Praying for each other…
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
James 5:16 (HCSB)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:19-20 (HCSB)
No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a basket or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in may see its light. For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and come to light.
Luke 8:16-17 (HCSB)
For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.
John 3:17-18 (HCSB)
Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!
Romans 5:9-10 (HCSB)
He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
2 Timothy 1:9 (HCSB)
He saved us — not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:5 (HCSB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
Romans 1:16-17 (HCSB)
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (HCSB)
The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Romans 8:16-17 (HCSB)
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (HCSB)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
James 2:14-17 (HCSB)
Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.
1 John 3:1-3 (HCSB)
Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as committed believers. Examine yourselves not me! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves by an ongoing experience that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit?
2 Corinthians 13:5 (AMP)
Note from Kip:
I read this first in HCSB which I typically will quote from, but it was much too easy to slide by the phrase “unless you fail the test”, which is found in the HCSB translation.
There are many so called Christians that have fail this test. Fail it day in, and day out.
Christ bestows His Grace on us and in James 2:17 (quoted above), you see that “Faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself”. Not just weak, or frail; it is dead!
So I selected the Amplified version for this passage because it truly expresses the context of what Paul is saying here. ‘consider and evaluate yourself to see if you are LIVING your life as a committed believer‘ This presence of Jesus living in us is an ongoing experience.
If you look inside, you will know if you’re real or counterfeit!
My soul, praise Yahweh, and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits.
He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with goodness; your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Psalms 103:1-5 (HCSB)
You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.
Romans 8:9-11 (HCSB)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26 (HCSB)