
- 25,26; "And which of you by worrying can add on cubit to his stature?
If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
- 27; "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
"If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more
will He clothe you, O you of little faith?"
"And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the
nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and
all these things shall be added to you."
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and
give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief
approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also."
- 35,36; "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you
yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they
may open to him immediately."
"Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he
will gird himself and have them sit down to eat and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch,
or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants."
- 39,40; "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come,
he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is
coming at an hour you do not expect."
"Then Peter said to Him, 'Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?' And the Lord said, "Who
then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of
food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find sodoing when he comes. Truly, I say to you
that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his
coming,' and begins to beat the makle and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will
come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him
his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according
to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes,
shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been
committed, of him they will ask the more."
"I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized
with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth?
I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two,
and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter
against mother, mother-in-law against he daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
- 54-56; "Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see
a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming'; and so it is. And when you see the south
wind blow, you say, 'There will be hot weather'; and there is. You can discern the face of the sky and of the
earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?"
"Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right? When you go with your adversary to the magistrate,
make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and
the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite."
- 13:1-5; 'There were present at that season some who told Him about the
Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose
that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered such things? I tell you, no;
but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and
killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but
unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
- 6-9; "A certain man ha a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found
none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree
and found none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?' But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone
this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you
can cut it down."
- 15,16; "Hypocrite!
Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it away to water it? So ought
not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound - think of it - for eighteen years, be loosed from this
bond on the Sabbath?"
- 18,19; "What
is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put
in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches."
- 20,21; "To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like
leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."
- 22-30; 'Lord, are there few who are saved?' And He said to them, "Strive
to enter through the narrow gate, for many I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master
of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open
for us,' and He will answer and say to you, "I do not know you, where you are from,' then you will begin to say, 'We
ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.' But He sill say, 'I tell you I do not know you, where
you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when
you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God; and yourselves thrust out. They will
come from east and west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last
who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
- 32, 33; "Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and
the third day I shall be perfected.' Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot
be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem."
35; "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often
I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! See!
Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time come when you say, 'Blessed
is He who comes in the name of the LORD."
"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
- 12-14; "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends,
your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back and you be repaid. But when you give
a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for
you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just."
"For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper."
- 26; "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."
- 27; "And whoever does notbear his cross and come after Me cannot
be My disciple."
- 28-33; "For which
of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it - lest,
after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to
build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and
consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while
the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you
does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple."
"Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor
for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
- 15:7; "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over
one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance."
- 10: "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents."
- 31; "And
he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and
be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found."
- 16:1-8; "So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly.
For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light."
- 9-12; "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous
mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful
also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful
in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what
is another man's, who will give you what is your own?"
- 13; "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or
else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
- 14,15; 'Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard these things,
and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your
hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."
- 16,17; "The law and the prophets were until John. Since
that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. And it is easier for heaven
and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail."
- 18; "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who
is divorced from her husband commits adultery." As mentioned earlier in Matthew, Jesus said this teaching is not
able to be accepted by everyone, but only those to whom it was given. This teaching clearly shows the need that we explore
and grasp the complete record of His teachings and not take His word beyond the wholeness of what He taught. If we only
take the passages where this is taught and exclude the other it may bring much grief that is unnecessary.
- 19-31; "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and
fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid
at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked
his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man
also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus
in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of
his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in
your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise, Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you
cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him
to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, Father Abraham,
but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'"
- 17:1-4; "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through
whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into
the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins
against you, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times
in a day returns to you saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."
- 6-10; "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by
the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep,
will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to
him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will
eat and drink'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.
So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants.
We have done what was our duty to do."
'Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered
a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said,
'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!' So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned,
and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found
who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your
faith has made you well."
- 20,21; 'Now
when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of
God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See, here!' or "See there!' For indeed, the kingdom
of God is within you."
"The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And
they will say to you, 'Look, here! or 'Look there!' Do not go after them or follow them."
- 24; "For as the lightning that flashes out of one part of heaven
shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day."
