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New Testament Bible Chapter Outlines
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The Gospel according to Saint Matthew   The Gospel according to Saint Mark   The Gospel according to Saint Luke   The Gospel according to Saint John   The Acts of the Apostles   The epistle of Paul to the Romans   The first epistle of Paul to the Corinthians   The second epistle of Paul to the Corinthians   The epistle of Paul to the Galatians   The epistle of Paul to the Ephesians   The epistle of Paul to the Philippians   The epistle of Paul to the Colossians   The first epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians   The second epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians   The first epistle of Paul to Timothy   The second epistle of Paul to Timothy   The epistle of Paul to Titus   The epistle of Paul to Philemon   The epistle of Paul to the Hebrews   James   I Peter   II Peter   I John   II John   III John   Jude   Revelation

The Gospel according to
Saint Matthew

Matthew is the first book in the New testament. It has 28 chapters, 1,071 verses, and contains 23,684 words. This author is Matthew, called Levi by Mark and Luke.

Matthew 1.
1. Some say the genealogy of Jesus Christ, but it's actually of His stepfather, Joseph. The genealogy through His mother Mary, is in Luke chapter 3. Appendix 99, of The Companion Bible, by E.W. Bullinger, has a very detailed description and comparison of the genealogy of Christ.
2.
* As Joseph was thinking about Mary being with child, (Jesus), engaged to him, but not married, an angel appeared to him and said not to be afraid, take Mary to wife, for that which is conceived, is of the Holy Spirit. She shall have a son, and you are to call his name Jesus. (Old Testament prophecy Isaiah 7:14).
3. Joseph does as the angel said, but he and Mary never consummated the marriage till after the birth of Christ.
Matthew 2.
1. Wise men from the East, following His star, come to worship Jesus.
2.
* Verse 6 is a fulfillment of an Old testament prophecy of Jesus coming out of Bethlehem. (Micah 2:6).
3. King Herod met privately with the Wise men from the East, asking when did they first see His star.
4. The wise men followed His star until it stood still over the home of Jesus. There they gave presents and worshiped Him.
5. Being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
6. An angel of the Lord tells Joseph to take Jesus and Mary into Egypt, for Herod will seek to destroy Him.
7.
* Verse 15 mentions the Old Testament prophecy of Hosea 11:1, saying, "Out of Egypt have I called my son".
8.
* Herod has all newborn male babies two years and under murdered, fullfilling an Old Testament prophecy, (Jeremiah 31:15).
9. After the death of king Herod, an angel appears to Joseph and tells him to return to Israel.
10.
* Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, return to Israel. To a place in Galilee called Nazareth. Fullfilling another Old Testament prophecy of Judges 13:5.
Matthew 3.
    The voice of one crying in the wilderness.
1. John the Baptist, baptizing in the river Jordan.
2. John gives the Pharisees and Sadducees a good tongue lashing, and calls them the generation, (or offspring), of vipers.
3. John states that he indeed baptizes with water, unto repentance, but Jesus shall baptize with the Holy Spirit, and with fire.
4. In verse 12, John gives some end time prophecy about the second coming of Christ.
5. John baptizes Jesus.
6. The Spirit of God descends on Jesus as a dove, and a voice from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Matthew 4.
    Jesus tempted in the wilderness:
1. Immediately after His baptism, Jesus goes into the wilderness. After being there forty days and nights, with no food or water, Satan comes to Him.
2.
! The Devil used Old Testament Scriptures, trying to tempt and deceive Jesus. Offers Him all the things of this world, if He would just fall down and worship him. (Now we see what it is, that Satan wants). Be sure and check the scriptures that Satan quoted, to see how he changed them, just a little. Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 10:20, Psalms 91:11 - 12, and Deuteronomy 6:16.
3. The devil leaves Jesus and angels come and minister to Him.
4.
* Leaving Nazareth, Jesus came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zebulon and Naphtali, fulfilling Old Testament scriptures Isaiah 9:1 and 2.
5. Jesus begins to preach. His message? "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
6. Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John. They immediately left what they were doing, (fishing), and followed Him.
7. Jesus goes about Galilee preaching in the synagogues, healing all manners of sickness, and those possessed with evil spirits.
8. The fame of Jesus spreads, and great multitudes of people follow Him.
Matthew 5.
     The Sermon on the Mount.
1. The Beatitudes. Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are, Blessed are. Rejoice and be exceeding glad.
2. Ye are the salt of the earth.
3. Ye are the light of the world. Let your light shine.
4. Christ did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it.
5. Our righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and the Pharisees.
6. Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, (dull or stupid), shall be in danger of hell fire.
7. Jesus, concerning adultery and divorce.
8. Swear not at all. Anything more than yes or no can cause evil.
9. A eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, turn the other cheek, and bless them that curse you. Love your enemies. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?
10. God makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good.
Matthew 6.
    More of The Sermon on the Mount.
1. How to and how not to give alms, (the giving of help to the poor or needy).
2. Jesus teaches on how to pray. Gives an example. Some, or most, call it the Lord's Prayer. Our Father, which art in heaven .........
3. Forgiveness, and the do's and don'ts of fasting.
4. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
5. The light and darkness of the eye.
6. No man can serve two masters.
8. Behold the fowls of the air. Consider the lilies. O ye of little faith.
9. God knows the things we have need of.
10. Seek ye first the kingdom of God.
Matthew 7.
    More of The Sermon on the Mount.
1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2. The mote in your brother's eye, and the beam in your's.
3. Cast not your pearls before swine.
4. Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and ye shall find.
5. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
6. The strait, (or narrow), and the wide gate.
7. Beware of false prophets. By their fruits, ye shall know them.
8. Not every one that says Lord, Lord, shall enter into heaven.
9. To some, Jesus will say, "I never knew you."
10. Hear, and Do.
11.Two kinds of foundations.
12. The people were astonished at his doctrine, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 8.
1. When Jesus left the mount, great multitudes followed him.
2.
! I will, thou be clean. Jesus heals a leper. He's to tell no man, but go to the priest and offer the gift, commanded by Moses in Leviticus 14:3 - 10.
3. A centurion, (a Roman captain of one hundred men), saying he was not worthy for Jesus to come under his roof, asked Jesus to just speak the word only, and his servant would be healed. Jesus said to those that followed. "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
4. "Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven."
5. Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law.
6. Some want to follow Jesus, but, He answers this way. To one he says, The son of Man has no place to lay his head. To the other, Let the dead bury the dead.
7. A great storm arises while Jesus and his disciples are on a ship. They become very scared, awake Jesus, and ask to be saved. Jesus rebukes the storm, and there is a great calm.
8. Traveling in the country of the Gergesenes, Jesus meets two men possessed with devils, (evil spirits). They ask Jesus, Art thou come to torment us before the time? At their request, Jesus allows them to go into a herd of swine. The pigs drown themselves in the water. Upon hearing of this, the town's people ask Jesus to leave.
Matthew 9.
1. Jesus heals a paralyzed man. He does it in such a way to let people know that He has the power to forgive sin.
2. Jesus also lets it be known, that He knows our thoughts.
3. The call of Matthew.
4. Jesus seems to do every thing different than the religious groups of the day. The Pharisees want to know why Jesus eats with publicans and sinners.
5. Does a well person need a doctor? Jesus said, "I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
6. Jesus is ask about fasting.
7. New cloth on an old garment? New wine in old bottles?
8. A woman, having a blood disease for twelve years, touches the hem of Jesus' garment, and is healed.
9. Jesus raises from death, a certain ruler's daughter.
10 Two blind men receive their sight. Jesus says, tell no one. They depart and tell everyone in the whole country.
11. Jesus goes into all the cities round about teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
12. Seeing the multitudes, Jesus says, they are as sheep, having no shepherd.
13. The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few.
Matthew 10.
1. A name list, of the twelve disciples of Christ.
2. Jesus gives his disciples their commission. They are not to go unto the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the lost sheep of Israel. They are to preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. They are to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, (evil spirits). They are told not to charge for this, take no money, wallet, extra shoes, clothes, or food.
3. A servant is worthy of his hire.
4. Jesus tells them how to determine who to stay with, and that if any house or any town did not receive them, for them to shake the dust off their feet. It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
5. They are sent as sheep among the wolves, and told to be wiser than the serpent, and harmless as doves.
6. In verses 17 thru 23, Jesus talks of His second coming and the time just prior.
7. The disciple is not above his master. There's nothing hid, that shall not be made known.
8. "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
9. The hairs on our heads are numbered.
10. The rewards of confessing Jesus before men.
11. A man's foes, shall be they of his own household.
12. If we love someone more than Jesus, we're not worthy of Him.
13. Taking up the cross.
Matthew 11.
1. Being in prison, John the Baptist, ask about Jesus.
2.
! Jesus quotes Malachi 3:1.
2. Jesus said of John the Baptist. "Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."
3. In the day of judgment, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom, Tyre, and Sidon, than Chorazin, and Bethsaida.
4. God has hidden certain things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes.
5. An invitation from Jesus. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 12.
1. Jesus gives the Pharisees some lessons regarding the Sabbath.
2. Jesus heals a man's withered hand on the Sabbath, and the Pharisees hold council on how they might destroy Him. Jesus knowing their thoughts withdrew from them.
3. Jesus tells the following multitude, not to make Him known.
4.
* Verses 17 thru 21 is a prophecy from The Old Testament. Isaiah 42:1 thru 4.
5. Jesus does more healing, casting out evil spirits and such. All the people are amazed at Him.
6. Again Jesus demonstrates His ability to read minds.
7. A kingdom, or a house, divided against itself, cannot stand.
8. Jesus states, "He that is not with me, is against me."
9. In verses 31 and 32, Jesus describes the unforgivable sin. Luke 12:10 thru 13, sets the time frame of when this can be done.
10. The good and the corrupt. A tree is known by it's fruit.
11. In the day of judgment, man shall give account of every idle word spoken.
12. The scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign. He gives them a good lecture about Jonah, the only sign they'll have.
13. When an unclean spirit leaves a man, and then returns.
14. When asked about His family, Jesus replied, "Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
Matthew 13.
    The parable chapter.
1. Jesus teaches using parables, (a similitude or fictitious narrative). He gives seven parables in this chapter. Explains two, and gives the reasons for their use.
2. Most of the parables begin with the words, "The kingdom of heaven is like."
3. The parable of the sower, with it's explanation. The wheat and the tares, with it's explanation. The mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price, and the parable of the net.
4. Treasures new and old.
5. Jesus is rejected in His own home town, and states, "A prophet is not without honour, save, (or except), in his own country, and in his own house."
6. (Jesus talking). "Many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." Can you just imagine, if the prophets wanted to be present at the first advent of Jesus, how much more, for His second.
7.
! In verses 14 and 15, Jesus is quoting a prophecy from Isaiah 6:9 and 10.
8. * Verse 35 is a prophecy from Psalms 78:2 and along with verse 34, gives a more in depth reason, why Jesus used parables.
9. Verses 36 thru 43 Jesus explains one of the things kept secret from the foundation of the world, the parable of the wheat and the tares. Be sure and note who planted the tares.
Matthew 14.
1. When hearing of Jesus, King Herod thought He was John the Baptist, risen from the dead.
2. The gruesome story of the be-heading of John the Baptist.
3. When Jesus heard the news of John, He departed into a desert place, with a multitude following.
4. Jesus heals the sick among the multitude, and with just five loaves of bread and two fishes, feeds five thousand men, not including the women and children.
5. In the sea, with high winds and waves, Jesus walks on the water, and Peter does also, till he becomes afraid. Jesus reaches out and saves him, saying, "O thou of little faith, wherefore did thou doubt?" When Jesus and Peter come into the ship, the wind ceases. The disciples say, "Of a truth, thou art the Son of God."
6. Jesus heals the sick in Gennesaret.
Matthew 15.
1.
! When ask why His disciples don't wash their hands when they eat, Jesus gives a good lesson to the scribes and Pharisees. Answers their questions with questions, and quotes some Old Testament scriptures. Exodus 20:12 and Leviticus 20:9.
2.
! Jesus quotes a prophecy from Isaiah 29:13.
3. It's not what goes into the mouth, that defiles a person; but that which comes out.
4. Jesus says of the Pharisees, "They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
5. Jesus has to explain to the disciples the parable, of, "what goes into the mouth."
6. While traveling on the coast of Tyre and Sidon, a woman of Canaan ask mercy for her daughter, who is vexed with a devil. Jesus ignores her, until, He sees her great faith. He heals her daughter. An early sign of salvation being made available to the Gentiles.
7. Jesus departs near to the Sea of Galilee and went upon a mountain. Great multitudes came to him, bringing their sick, lame, blind, and maimed. Upon witnessing their being healed by Jesus, they all wondered, and glorified the God of Israel.
8. With seven loaves of bread and a few little fishes, Jesus feeds four thousand men. Not including the women and children.
9. Jesus sends the multitude away, boards a ship, and goes to the coast of Magdala.
Matthew 16.
1. The Pharisees and the Sadducees came tempting, and again, desiring Jesus to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus answered with a phrase from which we get the following saying. (Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning). They can discern the weather by watching the sky, but not the signs of the times. He repeated, there would be no sign, except that of Jonah.
2. The leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus gets a little frustrated with His disciples and ask, "Do ye not understand?" Jesus explains the meaning of the leaven.
3. Jesus asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?" They answer, John, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Then Jesus asked, "Whom say ye, that I am?" Peter answers, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
4. Jesus said, "Upon This Rock, will I build my church."
5. Whatever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven.
6. Jesus charged His disciples, that they should tell no man, that he was Jesus the Christ.
7. From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
8. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."
9. "What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
10. Every man shall be rewarded according to his works.
Matthew 17.
1. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John, upon a high mountain, where He is transfigured, before their eyes. His face shone bright as the sun, and His clothing was white as light.
2. Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, and a voice from a bright cloud overhead, was heard, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." This also happened at the baptism of Jesus.
3. Jesus charged them, saying, "Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead."
4. Jesus and the three disciples talk of John the Baptist and Elijah.
5. Jesus cures a young child who is a lunatic, (moon struck - crazy), which His disciples were unable to do. When they ask Jesus why could they not do it, He answered, "Because of your unbelief."
6. The power of faith, compared to a grain of mustard seed.
7. Again, Jesus tells His disciples, that He must be killed, and that He shall rise, the third day.
8. A piece of money taken from a fish's mouth.
Matthew 18.
1. Who is the greatest in heaven? This chapter gives the answer.
2. The repercussions of offending one who believes in Jesus.
3. If thy hand, foot, or eye offend thee.
4. Verse 10, is the guardian angel verse.
5. The one lost sheep, and the ninety and nine.
6. It's not God's will that any should perish.
7. Instructions on what to do, should you be wronged by a brother.
8. If two shall agree on earth.
9. Peter asked, How oft should I forgive my brother, till seven times? Jesus says, four hundred ninety times.
10. Jesus gives a parable of a certain king, with a wicked servant.
11. The repercussions of not forgiving.
Matthew 19.
1.
! Jesus gives the Pharisees, and His disciples a good lesson on divorce. He also quotes Genesis 2:24.
2. The disciples rebuke some for bringing small children to Jesus. But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
3. A very wealthy young man ask Jesus, "What good thing, shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He didn't like the answer Jesus gave, and went away sad.
4. "It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
5. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
6. Peter said to Jesus, "We have forsaken all, and followed thee, what shall we have therefore?" Jesus answered, "Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."
7. "Many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."
Matthew 20.
1. The parable of heaven being like a man who hires laborers for his vineyard. Some start early. Some start late. They all receive the same pay. Some who worked all day were a little put out. Read to see how Jesus explains it.
2. As Jesus and His disciples travel towards Jerusalem, again, Jesus tells of His betrayal, His death, and that He shall rise on the third day.
3. A mother ask for her two sons to sit on the right and left of Jesus in His kingdom.
4. Jesus explains to His disciples how they are to be servants to the people, and not to exercise authority over them.
5. As they depart from Jericho, with a great multitude following, Jesus heals two blind men by the side of the road.
Matthew 21.
    Jesus enters Jerusalem.
1.
* When Jesus comes near to Jerusalem, He send two disciples into a village to get and ass and her colt. That He may ride into the city. Fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
2.
* As Jesus enter Jerusalem, a great multitude spread their garments before Him, and others cut down branches and spread them before Him. Fulfilling Psalms 118:25 and 26.
3. Jesus enters the temple, casting out those that sold and bought therein. Overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of them that sold doves.
4.
! Jesus combines, and quotes the Old Testament scriptures of Isaiah 56:7, and Jeremiah 7:11.
5. In the temple, Jesus heals the lame and the blind.
6. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things He did, they were very unhappy.
7. Jesus, returning to Jerusalem from Bethany, curses a fig tree.
8. "If ye have faith, and doubt not, whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
9. The chief priests and elders ask Jesus, By what authority He does these things? They are totally baffled by His answer.
10. The parable of two sons. One repentant, the other, a liar.
11. The parable of the wicked husbandman left in charge of a man's vineyard.
12.
! Jesus quotes Psalms 118:22 and 23.
13. The chief priests and Pharisees desire to kill Jesus, but fear the surrounding multitude.
Matthew 22.
1. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son.
2. Those invited made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise. Then saith the king to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
3. When the king comes in, he notices one person not dressed for the wedding???
4. Many are called, but few are chosen.
5. The Pharisees try to tangle Jesus up in His speech, using taxes. Yes taxes. Jesus replies, "Render unto Caesar, things which are Caesar's, and unto God, the things that are God's."
6. After being questioned by the Sadducees, Jesus states, In heaven there is no giving in marriage. We are as the angels.
7. God, is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
8. Having put the Sadducees to silence, Jesus does likewise to the Pharisees, when they ask Him, Which is the greatest commandment?
9.
! Jesus quotes to them Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, and states, "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
10
! More lessons for the Pharisees concerning king David's son. Jesus before, and after David. Jesus quotes Psalms 110:1.
11. From that day forth, no one ask Jesus any more questions.
12. The Pharisees and Sadducees, were the top religious groups of that time.
Matthew 23.
    Be sure to read this chapter.
1. Jesus speaks to the multitude saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat."
2. Jesus warns the people not to be as the scribes and Pharisees.
3. Jesus goes on to describe the evil ways of the scribes and Pharisees. Be sure and read this. It's good.
4. Seven times, Jesus says, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!"
5. Refers to them as blind guides twice, the blind Pharisee once, and serpents once.

