life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has
everlasting life. I am the bread of life. ... I am
the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats
of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I
shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the
confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart
that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For
with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and
with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the
Scripture says, 'Whoever believes on Him will not be put to
shame.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek,
for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For
'whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'"
"For we know that if
our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building
from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our
habitation which is from heaven.”
2 Corinthians 5:1
"By faith Abraham
obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would
receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where
he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as
in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for
the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker
"By faith Sarah herself
also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a
child when she was past the age, because she judged Him
faithful who had promised....
"These all died in faith, not having received
the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of
them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things
declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they
had called to mind that country from which they had come out,
they would have had opportunity to return. But now they
desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God
is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a
city for them."
The only way to the
Father is by faith in Christ -- through the cross
“For there is one God and one Mediator
between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for
1 Timothy 2:5
am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will
go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come
except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that
they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for
the sheep." John 10:9-11
By His grace, believers are
saved from God's judgment
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is
the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go
in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way
which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who
live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in
the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself for me."
“He who believes and is baptized
be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
Our faith and salvation
are gifts from God
“There is therefore now no condemnation
to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according
to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of
sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak
through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in
the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be
fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh
[fallen human nature] but according to the Spirit.
those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the
things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit,
the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death,
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the
carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to
the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are
in the flesh cannot please God.
"But you are not in the flesh but in
the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now
if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His." Romans
"Because He is at
my right hand
I will not be shaken
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope....
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Live each day as
citizens of heaven
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly
places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before
the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to
adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the
good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of
His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."
then you were raised with Christ
share in His redemptive death and resurrection],
seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at
the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on
things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with
Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you
also will appear with Him in glory."
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not
yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is
revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
1 John 3:2
"For our citizenship
is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it
may be conformed to His glorious body...." Philippians
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it
hated you," He told His disciples. “If you were of the world,
the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the
world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world
hates you. ... If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute
you. ... because they do not know Him who sent Me."
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not
worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed
"I testify to
everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If
anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues
that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from
the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from
the things which are written in this book.
"He [Jesus] who testifies to these things says, 'Surely
I am coming quickly.'
"Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
"The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you all. Amen."
Delighting in the
glory and joy ahead
see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in
part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."
1 Corinthians 13:12
"As for me, I will
see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness."
“—in a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet
will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when
this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has
put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’”
"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no
more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven
saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He
will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself
will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death,
nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the
former things have passed away.”
"Then He who sat on the throne said, ''Behold,
I make all things new."
"Then one of the
seven angels... showed me the great city, the holy
Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory
of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper
stone, clear as crystal....
"The city had no need of
the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of
God illuminated it." Revelation
"And there shall
be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall
be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see
His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There
shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the
sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever."
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be
no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more
pain, for the former things have passed away.'
"Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all
things new.... I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and
the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely
to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things,
and I will be his God and he shall be My son."