- 25; "But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation."
- 26-30; "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also
in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the
day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot:
They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained
fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
- 31-34; "In that day, he who is on the housetop and his goods are
in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him nottrun back.
Remember Lot's wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it."
- 37; 'And they answered and said to Him, 'Where, Lord?' So He said
to them, "Wherever the eagles will be gathered together."
- 18:1-7; Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying:
"There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and
she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while, but afterward he said
within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her
continual coming she wary me.' Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge
His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them
- 8; "Nevertheless, when
the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
- 9-14; Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised
others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.The Pharisee stook
and prayed thus with himself, 'God I thank You that I am notlike other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as
this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing
afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
'Then they also brought infants toHim that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rubuked them. But
Jesus called them to Him and said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom
of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter
- 18-22; 'Now a certain ruler asked
Him, saying, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me
good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery', 'Do
not murder,' 'Do not steal', 'Do not bear false witness', 'Honor your father and your mother.'" And he said, 'All
these things I have kept from my youth.' So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one
thing: Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.'
- 24-27; "'And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those
who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And those who heard it said, 'Who then can be saved?' But He said,
"The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
- 29,30; "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or
wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the
age to come eternal life."
- 31-33; "Behold,
we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.
For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him.
And the third day He will rise again."
"'Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy
on me!' So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,
saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, 'Lord that I may receive my sight.' Then Jesus
said to him, "Receive your sight, your faith has made you well."
- 19:1-9; Jesus comes to Zacchaeus' house. Note the story of how he sought Jesus and of Jesus accepting
his invitation, as well as Zacchaeus doing works of repentance and restitution and even giving half of all his goods to the
poor. "And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;
for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
- 11-27; "But bring here those who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me."
- 46; "It is written, 'My house
is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves."
- 20:17,18; 'Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone
which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone'? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever
it falls, it will grind him to powder."
"Why do you test Me? ShowMe a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" They answered and
said, 'Caecar's.' And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things of Ceasar's, and to God the things
that are God's."
- 34-36; "The sons
of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection
from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are
sons of God, being sons of the resurrection."
"But even Moses showed in the burning bush passge that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord 'the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him."
- 41-44; "How can they say that the Christ is the Son of David?
Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms: 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies
Your footstool.' Therefore David calls Him 'Lord', how is He then his Son?"
- 46,47; "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings
in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows' houses, and for a
pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
- 21:1-4; 'And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He
saw a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in
more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the
livelihood that she had."
- 5-38; In
our time this section of teaching seems especially important. There are a number of warnings and commandments and prophecies
given that need to be taken as Jesus gave them and in a balanced view of His direct teaching.
5,6; 'Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations,
He said, "These things which you see - the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall
not be thrown down."
- 7,8; 'So they asked
Him, saying, 'Teacher,but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take
place?' And He said to them, "Take heed that you not be deceived."
- 8; "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and 'The time has drawn
near.' "Therefore do not go after them."
"But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first; but the end
will not come immediately."
- 10; 'Then
He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."
- 11; "And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and
pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven."
- 12; "But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute
you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake."
- 13; "But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony."
- 14, 15; "Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand
on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict
- 16, 17; "You will
be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will
be hated by all for My name's sake."
"But not a hair of your head shall be lost."
"By your patience possess your souls."
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Let those who are in Judea
flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant
and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this
people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will
be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."
- 25-27; The previous verses speak to the destruction of Jerusalem and scattering of the Jews to all
nations that happened about AD 70. These next verses, due to the events prophesied, are for the signs of the fulfillment
of the 'times of the Gentiles' and of which Paul likely spoke of as the time when the 'fullness of the Gentiles' would be
25; "And there will be signs in the sun,
- 25; "in the moon,
- 25; "and in the stars,
- 25; "and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity,
- 25; "the sea and the waters roaring;
- 26; "men's hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things
which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
- 27; "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great
- 28; "Now when these things begin
to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
- 29-33; 'Then He spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all
the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also,
when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation
will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means
- 34; "But take heed
to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on
- 35; "For it
will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth."