Mat 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation, (offspring), of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Matthew 24.
    The signs before the end.
Since this chapter has end time prophecy by Jesus Himself, I think it appropriate to insert the following verse.

1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, (warning), upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1. As Jesus sat upon the mount of Olives, His disciples came unto Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"
2. Jesus proceeds to tell of the events that would take place just prior to His second coming. Compare this to the seven seals of Revelation.
3. Let no man deceive you. Wars and rumors of wars. Famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places. False prophets shall rise and deceive many. The gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world. Those that endure unto the end shall be saved. A tribulation like has never been or ever shall be, but, God shall shorten the days.
4.
! Jesus refers to Daniel 9:27.
5. The return of Jesus will be as fast as lightning, and will take place immediately, after this tribulation.
6. Jesus commands us to learn the parable of the fig tree, and to watch, for no one knows the hour or the day, but God Himself, but this generation shall not pass till all be fulfilled.
7. It shall be as in the days of Noah. An hour that we least expect.
8. Jesus describes two types of people, one, as a faithful servant, the other an unfaithful servant.
Matthew 25.
    The parable of the ten virgins.
1. The kingdom of heaven is likened, unto ten virgins, who take their lamps to meet their bridegroom, who arrives at the midnight hour. Five wise, and five foolish. The story has a good ending for some, bad for the others.
    The parable of the talents.
2. The kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling, and left his goods with his three servants. He gave each according to their ability. One, five talents, the second, two talents, and the third, one talent. Be sure and read the outcome of this.
    The judgment of the nations.
3. When Jesus and His angels come, He'll sit on His throne, and Judge the nations, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. Sheep on the right, goats on the left. Those on the right are overcomers, they inherit the kingdom and eternal life. Those on the left, just don't measure up, and go to the place prepared for the devil and his angels. The reasons for both are given.
Matthew 26.
1. Jesus tells His disciples that He's to be crucified on the Passover.
2. The chief priests, scribes, elders of the people, and the high priest Caiaphas, plot to kill Jesus.
3. A woman with an alabaster box of precious ointment, pours it on the head of Jesus. The disciples saw it as waste, but Jesus said, she has done a good work. She did it for my burial. Then Jesus said, "Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her."
4.
* Judas Iscariot plots with the chief priest, to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Fulfilling the Old testament prophecy of Zechariah 11:12.
5. Jesus instructs His disciples concerning Passover, (the last supper).
6. As they eat the Passover, Jesus reveals that one shall betray Him. It's he who dips his hand in the dish with Him.
7. Jesus blessed the bread, broke it, and said, "Take, eat, this is my body." He then took the cup, gave thanks, gave to them, and said, "Drink ye all of it, for this is my blood."
8. They sang a hymn, then went into the mount of Olives.
9.
! Jesus quotes part of Zechariah 13:7. "I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad."
10. Jesus tells His disciples that after He is risen, He will go before them to Galilee.
11. Jesus tells Peter that he will deny knowing him, three times, before the cock crows.
12. Jesus and three of His disciples go into the garden of Gethsemane.
13. Jesus ask them to watch and pray, while He goes to be by Himself. He returns to find them fast asleep. This happens three times.
14. Jesus states, "The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak."
15. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. Peter, with his sword, cuts off a man's ear. Jesus rebukes him and states, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?"
16. All the disciples flee and forsake Jesus.
17. Jesus is brought before the high priest. There they go through many false witnesses, trying to find one with the right story so they can put Jesus to death. Finally, they find one.
18.
* Jesus holds his peace. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:7.
19. They spit in the face of Jesus, hit Him with their fist, and some smote Him with the palms of their hands, asking, "Who is it that smote thee?"
20. Peter denies knowing Jesus. On the third time, the cock crew. Peter, remembering what Jesus said, goes out and weeps bitterly.
Matthew 27.
1. The next morning, Jesus is delivered unto Pilate, the governor.
2.
* Fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12 and 13, Judas repents, throws down the thirty pieces of silver and as it states in verse 5, went and hanged himself. One must read Acts 1:18, to get the full story.
3.
* While being questioned by Pilate, Jesus says nothing. Fulfilling more Old testament prophecy of Isaiah 51:7. Pilate is marveled at Jesus.
4. Pilate, according to a custom, offers to free a prisoner, thinking the crowd would choose Jesus. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should release Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
5. Pilate washes his hands before the multitude and states, he is innocent of the death of this just man.
6.
* Jesus is beaten and delivered to be crucified. Fulfilling Isaiah 53:5.
7. Jesus is stripped, and a scarlet robe, put on Him. A crown of thorns is placed on His head. He is mocked, spit upon, and beaten some more.
8. They remove the scarlet robe, put His own clothes upon Him, and He's lead away to be crucified.
9. Simon, a man from Cyrene, bears Jesus' cross.
10.
* He's crucified between two thieves. Fulfilling Isaiah 53:12.
11.
* * Jesus is given vinegar mixed with gall, (drugs), which He refused. Fulfilling Psalms 69:21. Near the end, Jesus is offered plain vinegar to drink, which He does.
12.
* My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? While on the cross, Jesus made that statement. Some believe He recited the entire 22nd. Psalm, which describes His crucifixion and the events just prior. Teaching right up to the end. Reminding the people that this was prophesied. Jesus did quote a lot of Old Testament scriptures.
13. As Jesus dies on the cross, the veil in the temple is torn in two, the earth quakes, and rocks were broken apart. Graves were opened and many arose from the dead, and were seen in the city by many people.
14. One of the Roman soldiers states, "Truly, this was the Son of God."
15. Many women watched from afar. Among them was Mary Magdalene.
16.
* Joseph, of Arimathea, (an uncle of Jesus), claimed His body and buried it in his own tomb. Fulfilling another Old Testament prophecy, Isaiah 53:9.
17. A stone is sealed at the tomb entrance, and a guard is placed there to make sure no one steals the body of Jesus.
Matthew 28.
    The resurrection.
1. On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, came to the tomb. There was a great earthquake and an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled the stone from the door of the tomb, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. The guards were so afraid, they shook, and were as dead men.
2. The angel tells the two women that Jesus has risen, bids them to look where He had lain, and that He has gone to Galilee. He tells them to go and tell the disciples.
3. The two women meet Jesus, hold to His feet, and worship Him.
4. Jesus tells them to not be afraid, and go tell His disciples to meet Him in Galilee.
5. The guards of the tomb tell the chief priests what has taken place. They are paid large sums of money to say, that someone stole Jesus' body in the night, while they slept.
6. Jesus meets His disciples in Galilee. Some worshiped Him. Some doubted.
7. Jesus tells them to go and teach all nations, baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
8. Jesus states, "I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."

The Gospel according to
Saint Mark

The book of Mark, authored by Mark John, who was not a disciple of Christ, but had a very close association with them. He worked with Paul and Barnabas, and was very close to Peter. In Acts 12:12 it's plain that the disciples had meetings in the home of Mark's mother. The approximate time of this writing is A.D. 65-67. Mark gives very vivid accounts of some of the deeds of Jesus. Saint Mark has 16 chapters, 678 verses, and contains 15,171 words.

Mark 1.
    The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
1. + This book starts with John the Baptist. Mark quotes the prophecy of Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness.
2. Describes many people coming to John for baptism, his clothing, and diet.
3. John states, "There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost."
4. John baptizes Jesus, and the Spirit like a dove descends upon Him, and a voice from heaven saying, "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
5.
! Immediately, the Spirit drives Him into the wilderness, where He is tempted of Satan, and ministered to by angels. There are some Old Testament scriptures quoted. Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 10:20, Psalms 91:11 and 12, and Deuteronomy 6:16.
6. John the Baptist is put into prison.
7. Jesus comes into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
8. He calls Simon, Andrew, James and John, and they immediately, left what they were doing, and followed. No questions asked.
9. They come into Capernaum and immediately, Jesus starts teaching in the synagogue.
10. The people were astonished at His doctrine, teaching as one with authority, and not, as the scribes.
11. Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit. The spirit recognizes Him, saying, "I know thee, who thou art, the Holy One of God."
12. Jesus rebukes the evil spirit, telling him to keep quiet and come out of the man. Jesus doesn't want His name revealed.
13. All the people are amazed at Jesus, saying, "What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him."
14. Immediately, His fame spreads throughout the region around Galilee.
15. Jesus heals Simon's mother-in-law and all the city comes to the door, bringing the sick and diseased, whom He heals. He cast out evil spirits, commanding them not to speak, because they knew Him. Again, not wanting His identity known.
16. Jesus goes on a preaching tour, in the towns around Galilee.
17.
! He heals a man with leprosy, telling him to say nothing to any man, but go to the priest and offer the things spoken of by Moses in Leviticus 14:3 thru 10.
18. Instead of the man not telling it, he spreads the fame of Jesus so much that He can no more enter the city, but has to remain outside in a desert place. There, people from all over, come to Him.
Mark 2.
1. When it was known that Jesus was in Capernaum, a great crowd immediately gathered around the house where He abode. A man with palsy was brought, by his friends, to the house for healing, but for the crowd, couldn't get in. They climbed on the roof, made a hole, and lowered the man down to Jesus. Upon seeing their faith, Jesus healed the man.
2. Jesus immediately reacts to the thoughts of some scribes, demonstrating His ability to read people's minds.
3. Jesus calls Levi, (Matthew).
4. When asked why He eats with publicans and sinners, Jesus replies, "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
5. Jesus gives the Pharisees a lesson about fasting. Refers to Himself as a Bridegroom.
6. Patching an old garment with new cloth, and putting new wine in old bottles.
7. Jesus lectures the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath. Ending it by saying, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."
Mark 3.
1. After healing a man on the Sabbath, the Pharisees take counsel with the Herodians, on how they might destroy Jesus. Real nice folks.
2. Jesus and His disciples withdraw to the sea. A huge crowd following close behind. Jesus has healed so many, and His fame so great, He can't get away from them. The people fall down before Him, saying, "Thou art the Son of God." Jesus tells them to not reveal His identity.
3. Jesus then goes upon a mountain where He chooses His twelve disciples. Their names are listed.
4. So many people gather around that Jesus and His disciples are not able to eat.
5. The scribes say Jesus cast out devils by the prince of devils. Jesus replies, "How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end."
6. The unforgivable sin. "He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."
7. When Jesus is told that His mother and brothers were looking for Him, He replies, "Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."
Mark 4.
1. Because of such a great multitude by the sea, Jesus enters a ship and speaks from there. His method of teaching, is by using parables, (a similitude or comparison).
2.
! Afterwards, His disciples ask why He uses parables. Jesus replies, "Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them." Jesus quoted Isaiah 6:9 and 10.
3. The parable of the sower. Jesus has to explain it to His disciples. He also tells them, if you don't understand this parable, you can't understand the others.
4. The candle and the bushel, and Ears to hear.
5. To those that hear, (or understand),  more shall be given.
6. He that hath, to him shall be given.
7. He that hath not, from him shall be taken, even that which he hath.
8. The kingdom of God is compared to a man casting seed into the ground.
9. The kingdom of God is compared to a grain of mustard seed.
10. All things spoken to the multitudes, Jesus did with parables. He then explained them to His disciples.
11. During a great storm, with the ship about to sink, Jesus speaks these famous words. "Peace, be still." Immediately the storm is replaced by great calm.
12. Jesus ask His disciples, "Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?"
13. They feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Mark 5.
    The man with a legion of evil spirits.
1. While in the land of the Gadarenes, Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit. The man dwelt among the tombs, (graveyard). No man could bind him, even with chains. When the man, (I'll say the evil spirit), saw Jesus coming, he ran and worshiped Him, even called Jesus the Son of the Most High God. Proving that he recognized Him. The evil spirit begged Jesus not to torment him. When Jesus asked his name, he stated, Legion, for we are many. Jesus allows the evil spirits to enter into a herd of swine, (about two thousand), which in turn run into the sea and drown. The town's people ask Jesus to leave. The man healed of the evil spirit wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to tell his friends what great things had been done for him, and He did just that.
2. While on the way to Jairus' house, to raise his daughter from death, a certain woman, having a severe blood disorder for twelve years, touched Jesus' clothing. She's immediately healed. A very good story.
3. Jesus continues to Jairus' house, where He's laughed to scorn. When Jesus tells the dead girl, I say unto thee, arise, immediately, she arose and walked.
Mark 6.
1. Jesus comes into His own home town, and teaches in the synagogue. The people are offended at Him. Jesus marvels at their unbelief, and states, "A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
2. Jesus sends his disciples forth preaching, two by two. They are to take only a staff. No scrip, (wallet), no food, or money.
3. When they come to a place that won't receive them or hear their words, they are to shake the dust off their feet, for a testimony against them. In the day of judgment it'll be better for Sodom and Gomorrah, than for that city.
4. The gruesome story of the be-heading of John the Baptist. Be sure and read verse 20. You'll find it hard to understand how king Herod could do this to John. Yet he did.
5. So many people gather around Jesus and His disciples, they can hardly eat.
6. Jesus tells His disciples, Let's go privately into the desert and get some rest. It don't take the people long to find it out, and go to be with them. Jesus sees them as sheep with no shepherd, and begins to teach them many things.
7. He feeds five thousand men, not including women and children, with five loaves of bread and two fishes.
8. The story of Jesus walking on the water. Mark doesn't mention the part about Peter.
9. In Gennesaret, the people come by the multitudes to see Jesus, bringing the sick for healing. As Jesus would enter into a village or town, the sick were laid in the streets and asked just to be able to touch His garment. By just touching His clothing, they were healed. Can you just imagine, what a sight that must have been. And, what kind of a feeling.
Mark 7.
1. When ask why His disciples don't wash their hands when they eat, Jesus gives a good lesson to the scribes and Pharisees. Mark goes on to describe lots of traditions of the Pharisees.
2. 
! Jesus called the Pharisees hyprocrites and quotes a prophecy from Isaiah 29:13.
3. It's not what goes into the mouth, that defiles a person; but that which comes out.
4. If any man have ears to hear, (or understand), let him hear.
5. Jesus said unto the Pharisees, "Ye reject the commandments of God and keep your own traditions." And with their traditions, make the word of God non effective.
6. Jesus has to explain the meaning of all this to His disciples. So when reading the Bible, if you don't understand a lot of it, don't worry too much, the disciples didn't understand lots of things either. Just keep reading.
7. The faith of the Syrophenician woman. The dogs under the table, eat the children's crumbs.
8. Jesus heals a deaf mute, charging the people not to tell it. The more He tells them not to, the more they did it.
Mark 8.
1. Again, Jesus feeds a multitude with just seven loaves of bread and a few little fishes. Four thousand men, not including women and children.
2. The Pharisees come tempting Jesus. Asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus replies, "Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation." Mark doesn't mention anything about Jonah, as Matthew did.
3. Jesus gives His disciples a lesson concerning the leaven of the Pharisees. The key is in the fragments taken up on the two occasions after the miraculous feeding of the multitudes.
4. Jesus heals a blind man. He sees men walking as trees.
5. Jesus asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I am?" They answer, "John the Baptist, Elias, (Elijah), and others, one of the prophets." And He saith unto them, "But whom say ye that I am?" And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
6. Jesus tells His disciples that He will be killed and after three days, He shall arise.
7. The taking up of your cross and following Jesus.
8. To gain the whole world, and lose your soul.
9. What it shall be like for those who are ashamed of Jesus, and His words.
Mark 9.
1. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John upon a high mountain. There, He's transfigured before them. His clothing became shining as white as snow. Nothing could be any whiter.
2. Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus.
3. A voice came from an over shadowing cloud saying, "This is my beloved Son: hear Him."
4. Jesus tells them not to reveal this till after He has risen from the dead.
5. One is brought with an evil spirit, which the disciples could not make go away. Jesus gets the job done, telling them, "This kind takes prayer and fasting."
6. Jesus makes the statement, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you?"
7. Again, Jesus tells His disciples of His death and that He shall rise the third day. They didn't understand, but were afraid to ask questions.
8. The disciples dispute about who should be the greatest. Jesus holds a child in His arms, and gives His disciples a good lesson.
9. The disciples rebuke a man who cast out devils in the name of Jesus, saying, he don't follow us. Jesus said, "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us, is on our part."
10. The repercussions for offending one of God's children.
Mark 10.
1.
! The Pharisees come tempting Jesus, asking about divorce. Jesus gives them a good Bible lesson. Quoted Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24.
2. The disciples rebuke some who bring little children to see Jesus. It displeases Him and says, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."
3. A rich young man comes to Jesus wanting to know what he can do to receive eternal life. Jesus names the ten commandments. One of which, here in Mark, is modified to say, Defraud not. I think this is a good indication of how the young man obtained his wealth. When Jesus tells him what to do, he goes away sad, because he had much worldly possessions.
4. Jesus says to His disciples, "How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!"
5. "It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
6. The question. Who then can be saved?
7. Jesus answers, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."
8. Peter says, "We have left all, and followed thee." Jesus' answer, assures, that it'll be worth it.
9. Many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
10. Again, Jesus tells His disciples of His soon to come death and resurrection. This time, He gives more detail.
11. Two of His disciples want to be on the right and left side of Jesus in His kingdom. They receive a good lecture. Jesus states, "Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
12. Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight and follows Jesus.
Mark 11.
    Jesus enters into Jerusalem.
1.
* He sends two disciples into a nearby village to get a young colt for Him to ride. Fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
2.
* Many spread their garments in front of Jesus as He entered into Jerusalem. Others cut down branches and spread before Him. Fulfilling Psalms 118:25 and 26.
3. Jesus enters the temple, looks around, leaves, and goes to Bethany. The next morning He curses a fig tree and cleanses the temple. Casting out those that bought and sold in the temple, overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.
4.
! He combines Jeremiah 7:11 and Isaiah 56:7, and quotes it.
5. The scribes and chief priests seek ways to destroy Jesus.
6. When asked, by His disciples, about the cursing of the fig tree, Jesus gives a good lecture on faith.
7. The chief priest, scribes, and elders, question Jesus' authority. He puts them in their place with one question.
Mark 12.
1. The parable of the husbandmen.
2. A certain man planted a vineyard and then leases it to others, while he goes into a far country, (share croppers). Near harvest time the man sends servants to check on things. Some are beaten and others are killed. He then sends his son, thinking they will have respect for him. The husbandmen kill the son, thinking to take all his inheritance. Now the Lord of the vineyard will come, and kill the husbandmen.
3.
! Jesus quotes Psalms 118:22 and 23.
4. Fearing of the crowd around Jesus, is the only reason, the chief priests and scribes didn't try to kill Him.
5. The Pharisees and Herodians try to confuse Jesus, by talking about taxes. They were just about to learn, just who, was confused.
6.
! The Sadducees, (who didn't even believe in eternal life), ask Jesus about marriage in heaven. Jesus responds by telling them, they don't even know the scriptures, and there is no marrying in heaven. Quotes Exodus 3:6, and states, "God is not, God of the dead, but God of the living."
7.
! One of the scribes ask Jesus, which of the commandments is of the foremost importance. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:4 and 5 along with Leviticus 19:18 and states, "There is none other commandment greater than these."
8. This scribe agreed with Jesus, and Jesus said to him. "Thou art not far from the kingdom of God."
9. After this, no man dared, to ask Jesus any more questions.
10. While teaching in the temple, Jesus talks about Him being the son of king David, and being before king David.
11. Jesus warns to beware of the scribes, and tells some of the things they do, and that they shall receive damnation for it.
12. The widows mite, and how she gave more than all others. For she gave all she had, and they, gave from their abundance.
Mark 13.
    Signs, of the end of time.
Since this chapter has end time prophecy by Jesus Himself, I think it appropriate to insert the following verse.

