HIDDEN MESSAGES IN THE BIBLE
15Study to show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
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"Take it easy Rover. It's just Bill for our weekly get-together. Come on in Bill. You know Rover don't you?"
"Sure I do. Hello Rover."
"Don't try to pet him. He's kind of a one man dog, if you know what I mean."
"Yeah, I do. Good dog."
"Ok Rover, you've checked our visitor out. You can go to the back yard now. Ok, I'm ready. Want some coffee before we begin?"
"Sure Joe, no cream as usual."
"I was thinking, how about if we don't use the commentaries and doctrine books today and looked into the Bible for our study. I'm working on a project, and I can use your help, you're being older and having so much more experience than I do."
"Read the Bible for a Bible study? I had planned on looking into a new web site I found on line that has some great sermons and lessons, but I can always do that some other time. Sure, why not. It's a novel idea, actually using the Bible for Bible Study."
"Good. Oh, thanks. I'll wait till it cools off a bit. Do you have a concordance we can use?"
"Yeah, somewhere. Let me check my book case. Yeah, here it is. Pardon the dust."
"Ah, good. Looks like new. Did you just buy it?"
"Naw, I've had it for years. It stays pretty pristine in that glass case you know."
"Yeah, I guess it would. Now, about this project. I want to give a sermon that delves right to the heart of the Bible, some of the basis for the doctrines we preach. What I mean is, I want to check out the doctrines for myself and see what they're based on. Do you know what I mean?"
"Sure Bill, you want to play theologian. Can't blame you for that, I've done it myself. But I'll warn you straight off, it's a lot better to just give your sermon using a few verses to back up your topic. That's how the canned sermons are that you get from books and the web. The Bible can get pretty tricky you know. Ok, now, what's the topic you want to investigate first?"
"Well, I thought we might check out why Jesus spoke in parables so much. I mean, it seems like just about everything He said He used some kind of story. Have you noticed that?"
"Sure I did. It's so everyone can understand Him. He was talking to farmers and shepherds and things like that. Using farm and animal stories made His stories easier to understand for the masses."
"That's what I've heard, but maybe there's somewhere in the Bible that says that in so many words. Maybe if you looked up the word parable it'll give us some examples."
"Ok, here's a couple. It says:"
10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Mat 13:)
34But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. (Mark 4:)
"How about that Joe, the disciples even asked Him the very same question. And sure enough, it's just like you said. It's so everyone can understand Him."
"It's easy to understand the Bible when you know where to look Bill. When you've been around the church as long as I have, these things come easy. What's your next question?"
"I was wondering if you could point out some Scripture verses that expressly demonstrate that God is no longer angry like He was in the Old Testament. I know about John 3:16, but can you think of any others?"
"That should be an easy one. Here, try these:"
6And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev 6:)
15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Rev 19:)
17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (Rom 1:)
30The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God..... 35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Heb 10:)
7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (Rom 2:)
1Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (Rom 2:)
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:)
"Are you getting the picture Bill? God used to be angry, but now He's all love."
"I guess so. But sometimes when I read verses like this I get to wondering. God is mad at some body here. Who do you suppose it is?"
"Naturally it's the unbelievers, those who haven't been baptized. They still live under the wrath of God because they refused the gift Jesus gave us on the cross."
"Oh, yeah, I remember now."
46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion WITH THE UNBELIEVERS. (Luke 12:)
18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2Peter 2:)
"Besides, Bill, we have to keep in mind that believers like you and me are not a part of the world anymore. We've risen above the world and are in the secure hands of a loving God, our Father. When we read the Word, we have to read it with the understanding that it's written to the unsaved, the unbeliever, not to the Christian."
17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1Peter 4:)
"Of course you're right. I just get lost in the words sometimes. You know how it is."
"Yes, I do Bill. Sometimes I wish the Bible was written a bit clearer so we can understand it without having to dig so deep into it. After all, I don't have any trouble understanding the commentaries and doctrinal literature, so why did God make His Word so hard to wade through?"
"I guess it's because the Jews, who the Bible was written to, could understand it. Maybe in the Hebrew it made more sense."
"You just might have something there Bill. Ok, we still have some time, what else you got?"