- 36; "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape
all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
- 22:14-22; 'When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.
Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to
you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then He took the cup, and gave thanks,
and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until
the kingdom of God comes." Then He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This
is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Likewise He also took the cup after supper saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me
on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"
- 25-27; "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and
those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.' But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest
among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table,
or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves."
- 28-30; "But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials.
And I bestow upon you a kingdom; just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom,
and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment
and buy one. For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me. 'And He was numbered with
the transgressors.' For the things concerning Me have an end."
- 40; "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
- 42; "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not
My will, but Yours, be done."
'If You are the Christ, tell us.' But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also
ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power
of God." Then they all said, 'Are You then the Son of God?' So He said to them, "You rightly say that
- 28-31; Spoken on the way to
the cross to mourning women: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your
children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and
breasts which never nursed!' Then whey will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'
For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?"
- 34; "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
- 43; "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
- 44-46; 'Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all
the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when
Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit."
- 25-27; "O foolish ones, and slow of hart to believe in all that the
prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" And
beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.'
- 36-39; "Peace to you." But they were terrified and frightened,
and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise
in our hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have
flesh and bones as you see I have."
- 44, 45;
'Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be
fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me." And He opened
their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.'
- 46-53; "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from
the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning
at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry
in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." And He led them out as far as Bethany,
and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them
and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in
the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
- John 3:3-8;
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said
to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?'
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom
of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel
that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot
tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
- 9-17; 'Nicodemus answered and said to Him, 'How can these things be?'
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I
say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told
you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended
to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world
through Him might be saved."
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and
men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and
does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his
deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
- 4:10; "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would
have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
- 13,14; "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I
shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing
up into everlasting life."
- 22; "You
worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews."
- 23; "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him."
- 24; "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
- 25; Jesus claim to the Samaritan woman to be the Messiah/Christ: "I
who speak to you am He."
- 32; "I
have food to eat of which you do not know."
"My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work."
- 35-38; "Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'?
Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps
receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For
in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored;
others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."
- 48; "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe."
- 5:16,17; 'For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill
Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until
now, and I have been working."'
'Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His
Father, making Himself equal with God. Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the
Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatsoever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these,
that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He
will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as
they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him."
- 24; "Most assuredly, I say to you,he who hears My word and
believes iin Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."
- 25-27; "Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now
is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in
Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because
He is the Son of Man."
- 28-29; "Do
not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth- those who
have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."
- 30; "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My
judgment is righteous because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."
- 31,32; "If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.
There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. Yet I do not
receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved."
- 33-36; "You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive
testimony from man, but I say these things that you might be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were
willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father
has given Me to finish - the very works that I do - bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me."
- 37,38; "And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me.
You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you because
whom He sent, Him you do not believe."
"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life."
- 44; "How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes
from the only God?"
- 45-47; "Do
not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you - Moses, in whom you trust. For if you
believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe
- 6:26,27; "Most assuredly,
I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not
labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you,
because God the Father has set His seal on Him."
'Then they said to Him, 'What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?' Jesus answered and said to them, "This
is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."
- 32,33; "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father
gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
- 35; "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never
hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
"But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe."
- 37-40; "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no
means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This
is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last
day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting
life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
"Do not murmur among yourselves."
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day."
- 43-45; "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught
by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me."
- 46; "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God;
He has seen the Father."
- 47-51; "Most
assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate
the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and
not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;
and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." "Most assuredly,
I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have not life in you. Whoever eats
My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed,
and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living
Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which
came down from heaven - not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."
- 61-65; 'When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about
this, He said to them, "Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
It is the Spirit who gives life; and the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are
life. But there are some of you who do not believe." "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come
to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.
'Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" But Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord,
to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the
Christ, the Son of the living God."
"The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil."
- 16; "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me."
- 17; "If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the
doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority."
- 18; "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who
sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him."
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
- 28,29; "You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come
of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me."