1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, (warning), upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1. Privately, Jesus is asked by His disciples, to explain what it's going to be like at the end of time and of His second coming. He goes into great detail explaining the events just prior to His return.
2. Jesus starts off by making it plain that deception is the big thing. Many coming in the name of Jesus, even claiming to be Christ.
3. Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation, (or race against race), many earthquakes, famines and troubles. But not yet, this is just the beginnings of sorrows, (as a woman in labor pains).
4. Some will be delivered up in synagogues, (Christian churches), for a testimony against them. They are not to premeditate what they shall say. For the Holy Spirit will speak through those persons. (See Joel 2:28 - 29). They will be hated by all men, for Jesus sake.
5.
! Jesus refers to the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet in Daniel 9:27.
6. In those days shall be affliction, (tribulation), such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created, unto this time, neither shall be.
7. For the elect sake, God will shorten the days.
8. Don't believe it when people say, Jesus is here, or He is there.
9. False Christs and false prophets shall rise, performing seducing miracles.
10. Immediately, after that tribulation, shall Jesus come.
11. Jesus tells us to learn the parable of the fig tree.
12. This generation shall not pass till all these things be done.
13. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the words of God shall never pass away.
14. Jesus says to all, "WATCH."
Mark 14.
1. The chief priest and scribes try to come up with a way to put Jesus to death.
2. A woman with very precious ointment, pours it on Jesus' head. Some of the disciples view it as waste. Jesus said, "She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, but me ye have not always. She is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done, shall be spoken of, for a memorial of her."
3. Judas Iscariot conspires with the chief priests, to betray Jesus. Boy, were they glad.
4. Jesus gives very detailed instructions on how two of the disciples are to find out where they are to eat the Passover, (The Last Supper).
5. At the last supper, Jesus tells, that one shall betray Him. The one that dips with Him in the dish.
6. Jesus takes the bread, blesses it, brakes it, and gave to them and said, "Take, eat: this is my body." He took the cup, gave thanks, gave to them, and they all drank of it.
7. And he said unto them, "This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
8. After singing a hymn, they go into the Mount of Olives.
9.
! Jesus quotes part of Zechariah 13:7. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
10. Jesus tells Peter, "Before the cock crows twice, thou shalt deny me thrice."
11. Jesus and his disciples go into the garden of Gethsemane. He tells all but Peter, James, and John, to wait for him. They go further into the garden. They stop. Jesus says, tarry here and watch. He goes forward a little, falls down, and prays. Peter, James, and John fall asleep. This is done three times. Each time, the three fall asleep. Jesus says, "The spirit, truly is ready, but the flesh is weak."
12. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. Peter cuts off a man's ear with a sword, Jesus says, "The scriptures must be fulfilled."
13. The disciples flee and forsake Jesus.
14. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. Most scholars believe this young man to be Mark.
15. Jesus is led to the high priest, and with all the chief priests, scribes, and elders present, they set out to find witnesses to put Him to death, but none could agree.
16. When asked questions, two times, Jesus holds His tongue. But when asked, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? Jesus said, "I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
17. The high priest says, "What need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?" And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
18. Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.
19. Peter denies Christ three times, the cock crows twice, and Peter, cries bitter tears.
Mark 15.
1. The following morning, the chief priest, immediately, bind Jesus and take Him before Pilate, the governor.
2.
* Jesus remains silent to the questions of Pilate, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:7.
3. Pilate, knowing that Jesus is innocent, gives the people a choice of whom to release from execution, Jesus or Barabbas, (a murderer). The chief priests influence the crowd to have Jesus crucified. Read Genesis 3:14 and 15 to find out who's children the chief priests are. Pilate asked, "What evil hath He done?" All the more, they yell, "Crucify Him."
4. The Roman soldiers put a purple robe on Jesus along with a crown of thorns. They began to make fun of, spit upon, beat, and pretend to worship Him.
5. They replace the purple robe with His own clothes, and lead Him out to be crucified. They compel Simon, a Cyrenian, to bear His cross.
6. The soldiers gamble for His garments, and at the third hour, began to crucify Jesus. A writing was put above His head, that read, "THE KING OF THE JEWS."
7.
* He is crucified between two thieves, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:12.
8.
* Verses 29 and 30 fulfill the prophecy of Psalms 22:7 and 8.
9.
* ! Jesus says, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me." The is how the 22nd. Psalm starts. Many believe Jesus quoted the entire Psalm, because it tells of His crucifixion and the events just prior, and was written approximately one thousand years before the fact.
10.
* They give Jesus vinegar to drink, which He does. Fulfilling Psalms 69:21. He then dies and the veil of the temple is torn from top to bottom. A Roman centurion states, "Truly, this man was the Son of God."
11. There were women looking on from afar. Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James the less, Joses, and Salome. Plus many more.
12. Joseph of Arimathea, (an uncle of Jesus), boldly claims His body.
13. Pilate marveled that Jesus was dead so soon.
14.
* Joseph buries Jesus in his own tomb. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:9.
Mark 16.
1. On the first day of the week, the two Marys come to the tomb, and finding the huge stone rolled away, they enter, finding an angel sitting there. He tells them Jesus is risen, and to go tell His disciples that Jesus will meet them in Galilee.
2. Jesus appears first, to Mary Magdalene. The disciples don't believe her or the other Mary.
3. In another form, Jesus appears unto two of them as they walk in the country. The rest of the disciples didn't believe them either.
4. Jesus appears to the eleven disciples and scolds them for their unbelief. Tells them to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
5. After talking to the disciples, Jesus ascends up to heaven and sat on the right hand of God.
6. The disciples go forth, everywhere, preaching the Gospel, the Lord working with them.

The Gospel according to
Saint Luke

The contents of St. Luke, the third Gospel of the New Testament, is believed to have been compiled and written by, Luke the physician. He was a companion of the apostle Paul. Saint Luke has 24 chapters, 1,151 verses, and contains 25,944 words.

Luke 1.
1. Luke starts this letter to Theophilus, (friend of God), by making it very clear, that he has perfect understanding in the matters concerning Jesus Christ, and wants him to know for certain, the things that are true.
    The birth of John the Baptist.
2. A certain priest, Zacharias, was performing his course, (the course of Abijah), in the temple at Jerusalem. His wife, Elizabeth was of the daughters of Aaron. She was barren, and both were well along in age.
3. The angel Gabriel, appears to Zacharias, telling him that Elizabeth will have a son and they are to call his name John. He shall be great in the sight of the Lord and be filled with the Holy Spirit even from the mother's womb. He shall turn many to God. He shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah.
4. Zacharias wants a sign of assurance that it's so. Gabriel sure gives him one. Because of his doubting, Zacharias is struck dumb until John is born.
5. Elizabeth conceives and hides herself five months.
6. In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel visits Mary. A virgin espoused to a man named Joseph. He tells Mary that she shall have a son and call His name Jesus, The Son of God. When Mary asked how can this be, she is told that the Holy Spirit will come over her and the power of the Highest will overshadow her and she shall conceive. John the Baptist is six months older than Jesus. For the accurate birth date of Jesus, see appendix 179 of The Companion Bible, by E.W. Bullinger.
7. Mary replies by saying, "Let it be unto me, according to thy word." Note, no doubt at all. Unlike Zacharias.
8. Gabriel tells Mary about Elizabeth's pregnancy.
9. Mary goes immediately to visit her cousin Elizabeth. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's voice, John leaps in her womb, and she's filled with the Holy Spirit and with a loud voice, said to Mary, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."
10. Mary gives great praise to God, quoting many Old testament scriptures.
11. Mary abides with Elizabeth for three months, then returns home.
12. At the birth of John, some wanted to name him after his father, but Zacharias asked for a tablet and wrote, John! Immediately he regained his speech, just as Gabriel has said, and began to prophecy, saying great things about what his son, John, would be doing for God.
13. The child, (John), grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
Luke 2.
1. Joseph and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to pay taxes. While there, Jesus is born, and laid in a manger because of no room in the inn.
2. An angel of the Lord appears to shepherds in the field, saying, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." He also tells them where to find Him.
3. Suddenly there was a multitude of angels praising God.
4. The shepherds made haste to see Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, then go tell it to all.
5. After eight days Jesus is circumcised and taken to Jerusalem and a sacrifice made according to the law of the Lord.
6.
* An elderly man named Simeon sees Jesus. Fulfilling what the Holy Spirit had revealed to him, that he would not see death, till he had seen the Lord's Christ. Isaiah 52:10.
7. Another story of an elderly woman, Anna the prophetess, praising Christ as the Redeemer.
8. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, return to Nazareth, where He grows and becomes strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was with Him.
9. At the age of twelve, Jesus goes to Jerusalem with family and friends, to the Passover. Unknowingly to His parents, Jesus stays behind, astonishing the religious scholars of the day, with His understanding and wisdom. When Mary and Joseph finally find Him, He says, "I must be about my Father's business."
10. Jesus increases in wisdom and age, and, in favor with God and man.
Luke 3.
1. Luke list those in power at the time of John the Baptist. He also makes it very clear that the words spoken by John, came directly from God.
2. + Tells of John preaching, in all the country, the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins. Quotes Isaiah 40:3-4, and Isaiah 52:10.
3. John is a very straight forward speaking man. Tells things just as they are. It will soon cost him his head.
3. Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
4. When people in general asked what they must do, John gives a lesson on how they are to treat others.
5. When some Publicans, (tax collectors), and soldiers asked what they must do, He has good sound advice for them also.
6. John was so impressive that some thought he was the Christ. John replies by saying, "I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, (Spirit), and with fire, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner, (barn), but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable." Making it clear that he is not the Christ.
7. John baptized Jesus, and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, "Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."
8. Herod, the tetrarch, (ruler of a fourth part of the country), has John put in prison.
10. Jesus is now about thirty years old.
11. The genealogy of Jesus, through His mother Mary, going all the way back to Adam, who was created by God. It may appear that this is of Joseph, but, his genealogy is in Matthew. Be sure to make note of the phrase, as was supposed, (In-laws).
Luke 4.
1. Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, where He is tempted by the devil.
2.
! He hasn't eaten in forty days and the first thing Satan says, is, "If thou be the Son of God, command this stone, that it be made bread." Jesus answers by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3.
3.
! In and instant of time, Satan shows and offers to Jesus, all the kingdoms of the world, if, He will just worship him. Jesus answers by quoting Deuteronomy 10:20. (Now we know just what it is that Satan wants).
4.
!! Now, in verse 10 and 11, Satan quotes scripture, Psalms 91:11 and 12. Be sure to compare, and note what the ole devil omitted, and added. Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16.
5. The devil ended the tempting, and departed from Jesus for a season, (a short while).
6. Jesus returns to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and His fame spread throughout the region. He taught in the synagogues, and all gave great honor to Him.
7.
* ! Jesus comes to His hometown of Nazareth, and in the synagogue reads all of Isaiah 61:1 and half of Isaiah 61:2. He sets down, all eyes on Him, and states, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." The last part of verse 2, that Jesus didn't quote, was concerning His second coming. The part that is yet to be fulfilled.
8.
!! They're amazed at Jesus and He states, "No prophet is accepted in his own country." Gives them a good Old Testament Bible lesson, and they throw Him out of town. Jesus referred to 1 Kings 17:9 and 2 Kings 5:1.
9. Jesus teaches in Capernaum, and the people are astonished, for His word was with power.
10. Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit. The spirit recognized Jesus saying, "I know thee, who thou art, the Holy One of God." Jesus commands the evil spirit to hold his tongue. All around are amazed at the authority of Jesus. His fame spreads further and further.
11. He heals Simon's mother-in-law, and many many more. All that were sick, were brought to Him for healing.
12. Devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, "Thou art Christ the Son of God." And he rebuking them, suffered, (allowed), them not to speak, for they knew that he was Christ.
13. Jesus goes into a desert place. The people come and want Him to stay with them. He replies, "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent."
14. Jesus preaches in the synagogues of Galilee.
Luke 5.
1. By the sea of Gennesaret, Jesus enters into a ship, to speak to the multitude on shore. The ship happens to be Peter's. He sat down, and taught from there. When He was through speaking, Jesus performs a miracle concerning fishes. Peter and his partners, James, and John, catch so many that two ships can't hold them. Upon seeing this, Peter keels at the knees of Jesus and says, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord." Jesus replies, "Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." Returning to shore, all three forsake everything, and follow Jesus.
2.
! Jesus says to a leper, "I will, thou be clean." And immediately the leprosy left the man. Jesus charged the man that he should tell no one, but to show himself to the priest, and make an offering, according to the law of Moses, in Leviticus 14:4 thru 11.
3. The fame of Jesus spreads more and more.
4. Jesus heals a man by saying, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee." The scribes and Pharisees say to each other, this is blasphemies and Who can forgive sins, but God?
5. Jesus displays His ability to read minds. He tells the man to rise and walk. And he immediately did so. All were amazed and gave glory to God.
6. Jesus calls Levi, better known as Matthew, a tax collector.
7. The scribes and Pharisees ask why Jesus associates with publicans and sinners. He replies, "They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
8. Jesus gives a lecture on fasting.
9. Parables about patching an old garment with new cloth, and putting new wine in old bottles.
Luke 6.
1. On two occasions, Jesus does some things on the Sabbath that really upset the Pharisees. First, He gives them a good Bible lesson concerning king David, and states, that He is Lord also of the Sabbath. The next time, after demonstrating His ability to read people's thoughts, He heals a man on the Sabbath. The Pharisees go into a rage.
2. Up on a mountain, Jesus spends all night in prayer, then chooses His twelve disciples.
3. A great multitude of people come to hear Jesus, and many to be healed. By just touching Jesus, miraculous power would go out from Him, and heal them.
    Blessings and woes:
4. Blessed are ye, blessed are ye, rejoice ye. Woe unto you, woe unto you, woe unto you, woe unto you. Note how many blessings and how many woes.
5. Jesus states two times, for us to love our enemies. We're told to turn the other cheek, give to them that ask, do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
6. He pretty well sums it up in verse 35 and 36.
7. Judge not, condemn not. Forgive and ye shall be forgiven.
8. If the blind lead the blind, they both shall fall in the ditch.
9. A man, (hypocrite), having a huge particle in his eye, trying to help another with a tiny speck in his.
10. Trees are known by their fruit. So are people.
11. The good man, and the evil man. Their hearts.
12. Jesus makes two comparisons of people that hear His word. A hearer that does, and a hearer that doesn't. One building his foundation on a rock, and the other, plain ole dirt.
Luke 7.
1. The story of Jesus healing a centurion's servant, because of his great faith. He didn't think himself worthy to be in the presence of Christ. Jesus marveled at his faith and said unto the people, "I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
2. In the city of Nain, Jesus raises a widow's only son from death. The boy sits up and begins to talk. All those around became afraid and glorified, (honored), God. The fame of Jesus spreads further and further.
3.
! John the Baptist, being in prison, sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the one, or do we wait for another." Jesus sends a comforting message back to John, quotes part of Malachi 3:1, and tells the crowd, "Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
4. Jesus is called a gluttonous man, winebibber, and a friend of publicans and sinners.
5. While Jesus is eating in the house of a Pharisee, a woman comes in with precious ointment. She washes His feet with tears, dries them with her hair, kisses them, and anoints Him with the ointment.
6. The Pharisee thinks to himself, something concerning this woman, and that if Jesus only knew her, who, and what she was.... Again, Jesus makes it obvious that He knows our thoughts. He gives the man a good lecture about himself, and the woman, with the parable of the creditor.
Luke 8.
1. Jesus, with His disciples, go into all the cities and villages around, preaching the kingdom of God.
2. Many women followed Jesus, some of whom were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna.
3.
! With many people around, Jesus begins to teach, using parables. The parable of the sower, He had to explain to His disciples, and in His own words refers to Isaiah 6:9.
4. We are told in the parable of the sower that for the seed , (the Word of God), that we sow to bring forth fruit, we must have patience.
5. The parable of the candle. All that is secret shall be made known. Those that have, and those that have not.
6. Jesus is told that His mother and brothers are there to see him. He replies to the crowd, "My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it."
7. With raging winds and water about to sink their ship, Jesus turns it to absolute calm, and asked His disciples, "Where is your faith?"
8. While in the country of the Gadarenes, Jesus heals a man who had many evil spirits. The man lived in the tombs, (graveyard). The evil spirits know Jesus and asked Him not to send them to the abyss, (bottomless pit). He allows them to go into some swine, which then drown themselves. The people of the town asked Jesus to leave. The healed man published throughout the city, what great things Jesus had done unto him.
9. In a huge crowd, a certain woman, having a blood disease for twelve years, touches the hem of Jesus' garment. Jesus, feeling miraculous power go out from Him, said, "Who touched me?" Peter says, "With all this crowd around and You ask, Who touched Me?" Good story.
10. Jesus brings back to life the twelve year old daughter of a man named Jairus. When He arrives at his house, the people there, laugh Him to scorn. He puts everyone out, except Peter, James, John, and the parents of the girl. Jesus tells the parents, "Only Believe". As usual, Jesus gets the job done.
Luke 9.
1. Jesus gives His disciples power over all evil spirits, the ability to heal the sick, and sends them to preach the kingdom of God. Gives them instructions on what, and what not to take with them. He also states, "Whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them."
2. Verse nine is interesting. It's what Herod thought of Jesus.

