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1 Peter 1
1 Peter 1
A disciple has his mind
prepared for action and is sober minded with his hope set on the grace of God.
preparing your minds for action,and being sober-minded, set your hope fully
on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV)
A disciple lives a life of holiness before God.
children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he
who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16since it
is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (ESV)
A disciple puts his faith and hope in God.
17And if you call on
him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct
yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing
that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers,
not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with
the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was
foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last
times for the sake of you21who
through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him
glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (ESV)
earnestly loves others from a pure heart.
22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth
for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23since
you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through
the living and abiding word of God; 24for
“All flesh is
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25but the word
of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
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A disciple is patient and waits for the return of
the Lord. A disciple doesn’t grumble
against others and he remains steadfast.
therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for
the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the
early and the late rains. 8You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming
of the Lord is at hand. 9Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may
not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the
prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You
have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the
Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (ESV)
A disciple doesn’t
12But above all, my
brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but
let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under
A disciple is a man
13Is anyone among you
suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the
church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the
Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and
the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one
another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great
power as it is working. 17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed
fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not
rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth
bore its fruit. (ESV)
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disciple submits himself to God. He
resists the devil and draws near to God.
He purifies his heart and humbles himself before God.
6But he gives more
grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the
humble.” 7Submit yourselves
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God,
and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your
hearts, you double-minded. 9Be wretched and
mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves
before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (ESV)
A disciple does not
speak evil of others or judges others.
11Do not speak evil
against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a
brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law.
But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12There is only one
lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to
judge your neighbor? (ESV)
A disciple lives
his life following the will of God and does the right thing.
13Come now, you who
say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year
there and trade and make a profit”— 14yet you do not know
what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears
for a little time and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought
to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast
in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17So whoever knows
the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (ESV)
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learns to control his tongue through Christ.
2For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not
stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole
body. 3If we put bits
into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as
at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds,
they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the
tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze
by such a small fire! 6And
the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our
members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea
creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8but no human
being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we
bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the
likeness of God. 10From
the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11Does a spring
pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12Can a fig
tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt
pond yield fresh water. (ESV)
A disciple seeks the wisdom
that is from above and avoids bitter jealousy and selfish ambition.
13Who is wise and
understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the
meekness of wisdom.14But if
you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and
be false to the truth. 15This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is
earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be
disorder and every vile practice. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable,
gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
seeks peace with others.
18And a harvest of
righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (ESV)
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A disciple remains strong when his faith is tested.
2Count it all joy,
my brothers,when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces
steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (ESV)
A disciple seeks
his wisdom from God.
5If any of you lacks
wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it
will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who
doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.7For that person must not suppose that he will receive
anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
A disciple is
always humble no matter his state in life.
9Let the lowly
brother boast in his exaltation, 10and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the
grasshe will pass away. 11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the
grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man
fade away in the midst of his pursuits. (ESV)
A disciple remains
steadfast under trials.
12Blessed is the man
who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will
receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by
God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by
his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin
when it is fully grown brings forth death. (ESV)
A disciple knows
what is good comes from God.
16Do not be deceived,
my beloved brothers. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming
down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to
change. 18Of his own will he
brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits
of his creatures. (ESV)
A disciple is quick
to hear, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
19Know this, my
beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to
anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of
A disciple puts
away filthiness and wickedness and receives with meekness the Word of God.
21Therefore put away
all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted
word, which is able to save your souls. (ESV)
A disciple is not
just a hearer of the Word but he is also a doer of the Word.
22But be doers of the
word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is
like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets
what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of
liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he
will be blessed in his doing. (ESV)
A disciple learns
to control his tongue.
26If anyone thinks he
is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this
person’s religion is worthless. (ESV)
A disciple helps
those in need and keeps himself unstained from the world.
27Religion that is
pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows
in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV)
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A disciple shows love and hospitality to others.
1Let brotherly love continue. 2Do not neglect
to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels
unawares. 3Remember those
who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated,
since you also are in the body. (ESV)
A disciple respects the institution
of marriage as ordained by God.
4Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the
marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and
disciple does not love money and is content with what God has given him.
5Keep your life free from love of money, and be content
with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6So we can
“The Lord is my
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
A disciple remembers
leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their
way of life, and imitate their faith. (ESV)
A disciple is not led away by strange
8Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it
is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not
benefited those devoted to them. (ESV)
disciple continually offers up a sacrifice of praise to God and does not
neglect to do good and to share what he has.
10We have an altar
from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11For the
bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high
priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12So Jesus
also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own
blood. 13Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the
reproach he endured. 14For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that
is to come. 15Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of
praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16Do not
neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing
to God. (ESV)
A disciple obeys his leaders.
17Obey your leaders
and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who
will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning,
for that would be of no advantage to you. (ESV)
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lays aside sin and looks to Jesus.
1Therefore, since we
are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every
weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race
that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)
A disciple does not
grow weary or fainthearted in his struggle against sin.
3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility
against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.4In your struggle against sin you
have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And
have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not
regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6For the Lord
disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.” (ESV)
A disciple endures
the discipline of God.
7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is
treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not
you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are
illegitimate children and not sons.9Besides
this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them.
Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10For
they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he
disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11For
the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it
yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by
A disciple strives for peace with everyone and holiness.
12Therefore lift your
drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame
may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without
which no one will see the Lord. (ESV)
A disciples sees to it that no one
fails to obtain the grace of God and he doesn’t allow for bitterness and sexual
15See to it that no
one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up
and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold
his birthright for a single meal. 17For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the
blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought
it with tears. (ESV)
A disciple does not refuse Him who
warns us from heaven.
25See that you do not
refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him
who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns
from heaven. 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has
promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things
that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things
that cannot be shaken may remain. (ESV)
A disciple is grateful for receiving
the kingdom and he offers to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe.
28Therefore let us be
grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer
to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29for our God is a consuming fire. (ESV)
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A disciple draws near to God with a true heart and a
full assurance of faith and he holds fast to the confession of our hope without
19Therefore, brothers,since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the
blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the
curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies
washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who promised is faithful. (ESV)
A disciple stirs up others to love and good works.
24And let us consider
how to stir up one another to love and good works, (ESV)
A disciple meets with others disciples to encourage one
another. In other words he is part of a
church. God doesn’t intend for there to
be lone wolf Christians.
forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day
drawing near. (NASB)
A disciple does not sin willfully.
26For if we go on
sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins,27but a terrifying
expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL
CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28Anyone who has set
aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much severer
punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of
God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was
sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know Him who
said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” 31It is a terrifying
thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (NASB)
A disciple endures
to the end through his faith in Christ.
32But recall the former days when, after you were
enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33sometimes
being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners
with those so treated. 34For you had compassion on those
in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you
knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35Therefore
do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36For
you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may
receive what is promised. 37For,
“Yet a little
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”
39But we are not of those who shrink back and are
destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (ESV)
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A disciple respects and obeys authority.
1Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient,
to be ready for every good deed, (NASB)
A disciple doesn’t
speak evil of others, he avoids quarreling, he is gentle, and shows courtesy to
evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy
toward all people. (ESV)
A disciple devotes himself to good works.
3For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to
various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by
others and hating one another. 4But when
the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved
us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own
mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he
poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being
justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal
saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those
who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.
These things are excellent and profitable for people. (ESV)
A disciple avoids
foolish controversies and quarrels.
foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law,
for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10As for a
person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have
nothing more to do with him, 11knowing
that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (ESV)
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2 Timothy 2
2 Timothy 2
A disciple flees from lust and pursues righteousness,
faith, love, and peace with a pure heart.
22Now flee from youthful lusts and
pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord
from a pure heart. (NASB)
A disciple avoids
foolish controversies. He is not
quarrelsome, he is able to teach, and he patiently endures evil. He corrects his opponents with gentleness.
23Have nothing to do with foolish,
ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone,
able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them
repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the
devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (ESV)
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