- 33,34; "I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go
to Him who sent Me. You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot go." (Spoken to the Pharisees)
- 37-39; "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He
who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said; out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He
spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus
was not yet glorified.'
- 43; Not a quote
of Jesus, but the matter is at the heart of the matter at the beginning of the book: 'So there was a division among
the people because of Him.'
- 8:12; "I
am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
- 13-19; 'The Pharisees therefore said to Him, You bear witness of Yourself;
Your witness is not true. Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true,
for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge
according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with
the Father who went Me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am One who bears
witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me." Then they said to Him, Where is Your Father?
Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also."
- 21; "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your
sin. Where I go you cannot come." (spoken to the Pharisees at the treasury)
- 23,24; "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this
world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that
I am He, you will die in your sins."
"I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things
which I heard from Him."
- 28,29; "When
you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He he, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me,
I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things
that please Him."
- 31,32; "If you
abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
- 34-36; "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave
of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes
you free, you shall be free indeed."
"I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you week to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak
what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father."
- 39-41; "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
You do the deeds of your father."
"If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but
He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are
of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does
not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for
he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts
Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?"
- ****47; "He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of
- 49,50; "I do not have a
demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges."
- 51; "Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall
never see death."
- 54-55; If I honor
Myself, My honor is nothing. It isMy Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not
known HIm, but I know Him. And if I say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep
- 56; "Your father Abraham
rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
58; 'Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" Jesus said to
them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
- 9:1-5; 'Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked
Him saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither
this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who
sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the
- 35-39; 'Jesus heard that they had
cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?" He answered and
said, 'Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?' And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He
who is talking with you." Then he said, 'Lord, I believe!' And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, "For
judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind."
- 40,41; 'Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words
and said to Him, 'Are we blind also?' Jesus said to them, "If you were blind you would have no sin; but now you
say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains."
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same
is a thief and a robber But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens,
and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own
sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger,
but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." 'Jesus used this illustration, but they did not
understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am
the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I
am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does
not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it
- 11-16; "I am
the good shepherd. The good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he
who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wold coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf
catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father;
and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring, and
they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd."
- 17-18; "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
No one takes it from Me, but I lay itdown of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.
This command I have received from My Father."
'Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, 'How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.'
Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness
of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and
I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch
them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out
of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one."
'Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them,"Many good works I have shown you from My
Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?" The Jews answered Him, saying, 'For a good work we do
not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.' Jesus answered them, "Is it
not written in your law, 'I said, You are gods'? (Ps. 82.6) If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and
the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,'
because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me, but if I do, though
you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him."
Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.
- 11:9,10; "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not
stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not
- 25,26; "I am the resurrection
and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall
never die. Do you believe this?"
- 40-43; "Did
I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God? "Father I thank You that You have heard
Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe
that You sent Me."
- 12:23-36; "The
hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into
the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and
he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where
I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor."
- 27-32; "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father,
save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this our. Father, glorify Your name." Then a
voice came from heaven, saying, 'I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.'Therefore the people who stood by and
hard it said that it had thundered. Others said, 'An angel has spoken to Him.' Jesus answered and said, "This
voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; not the ruler of this world
will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." This He said,
signifying by what death He would die.
"A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who
walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become
sons of light."
- 44-50; "He who
believes in Me, believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come
as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and
does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me,
and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him - the world that I have
spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me
a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore,
whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."
- 13:8; "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."
- 10; "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean;
and you are clean, but not all of you."
"You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your
feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you and example, that you should do as I have done
to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he
who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
- 20; "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives
Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
"Now ithe Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify
Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will
seek Me, and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you cannot come,'so now I say to you. A new commandment I give
to you that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you
are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
"Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward."
- 14:1; "Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me."
- 2; "In My Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, I
would have told you."
- 2-4; "I
go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself;
that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know."
- 5,6; 'Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we do not know where You are going, and
how can we know the way?' "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me."
- 7; "If
you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
- 8-11; 'Philip said toHim, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it will suffice
us.' Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not know Me, Philip? He who has seen
Me has seen the Father, so how can you say, 'Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the
Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does
the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves."