Luke 9:9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

3. When the disciples return, Jesus takes them privately into a desert place. The news gets out, and a great multitude follows. Jesus teaches them of the kingdom of God and heals those that need it. He miraculously feeds five thousand men, not including women and children, with five loaves of bread and two fishes. There's enough left over to fill twelve baskets.
4. Jesus asked His disciples, "Whom say the people that I am?" They answering said, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again." He said unto them, "But whom say ye that I am?" Peter answering said, "The Christ of God." Jesus tells them to tell no man who He is.
5. Jesus gives the terms for being a disciple.
6. Tells His disciples that He must die, but will rise the third day.
7. To gain the whole world and lose your soul.
8. The repercussions of being ashamed of Christ and His words.
9. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John, upon a mountain to pray. While there, He's transfigured before their eyes. Moses and Elijah appear and talk to Jesus of His soon coming death. A voice from an overshadowing cloud says, "This is my beloved Son: hear him."
10. A man brings his son having an evil spirit, saying the disciples couldn't cast it out. Jesus, sounding a little disgusted, said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?" Again, Jesus gets the job done, and all are amazed at His Mighty Power.
11. Some of the disciples argue about which one should be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, takes up a little child and teaches them, and us, a good lesson.
12. John tells of a man who was casting out evil spirits in the name of Jesus, and that they forbid him to do it, because he was not following them. Jesus said, "Forbid him not: for he that is not against us, is for us."
13. James and John was witness to some that didn't receive Jesus, and asked if they should bring down fire and kill them, like Elijah had done? Jesus rebuked them, and said, "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
14. For those that say, "I want to follow Jesus, but," He has some great answers.
Luke 10.
1. Jesus appoints seventy more apostles, telling them, "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves."
2. He gives them complete instructions on what to take, what not to take, where to stay, and where not to stay. They are to eat what is set before them, heal the sick, and preach the kingdom of God. For those that don't receive them, they are to go into the streets of the same, and say, "Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you."
3. At the time of judgment, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom, than for that city.
4. Jesus said, "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me."
5. The seventy return with joy, saying, "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name."
6. Jesus said, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
7. No one can know the Father except it be revealed to him.
8. Jesus says to His disciples, privately, "Many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
9. When asked, "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus has a good talk with him and gives the parable of the good Samaritan. He then tells the man to do likewise.
10. A short story of two sisters, Martha and Mary.
Luke 11.
1. When asked of His disciples how to pray, Jesus gives an example. Most call it the Lord's prayer.
2. He goes on to tell them how a man, even though he may not want to at the time, will help a friend.
3. Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find.
4. Jesus compares an earthly father's feelings for his children, to God's feelings for His.
5. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
6. He that is not with me, is against me.
7. An evil spirit leaves a man. When he returns and finds that man empty, he, along with seven others, enter there in.
8. Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
9. To an evil generation, No sign, but that of Jonah the prophet.
10. One greater than Jonah and wiser than Solomon.
11. A lighted candle belongs on a candlestick, and not in some secret place.
12. The light of the body.
13. While dining with some Pharisees, (one of the religious groups of the day), the opportunity presents itself for Jesus to give them a good piece of His mind, and O, boy, He does just that. Woe, Woe, Woe, to the scribes, Pharisees, and scripture lawyers. They really get angry with Jesus, and seek out things in which to accuse Him.
Luke 12.
1. Jesus tells His disciples to beware of the leaven, (hypocrisy), of the Pharisees.
2. There's nothing hid, that shall not be made known.
3. Fear not him that can kill the body and do no more, but Him that after He has killed the body, can cast you into hell.
4. Every hair on our heads are numbered.
5. Verses 10, 11, and 12, describe the only unforgivable sin, and the time frame which it can be committed.
6. The parable about a rich man, whose land brought forth plenty. It describes one who is rich in ways of this world, but not toward God.
7. We are to take no thought, (worry, or be distracted), about things in this life. We are to consider the ravens, and the lilies. God takes care of them, and He knows what we have need of.
8. We are to seek the kingdom of God, for it pleases Him, to give it to us. All things will be added to us.
9. Where a person's treasure is, their heart will be also.
10. We are to be like men and women waiting on their Lord.
11. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh, shall find watching, (with vigilance).
12. The faithful and unfaithful servant. Warns against thinking that Jesus is delaying His coming.
13. Jesus didn't come to bring peace, but division. Those in the same house will be divided, one against the other.
14. Jesus tells of how hypocrites can discern the weather, but not the times.
Luke 13.
1. Some thought an untimely death, accident, etc, was caused by a person or persons having greater sins than those with normal life spans. Jesus said to them, "Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all, likewise perish."
2. The parable of a fruitless fig tree. The tree is given three years to bear fruit before it is cut down.
3. Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath. The ruler of the synagogue tells the people this is not to be. Jesus calls him a hypocrite, and says those like him treat their animals better than people. His adversaries were ashamed, and all the people rejoice, for the things He does.
4. Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a grain of mustard seed.
5. The kingdom of God is compared to leaven, (yeast).
6. Jesus teaches in all the cities and villages, while journeying toward Jerusalem.
7. When asked, "Are there few that be saved?" Jesus answered, "Many will seek to enter in and shall not be able." When the door is shut, it's over.
8. Jesus will say, "I know ye not, depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity."
9. For those that don't make it, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when they see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and themselves thrust out.
10. Many shall come from all places of the earth, and sit down in the kingdom of God.
11. Some that are last, shall be first, and some that are first, shall be last.
12. Some Pharisees threaten Jesus, telling Him that Herod will kill Him. Jesus makes it plain that He will continue till He's through, and I believe makes reference to His resurrection.
Luke 14.
    Set up by the Pharisees.
1. Jesus, while dining in the home of one of the chief Pharisees on a Sabbath day, asked, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?" No one responds. Jesus heals a man right in front of their eyes and ask, "Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day?" They remained silent.
2. Teaching humility, Jesus puts forth the parable of the bidden. When invited, always take the low seat.
3. The parable of a certain man who made a great supper, and bid many to come. Good lessons about making excuses.
4. With great multitudes present, Jesus tells who cannot, be His disciple.

A. One who loves his family more than he loves Jesus.
B. One that wont bear his cross.
C. One not willing to commit to the end.
D. One that will not forsake all that he has.

5. Salt is good, but?
6. He that hath ears to hear.
Luke 15.
    The parable of the one lost sheep.
1. The Pharisees and scribes just can't understand why Jesus associates with sinners.
2. Though a mans owns one hundred sheep, he will rejoice over finding that one, that is lost. When one sinner repents, there is that kind of joy in heaven.
3. The lost coin parable. When someone loses one tenth of what they have, and after much searching, find it, they are very glad. That same kind of joy is with the angels of heaven, when a sinner repents.
4. The parable of the prodigal, (wasteful), son. He can't wait to get away from dad, and out into the world. Once he's there for a while, he can't wait to get back. It's described as like being dead and then alive, being lost and then found.
Luke 16.
    The parable of the dishonest steward.
1. A good story about a man who was not trustworthy, and loved the riches of the world.
2. About being just and unjust.
3. How children of the world, in this generation, are wiser than the children of light.
4. If one is faithful over a little, he will be faithful over much.
5. Jesus tells the Pharisees that they justify themselves before men, but God knows their hearts, (thoughts).
6. Verse 17 makes it clear that God's law shall not fail.
7. The rich man and Lazarus. Jesus tells this story about two men when at death, one goes to the place we call heaven, and the other, to the place called hell. Gives some vivid details of their mental and spiritual state in those two places. A more detailed account of this is given in the Apocrypha, The Second Book of Esdras, from verse 77 through verse 99. A good read.
Luke 17.
1. Repercussions for offending one of God's children.
2. Jesus tells of when and how often we are to forgive a brother.
3. If we had faith as a grain of mustard seed.
4. Don't expect thanks for doing the things we're supposed to do.
5. Jesus heals ten men with leprosy. Only one thanked Him.
6. The Pharisees demand to know when the kingdom of God is to come. Jesus gives them a brief answer then privately gives some end time details to His disciples.
7. If they tell you, Jesus is here, or He is there, don't follow them.
8. The second coming of Jesus will be as a bolt of lightning.
9. It shall be as it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot.
10. There'll be no time to pack your belongings.
11. Two in one bed. One taken, the other left.
12. Two grinding. One taken, one left.
13. Two in the field. One taken, the other left.
Luke 18.
1. Jesus gives a parable about an unjust judge. How he gave justice unto a woman because of her continual coming before him. God shall do likewise for His elect.
2. The parable of the Pharisee and the publican, praying to God. How the Pharisee brags of how good he is and all he's done. Thanks God that he isn't like others. The poor ole publican just says, "God, be merciful to me a sinner."
3. One that exalts himself shall be abased. He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
4. A certain rich ruler ask Jesus, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" When Jesus tells him, he is very disappointed and goes away sad.
5. It's easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
6. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
7. Those who give up things of this world, to work for the sake of the kingdom of God, will receive much more in this life, as well as the world to come.
8. Jesus tells His disciples of his soon coming death, and that He shall rise the third day. They don't understand.
9. A blind man, begging by the side of the road, asked to be healed. It happens immediately, and He follows Jesus, glorifying God. All that saw it, gave praise to God.
Luke 19.
1. Jesus goes to the home of Zaccheus, a rich publican, to eat. Those that see it are put out that Jesus would associate himself with a sinner. Zaccheus is a very happy man. Tells Jesus that he will give half of what he has to the poor and anything he has wrongfully taken will be restored fourfold. Jesus tells him, "This day is salvation come to this house."
2. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
3. The parable of the pounds. A story of three servants and how they perform with what their master puts in their control. Two wise and one wicked.
4. To those that have, shall be given. Those that have not, it shall be taken from him.
5. The enemies of God shall perish.
6.
* Jesus enters Jerusalem, riding on a colt. Fulfilling Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
7. As Jesus enters the city, multitudes, very loudly, begin to rejoice and praise God. The Pharisees want Jesus to make them stop. Jesus says, "If these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."
8. Knowing her future, Jesus weeps for Jerusalem.
9. Jesus enters the temple, casting out those that bought and sold.
10. The house of prayer turned into a den of thieves.
11. Daily, Jesus teaches in the temple.
12. The chief priest and scribes plan to destroy Him.
13. The multitudes hang on to every word Jesus says.
Luke 20.
1. The chief priest, scribes, and elders, question Jesus' authority. He answers them with a question. One they're afraid to answer.
2.
* ! Jesus puts forth the parable of the husbandmen. It's about a man who plants a vineyard then leases it out to others. He takes a long journey and on different occasions sends servants to check on it. The are treated very bad. He finally sends his beloved son, whom they kill. Jesus quotes Psalms 118:22, adds a little more, and the chief priests and scribes figure out that He's talking about them and get mad enough to kill Him.
3. They send spies to watch Jesus, trying to find some reason to deliver Him to the governor.
4. Another tactic they use, believe it or not, is taxes. When Jesus is through with them, they are marveled and can say nothing.
5. The Sadducees, (who don't even believe in the hereafter), want to know about marriage in heaven. Jesus gives them a good lesson.
6. In heaven there is no marriage, no more death, and we are equal to the angels.
7. God is not a God of the dead, but of the living.
8. After this little question and answer session, they dare not ask Jesus any more questions.
9.
! Jesus gives them something to think about, concerning Himself and king David. If king David called Jesus Lord, how is He, then his son?
10. Jesus really puts the scribes in their place. In the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples, "Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; which devour widows' houses, and for a show, make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation."
Luke 21.
1. When Jesus sees the rich men putting their gifts into the treasury, He also sees a widow putting in two mites. He then states, "This poor widow hath cast in more than they all, for all these have of their abundance, cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury, (poverty), hath cast in all the living that she had."
2. Jesus is asked when will the end be, and what shall be the signs? He then answers.

A. Not one stone left on top another around Jerusalem.
B. Deception. If someone claims to be Christ, don't follow.
C. We shall hear of wars and commotions, (instability and confusion).
D. Nation, (a race of people), against nation, (another race of people).
E. Kingdom against kingdom.
F. Great earthquakes, famines, pestilence, fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
G. Before A, B, C, D, E, and F, some shall be delivered up to the synagogues for Jesus' name sake. It will be for a testimony. Do not premeditate what you shall say. Jesus, (the Holy Spirit), will give you a mouth and wisdom which no adversary can gainsay, (deny), or resist, (oppose or withstand).
H. You will be hated by all men for Jesus' name sake.
I. Some will be betrayed by family members, and some put to death.
J. Although it states that some will be put to death, it also says, that not one hair of their head shall perish.
K. In your patience, possess ye your soul.
L. When Jerusalem is compassed, (encircled), with armies, the desolation is near.
M. These are the days of Vengeance, when all things written, may be fulfilled.
N. Jerusalem shall be trodden down until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
O. Signs in the sun, moon, and stars. Distress of nations, with perplexity, (no way out).
P. Men's hearts failing, for fear of the things to come.
Q. The powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then, shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

13. Jesus gives the parable of the fig tree, saying, "This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled."
14. We are to watch and pray.
15. All the people come to the temple early in the morning to hear Jesus.
Luke 22.
1. As Passover draws near, the chief priests and scribes, seek a way to kill Jesus.
2. Satan enters Judas Iscariot, and he makes plans with the chief priests and captains, to betray Jesus. And boy were they glad.
3. Jesus gives complete instructions to Peter and John on making plans for the Passover. Foretelling it before the fact.
4. As they sat down to the Passover meal, Jesus expresses His great desire for that moment, stating that He will not eat or drink anymore until the kingdom of God shall come.
5. He gives the disciples the bread, saying, "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me." Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you."
6. Jesus tells that one of them shall betray Him.
7. There's an argument among the disciples as to who should be the greatest. Jesus gives them a good lecture on what their duties are and that in His kingdom, they shall sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
8. Jesus tells Peter that Satan has desired to have him, and that he will deny knowing Jesus three times before the cock crows.
9.
* ! In verse 37, Jesus refers to Isaiah 53:12, which is a prophecy concerning Him.
10. Jesus prays in the garden. An angel from heaven comes and strengthens Him. His sweat was as it were great drops of blood, falling to the ground. His disciples sleep while He prays.
11. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss.
12. Peter cuts off an ear of one of the servants of the high priest. Jesus quickly heals it.
13. Jesus tells those that come for Him, that it is their hour, and the power of darkness.
14. They take Jesus to the high priest's house and Peter follows from afar.
15. Peter is confronted about his relationship with Christ and denies knowing Him. The third time it happens, Jesus turns and looks at him. Peter goes out and weeps bitterly.
16.
* They begin to mock Jesus, hit Him, and while blindfolded, strike Him in the face, saying, "Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?" Many other terrible things they say to Jesus.
17. Early next morning the elders, chief priests, and scribes, hold council against Jesus. He tells them, "Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God." Oh, this is enough for them to deliver Him to Pilate.
Luke 23.
1.
* Jesus is taken before Pilate, where they accuse Him of perverting the nation. Pilate finds no fault with Christ and sends Him to Herod, who ask many questions. Jesus remains silent, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah 53:7.
2.
* After mocking Him. Jesus is returned to Pilate.
3. Prior to this day, Herod and Pilate were at odds with each other. Now, they're bosom buddies.
4. Pilate tells the people that neither he nor Herod finds any fault with Jesus, and that He will be chastised and released.
5. There was a custom, of releasing a prisoner of the peoples choice. The people cry out, Away with this Man and release Barabbas, (a murderer). Pilate tries again to release Jesus. The crowd yells, Crucify Him, Crucify Him. Pilate tries a third time, to no avail.
6. Jesus is led away to be crucified. A man named Simon, a Cyrenian, carries His cross.
7. A great company of people follow, including women, which are crying. Jesus tells them, "Weep not for Me." He continues with some end time prophecy.
8.
* Jesus is taken to Mount Calvary and crucified between two malefactors. Fulfilling Isaiah 53:9 and Isaiah 53:12.
9. While hanging on the cross, Jesus make this famous statement, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
10.
* They divide His clothing and cast lots for it. Fulfilling Psalms 22:18.
11.
* He's offered vinegar to drink. Fulfilling Psalms 69:21.
12. A superscription was placed over Jesus' head, written in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, which said, This is the King of the Jews."
13. One of the malefactors said to Jesus, "If thou be Christ, save thyself, and us." The other rebuked him and said to Christ, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into Thy kingdom." Jesus answers, "Today, shalt thou be with Me in paradise."
14. Darkness came over the entire earth from the sixth hour, (12:00 noon), till the ninth hour, (3:00 pm). The veil of the temple was split in the middle.
15. Jesus said, "Father, into thy hands, I commend my spirit." His flesh then died.
16.
* Joseph of Arimathea, (an uncle of Jesus), claims His body and buries Him in his own tomb. Fulfilling Isaiah 53:9.
17. Some women, it doesn't mention their names, follow to the tomb and look closely at how Jesus is laid. They return home, prepare spices and ointments for His burial, and rested the Sabbath day, according to the commandment.
Luke 24.
1. Very early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, and other women, go to the tomb with the spices that had been prepared. They find the huge stone rolled away and the body of Jesus gone. Two angels appear in shining garments, tell them that Jesus is risen. Reminding them that Jesus had told, this was to happen. The ladies return and tell the eleven disciples and others, who don't believe them. Peter runs to the tomb and verifies what they had seen.
2.
! Jesus appears to two men on their way to Emmaus, intentionally hiding His identity from them. They tell Jesus what all has taken place, the crucifixion, etc. Jesus tells them of the Old Testament prophecies concerning Him, and after quite a long visit and conversation, they eat. Jesus brakes the bread, blesses it, gave it to them, and immediately, their eyes were opened to His identity, and Jesus disappears before their very eyes. They return immediately to Jerusalem, telling everyone about their experience, and that Jesus has risen.
3. As they were telling the disciples, Jesus appears in their midst. They are absolutely terrified. Jesus displays His hands and feet, saying, "Handle me, and see, for spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me have."
4. Jesus ask for food, and eats in their presence, telling them that all things written of Him in the Old Testament, had to be fulfilled.
5.
! Jesus then gives their minds understanding of the scriptures, and says to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
6. Jesus leads them out of town as far as Bethany, lifts up His hands, blesses them, and is carried up into heaven.

The Gospel according to
Saint John

The Gospel according to Saint John. The disciple that Jesus loved. John is the writer, of not only this book, but of the three epistles of John, and Revelation. Saint John has 21 chapters, 878 verses, and contains 19,099 words.