"I've been preaching to my congregation about how Jesus died for all sins, past and future. And that once we've been baptized that sin is no longer an issue. But I've been unable to locate the passages of Scripture that outright states this fact. I thought maybe you could help me find it."
"That's another easy one. Here you go Bill, try these on for size:"
24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (Rom 3:)
8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. (2Peter 1:)
1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1John 2:)
"Thanks Joe, that should do it. I guess I just missed these somehow."
"No problem. Glad to do it. What else do you have to challenge my expertise?"
"Here's a good one for you. We know that we've been forgiven, and that once we've been baptized we become without sin because God can't see through the blood of Jesus in order to accuse us of sin, thereby making us sinless. But what I want to know is, where does it say we don't have to confess or repent in order to have our sins forgiven?"
"Let me check the book. Yeah, here we go. You should like this:"
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Luke 1:)
3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:)
3Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (Luke 13:)
"You see Bill? Nothing to do once you're been baptized. All you have to do is confess, that is, to confess Jesus."
"What does it mean to confess Jesus, Bill? I never quite got that."
"It means to say you're a Christian. It's as simple as that. Ok, now what?"
"This should be an easy one for you Joe. I'd like to find some verses that tell how we can't fall from grace once we've been baptized. Can you find something there for me?"
"I think I can. It'd be a lot easier if I had my laptop and could go on the web. Here we go Bill, try these:"
14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (Heb 12:)
16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2Peter 3:)
13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2Cor 11:)
4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:)
"Yeah, these should do it. And you know? That last section of verses really gets my goat."
"Oh yeah? How so Bill?"
"It's the idea of people following the Apostles around and turning what they say, the words of God, into lasciviousness. I mean, the very idea that people could twist God's Words around to make it sound like we have a permit to do whatever they want. I guess it was cults who were doing that to them."
"I suppose it was. I'm just glad we don't have to deal with that in this day and age."
"Me too. Ok, another one for you. You're kind of hitting on all twelve cylinders today aren't you Joe? You haven't missed one question yet."
"It's just one of my better days I guess. Shoot it to me Bill."
"Alright, here's one for you. I'm looking for something to show that once a person is saved, as a believer they can't lose their salvation, that they're guaranteed a place in Heaven. What do we look under to find something about security?"
"Hmm, I don't see anything under the word security, but here's some verses that might do. Try these on for size:"
17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:)
21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Mat 10:)
7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal 6:)
16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:)
6But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, IF we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Heb 3:)
17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1Peter 4:)
5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:)
"Yeah, I like those. And I like how it says we're the Temple of God. That adds security because we know God wouldn't do anything to harm His Temple. That brings to mind something else I was wondering about. What have we got to show that Satan and his devils can't touch a child of God? There should be something on that."
"I'm sure there is. Let's look at these:"
10And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. (Mark 1:)
4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1Cor 5:)
9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2Cor 2:)
"Those are some good ones. I like the way it gives Jesus as an example of how the devil can't tempt a Christian. You know, I was thinking of the other passages you gave me a minute ago. It was talking about works. I know we're not supposed to work, but what have you got on works I can use in a sermon?"
"Works? There's got to be a lot on not working because it's such a strong doctrine in our church. Here we go, I'm sure you'll like these:"
4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath. (Rom 2:)
24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (Mat 16:)
24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:)
12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Rev 20:)
"Those verses ought to get the point across. What Jesus says here and in other places, does it seem to you that He says some strange things?"
"Strange things? Like what?"
"Well, like for instance here. It almost sounds like He's saying we should work, and if we don't work we'll be judged harshly. I know that's not what He means, but then doesn't He realize we're not supposed to work? And other places where He says we have to take up our cross and follow Him. We can't really follow Him now, and we know that it only takes being baptized to be a saved Christian who can't lose his salvation. I don't know, this may sound funny, but it almost sounds like Jesus is saying we should be a Jew and follow the laws of the Jews and stuff like that. It just seems confusing at times. Do you know what I mean?"
"Yeah I do Bill. But you've got to realize that Jesus was a Jew, and He was living under the laws of the Jews at that time. He hadn't yet been crucified, so He hadn't yet died for the believer's sins. We live in a different day than He did. He created this day of grace, but He didn't live under it Himself. Do you understand what I mean?"
"I think I do. If I hear you right, then Jesus wasn't actually a Christian like we know one to be today. Then I guess we're just supposed to listen to the Apostles since Jesus was talking to the Jews and not to us."