- 12-14; "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the
works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you
ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will
- 15-18; "If you love Me,
keep My commandments. And if will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever
- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He
dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."
- 19-21; "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more,
but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
- "At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
- "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.
- "And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and
manifest Myself to him."
- 22-24; 'Judas
(not Iscariot) said to Him, 'Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?' Jesus answered
and said, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will make Our home with him."
- "He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the world which you
hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me."
"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father
will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and broing to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
- "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives
do I give to you."
- "Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said,
'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I."
- 29-31; "And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
- "I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming,
and he has nothing in Me.
- "But that the world
may know that I love the Father, as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.
- "Arise, let us go from here."
"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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
- "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
- "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."
- 5-8; "I am the vine, and you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears
much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire,
and they are burned.
- "If you abide in Me,
and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
- "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples."
- 9,10; "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My
love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide
in His love."
- 11,12; "These things
I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you
love one another as I have loved you."
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
- 14; "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you."
- 15; "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know
what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."
- 16,17; "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you
that you should go and bear fruit; and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give
you. These things I command you, that you love one another."
- 18; "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you."
- 19; "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."
- 20; "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater
than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you."
- 20; "If they kept My word, they will keep yours also."
- 21-25; "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake,
because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they
have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My father also. If I had not done among them the works which
no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened
that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'"
- 26,27; "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from
the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness,
because you have been with Me from the beginning."
"These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble."
- 2-4; "They will put you out of the synagogues, yes, the time is coming
that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have
not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told
you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning because I was with you."
- 5-7; "But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks
Me, 'Where are You going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless
I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you;
but if I depart, I will send Him to you."
"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because
they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler
of this world is judged."
- 12-15; "I
still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He
will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All
things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you."
- 16; "A little while and you will not see Me; and again a little while,
and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."
"Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but
your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon
as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for the joy that a human being has been born into
the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one
will take from you."
- 23,24; "And
in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give
you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."
- 25; "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but
the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father."
- 28; "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world.
Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."
"Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own,
and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to
you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the
- 17:1-3; 'Jesus spoke these words,
lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify
You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
- 4,5; "I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."
- 6-8; "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given
Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that
all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the worlds which You have given Me; and they
have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me."
- 9; "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those
whom You have given Me, for they are Yours."
"And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them."
- 11; "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come
- 12, 13; "While I was
with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except
the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the
world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves."
- 14; "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."
"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one."
- 16; "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."
- 17; "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."
- 18,19; "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into
the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself that they also may be sanctified by the truth."
- ***20,21; "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who
will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may
be in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
"And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. I in them, and You
in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You
have loved Me."
- ***24; "Father,
I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory, which You have given Me;
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world."
"O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in
- 18:19-21; 'The high priest then asked
Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught
in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask Me?
Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said."
- 31-38; 'Then Pilate said to them, 'You take Him and judge Him according to your law.'
Therefore the Jews said to him, 'It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,' that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled
which He spoke signifying by what death He would die. Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said
to Him, 'Are You the king of the Jews?' Jesus answered him, "Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others
tell you that concerning Me?" Pilate answered, 'Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered
You to me. What have You done?' Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were
of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My kingdom is not from here."
Pilate therefore said to Him, 'Are You a king then?' Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For
this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone
who is of the truth hears My voice." Pilate said to Him, 'What is truth?' And when he had said this he went out
again to the Jews, and said to them, 'I find no fault in Him at all.'
- 19:7-11; 'The Jews answered him, 'We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because
He made Himself the Son of God.' Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into
the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, 'Where are You from?' But Jesus gave him no answer. Then Pilate said to Him,
'Are You not speaking tome? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?' Jesus
answered,"You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one
who delivered Me to you has the greater sin."
'So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!"And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.'
- 20:17; "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father,
but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God."
- 21; "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
- 22; 'And when He had said this He breathed on them, and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgiven the sins of any, they are forgiven them, if you retain the sins
of any, they are retained."