John 1.
1. John declares that God, Jesus, and the Word, are the same. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us."
2. All things were made by God.
3. Tells of John the Baptist, who said, "He that cometh after me, was before me."
4. The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth, by Jesus Christ.
5. + When asked, John the Baptist makes it very clear, that he was not The Christ, nor Elijah. He quotes Isaiah 40:3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness.
6. About Jesus, John the Baptist said, he wasn't worthy to even untie his shoes.
7. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
8. John the Baptist had been told, "Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit."
9. John bares record that Jesus, is the Son of God.
10. Two of John's disciples follow Jesus to where He stays. One of which is Andrew, the brother of Peter.
11. Andrew introduces Simon, (Peter), to Jesus.
12. Follow Me. Jesus calls Philip.
13. Philip tells Nathanael, he doubts. Philip says, Come and see.
14. With something no doubt very personal, Jesus lets Nathanael know that He has known him long before this meeting. Nathanael replies by saying, "Thou art the Son of God, thou art the King of Israel."
John 2.
1. Jesus performs His first public miracle. It's pretty easy to determine that Mary, His mother, is very aware of Jesus' capabilities. She asked Him to do it. Jesus not only turns water into wine, He made from 12 to 18 gallons of it. With this miracle comes great fame and honor.
2. With a scourge, (whip), Jesus cleanses the temple of those who buy and sell there. Overthrows their tables, and gives them a good tongue lashing.
3. Jesus makes that famous statement, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." At that time, no one knew, He was talking about His body. After He had risen from death, His disciples remembered this saying.
4. While in Jerusalem, upon seeing the miracles, many believe, but Jesus commits Himself to no man, for He knew all men, and what was in man.
John 3.
1. That famous secret meeting by night, between Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, and Jesus.
2. Ye must be born again, (from above).
3. Born of water and spirit.
4. That born of flesh is flesh, and that born of Spirit is Spirit.
5. Jesus compares the Spirit to the wind.
6. No one, (in the flesh), can ascend up to heaven, unless he first comes from heaven. That is except Jesus. He's the only one that took His flesh body with Him. Pretty much proving that we all were there before. See Strong's definition for the words man, (two times), and but.
7. Jesus makes reference to His crucifixion. (Being lifted up).
8. John 3:16. That famous verse that tells how simple it is, and who, shall have eternal life.
9. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save.
10. Light, (Jesus), came into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light.
11. When John the Baptist is asked about Jesus and His great following, he reminds them that he was not the Christ, but was sent before The Christ, and that Jesus must increase, and he must decrease. He, (Jesus), that came from heaven is above all. He ends his testimony of Christ by saying, "He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life."
John 4.
    He told me all that ever I did.
1. Verse six proves that while in the flesh, Jesus went through the same physical experiences we do. He was tired.
2. Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. They have quite a conversation. He tells her of living waters, and of everlasting life. Jesus informs her that He knows all about her life. She's been married five times, and is living with some ole boy now. He goes on to tell her many things. She says that she knows that the Messiah is coming and that He will tell everybody all things. Jesus tells her, that He is, the Messiah. She runs into the town telling everyone about Jesus. He uses this woman to convert nearly a whole town. I guess some churches of today would have a big problem with that. What was it that the woman told? "He told me all that ever I did."
3. Jesus testifies that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.
4. Jesus arrives in Galilee, where He'd turned the water into wine. A nobleman ask Jesus to come to his home and cure his child, who is dying. Jesus says, "Go thy way, thy son liveth." His servants meet him on the way home and tells him that his son lives. The man asked, when did he get well? It was the exact same time, when Jesus said, "Go thy way, thy son liveth."
John 5.
1. Jesus heals a crippled man at the pool of Bethesda on a Sabbath Day. The Jews seek to kill Him. When Jesus states "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work," they get even more irate.
2. Jesus describes His relationship with God. Tells them that what He sees the Father do, He also does. Like Father like Son.
3. God has committed all judgment unto Jesus.
4. Jesus foretells of His going to those that have passed on already and offering salvation to them. Which is the first thing He does after being crucified.
5. Jesus states that, the works He does, bear witness of Him, and that God has sent Him.
6. He tells the Jews, "Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
John 6.
1. Jesus and His disciples go up into a mountain. A great multitude follows. Jesus ask Philip a question. Testing him a little bit.
2. Jesus feeds the multitude, (5,000 men), not including women and children, with five loaves of bread and two small fishes. There's enough left over to fill twelve baskets.
3. When the people see this miracle, they say, "This is a truth, That Prophet, that should come into the world."
4. Jesus, knowing their thoughts of wanting to forcibly make Him a king, departs alone.
5. His disciples get into a ship and go toward Capernaum. They are about three or four miles from shore when a great wind comes up and they see Jesus walking on the water, to the ship. When Jesus gets aboard, the ship is immediately on the shore at Capernaum.
6. The crowd of the day before, follow Jesus and His disciples. Jesus tells them it's because of the food and not the miracles.
7. When asked, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answers, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom God hath sent."
8. Jesus states twice, that He is The Bread of Life. Those that eat the manna from heaven are dead, but, He is the Living Bread, and any one who eats His bread shall live forever.
9. Jesus talks of eating His flesh, and drinking His blood. (The Last Supper), (The Passover).
10. Jesus says, "The flesh profiteth nothing, but His words are Life."
11. Jesus, knowing from the beginning, who would not believe, says to His disciples, "There are some of you that believe not." Many of those following, turn away and walk no more with Him. Maybe just getting rid of some excess baggage?
12. Jesus says to the remaining twelve, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
John 7.
    Never a man spake like this Man
1. In Judea, they seek to kill Jesus, so He stays around Galilee.
2. It's time of the Feast of Tabernacles, and the brothers of Jesus, want Him to go with them and show off His mighty works. They don't even believe. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus must have kept His true identity very well hidden. Jesus replies that His time is not yet fully come, and for them to go ahead.
3. Jesus does go, but in secret. Kinda scouting around.
4. Jesus goes into the temple and teaches. The Jews are marveled at Him and His knowledge.
5. They recognize Him as the Christ and talk of how some want to kill Him.
6. Jesus gives them some good Bible lessons.
7. It's made very plain, that the only reason Jesus wasn't killed, was because His hour was not yet come.
8. The Pharisees and chief priests send officers to take Jesus.
9. Jesus makes this statement, "Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto Him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come." This really blew their mind. They had no idea what He meant. Some thought He meant that He was going to the dispersed, (the scattered tribes of Israel).
10. On the last day of the feast, Jesus stood and said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." He's really starting to lay down some credentials.
11. The people are divided about just who and what Jesus is.
12. The officers return to the Pharisees without Jesus. When asked why they didn't bring Jesus, they replied, "Never a man spake like this Man."
13. Nicodemus speaks in defense of Jesus.
John 8.
1. The scribes and Pharisees bring a woman to Jesus, claiming she was caught in the very act of adultery, and according to the law of Moses, she's to be stoned. Jesus begins writing in the sand. One by one they leave, starting with the oldest. Wonder what He wrote?
2. Jesus then said, "I am the Light of the world."
3. The Pharisees as well as call Him a liar, saying that He is His own witness, and in their law it takes two. Jesus replies, "I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me."
4. Jesus tells them that they know neither Him, nor God.
5. The Pharisees want to kill Him but can't. Because, His time is not yet come.
6. Jesus tells them that He is not of this world.
7. Verse 28. Be sure and read. They ask Jesus, "Who art thou?" Jesus replies, "When you crucify Me, you'll know who I am." (My words). I can't help but insert this verse here.

Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

8. As Jesus spoke, many believed, even the Jews.
9. The truth shall make you free.
10. The servant of sin.
11. Jesus lets them know that their father, and His Father, are not the same.
12. Ye are of your father the devil. He was a murderer from the beginning. He is a liar and the father of it.
13. He that is of God heareth God's words, (with understanding).
14. Jesus states, "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."
15. The Jews begin to talk of Abraham. When Jesus declares that He was around long before Abraham, they pick up stones to kill Him. With His supernatural abilities, Jesus slips right away from them.
John 9.
    I was blind, now I see.
1. On a Sabbath day, Jesus heals a man that was blind from birth. Boy does it cause a problem with the Pharisees, (the church of the day).
2. Jesus makes it clear that his blindness was not because he or his parents had sinned, but that the works of God should be shown through him.
3. When seeing the man which had been blind, some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
4. The Pharisees are really upset about this, There is division among them. They interview both the man that Jesus healed, and his parents.
5. The man that was healed, really gives the Pharisees a good piece of his mind. His last statement to them was, "If this man, (meaning Jesus), were not of God, he could do nothing." They throw him out.
6. Jesus hears of it, finds the man, and they have a good talk. It's obvious from the conversation that to believe on Jesus Christ is everything. Just like in John 3:16.
7. Jesus has some things to say to the Pharisees about who is, and isn't blind.
John 10.
    The Good Shepherd.
1. Jesus puts forth the parable of The Good Shepherd.
2. Jesus is The Door of the Sheep. Anyone who tries to get in another way is no more than a thief and a robber.
3. The sheep know the voice of the Shepherd, and will follow Him only.
4. Jesus said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved."
5. I am the Good Shepherd is mentioned twice in this chapter.
6. The Good Shepherd, verses one hired to do the job.
7. Jesus foretells of His crucifixion, saying, "I lay down My life for the sheep."
8. Jesus makes it clear that He gives His life, and that no man can take it. Meaning, He has complete control.
9. The more Jesus talks, the more divided the Pharisees become.
10. Jesus tells the Jews, the reason they don't believe, is because they are not His sheep.
11. To those that follow Christ, Jesus says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
12. Jesus states, "I and My Father are one."
13. The Jews take up stones to kill Jesus and He states, "Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?"
14. They continue their conversation, get more angry, and try to kill Jesus. With His superior abilities, Jesus just slips away.
15. He returns to the place where John was baptizing. There, many believe on Him.
John 11.
    Lazarus raised from the dead.
1. Three of Jesus' friends were, Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. They were brother and sisters. Lazarus becomes very sick. Mary and Martha send for Jesus, who's in another town. Jesus delays His coming till Lazarus has been dead four days, and is buried. Jesus tells the messengers that it's for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified, (honored), by it.
2. The disciples are afraid to go because some want to kill Jesus, but they go anyway.
3. Jesus meets with Mary and Martha privately.
4. The shortest verse in the Bible. John 11:35. Jesus wept.
5. Many Jews are there comforting Mary and Martha and they wonder why this man, (Jesus), with all the miracles reported of Him, has not prevented His friend Lazarus, from dying.
6. On two occasions Jesus groaned. Look up that word in Strong's Greek dictionary. You might be surprised what it means.
7. With a loud voice, Jesus says those famous words, "Lazarus, come forth."
8. Witnessing this event, many of the Jews believed. But some, run and tell the Pharisees.
9. The Pharisees really start laying the ground work for killing Jesus. Ole Caiaphas, (the high priest), comes up with a plan.
10. Jesus walks no more openly among the Jews, but goes to a city called Ephraim.
11. Passover is near, and the Pharisees are anxious, thinking maybe Jesus will come to Jerusalem.
John 12.
1. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anoints Jesus with some very expensive ointment. When Judas Iscariot complains, Jesus tells him to leave her alone. She's doing it for His burial. He then states, "The poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always."
2. Verse 6 declares that Judas was the one who carried the money bag. I guess today, we'd call him, the chief financial officer.
3. The chief Priests want to put Lazarus to death along with Jesus. The reason being, since he was raised from the dead, many of their followers, left for Jesus.
4.
* As Jesus enters Jerusalem, many people spread palm leaves before Him. Fulfilling the prophecy of Psalms 118:25-26.
5.
* Jesus is riding an ass. Fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
6. The disciples didn't understand these things until Jesus was taken up into heaven. Then they remembered the writings of the Old Testament.
7. Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, was well reported by those who witnessed it.
8. Jesus tells that the hour is come for Him to be glorified, (full of honor, magnified). He speaks of His death, comparing it to a grain of corn or wheat and how it must go into the ground.
9. Jesus makes it very plain that He's not troubled, and states, "For this cause came I into the world."
10. Jesus says, "Father, glorify thy name." A thunderous voice from heaven is heard saying, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."
11. Jesus tells of how He's to die. To be lifted up, in other words, crucified.
12.
* Some of the people don't believe in Jesus, even though they see the miracles He performs. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:1. and Isaiah 6:9-10.
13. Many of the chief rulers believed on Jesus, but would not confess it, fearing to be put out of the synagogue.
14. In verse 45, Jesus pretty well states that He and God are the same entity.
15. Jesus speaks of how we shall be judged in the last day.
John 13.
    The last supper.
1. Jesus washes and dries the feet of the disciples as an example. That being, that the servant is not greater than his lord. Neither he that is sent, greater than he that sent him.
2.
! Jesus refers to Psalms 41:9, which speaks of His betrayal.
3. Jesus tells His disciples, that He reveals to them, things before they happen, so that, when they do happen, they will believe, He is who He claims to be.
4. Jesus tells of His betrayal and indicates who it shall be. The one He gives sop to.
5. When Jesus gives the sop to Judas, immediately, Satan entered into him. Indicating to me that Satan was there in the room with them.
6. Jesus tells Judas, (or maybe Satan?),"That thou doest, do quickly." He does just that.
7. Jesus gives a new commandment. "Love one another, as I have loved you."
8. Peter says, "I will lay down my life for Thy sake." Jesus answers, "The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice."
John 14.
    Let not your heart be troubled.
1. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again."
2. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
3. Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." Again indicating that Jesus and God are the same entity.
4. Jesus indicates, that those who believe on Him, will do greater works than He did.
5. Jesus promises to send a Comforter. The Spirit of Truth. The Holy Spirit.
6. He also said, "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
7. Do we love Jesus? Verse 21 lets us know.
8. More about the Comforter, (Holy Spirit).
9. Jesus states, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
10. Jesus repeats this, "I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe."
11. Jesus states, "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." Who, is the prince of the world?
John 15.
1. The True Vine, the Husbandman, and the branch. There'll be some pruning going on.
2. Without Jesus, we can do nothing.
3. Anyone who's not in Jesus, is as a withered branch. It's gathered, cast in the fire, and burned.
4. The word love is mentioned six times, revealing it's importance.
5. Two times in this chapter, Jesus tells us to love one another.
6. Jesus tells who His friends are. Read to find out if you're one.
7. If you follow Jesus, the world will hate and persecute you.
8. Jesus said, "If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin."
9. To hate Jesus, is to hate God.
10.
* ! Jesus said, "Now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause." He's referring to Psalms 35:19.
11. Again, Jesus speaks of the Comforter, (Spirit of Truth).
John 16.
     I have overcome the world.
1. Jesus tells His disciples, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you."
2. Jesus tells how important it is that He must go, but the Comforter, shall come.
3. Sin, righteousness, and judgment.
4. The prince of this world is judged.
5. Jesus tells His disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear, (endure), them now."
6. Jesus describes some of the duties of the Comforter, (Spirit of Truth), that is to come.
7. Sorrow shall turn to joy. Jesus uses a woman's experience of having a baby, as an example.
8. Jesus tells His disciples, "Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me."
9. He also states, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
John 17.
    The Lord's Prayer.
1. To me, this chapter is, the real Lord's prayer.
2. Jesus has been given power over all flesh.
3. Jesus has finished the work God gave Him to do.
4. Jesus asked God to glorify, (or honor), Him with the same glory, (or honor), that was His prior to the foundation of the world.
5.
* Verse 8 is a fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18:15 thru 18.
6. He doesn't pray for the world, but for those whom God has given Him.
7. None is lost, but the son of perdition.
8. While telling of His tour of duty here, Jesus uses the word, world, nineteen, (19), times.
9. As God sent Him into this world, Jesus sends His disciples into the world.
10. Jesus prays not for them, (His disciples), to be taken out of the world, but to keep them from evil, (the devil). He also states, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." Do you believe? If so, Jesus was praying for you to.
11. Jesus speaks of the oneness, completeness, and great love, that is in God.
John 18.
1. Judas comes with a band of men to betray Jesus.
2. Jesus, knowing all things, asked, "Whom seek ye?" They answer, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus says, "I am He." Immediately they fall to the ground.
3. Peter, with his sword, cuts off a man's ear. Jesus says to Peter, "Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"
4. Jesus is taken to Annas and then Caiaphas, the high priest. Peter and an unnamed disciple follow. The unnamed disciple goes in with Jesus while Peter stays outside. The unnamed disciple gets Peter and brings him in.
5. Peter denies knowing Jesus three times. On the third time, the cock crows, just as Jesus had foretold.
6. Jesus is taken before Pilate. After questioning, Pilate finds no fault in Him. Jesus tells Pilate that His kingdom is not of this world, and to this end, was He born.
7. Pilate, not wanting to put Jesus to death, tells the people of the custom of releasing a prisoner. They choose to release Barabbas. This ordeal is more descriptive in the other Gospels.
John 19.
1.
* Pilate has Jesus scourged, (whipped). A crown of thorns is placed on His head and a purple robe is put on Him. Fulfilling Isaiah 53:5.
2.
* The soldiers hit Jesus with their hands.
3. Jesus is brought before the people and Pilate tells that he finds no fault in Him. They yell Crucify Him, Crucify Him. Pilate says, you crucify Him.
4. When they say Jesus claims to be the Son of God, Pilate becomes more afraid.
5.
* He questions Jesus some more. Jesus doesn't answer. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:7.
6. Pilate and Jesus have a little more discussion. Pilate tries even harder to not have Jesus crucified. The people cry out, "Away with Him, Away with Him, Crucify Him. Well, we all know what happened.
7.
* He's crucified between two malefactors, (criminals). Fulfilling Isaiah 53:12.
8. Against the wishes of the chief priests of the Jews, Pilate writes a title in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, that said, Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews, and places it atop the cross.
9.
* The soldiers part Jesus' clothes and cast lots, (or gamble), for them. Fulfilling Psalms 22:18.
10. Standing by His cross, were His mother, His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, Mary Magdalene, and John, the disciple He loved.
11. Jesus says to His mother, "Woman, behold thy Son."
12. Jesus tells John to take His mother home with him.
13.
* In order to fulfill prophecy, Jesus said, "I thirst." Psalms 69:21.
14. Jesus speaks those famous words, "It is finished," bows His head and dies.
15.
* His legs are not broken. Fulfilling Psalms 34:20.
16.
** A soldier pierces His side with a spear. Fulfilling Psalms 22:16 and Zechariah 12:10.
17.
* Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Christ, and Nicodemus, bury Him in a new tomb. Fulfilling Isaiah 53:9.
John 20.
1. On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, comes to the tomb before daylight. The stone is rolled away. She runs and tells Peter and John, (the disciple that Jesus loved). They both run to the Sepulcher, (tomb), and see that Jesus is not there, and believe. The disciples go to their own homes.
2. Mary stays behind, looks into the sepulcher, and sees two angels in white, which talk with her.
3. Jesus reveals Himself to Mary. Tells her to go to His brethren and say unto them, "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."
4. This same evening, with the doors shut, Jesus appears in the midst of His disciples. He must have just came through the wall. He breathes on them and says, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit." All but Thomas were present.
5. Eight days later, Jesus again appears in their midst with the door being shut. This time, Thomas, (doubting Thomas), was there. From this moment on, he has no doubts.
6. Jesus says, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
7. Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
John 21.
1. Jesus appears a third time to His disciples. Seven of the original. They had returned to their former occupation, (fishing). After fishing all night and catching nothing, Jesus appears on the shore, telling them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. He certainly knew where the fish were.
2. Three times, Jesus asked Peter, if he loved Him. Each time He tells Peter to feed His sheep.
3. He then reveals the type of death Peter is to go through.
4. Peter asked Jesus what was to happen to John, the disciple that Jesus loved. Jesus as well as told him it was none of his business, and follow thou me.
5. The last two verses of John, I think is a very appropriate ending for the Gospels.

