1. Romans 8:14-17
All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God; for what you received
was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of
adoption, enabling us to cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself joins with
our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. And if we are children, then we
are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering,
so as to share his glory.
2. Romans 8:5-9
Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human
nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And
human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to
life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it
does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural
inclinations can never be pleasing to God. You, however, live not by your natural
inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed,
anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
3. 1 John 4:12-16
No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his
love comes to its perfection in us. This is the proof that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us a share in his Spirit. We ourselves have seen and testify that the
Father sent his Son as Saviour of the world. Anyone who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son
of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have recognised for ourselves, and put our
faith in, the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God
and God in him.
4. 1 John 4:17-21
Love comes to its perfection in us when we can face the Day of Judgement fearlessly,
because even in this world we have become as he is. In love there is no room for fear, but
perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has
come to perfection in love. Let us love, then, because he first loved us. Anyone who says
'I love God' and hates his brother, is a liar, since whoever does not love the brother
whom he can see cannot love God whom he has not seen. Indeed this is the commandment we
have received from him, that whoever loves God, must also love his brother.
5. 1 John 4:7-11
My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is
a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is
love. This is the revelation of God's love for us, that God sent his only Son into the
world that we might have life through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved
God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins. My dear friends, if God loved
us so much, we too should love one another.
6. Acts of the Apostles 1:1-5
In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the
beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the
Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his
Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell
them about the kingdom of God. While at table with them, he had told them not to leave
Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. 'It is', he had said, 'what
you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but, not many days from now, you
are going to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.'
7. Acts of the Apostles 1:6-9
Now having met together, they asked him, 'Lord, has the time come for you to restore the
kingdom to Israel?' He replied, 'It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father
has decided by his own authority, but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which
will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout
Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth's remotest end.'
As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their
8. Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14
So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short
distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to
the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew,
Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot,
and Jude son of James. With one heart all these joined constantly in prayer, together with
some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
9. Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4
When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from
heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were
sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest
on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.
1. John 14:21-31
Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and
whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and reveal myself to
Judas-not Judas Iscariot-said to him, 'Lord, what has happened, that you intend to show
yourself to us and not to the world?' Jesus replied:
Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to
him and make a home in him. Anyone who does not love me does not keep my words. And the
word that you hear is not my own: it is the word of the Father who sent me. I have said
these things to you while still with you; but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the
Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said
to you. Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot
give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me
say: I am going away and shall return. If you loved me you would be glad that I am going
to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now, before it
happens, so that when it does happen you may believe. I shall not talk to you much longer,
because the prince of this world is on his way. He has no power over me, but the world
must recognise that I love the Father and that I act just as the Father commanded. Come
now, let us go.
2. John 17:11-26
I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.
Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like
us. While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched
over them and not one is lost except one who was destined to be lost, and this was to
fulfil the scriptures. But now I am coming to you and I say these things in the world to
share my joy with them to the full. I passed your word on to them, and the world hated
them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking
you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the Evil One. They do not
belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth;
your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and
for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth. I pray
not only for these but also for those who through their teaching will come to believe in
me. May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also
may be in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me. I have given them the
glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me,
may they be so perfected in unity that the world will recognise that it was you who sent
me and that you have loved them as you have loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always
see my glory which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the
world. Father, Upright One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these
have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to
make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I may
be in them.
3. I Corinthians 15:20-28
In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first-fruits of all who
have fallen asleep. As it was by one man that death came, so through one man has come the
resurrection of the dead. Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to
life; but all of them in their proper order: Christ the first-fruits, and next, at his
coming, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he will hand over the
kingdom to God the Father, having abolished every principality, every ruling force and
power. For he is to be king until he has made his enemies his footstool, and the
last of the enemies to be done away with is death, for he has put all things under his
feet. But when it is said everything is subjected, this obviously cannot include the
One who subjected everything to him. When everything has been subjected to him, then the
Son himself will be subjected to the One who has subjected everything to him, so that God
may be all in all.
4. Revelation 3:1-3,12,16-19
'Write to the angel of the church in Sardis and say, "Here is the message of the one
who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know about your behaviour: how
you are reputed to be alive and yet are dead. Wake up; put some resolve into what little
vigour you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice anything in your
behaviour that my God could possibly call perfect; remember how you first heard the
message. Hold on to that. Repent! If you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief,
and you will have no idea at what hour I shall come upon you.