'And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas witih them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and
stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas,"Reach your finger here, and look
at My hands, and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And
Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you
have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
- 21:12; "Come and eat breakfast."
- 15; "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?"
- 15; "Feed My lambs."
- 16; "Tend My sheep."
- 17; "feed My sheep."
So ends the accounts in the four books of the
gospels. Remaining yet are a few things in Acts and finally in Revelation.
- Acts 1:4-8; 'And being assembled together with them, He commanded them
not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father "which," He said, "You have heard from
Me, for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?'
And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Finally, the matters are shown beyond
the gospel accounts. Jesus gave the final revelation of Himself to John. There is a blessing given to those who hear the message
of this book as well as a curse to anyone who would change it in any way. The opening passages are given as messages to the
seven churches of Asia. Some have come to believe these could be messages to the various ages or stages of the Church and
that we are in the seventh age now. Based on my understanding to date, due to the nature of His word gleaned from the earlier
teachings, I am going to presume these teachings/commandments apply to all. They are words of encouragement and blessing,
as well as words of rebuke and coming judgement upon those who are not living as He said to. I make no pretension to know
it all, but the things are so obvious that it must be mentioned here and we’d be remiss to neglect this fact of the
Christian faith. This is not mentioned to condemn, but to remind us of the complete revelation of those things He gave us
that pertain to life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
It is certainly with a sense of awe, fear and respect for the words
of Jesus Christ that I even give partial quotes of the book here, and with the fact that we are to hear them and take time
to read them again in the wholeness of the book in which they have been recorded. Read the book for yourself and be blessed
as He has promised as you heed His words because of Who He is knowing that He upholds His word higher than His name.
with Revelation 1;(NKJV)
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which
must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God,
and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
"John, to the seven churches which
are in Asia:
"Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits
who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the
kings of the earth.
"To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and
priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Ephesus was written:
"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil.
And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have
patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless, I have this against you, that
you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will
come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place - unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds
of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To
him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."
a point here, how can we not judge if we are to test those who make claims to be apostles of Jesus Christ and find them to
be liars? In the holy scriptures God gives us tests to use. This supports the teachings that we are to test all things and
uphold that which is good. This implies we identify those things which are not good and true and in so doing we are judging,
but these must be done according to Gods word. Jesus supports discernment of light and darkness, and that in the discernment
that we abide in the light of His word. This also supports the scriptures which tell so clearly that we can do all things,
but if we have not love, we are nothing but a noise. We must be about the business of truth and love by the words of God,
not of ourselves. Abide in the love of God. Jesus plainly said: "If you love me you will keep My commandments".
to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life;
"I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews
and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil
is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until
death, and I will give you the crown of life.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."
"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,
These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne
is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who
was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine
of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and
to commit sexual immorality. Thus you have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or
else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
"He who has an ear to hear,
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I
will give him a white stone, and on the stone, a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."
to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,
"These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire,
and His feet like fine brass. I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience, and as for your works, the last
are more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself
a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her
time to repent of her sexual immoralty, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit
adultery with her into great tribulation unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the
churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as
they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works
until the end, to him I will give power over the nations -
‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ -
"I also have received from My Father, and I
will give him the morning star.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
to the angel of the church in Sardis write,
"These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven
stars: I know your works, that you have a name that your are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things
which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received
and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what
hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with
Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I will not blot out his name from
the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
"He who has an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts and shuts and no one
opens. I know your works. See, I have set before you and open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength,
have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews
and are not, but he - indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because
you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world,
to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name
of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write
on him My new name.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
"These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness,
the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or
hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I
am rich; have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind,
and naked - I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may
be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As
many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to
sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
"He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
Revelation 16 finds a blessing; "Behold, I am coming as a
thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." This is near found
in relation to the pouring out of the sixth bowl of the wrath of God associated with Armageddon. I can understand why many
see the warning to the Laodiceans as the end time church.
Finally the revelation of Jesus Christ ends with His words,
"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."