John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

The Acts of the Apostles

The Gospel of Luke, and this book, were two volumes of a single work. Later split and this portion called The Acts of the Apostles. Neither books name the author, but most believe it to be Luke, a friend and companion of Paul. This can be pretty much verified in the following verses. Acts 16:10-17, 20:5-21, 21:18, and 27:1 thru 28:16. This is a continuing story that picks up where the book of Luke stops. Note it is also to Theophilus. Since Theophilus means, (friend of God), I guess it's written to all, who are a friend of God. Acts of the Apostles has 28 chapters, 1,007 verses, and contains 24,250 words. The word Apostle means, (a commissioner of Christ with miraculous powers).

Acts 1.
1. Like the Gospel of Luke, this book is addressed to Theophilus, (or friend of God).
2. After His resurrection, Jesus is with His disciples forty days, speaking of things concerning the kingdom of God.
3. Jesus tells His disciples, " John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, (Spirit), not many days hence."
4. The disciples plainly ask Jesus, "Wilt thou, at this time, restore again the kingdom to Israel?" Jesus states, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons."
5. Jesus states that, After they receive the power of the Holy Spirit, they shall witness to the uttermost parts of the earth. Look at the Strong's definition of uttermost, in verse 8. Is Jesus telling His disciples to make sure all the peoples of the earth, all the way to the very end of this earth age, are to be hearing from them? Well, through this word, (The Bible), it's happening.
6. After Jesus speaks these words, He's taken up, received by a cloud, out of their sight. Two angels appear and say that He shall return in like manner.
7. The disciples returns to Jerusalem, to an upper room, with Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers.
8. There are about one hundred and twenty believers there.
9. Verse 18, describes the death of Judas to be more than just a hanging.
10. The field of blood.
11. + Matthias is chosen to replace Judas. Fulfilling Psalms 69:25.
Acts 2.
    A rushing mighty wind.
1. The day of Pentecost, (fiftieth day from Passover).
2. A sound from heaven as a rushing might wind. The Holy Spirit appeared as cloven, (divided), tongues of fire, resting on each of the disciples. They began to speak. Their words came out in every know language at that time. There were people present from all the then known world. Understanding completely, with no interpretation needed.
3. Some mockers say they are drunk.
4. + Peter addresses those present. Quoting Joel 2:28 thru 32.
5. + Peter goes on to talk of the mighty miracles of Jesus, the foreknowledge of God, and that King David was a prophet, quoting Psalms 16:8 thru 11.
6. Peter reminds everyone that they all are witnesses to the resurrection of Christ.
7. + Peter quotes Psalms 110:1. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
8. God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.
9. When the people ask, "What shall we do?" Peters says, "Repent and be baptized."
10. About three thousand souls were added to the Church that day.
11. Many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
12. God adds to the Church daily.
Acts 3.
1. God, through Peter and John, heals a man, lame from birth. This man was over forty years old.
2. Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. It happens immediately, and all present, are amazed.
3. Peter gives God all the credit. Gives a good lesson about Jesus being crucified, even though Pilate wanted to let Him go.
4. Peter refers to Jesus as the Prince of Life and that they were witnesses to His resurrection and that through ignorance, the people and rulers had Him crucified.
5. The people are called on to repent, so their sins may be blotted out.
6. Peter refers to the second coming of Jesus and the time of restitution, (or restore).
7.
* + Peter quotes Deuteronomy 18:15, 18, and 19, and states that all the prophets from Samuel, have foretold of these days.
8.
* + Peter quotes Genesis 12:3. The covenant God made with Abraham. "In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." They are blessed through Jesus.
Acts 4.
1. On one occasion, through John and Peter's preaching, about five thousand men believe, not including women and children. The Sadducees, high priest, scribes, and others have them put into prison.
2. John and Peter are asked by what power they healed the man. Peter being full of the Holy Spirit, answers, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole."
3.
* + Peter quotes Psalms 118:22 and also states, "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
4. The Sadducees, high priest, scribes, and others, mistake John and Peter's boldness, for being unlearned and ignorant. Yet could say nothing against the amazing miracle, for the man was standing there among them. They could not deny it.
5. John and Peter are threatened, told not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus anymore. But Peter and John asked, Is it better to obey you, or God?
6.
* + Peter, John, and their companions unite in prayer to God. quoting Psalms 2:1 and 2. A prophecy of Christ. They ask God to take care of the little matter of the threatening, and for them to be able to speak His word, boldly. The place where they were assembled began to shake and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
7. With Great Power, the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
8. All the apostles sell their land and houses, and pool their monies and other belongings.
Acts 5.
1. A man, and his wife, (Ananias and Sapphira), turn in only a portion of the monies they receive for their land. Very quickly they die, and not by the hand of man. A great fear comes upon all the church and those that hear of it. This is a good story to read.
2. Through the apostles, God does many miracles and wonders.
3. Multitudes of men and women believe, and are added to the church.
4. The sick and afflicted are brought from all over Jerusalem and surrounding cities to be healed.
5. Peter and John are put into prison again. An angel frees them and commands they go to the temple and speak.
6. The high priest and Sadducees are really getting worried about now. They gather up John and Peter and remind them about not teaching in the name of Jesus. Peter states, "We ought to obey God rather that men." He also reminded them, that they, crucified Jesus.
7. Peter says of Jesus, "A Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."
8. Gamaliel, (a Pharisee scripture lawyer), gives them some good advice concerning John and Peter. They take heed. John and Peter are beaten and released.
9. Peter and John continue to preach Jesus Christ on a daily basis.
Acts 6.
1. Seven men are appointed to perform duties that would free the disciples to do only praying and ministering the Word.
2. With the Word of God on the increase, the number of disciples multiplied greatly. Many of the priest became obedient to the faith.
3. Stephen, who is full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Five different religious groups of the day, converse with him and are no match for his wisdom and Spirit when he speaks. They set up false witnesses, and have him arrested.
4. To all those in the council against him, Stephen's face looked like the face of an angel.
Acts 7.
1. When asked if the charges are so, Stephen gives them a good and long Bible lesson. Starting with the story of Abraham, Joseph's tour of duty in Egypt, the famine, Jacob going into Egypt, Moses leading the people out of Egypt and through the wilderness. Right on up to kings David and Solomon.
2. + He quotes Deuteronomy 18:15, Deuteronomy 4:19, Amos 5:26-27, and Isaiah 66:1-2.
3. Stephen goes on to tell them about themselves. They can't handle it and stone him to death. The coats of those that stone him, are laid at the feet of a man named Saul. Whose name would later be changed to Paul, (the apostle).
Acts 8.
1. Saul, (Paul), was consenting, (or pleased with), the death of Stephen.
2. There was great persecution against the Christians at this time.
3. Saul, (Paul), made havoc of the Christians, arresting, and having them put into prison.
4. Philip preaches Christ in Samaria. There, through Jesus, he did many miracles. Healing the sick and casting out evil spirits.
5. The story of Simon. The man who offers money to Peter and John, trying to buy the power of the Holy Spirit.
6.
* + Philip meets the Ethiopian Eunuch. He's reading Isaiah 53:7-8. A prophecy about Jesus.
7. Philip is taken up by the Spirit of the Lord and taken to Azotus, where he preaches through all the cities, till he comes to Caesarea.
Acts 9.
1. Saul, (Paul), with threats of killing the disciples asked, and received, papers allowing him to go to Damascus and arrest anyone, men or women, that call on the name of Jesus.
2. Near Damascus is where Saul, (Paul), saw the Light. As the ole saying goes. Jesus speaks to him. Those with Saul, (Paul), heard the voice but saw no one.
3. Saul, (Paul), trembling in fear and in total amazement, with great respect, said, "Lord, what wilt thou have me do?" Jesus tells him to go into Damascus and there, he will be told what to do.
4. Paul is blind and has to be led. He remains blind three days, eats and drinks nothing. This is one worried man.
5. Jesus, in a vision, appears to a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. Tells him the story of Saul, (Paul), and that he, (Saul), has seen Ananias in a vision coming to restore his sight. Now Ananias has heard of how mean Paul is and is reluctant to go.
6. Jesus reveals to Ananias that Saul, (Paul), is a chosen vessel, (His Divine Selection), to bear His name to the Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. In other words, Paul's three fold commission.
7. Ananias goes to Saul, (Paul), who immediately receives his sight, arises, and is baptized.
8. Ole Saul, (Paul), don't waste any time. After eating a meal and regaining strength, immediately, goes to the synagogues, preaching Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
9. All the people are amazed at him and how he has so suddenly changed.
10. Paul increases in strength, confusing the Jews, perplexing their minds, stirring them up, putting their assemblies in disorder, and creating quite an uproar. Total confusion. Quite a turn around. Saul, (Paul), using the same, or more, zeal to promote Jesus Christ, than to tear Him down. From this, I guess we can understand why Jesus chose him.
11. The Jews conspire to kill Saul, (Paul). The disciples, at night, let him down the wall in a basket. He returns to Jerusalem. There he joins with the other apostles of Christ, but not until they are reassured by Barnabas.
12. Saul, (Paul), being very bold, causes such a stir with the then religions of the day, that everywhere he goes, they try to kill him. The disciples have to keep shuffling him around from place to place. Some, it appears, has a full time job just keeping Saul, (Paul), alive.
13. The conversion of Saul, (Paul), along with his nerves of steel, and boldness, brings much peace and prosperity to the Churches of Judea, Galilee, and Samaria. They walk in reverence to God and in comfort with the Holy Spirit.
14. The Church expands greatly.
15. In Lydda, Jesus, through Peter, heals a man, Aeneas, of palsy. All that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
16. In Joppa, Jesus, through Peter, raised a disciple, (Tabitha), from death. She is also known as Dorcas. The news of this is spread throughout all of Joppa and many believe in the Lord.
17. Peter resides many days there, with Simon and tanner.
Acts 10.
    Two Visions.
1. The vision of Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian band. He's a Godly man, but is a Gentile. He's told by an angel to send for Peter in Joppa and is given complete details of where to go. Peter is to come and tell Cornelius what they must do.
2. The vision of Peter. In a vision, Peter sees unclean animals , (not for eating), coming down from heaven. A voice tells him to kill and eat. This happens three times. Three times Peter refuses. While Peter thinks as to what this means, the men come for him. The Holy Spirit tells him to go with the men doubting nothing.
3. Peter and Cornelius meet. Cornelius reveals his vision to Peter. Peter then preaches to the Gentiles. Telling them that God is no respecter of persons, and that in every nation, (race or tribe), those that revere God and worketh righteousness, is accepted by Him. He goes on to tell of Jesus being crucified, how He rose the third day, that many were witnesses to it, and that Jesus commanded them to preach unto the people.
4. While Peter was speaking, the same Holy Spirit from the Day of Pentecost, fell upon the Gentiles.
Acts 11.
    Christians.
1. When the apostles and brethren in Jerusalem heard of Peter's preaching to the Gentiles, they were very displeased. Peter knowing this, and that he would have some explaining to do, prepared himself.
2. Peter tells the entire story. Every detail. They're all happy and verse 18 says it best.

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

3. With the death of Stephen, came persecution to the church. Many scattered abroad, as far as Phoenicia, Cypress, and Antioch. There they preached the Lord Jesus Christ. Many believe and turn to the Lord.
4. Upon news of this, the church at Jerusalem send Barnabas, to check it out. He's so glad, he goes to Tarsus to find Saul, (Paul).
5. Barnabas returns to Antioch with Saul, (Paul). They remain there a whole year, teaching.
6. The disciples were first called Christians, at Antioch.
7. The prophecy of Agabus. A famine is coming.
Acts 12.
1. King Herod goes after the Christians, killing the disciple James, the brother of John. Seeing this pleased the Jews, he puts Peter into prison, waiting till after Easter to put him to death.
2. Peter, bound with two chains, sleeping between two guards, and with all the gates locked, is freed by an angel. He thinks it's a vision until the angel departs, and he comes face to face with reality.
3. He goes to the home of Mary, the mother of Mark John. From where many prayers had gone up for him.
4. He tells the full story and travels to Caesarea, where he abides.
5. When Herod hears of Peter's escape, he has all the soldiers killed.
6. Herod gives a speech. The people shout, "It is the voice of a god, and not of a man."
7. Because he gives no glory to God, Herod is immediately smitten with a disease of worms, and dies.
8. The word of God spreads greatly.
Acts 13.
    Paul's first missionary trip.
1. There is mentioned, four disciples, that grew up with Saul, (Paul), and Herod.
2. The Holy Spirit calls on Saul, (Paul), and Barnabas for the work they have been called to do.
3. They're on their way to Cyprus. While in Salamis, they preach the Word of God.
4. Desiring to hear them, Sergius Paulus, the deputy of Paphos, asked Saul, (Paul), and Barnabas to come. A sorcerer, (false prophet), named Bar-Jesus tries to prevent this from happening. Saul, (who is also called Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, does a miraculous work on the man. Witnessing this, the deputy is astonished and believes in the teaching about Jesus.
5. From here on, Saul is called Paul.
6. Paul and Barnabas arrive at Antioch of Pisidia. On the Sabbath they go into the synagogue. When asked if they have anything to say, Paul gives a good Old Testament lesson. Starting with God, through Moses, bringing the children out of Egypt, right on through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
7. + Paul states that all who believe are justified, (to render just or innocent). He quotes Psalms 2:7, Isaiah 55:3, and Psalms 16:10.
8. The Gentiles like what Paul has to say and want them to come and teach again the following Sabbath. Many convert and follow them.
9. + The Jews are filled with envy and speak against Paul and Barnabas, who then becomes very bold. They give the Jews a good tongue lashing, and after referring to Isaiah 42:6, the Gentles are very glad and glorify the Word of God, and it was published throughout the region.
10. Paul and Barnabas are expelled from this place. They shake the dust off their feet, and filled with joy, travel on to Iconium.
Acts 14.
1. While Paul and Barnabas speaks in the synagogues at Iconium, many believe, both Jews and Gentiles. Many supernatural miracles are performed. They remain there a long time. The non-believing Jews plan to stone them, so they flee to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and preach there.
2. At Lystra, Jesus Christ, through Paul, heals a man, crippled from birth. The people begin to treat them as gods, calling them Jupiter and Mercurius, (or Mercury). Paul and Barnabas try to explain that they're just men and they shouldn't do it.
3. With a little persuasion from some non-believing Jews from Iconium, they stone Paul and carry his body outside the city, thinking he was dead. With disciples looking on, Paul rose up and returned to the city. The next day he and Barnabas leave for Derbe. There they preach, and returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch.
4. Paul must have been some kind of man. Going right back into the places where they wanted to kill him.
5. Verse 22 states, We must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God.
6. On their way to Antioch, Paul and Barnabas go through several towns, preaching along the way. Upon arriving, they tell the people of all that God has done and how the door of faith was open to the Gentiles. They remain there a long time.
Acts 15.
1. Certain men of Judea, tell those at Antioch, that they must be circumcised before they can be saved. Paul and Barnabas disagree with them over this matter. They return to Jerusalem, (church headquarters), for a council on the matter. They pass through Phoenicia and Samaria, telling of the conversion of the Gentiles. It brings great joy to the brethren there.
2. At the church council, they tell of all that God has done with them.
3. Some of the Pharisees speak of the need of circumcision. Now we know who the certain men, of Judea were.
4. Peter tells the story of how God has made no difference between the Gentiles and them. And that it's through the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that we're saved.
5. All are quite as Paul and Barnabas tell of the many miracles and wonders God has worked among the Gentiles.
6. + James speaks, refers to Amos 9:11 and 12, where God talks of the Gentiles.
7. The church council is pleased and decides to send others to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, and to write to them, a letter, regarding the non requirement of circumcision, and that they had never gave any such commandment.
8. When the letter is read in Antioch, all rejoice and are comforted by it.
9. Paul, Barnabas, and Silas, remain in Antioch for a while, teaching and preaching the Word of God.
10. Paul doesn't want Mark John to travel with them, so he and Barnabas part company.
11. Barnabas and Mark sail to Cyprus, while Paul and Silas go through Syria and Cilicia, to strengthen and further support the churches there.
Acts 16.
1. While in Derbe and Lystra, Paul and Silas meet with a disciple named Timothy, who joins with them as they travel from city to city establishing churches in the faith.
2. Christianity increases in numbers daily.
3. The Holy Spirit guided them, where, and where not to go.
4. Paul has a vision of a man from Macedonia praying, and saying, "Come over into Macedonia, and help us."
5. They arrive in Philippi, a town in Macedonia.
6. A lady by the name of Lydia is led to believe.
7. A fortune teller follows them for days, till Paul commands, (in the name of Jesus), for the evil spirit to come out of her. For this, Paul and Silas are severely beaten, chained, and put into prison.
8. At midnight, while praying and singing, they are miraculously released. The jailer, and his whole house, become believers.
9. In private, the magistrates who arrested Paul and Silas send word, demanding they leave town. Paul says, No way. He puts a little fear in their minds. Afterwards he's treated much better and is politely, asked to leave.
10. After visiting Lydia and comforting the brethren of that town, they depart.
Acts 17.
    To The Unkown God.
1. It seems that everywhere Paul goes, he causes an uproar. In Thessalonica, it's no different.
2. Paul spends three Sabbath days in the synagogues of the Jews, proving from the scriptures, Jesus Christ, and that He was risen from the dead. A great multitude believe, but some don't.
3. Some that don't believe, cause a great uproar, attacking the home of Jason, (the place where Paul is staying). Saying, he speaks of another king, (Jesus), and not Caesar. These people, (
Christians), have turned the world upside.
4. At night, and quickly, Paul and Silas are sent out of town by the brethren to Berea. There, they are accepted by people with a ready mind, who search the scriptures daily, confirming that Paul is telling the truth. Many believe.
5. When the un-believing Jews of Thessalonica get wind of it, they come and cause an uproar there to.
6. Paul is immediately sent out of town, (I feel for his own safety). While Silas and Timothy stay there, Paul goes to Athens.
7. Upon seeing Athens, he immediately sends for Silas and Timothy. Telling them to come quickly.
8. The whole place is given to idolatry. Paul disputes with the Jews in their synagogues and in the market places. They think his teaching of Jesus, and the resurrection, is some strange thing.
9. They bring Paul to Mars Hill, wanting to know what this new doctrine is. They were always wanting to hear, or tell, of something new.
10. Making reference to a sign he had just passed, (To The Unkown God), Paul tells them they are too religious. He makes known to them Jesus Christ. Some believe, some don't. Others want to hear more on the matter. No one, can say it as well as Paul.

Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you.

11. Paul speaks of ignorance and how God in times past, winked at, (or overlooked), but now commands all men to repent.
12. In Him we live, and move, and have our being.
13. A set day for judgment.
14. Paul departs Athens.
Acts 18.
1. Paul arrives in Corinth, meets and stays with Aquila and his wife Priscilla. They are tentmakers, the same occupation as Paul.
2. Every Sabbath, Paul teaches in the synagogue to the Jews and Greeks.
3. Silas and Timothy arrive from Macedonia.
4. When Paul declares that Jesus is the Christ, they oppose him. He goes to another synagogue where he is accepted very well. Many Corinthians believe and are baptized.
5. Jesus speaks to Paul in a vision, saying, "Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace, For I AM with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city."
6. Paul remains in Corinth eighteen months, teaching the word of God among the people.
7. Paul is brought before the judgment seat, (or court). The charge is, that he persuades men to worship God contrary to the law. It's thrown out of court.
8. Paul remains in Corinth for a good while after this, then sails for Syria, taking with him, Aquila and Priscilla.
9. Coming to Ephesus, Paul teaches in the synagogues. The people want him to stay longer but he wants to get to Jerusalem for the feast, but states, if it be God's will, he will return. He leaves Aquila and Priscilla there.
10. He sails from Ephesus to Caesarea, meeting with the church there, then on to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departs and goes over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening and giving support to all the disciples there.
11. Back in Ephesus, a certain Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker and mighty in the scriptures, teaches diligently the Lord, but knows only of John the Baptist. Priscilla and Aquila tell him about Jesus Christ. He then does a terrific job, through the scriptures, of convincing the Jews of Jesus Christ.
Acts 19.
1. Paul arrives in Ephesus and meets some disciples. They only know of John's baptism. Paul teaches them of Jesus and how that John was a forerunner to Him. They are baptized in the name of Jesus, and as at Pentecost day, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in other languages and began to foretell events.
2. For three months, Paul speaks boldly in the synagogue concerning the kingdom of God. Many are stubborn and believe not, speaking evil of Paul's teaching. He leaves.
3. In Asia, Paul teaches in the school of Tyrannus for two years. God worked many miracles by the hands of Paul. People were healed and evil spirits were cast out by just touching something that had been in Paul's presence.
4. Some wanta be healers, (phonies), get a good lesson when they try to cast out evil spirits. The evil spirit said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?" The spirit then gives them a good flogging. This story is made known to all in Ephesus and great fear falls on all the people.
5. The name of Jesus is magnified.
6. Many people involved in black magic bring their books, which were many, and burn them publicly.
7. Mightily, grew the word of God, and prevailed.
8. Paul plans to go to Jerusalem and then to Rome.
9. He sends Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia, while he stays in Asia for a while.
10. Demetrius, a silversmith, causes a real stir in Ephesus. He and others are about to lose their business, which is making golden idols and things made by hand, for people to worship. For they worshipped the goddess Diana. With Jesus being taught, their trade wasn't too much in demand. They take two of Paul's companions to court. Others keep Paul away, I guess afraid of what might happen. There's much confusion. Too make a long story short, it's thrown out of court.
Acts 20.
1. After the uproar in Ephesus, Paul goes through Macedonia giving support to the brethren there. He then goes to Greece and stays three months. There the Jews laid wait for him, so he goes on.
2. Paul travels to Troas and abides seven days. While preaching, a man falls from a third story window, dead. The man is revived by Paul who remains till daybreak and departs.
3. Paul travels through five towns till he comes to Miletus. There he sends for the elders of the church of Ephesus. He tells them that he's going to Jerusalem and they'll see him no more. He reminds them of their duties and warns that wolves, with no mercy, will come in among them, and that some of their own shall rise up, distorting and misinterpreting the word, trying to draw away disciples.
4. Paul reveals that the Holy Spirit had told him, that bonds and affliction, were to be with him everywhere he goes.
5. Paul makes it clear that he received no payment for his spreading the Gospel, and that he and those with him, worked to support themselves.
6. It's more blessed to give than receive.
7. Knowing that he'll not return, Paul's departure is a sad one.
Acts 21.
1. Traveling through several cities on his way to Jerusalem, Paul is warned not to go there.
2. Paul and his company of men arrive in Caesarea and stay with Phillip, the evangelist, who has four daughters. All of which are Prophetesses. I guess some in the church today wouldn't like to hear that.
3. A prophet named Agabus prophecies, that while in Jerusalem, Paul will be bound and delivered to the Gentiles. Paul is still determined to go.
4. They arrive in Jerusalem and sure enough, Paul is taken out of the temple, beaten, and is to be killed.
5. A chief captain hears of it, takes soldiers, and rescues Paul. He's bound with two chains and taken to the castle. The multitude keep yelling, "Away with him." Kinda reminds me of what happened to Jesus, just prior to His crucifixion.
6. Paul displays one of his many talents. He could speak several languages. The chief captain is surprised.
8. Paul asked permission to speak to all the people. The chief captain agrees.
9. Standing on the stairs, Paul beckons to the people with his hand. There's great silence.
Acts 22.
1. Paul speaks in the Hebrew tongue. The people are amazed and become even more silent. He then begins to defend himself.
2. He's a Jew, born in Tarsus, (a city of Cilicia), yet raised up in Jerusalem. He studied under Gamaliel, (probably the greatest Old Testament scholar of that time), and taught according to that manner, and was just as zealous as they were. In other words, He was, one of them. He goes on to tell of how he persecuted those that believed in Jesus.
3. Paul tells in every detail, the story of his conversion. That he's to be a witness to all men, of what he has seen and heard.
3. He reveals one more piece of information that Jesus gave him. "Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me."
4. Boy was that the truth. They begin to yell, "Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live." Again, kinda like with Jesus, just before his crucifixion.
5. The chief captain has Paul taken into the castle, bound with a strap, and are going to whip him.
6. Paul then lets him know that he's a Roman, and that it's not lawful for them to do this. The chief captain gets worried and tells Paul that he paid a great price for his freedom. Paul informed the captain that he, (Paul), was a free born Roman. The beating is stopped.
7. The following day, Paul is brought before the council.
Acts 23.
1. At the very beginning of the council, Paul and the high priest have a little conflict.
2. When Paul notices there are both Sadducees and Pharisees, (the top religions of the day), present, he soon has them fighting each other.
3. The Pharisees believed in resurrection, angels, and spirits. The Sadducees believed in none of these.
4. The soldiers have to rescue Paul in order to keep them from killing him.
5. Over forty Jews, (probably both Pharisees and Sadducees), band together, swearing not to eat or drink till they have killed Paul.
6. Paul's nephew hears of this and goes to the castle and tells him. Paul then sends him to the chief captain, who makes arrangements to send Paul, by night, to Felix the governor, for him to hear the matter. The captain sends a letter explaining the circumstances and that he finds no fault in Paul.
7. Felix tells Paul that he'll hear him when his accusers have come, and commands he be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
Acts 24.
1. Ananias, the high priest, and the elders of their religion come to accuse Paul before Felix. They bring a great speaker, I guess a lawyer, to do the talking.
2. The speaker spends most his time praising Felix, then finally accuses Paul of being the ringleader of a popular group called Nazarenes, (Christians), and creating an uprising among the Jews of the whole world.
3. Paul, as usual, speaks for himself.
4. Felix finds no fault with Paul but puts off hearing more until Lysias, the chief captain, comes to testify. Lysias isn't coming. Felix has other plans.
5. Paul is given liberty to come and go. Today, I guess we'd call it, house arrest.
6. Felix and his wife send for Paul, to hear of his faith for Jesus Christ. After witnessing Paul's self control and him talking of the judgment to come, Felix becomes afraid. So much so, he trembles. Felix had hoped that Paul would pay him some money to be released. After this occasion, he speaks often to Paul, I guess hoping for a bribe.
7. After two years, and Paul still in prison, Porcius Festus comes to see Felix.
Acts 25.
1. The high priest and the chief of the Jews tell Festus of Paul, and request that he be sent to Jerusalem. They plan to kill Paul somewhere along the way. Festus commands that Paul be held at Caesarea.
2. Paul is brought before Festus. The Jews bring great complaints against him. Festus asked Paul if he would go to Jerusalem and be judged there.
3. Very boldly, Paul tells Festus that he has done no wrong, and that he very well knows it. He then demands to be heard by Caesar himself.
4. After conferring with the council, Festus agrees to send Paul to Caesar.
5. Along comes King Agrippa, to visit Festus. Festus tells the king about Paul. Read Acts 9:15. Paul's commission.
6. The king wants to hear from Paul. Festus tells the king that he don't even know what to say in the letter to Augustus Caesar, regarding Paul, and that it seems unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not list his crimes.
Acts 26.
    Almost, thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
1. Paul is before king Agrippa. Read Acts 9:15. Paul's commission.
2. Paul asked the king to hear him patiently, and says, for hope's sake, he is accused.
3. Paul tells of his upbringing, how he was a Pharisee, and of all the things he did to persecute the Christians.
4. He then tells the complete story of his conversion. The encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
5. Paul assures king Agrippa that he wasn't about to be disobedient to Jesus Christ and that all he has done, is witness to both small and great, the things written of by the prophets and Moses, of how Christ would come, die, and rise from the dead.
6. Paul tells king Agrippa that he's sure that the king knows these things, and they're not hidden from him.
7. Festus rebukes Paul, saying, your much learning has made you mad.
7. King Agrippa says to Paul, "Almost, thou persuadest me to be a Christian."
8. As they leave the room king Agrippa says to Festus, "This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar." I can't help but insert this verse.

Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

Acts 27.
1. Paul, along with other prisoners, is delivered unto Julius, a centurion of the Roman emperor, to sail for Rome.
2. Julius is nice to Paul and gives him liberty to associate with friends and refresh himself.
3. They sail to Myra, a city of Lycia. There, they board another ship bound for Italy.
4. Paul recommends they take another course. It's the wrong time of the year. There will be much danger and damage. No one takes heed to his warning.
5. They're caught in a severe storm and after many days with no sun or stars, all hope of survival is gone. They throw some items overboard.
6. An angel of the Lord appears to Paul and tells him not to be afraid. No one will perish.
7. Paul tells the men of the visit from the angel, and for them not to worry.
8. After fourteen days they come close to land. It's night, and some want to try to make it to shore in smaller boats, (safety vessels). Paul warns them not to. All are to stay in the large ship. This time, they take his advice.
9. No one has eaten. They've been fasting, the entire fourteen days. Paul tells them to eat, it's for their health, and not one hair of their head shall perish.
10. There are 276 men on board. After eating they are of good cheer and cast everything, food and all, into the sea.
11. Come daylight, they intentionally run the ship aground. The front portion remained unmovable, while the rear portion broke apart in the violent waves.
12. The soldiers want to kill all the prisoners, thinking they may escape, but Julius, the centurion, wanting to save Paul, said no. He gives the command for all who can swim to do so. Those that can't, use a piece of the broken ship for floatation.
13. All make it to safety.
Acts 28.
1. The island is called Melita. The people there show them much kindness. It's cold and rainy.
2. While sitting around a fire, Paul is bitten by a poisonous snake. A real killer. It doesn't bother him. When the local people see this, they think he's a god.
3. Paul, through Jesus Christ, heals a very sick man, the father of the chief of the island. When the people see this, they bring all the sick to Paul and they are healed.
4. After three months they depart for Rome.
5. In Rome, Julius, the centurion, delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard. Paul was allowed to live by himself.
6. + Paul states, "For the hope of Israel, I am bound with this chain." He teaches many from the law of Moses and of the prophets. Some believe and some don't. To which Paul said, "Well spoke the Holy Spirit by Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers." and quotes Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Jesus Christ.
8. For two years Paul receives all that come unto him, and with all confidence, preaches the kingdom of God, and those things concerning Jesus Christ.
9. Now that Paul is here in Rome, again, I feel I must insert this verse.

Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

The epistle of Paul to the
Romans

This is the first of fourteen epistles of Paul. A letter to The Romans, showing his intentions to visit and present his understanding of the Gospel. Paul, through God, is the author, Tertius did the writing, (see chapter 16:22), and Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cenchreae, in Corinth might possibly have taken it to Rome. See chapter 16:1. Romans has 16 chapters, 433 verses, and contains 9,447 words.

I think it would be good to insert two Bible verses pertaining to what Peter said of the apostle Paul and his writings.