Anyone who proves victorious I will make into a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, and it
will stay there for ever; I will inscribe on it the name of my God and the name of the
city of my God, the new Jerusalem which is coming down from my God in heaven, and my own
new name as well.
'...but since you are neither hot nor cold, but only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my
mouth. You say to yourself: I am rich, I have made a fortune and have everything I want,
never realising that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. I warn
you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you truly rich, and
white robes to clothe you and hide your shameful nakedness, and ointment to put on your
eyes to enable you to see. I reprove and train those whom I love: so
repent in real earnest.'
5. Revelation 5:9-14
They sang a new hymn: You are worthy to take the scroll and to break its seals,
because you were sacrificed, and with your blood you bought people for God of every race,
language, people and nation and made them a line of kings and priests for God, to
rule the world.
In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne
and the living creatures and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of
them and thousands upon thousands, loudly chanting:
Worthy is the Lamb that was sacrificed to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength,
honour, glory and blessing.
Then I heard all the living things in creation-everything that lives in heaven, and on
earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, crying:
To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour, glory and
power, for ever and ever.
And the four living creatures said, 'Amen'; and the elders prostrated themselves to
6. Revelation 7:14-17
I answered him, 'You can tell me, sir.' Then he said, 'These are the people who have been
through the great trial; they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the
Lamb. That is why they are standing in front of God's throne and serving him day and night
in his sanctuary; and the One who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.
will never hunger or thirst again; sun and scorching wind will never plague them,
because the Lamb who is at the heart of the throne will be their shepherd and will
guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away all tears from
7. Revelation 12:1-8
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in
the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red
dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet.
Its tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them to the ground,
and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth, so
that it could eat the child as soon as it was born. The woman was delivered of a boy,
the son who was to rule all the nations with an iron sceptre, and the child was
taken straight up to God and to his throne, while the woman escaped into the desert, where
God had prepared a place for her to be looked after for twelve hundred and sixty days.
And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the
dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of
8. Revelation 14:1-7
Next in my vision I saw Mount Zion, and standing on it the Lamb who had with him a hundred
and forty-four thousand people, all with his name and his Father's name written on their
foreheads. I heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of the ocean or the roar of
thunder; it was like the sound of harpists playing their harps. There before the throne
they were singing a new hymn in the presence of the four living creatures and the elders,
a hymn that could be learnt only by the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been
redeemed from the world. These are the sons who have kept their virginity and not been
defiled with women they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they, out of all
people, have been redeemed to be the first-fruits for God and for the Lamb.
lie was found in their mouths and no fault can be found in them.
Then I saw another angel, flying high overhead, sent to announce the gospel of eternity to
all who live on the earth, every nation, race, language and tribe. He was calling, 'Fear
God and glorify him, because the time has come for him to sit in judgement; worship
the maker of heaven and earth and sea and the springs of water.'
Revelation 19: 7-8
let us be glad and joyful and give glory to God, because this is the time for the marriage
of the Lamb. His bride is ready, and she has been able to dress herself in dazzling white
linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.'
9. Revelation 21:1-10
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first
earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, the new
Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her
husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, 'Look, here God lives among human
beings. He will make his home among them; they will be his people, and he will be
their God, God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes;
there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the
past has gone.'
Then the One sitting on the throne spoke. 'Look, I am making the whole of creation new.
Write this, "What I am saying is trustworthy and will come true."' Then he said
to me, 'It has already happened. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I will give water from the well of life free to anybody who is thirsty; anyone who proves
victorious will inherit these things; and I will be his God and he will be my
son. But the legacy for cowards, for those who break their word, or worship
obscenities, for murderers and the sexually immoral, and for sorcerers, worshippers of
false gods or any other sort of liars, is the second death in the burning lake of
One of the seven angels that had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came to
speak to me and said, 'Come here and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.'
In the spirit, he carried me to the top of a very high mountain, and showed me
Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God.
The one who attests these things says: I am indeed coming soon.
Amen; come, Lord Jesus.