May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Life in Christ
Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord…. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
“‘What will I do?’ the owner asked himself. ‘I know! I’ll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect him.’
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.
The message about faith: “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”