22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction.
30 So Philip ran up to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, »Do you understand what you are reading?«
31 And he said, »How can I, unless someone guides me?« And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: »He was led as a sheep to slaughter;and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,so he does not open his mouth.
14 How then can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher?
15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, »How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!«
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, »Lord, who has believed our message?«
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, »The just shall live by faith.«
But he answered, »It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.«
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
And preach as you go, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you by the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel
7 which is really not another gospel; but there are some who are disturbing you, and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we preached to you, let him be accursed!
9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be accursed!
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are described in this book.
You search the Scriptures, because in them you think that you have eternal life; and these are they that testify of me.
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand the things freely given to us by God.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14 But the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospelnot with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
for no prophecy was ever made by the act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
but the word of the Lord stands forever.« And this is the word which was preached to you.
15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness;
17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, »All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.«
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he reasoned with them from the scriptures,
explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, »This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.«
25 And he said to them, »O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and enter his glory?«
27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them the things concerning himself in all the scriptures.
And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you.
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.