"I do believe you've got it Bill. But I don't think trying to explain that to your congregation will go over so well since they don't have the training and Spiritual understanding of the Word like you and I have."
"Yeah, I see what you mean. They wouldn't understand that at all."
"Not at all, and there's no reason to confuse them. We're running short of time, but what else have you got for us?"
"How about the commandments? We know the commandments aren't for us believers in this time of grace, but what can you find to back up what we know to be true?"
"There's lots of verses talking about the commandments. Here's a few you can use:"
16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Mat 13:)
15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (John 14:)
3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1John 2:)
24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (1John 3:)
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: (1John 5:)
"Those are good too. And like I was saying, it almost sounds like Jesus wants us to obey the commandments, but like you said, He lived in a different time than we do. But then it sounds like John kind of talks that way too, and that's after Jesus died."
"You have to remember that John and the other Apostles learned from Jesus, so naturally they've developed a backwards slant to their theology. We've learned a lot about the Bible and the purposes of God since then, and it's the job of our theologians to uncover those changes. They have the full understanding, and that's why we lean so heavily on their writings rather than on the Bible."
"That make sense. I'm glad you understand these things the way you do. Being new at this, preaching thing is harder than I would have expected. I'm glad the congregation doesn't ask me any questions. It would be hard to give them an answer they can understand."
"Give yourself another twenty years and you'll have it down pat. You just wait and see."
"I wish I had your knowledge and Spiritual understanding Joe."
"Give it time. Now what else you got?"
"You've got quite a place here, and your collection of antique cars are something to be admired to say the least. I hope to have what you have someday, when I've learned the trade and find the right church. What I was wondering is if there's something in the Bible that tells about having the good life, and maybe how to acquire it. I know there's preachers on television that own several mansions, cars, and even jet planes, so there must be something to the prosperity message. I just missed it I guess. What does the concordance say about prosperity?"
"If you stick with it the way you're going you ought to make good in the business. It takes time and patience, but that's all we've got in this world is time. Here we go, see if these verses will fill the need:"
23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mat 19:)
24But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. (Luke 6:)
22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Mat 13:)
10And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. (Luke 3:)
"There's more verses than I expected. These should convince the naysayers. What I like about the Scriptures we found to support our doctrines, they're all in the New Testament. That helps a lot."
"Yes, that's because we're a New Testament church. and it's a good thing too. In the Old Testament it's not as easy to find support, and there's a lot of Scripture that talks about the anger of God, and the need to work, and such as that. But that's all past now, thank God. Everything we need to know is right there in black and white in the New Testament, the Gospels."
"Yeah, I guess it is. But there's one thing about the Bible I wish was different. And I can't understand why God did it the way He did."
"And what's that Bill?"
"I can't understand why God hid His messages. I mean, some things He says sounds like He means just the opposite of what He's saying. Why didn't He just come right out and say what He wants us to know instead of hiding His truth behind obscure Scriptures?"
"You're looking at it wrong Billy. Because of God hiding His meaning the way He did it makes it possible to have the churches and the ministries we have today. If the Bible was as clear as you say it should be then everyone would be able to understand it and we wouldn't be making the big bucks the way we do. In the past the Catholic church had to hide the message by only allowing Latin to be used, and by keeping the common people from reading the Bible. We don't have that today. Anyone can read for themselves what God says. But the common people don't have the patience or the interest to learn what God says, and since it says something different than what it means, we, the preachers and the theologians are needed. Do you see what I mean?"
"Yeah, I hadn't thought of it that way before. I guess it's a good thing the Bible is confusing and filled with hidden messages after all."
"Right. But it's getting late. Do you have any more quick questions you'd like to ask? We've got a minute or two."
"Well, yeah, I've got a few, like about overcomers and Revelation and stuff like that. But it can wait till next week since we're out of time."
"Right. Now how about we go to our regular spot and get a brewski? My throat's getting dry."
"Good idea Joe. And I'll take a drag on that cigarette if you don't mind. I'm out."
30Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. (Ezek 33:)
13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Mat 16:)
3Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:)
10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2Thes 2:)
19Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. 20My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. 21For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. (Jer 10:)
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Eph 4:)
1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; (Eph 4:)
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