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Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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The New Birth
John 3:1-21
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
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Published August 21st, 2017; Updated August 21st, 2017
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The Lord explains the gospel to Nicodemus. One has to be born again to see and enter the kingdom of God. The Spirit does the new birth which happens apart from human efforts. The new birth is received through the truth of the Son of God.
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John 3:1-17
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There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus ,
Nicodemus was a man of the Pharisees,
a ruler of the Jews.
a ruler of the Jews.
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This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him,
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him,
“Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God;
"Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher like us come from God;
for no one can do these signs that You do
because no one can do these signs that You do
unless God is with him.”
unless God is with him."
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Jesus answered and said to him,
Jesus surprisingly countered Nicodemus honorable words by saying,
“Most assuredly, I say to you,
"I tell you the very truth:
unless one is born again,
Unless one is born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God .”
he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus, I'm not only a teacher who does signs but the One who creates new people for the kingdom of God."
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Nicodemus said to Him,
Nicodemus asked Jesus,
“How can a man be born when he is old?
"How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
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Jesus answered,
Jesus answered,
“Most assuredly, I say to you,
"I tell you the very truth:
unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
unless one is led to repentance of sins and receives a new creation by the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God .
he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Nicodemus, there is no rule or doing for being born again. It is received.
That which is born of the flesh
A baby is born by the mother without any effort of the baby itself
is flesh,
and has therefore a human body just as her mother,
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and that which is born of the Spirit
and someone who is born of the Spirit, also without any self-effort,
is spirit.
becomes therefore a spiritual being.
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Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
Don't be too taken up with how the new birth works because it is a miracle.
The wind blows where it wishes,
There is no formula for the new birth. It is like the wind that blows where it wishes,
and you hear the sound of it,
and you hear the sound of it,
but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
but you cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. You cannot control the Wind, you just know when you feel and hear it blowing.
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So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. That Person does not know how the new birth exactly came to happen, but the person knows that it happened.
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Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "I still don't see it. How can that be?"
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen,
I tell you the very truth: We speak what We know and testify what We have seen,
and you do not receive Our witness.
and surprisingly you do not receive the witness of God Himself.
If I have told you earthly things
If I have told you earthly things like the behavior of wind
and you do not believe,
and you do not believe that,
how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things, like the working of the Spirit.
No one has ascended to heaven
My word is reliable because My and God's word are the same. I was with God in heaven
but He who came down from heaven,
and came down from heaven and will ascend to heaven again.
that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
I'm the promised Son of Man send by the Father. And I am also already as good as back in heaven with the Father.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent
Receive the truth Nicodemus. Think about this passage you know well till you receive the truth: Remember how Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness,
in the wilderness, so that all who believed the word of salvation and looked to the serpent, did not die but were saved?
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even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up on a cross
that whoever believes in Him
so that whoever, including you Nicodemous, believes in Him
should not perish
will not perish eternally in the lake of fire
but have eternal life.
but have eternal life with God.
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For God so loved the world
The reason for why the Son of Man will die on a cross is God's amazing love for the people of this world.
that He gave His only begotten Son,
God loved the people of this world as much as His perfect one and only beloved Son, whom He gave for us
that whoever believes in Him
so that whoever receives the Son of God
should not perish
will not perish in self-deception
but have everlasting life.
but receives everything with Him, which is everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
In other words, I am not hier to condemn the people of this world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.
but that the people of this world through Me might be saved.
What is water and the Spirit?
Nicodemus recognizes Jesus as teacher. As one of them. Jesus confronts Nicodemus misunderstanding. The beginning is the new birth. What he has done so far for God doesn't count.
Nicodemus basically asks, what can people do to save themselves?
Jesus answered that no work of man can be done, because to be born again is the work of the Spirit.
What did you do to be born? It was your mothers labor You were passive because you couldn't do anything
Jesus is more than a teacher. He is the messiah. The one who would save His people from their sin.
Nicodemus you need to enter the kingdom of God. You need to start from the beginning. You can't add to what you have already.
What are those things? That the Son of Man must be lifted up like the serpent in the wilderness. (It says "told" so it should be something He said earlier)
Who is "We"?
Hier is something to receive that is true...
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Told as a Story
About 2000 years ago, in the land of Israel, there was an older respected wise teacher and ruler of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a man to whom the people looked up to and thought that he is one that God favored much. He was one of the strict law keepers, called the Pharisees. He kept his clothing very clean and in accordance to the requirements of Jewish law. He prayed quite often very loud and long on front of many people who admired his prayers. He fasted twice a week and people seemed to see his devotion to God on his face. Nicodemus was also wealthy and gave money to the poor so that people saw him as a generous man. Nicodemus seemed to have it all together. But than he met somebody that raised some interest in him and eventually change his motive for life completely. He was called Jesus from Nazareth a carpenter by trade. Nicodemus was astonished with what authority Jesus spoke. And even more he concluded that God had to be with Jesus because of the signs he did. Once, Jesus turned water into wine. So Nicodemus decided to talk to this carpenter to find out more and perhaps to suggest him perusing to became a Pharisee too. Jesus had a divided reputation among the people. Many of Nicodemus friends thought little of Jesus. So he went by night to Jesus to speak secretly with him. When it was dark, Nicodemus went outside to the place were Jesus stayed over night. At that place were trees and you could here the wind blowing through the trees. When Nicodemus reached Jesus he greeted Him and wanted to honor Him with a few good thoughts he had about Him. He said: "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." Jesus was not flattered by theses words. After a short silence he answered: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." With that answer, Jesus was helping Nicodemus to understand who He is. Jesus was not only one of many teachers that happened to be able to do miracles, but rather, to see Jesus and His work properly, Nicodemus had to be born again. Nicodemus new what birth is but to be born again seemed to be strange. So he asked: "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Now Jesus helped Nicodemus to see what the new birth is by saying: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Jesus explained that the new birth is one that is received and not of human effort. To be born of water is someone who is led to repentance and to be born of the Spirit is to receive spiritual life. Jesus continued: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." With these words Jesus explained the difference of when a mother gives birth to a natural human baby, were as the Spirit gives birth to spirit nature. Nicodemus looked confused and Jesus continued: "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." With this Jesus wanted to take the confusion from Nicodemus by saying that he doesn't have to understand the new birth but should believe it. Jesus took the wind they were hearing as an example. They clearly notice the wind but didn't know where it came and went to. Nicodemus needed to accept that the new birth simply happens to somebody without anything he could add or figure out with his cleverness. But Nicodemus still refused to accept the fact and said: "How can these things be?" Jesus firmly said: "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?" Jesus said this to show Nicodemus unbelieve. Nicodemus refused to believe the fact Jesus stated about the wind, and so he will even more refuse the facts about the new birth. Jesus affirmed the truthfulness of His words by pointing that the words and He Himself are from heaven and said: "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven." Jesus desired Nicodemus to experience the new birth and referred him to think about a passage he knew well. He said: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." Nicodemus might have thought within himself that the people that trusted and obeyed the words of Moses to look to the serpent were healed and saved from death. But those who neglected and rejected Moses words did die. He further might have thought that if Jesus words are true like the words from Moses, then I must trust Him to receive eternal life, to be born again, to see and enter the Kingdom of God. Now Jesus continued to explain the reason and the cost for God's gift of eternal life and said: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." Are you someone like Nicodemus? Are you quite content with yourself and think the gospel is not for you? Make no mistake. It is also for you because one day you will physically die and if eternal life is not yours, you will eternally perish. Accept the truth of God, believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
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