2 Pet 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2 Pet 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Romans 1.
1. Paul gives a rather lengthy introduction, immediately referring to the prophets of the holy scriptures, (Old Testament).
2. Tells the Romans that their faith is spoken of throughout the whole world and that he always includes them in his prayers.
3. Paul longs to see them and issues his earnest request to visit.
4. He states that he's not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, that it's for all peoples, and not just the Jews.
5. Paul speaks of how the invisible things are clearly seen and understandable.
6. He goes on to describe how mankind drifts further and further away from God's ways. Professing to be wise, they become fools.
7. How mankind changes the truth of God into a lie, and will worship something created, rather than the Creator.
8. Speaks of homosexuality.
9. How, without God in our knowledge, He may turn us over to a reprobate, (worthless or rejected), mind.
10. Paul mentions twenty three, (23), negative things that in doing, makes one worthy of death, yet people will still do.
Romans 2.
1. Man is inexcusable.
2. To judge another is to condemn one's self.
3. God will render to every man according to his deeds.
4. Who receives eternal life, tribulation, and anguish.
5. There is no respect of persons with God.
6. The hearers of the law and the doers. Which one is justified?
7. Our conscience and thoughts, bearing witness, accusing, and excusing. Indicating that God knows our thoughts.
8. The day when God shall judge the secrets of men.
9. Paul, concerning the law and those that rely on it. Answering five questions with questions. Very well I might add.
10. Having a form of knowledge.
11. Circumcision is of the heart, (mind).
Romans 3.
1. Does the Jew have an advantage over other peoples? Verse 2 gives the answer.
2. Just because some don't believe in God or Jesus Christ, doesn't void the faith of God, nor make it vanish.
3. Let God be true and every man a liar.
4. For God to take vengeance, doesn't mean that He's unrighteous.
5. The truth of God and the lies of man.
6. All peoples, Jews and Gentiles are under sin.
7. + There's none righteous, no, not one. Paul refers to and quotes Psalms 14:1-3, Psalms 140:3, Psalms 10:7, Proverbs 1:16, and Psalms 36:1.
8. The law makes all peoples guilty before God and by the law, no one is innocent in His sight.
9. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But, through the redemption, (ransomed price fully paid), by Jesus Christ, and our believing in Him, we are innocent, and it cost us nothing. Just believe.
10. Jesus was the atoning victim, (only sacrifice), for our past sins.
11. Jesus is the justifier of those that believe.
12. God, is God to Jews and Gentiles alike.
13. Circumcision, uncircumcision, and faith.
14. Having faith, doesn't void the law.
Romans 4.
    God takes inventory.
1. Paul describes how Abraham, being before Christ, was justified, (or innocent).
2. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
3. Verse 4 indicates, to me, that those working for God puts Him, (God), in debt to the worker.
4. God takes inventory of man's righteousness without works.
5. + Paul quotes Psalms 32:1-2.
6. Abraham's circumcision was a seal of the righteousness of the faith he had prior to being circumcised.
7. Abraham was strong in faith and God's promise to him, was not through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
8. God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, will take inventory of our belief on Him.
Romans 5.
1. Innocence by faith and peace with God, through Jesus Christ.
2. Tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope.
3. At the proper time, Christ died for the ungodly, and while we were yet sinners.
4. We are innocent by the blood of Christ.
5. By one man, sin entered the world.
6. The offense of one and the righteousness of one.
7. Until the law, sin was not accounted for.
8. The abounding gift by grace, by one man, Jesus Christ.
9. Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.
10. As sin has reigned unto death, grace, through righteousness, shall reign unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
11. Paul refers to the gift, six times in this chapter.
Romans 6.
1. Paul describes baptism and how, after we rise from death, we shall be in the likeness of Christ, at His resurrection.
2. To be dead with Christ is to live with Him.
3. Don't let sin rule the flesh.
4. We are to yield ourselves to God.
5. Just because we are under grace, and not the law, doesn't mean it's ok to sin.
6. We're servants of whom we obey, whether it be sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness.
7. The wages of sin is death, but, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Romans 7.
    The law of God and the law of sin.
1. Law has dominion over a man as long as he lives.
2. Paul describes how Jesus has freed us from the old law, using the analogy of a husband and wife bound by the law of marriage. Upon the death of one, the other is freed from that law.
3. Had it not been for the law, we wouldn't know when we sin.
4. Sin will deceive and slay.
5. The law, (or commandments), are holy, just, and good.
6. Sin must appear for what it is. Sin.
7. Paul, pretty much states, that he sets out to do good, but seems to end up doing wrong.
8. Paul describes a law that when he wants to do good, evil is present with him.
9. The law of our bodies warring with the law of our minds.
10. Paul states that with his mind, he serves the law of God, but with his flesh, the law of sin.
Romans 8.
    The law of the Spirit of Life.
1. Twenty one times, Paul refers to the Spirit.
2. God sent His Son, Jesus, to do what the law couldn't.
3. To be carnally, (or flesh), minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
4. The Spirit of life, of God, of Jesus Christ, of bondage, and of adoption.
5. The sons of God are led by the Spirit of God.
6. The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Heirs and joint heirs with Christ.
7. Paul describes hope.
8. The Spirit maketh intercession for the saints, according to the will of God.
9. All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
10. Foreknowledge, predestination, and justification.
11. If God be for us, who can be against us.
12. God will freely give us all things.
13. + Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Paul quotes Psalms 44:22.
14. Through Jesus, we are more that conquerors.
Romans 9.
1. Who are Israelites? Whose are the Father's?
2. They are not all Israel, which are of Israel.
3. The children of the promise, (God's promise to Abraham).
4. + In Isaac shall the seed be called. Paul quoting part of Genesis 21:12.
5. + Paul quotes part of Malachi 1:2-3. Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
6. + Paul quotes Exodus 33:19 and Exodus 9:16.
7. The potter has power over the clay.
8. + Paul quotes Hosea 2:23, Hos 1:10, Isaiah 10:22, and Isaiah 1:9.
9. + A stone of stumbling. Paul quotes Isaiah 28:16.
Romans 10.
1. Paul's heart's desire for Israel, is that they might be saved.
2. At this time Israel is ignorant of God's righteousness and are trying to establish their own righteousness.
3. Christ is the end, (or goal), of the law for righteousness.
4. The word of faith is near.
5. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
6. There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, (Gentile).
7. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
8. Without a preacher?
9. + Paul quotes Isaiah 52:7, and refers to Isaiah 53:1. Who hath believed our report.
10. + Faith comes by hearing. Have they heard? Paul says yes, and in his own words, quotes Psalms 19:4.
11. + Paul declares that the prophet Isaiah was very bold, quotes Isaiah 65:1, then quotes Deuteronomy 32:21.
Romans 11.
1. Paul speaks of Israel and states that he is an Israelite, and of the tribe of Benjamin.
2. + God has not cast away Israel and quotes I kings 19:10, about Elijah thinking he's the only prophet left and I Kings 19:18, where God answers Elijah.
3. Paul talks of the election of God and the others being blinded, (or rendered stupid or callous).
4. Through Israel's fall, (or stumbling), came salvation to the Gentiles.
5. If Israel's fall, (or stumbling), is rewarded by the riches of the world, how much more they're going to have when they are saved.
6. Paul uses for an analogy, the grafting of plants, to describe how the Gentiles shall overcome, and warns them of the things God has done to His own people, Israel.
7. Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
8. + All Israel shall be saved. Referring to Psalms 14:7 and Isaiah 27:9.
9. If someone receives a gift from God or a calling to work for Him, it's irrevocable.
10. Gentiles have obtained mercy through Israel's unbelief.
11. God's judgments are unsearchable and His ways, past finding out.
12. Who has known the mind of God or been His counselor?
Romans 12.
    Paul describes the duties of a Christian.
1. A reasonable service to God, is for us is to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
2. We are not to think too highly of ourselves.
3. We are many members, in one body. The body of Christ. Each one having different gifts, or jobs to do.
4. Demonstrate brotherly love one to another.
5. Serve God with eagerness and a fervent, (or hot), spirit.
6. Rejoice with those that rejoice and weep with those that weep.
7. Repay no man evil for evil.
8. If possible, live peaceably with all men.
9. Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
10. If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
11. Overcome evil with good.
Romans 13.
    Respect authority
.
1. We are to be subject to those in power over us. The powers that be, are ordained of God. They are not to be terror to good, but evil. They are ministers of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon those that do evil.
2. We are to pay taxes.
3. We are to owe no man anything.
    Love
4. We are to love one another. For he that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law.
5. Paul mentions five of the ten commandments, and states they can be all in this one statement, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
6. Love is the fulfilling of the law.
7. Cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, acting decent and honorable.
Romans 14.
    The weak in faith.
1. This chapter primarily deals with how we are to treat those who are weak in faith.
2. Let every man be fully persuaded, (convinced), in his own mind.
3. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
4. Christ is the Lord of the dead and the living.
5. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
6. + Paul quotes Isaiah 45:23. Every knee shall bow and tongue confess.
7. All shall give account to God.
8. We are not to judge one another, nor put a stumbling block, nor give an occasion, that would cause a brother to fall.
9. Whatsoever is not of faith, is sin.
Romans 15.
1. The strong are to bear the infirmities of the weak.
2. The things that were written before, (The Old Testament), were written for our learning, that we, through the scriptures, may have hope.
3. + Paul speaks of the Gentiles and gives references from the Old testament concerning them and their salvation. Psalms 18:19, Deuteronomy 32:43, Psalms 117:1, and Isaiah 11:10.
4. Paul talks of his ministry and that he dare not speak of things other than what Jesus has worked in him.
5. Through mighty signs and wonders, and where others haven't, Paul has preached the gospel of Christ.
6. + In his own words, Paul quotes Isaiah 52:15.
7. Again, Paul expresses his great desire of many years, to come to Rome.
Romans 16.
1. Paul asked those at Rome to welcome Phoebe, a servant of the church of Cenchreae. He gives her much praise.
2. He asked them also to greet Priscilla and her husband Aquila, and states, they have put their lives in great danger for him.
3. Paul sends personal greetings to many in Rome and reminds them to avoid those, that cause division, and offend the doctrine they've learned.
4. He tells them, that news of their obedience in the Lord, has spread far and wide.
5. God, shall bruise, (crush completely), Satan under your feet shortly.

The first epistle of Paul to the
Corinthians

Although the title is First Corinthians, it's not Paul's first letter to them. See chapter 5:9. Paul had visited Corinth at an earlier time.
I Corinthians has 16 chapters, 437 verses, and contains 9,489 words.

I Corinthians 1.
1. Paul gives his salutation and greeting. Wants God to enrich them in every thing, including Divine words of Christ and knowledge of Him.
2. In verses 7 and 8, Paul makes reference to the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and The day of The Lord.
3. Paul gets right to the point of his letter. He's received information from Chloe, of the contentions and divisions among those of the church. Tells them to be of the same frame of mind and purpose.
4. Some claim to be of Paul, some of Apollos, some Cephas, and some of Christ. Sounds kinda like today, 2007.
5. Paul speaks of baptism, and that he was not sent to baptize, but to preach the Gospel.
6. To them that perish, the preaching of the Cross, is foolishness.
7. + Paul quotes Isaiah 29:14 and refers to Isaiah 33:18.
8. To preach Christ crucified, is a stumbling block to the Jew and foolishness to the Greek.
9. The foolishness of God is greater than the wisdom of men and God's weakness is greater than man's strength.
10. God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, the weak, and the mighty. Be sure to look up the word confound, in Strong's dictionary.
11. + Paul refers to Jeremiah 9:23. Man is not to glory in himself, but in God.
I Corinthians 2.
1. Paul reminds the Corinthians that he came to them not in an authoritative manner or having any great earthly wisdom. Just Christ, and Him crucified.
2. His preaching wasn't with big enticing words of man's wisdom, but in the power of the Spirit.
3. One's faith should not be in the wisdom of man. Only in the power of God.
4. The hidden wisdom of God. If the leaders at the time of Jesus had it, they wouldn't have crucified Him.
5. + Paul quotes Isaiah 64:4.
6. Paul talks of the Spirit of God, and how He reveals things by It, teaches with It, and that with It, we may know the things freely given us of God.
7. The natural man cannot receive things of the spirit of God.
8. Who has known the mind of God, that he may instruct Him?
I Corinthians 3.
1. Paul is very blunt to the Corinthians. Saying they are still babes in Christ. They are carnal, (flesh), minded, mentioning again the envying, strife, and divisions among them.
2. Using gardening as an example, Paul reminds them that he and Apollos are just ministers of God. He planted and Apollos watered, but it was God who gives the increase, (makes things grow).
3. Compared to God, the planter and the one who waters is nothing.
4. We're all laborers together with God and every person shall receive his or her reward, according to his or her labor.
5. Paul states that he had laid the foundation and another had built thereon, and warns to be careful how we build thereupon.
6. Jesus Christ is the foundation and there can be no other.
7. Every person's work will be made known, openly.
8. Our bodies are a temple of God, and His Spirit dwells within.
9. We are warned against defiling the temple of God, (our bodies).
10. We are warned against deceiving ourselves with the wisdom of the world, which is foolishness to God.
11. + Paul refers to Job 5:13 and Psalms 94:11.
12. All things are our's, we are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
I Corinthians 4.
1. It's required that a steward, (a preacher of the Gospel), be found faithful.
2. Paul warns not to judge. The Lord will do that, when He comes.
3. Paul also warns not to think too much of men and not to be proud. One is not greater than another.
4. Based on his experience I'm sure, Paul tells of some of the things one can expect from the world, being an apostle of Christ. There's a long list. It'll do you good to read it. Verses 9 through 14. He writes it to warn, and not to shame.
5. Paul sends Timothy to them and states that, God willing, he will visit very soon, and they will not hear words, as from the proud, but in the power of the kingdom of God.
6. Paul asked, should he come with a rod, or in love? Paul is very straight forward.
I Corinthians 5.
1. Paul informs the church at Corinth on how to handle the situation of a member, who's having an incestuous affair with his father's wife. He also states that, instead of being grieved by the situation, they're acting more like they're proud of it.
2. In verse five, Paul makes reference to The Day Of The Lord Jesus, and that, just maybe the ole boy's soul might find salvation then. But get him out of the church.
3. Paul warns that their glorying, (or boasting), isn't good, and just like leaven spreading through the whole loaf of bread, if this incest isn't dealt with, it'll spread throughout the church.
4. Jesus became our Passover.
5. Paul speaks of sincerity and truth.
6. Paul refers to a prior letter he's written to them regarding, keeping company with fornicators, (or male prostitutes).
7. We have to live in the world, but we're not to get caught up in the ways of it. And if a brother, (I believe a brother in Christ), is participating in these things, we are not to associate with him or her.
8. Those that are without, (out in the world), God will judge, but we're to keep our own house clean.
9. Again Paul states, "Put away from yourselves, that wicked person".
I Corinthians 6.
1. Paul talks against taking each other to court. The saints shall judge the world and angels. An if they can do that, surely while in the flesh they can judge these small things.
2. It's a shameful thing if a church doesn't have a member worthy to judge such things, (settle small matters between people).
3. The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Paul mentions some of these unrighteous things, which some of them were, prior to being washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of The Lord Jesus and the Spirit of God.
4. Paul doesn't let anyone forget, that in all probability, they were once part of that worldly system.
5. Paul warns us to flee from fornication and that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and we are to glorify God in both body and spirit, which belong to Him.
I Corinthians 7.
1. Paul devotes this chapter to marriage. When to and when not to marry. How to treat each other, and some reasons for divorce.
2. Having an unbelieving spouse.
3. How being married can adversely affect one serving God.
4. That famous verse that contains, (It is better to marry than to burn).
5. Trying to please one's spouse can be a distraction from serving God.
6. Every person has his or her gift from God.
I Corinthians 8.
    Knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
1. If not careful, knowledge can make one proud, but love will build one up.
2. Sometimes we think we know, when we know nothing that we should.
3. If a person loves God, it shows, and is known by others.
4. There are many gods, (little g), but only one God, (Big G).
5. Those that are very knowledgeable in the ways of God must be careful not to offend those that are weak in such matters.
I Corinthians 9.
1. Paul describes his own apostleship and how he chose to do things a little different than most.
2. + He gives some very good examples, and quotes Deuteronomy 25:4, to demonstrate how a person is worthy of his or her hire and that it's ok to receive payment through one's work for God.
3. In verse 18 Paul explains why he chooses not to charge for his work for God. He doesn't want it to influence the capacity of his authority in the Gospel. In other words, he doesn't want to abuse his power.
4. Paul states that he is free from all men, (owing them nothing), and a servant to all.
    All things to all men.
5. To the Jews, Paul became as a Jew. To the weak, he became as the weak. Made all things to all men, that he might, by all, save some.
6. A corruptible crown is the prize for an earthly race. An incorruptible one, for the spiritual race.
7. In verses 25 and 27, Paul brings forth the importance of self control.
8. Boxing in the Bible? Yeah. Verse 26 gives a very detailed description. Be sure to look up the word fight, in Strong's dictionary. Also, in today's world, beateth the air, is called, (shadow boxing).
I Corinthians 10.
1. Paul refers to some of the actions, of those led by Moses in the wilderness, and how God wasn't pleased.
2. They were good examples for us, as what not to do.
3. These things happened to them, and are examples for us in the end time generation.
4. There's no temptation, that isn't common to all.
5. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we're able to withstand. Always providing an escape.
6. Paul speaks of communion, and how in it, many are one bread and one body.
7. The cup of the Lord and the cup of devils. The Lord's table and the table of devils.
8. Paul warns us not to be offensive to others.
9. Not the profit of one, but for many.
I Corinthians 11.
1. Paul gives the chain of command, from woman to God.
2. The covering and the uncovering of the head. Both men and women.
3. Women teachers and preachers?
4. Because of the angels???
5. A woman's hair is her glory.
6. Eating in the church. Some had turned communion into an eating party.
7. Paul reminds the Corinthians what communion is about.
8. If one is hungry, eat at home.
I Corinthians 12.
1. No one can say that Jesus is Lord, unless it's by the Holy Spirit.
2. Paul mentions many different gifts, but states, they all, are of the same Spirit.
3. He describes the church as a person's body. Many members, having different functions, and that the church should work together as well as a person's body.
4. All the body parts have need of each other. When one hurts, they all hurt. When one receives honor, they all rejoice.
5. We are members of the body of Christ. Each with a different work to do.
I Corinthians 13.
1. The many virtues of Love.
2. All else shall fail, but Love never will.
3. When I was a child, I spoke, understood, and thought as one. When I became a man, I put away childish things.
4. Looking through a darkened glass.
5. Faith, hope, and charity, (or love), The greatest of these is charity, (or love).
I Corinthians 14.
1. This entire chapter is devoted to the importance of the congregation being able to understand the language being spoken.
2. The speaker must use words that are easily understood. Don't use those big forty dollar words. Even if you know them.
2. The gift of prophesying is greater than being able to speak different languages.
2. If you are speaking to an audience that doesn't understand your language, you must have an interpreter.
3. God, is not, the author of confusion.
4. Silence in the church.
5. Let all things be done decently and in order.
I Corinthians 15.
1. Paul writes of the resurrection of Christ, and how He was seen by many people afterwards. Over five hundred, on one occasion alone.
2. He describes himself as one with an untimely birth., not worthy to be called an apostle, because he persecuted the church of God.
3. Undoubtedly some among the Corinthians were saying there was no resurrection.
4. Paul states that if there was not a resurrection then Christ is not risen, preaching and faith is in vain, those dead in Christ are perished, and if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men, most miserable.
5. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
6. If there is no resurrection, then why should one be baptized?
7. If there is no resurrection, then eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
8. It's shameful, that some don't have, the knowledge of God.
9. Paul goes on to explain death to the flesh body, how it is then raised, and in what manner of body it is raised.
10. He tells of the different kinds of bodies.
11. The natural body and the spiritual one.
12. A corruptible body and an incorruptible one.
13. The first man is an earthy body, the second is a heavenly body.
14. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
15. Paul describes the end of time as we know it, and the coming of Christ. At the last trump. We shall not all die, but, in a moment, (an indivisible amount of time), we, (those who remain), shall be changed.
16. Victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
17. Paul tells the Corinthians, (and us), to be steadfast and unmovable in our work for the Lord.
I Corinthians 16.
1. In the first four verses Paul gives instructions to the Corinthians on how to collect for the saints at Jerusalem. It's plain that Paul doesn't intend to personally handle the money or gifts. Also obvious, is it's management. It's to be done by more than one person.
2. Paul informs them of his plans to visit and possibly stay for the winter.
3. He plans to tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost, for there's a great and powerful door open to him there. Also there are many adversaries.
4. He ask the Corinthians to make sure Timothy is treated good.
5. Paul makes mention of Apollos and that he, (Apollos), will visit them at a more convenient time.
6. Paul reminds the Corinthians to stand fast in the faith, be strong, and let all things be done with charity, (or love).
7. Paul gives credit to several others and how they have been of great help.
8. Paul states, "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha."

331. Anathema, an-ath'-em-ah; from G394; a (religious) ban or (concr.) excommunicated (thing or person):--accursed, anathema, curse, X great.
3134. Maranatha, mar'-an ath'-ah; of Chald. or. (mean. our Lord has come); maranatha, i.e. an exclamation of the approaching divine judgment:--Maran-atha.

9. Paul ends this book the same way he started it. Read chapter 1 verses 7-8.
10. Paul states, "My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen".

The second epistle of Paul to the
Corinthians

Second Corinthians has 13 chapters, 257 verses, and contains 6,092 words.

II Corinthians 1.
1. In Paul's Salutation he addresses the church of God at Corinth and all the saints of Achaia.
2. God, the father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies, and God of all comfort.
3. Paul tells of the affliction, troubles, and suffering he and the others have had serving God. Almost to the point of the loss of their lives.
4. Paul is sure to remind the Corinthians, (and us), that those who suffer while working for God, shall receive comfort from Him.
5. Paul's work was by the grace of God, not fleshly wisdom.
6. Paul mentions the day of the Lord Jesus.
7. By faith ye stand.
II Corinthians 2.
1. Paul didn't want to visit the Corinthians in sadness. I guess he thought he would spread sadness instead of joy.
2. Burdened and with much distress, Paul writes this letter to them.
3. Paul speaks much on forgiveness and that without it, Satan is able to take advantage of a situation.
4. We triumph in Jesus Christ.
5. There are many who corrupt, (retail or adulterate) the word of God.
II Corinthians 3.
1. Paul speaks of how his letter to them is not written with ink, but with the Spirit of God.
2. Our sufficiency is of God, and not of ourselves.
3. Ministers of the New Testament.
4. Paul speaks of how a letter, (something written), can kill, but, the Spirit gives life.
5. Paul makes reference to Moses and how he had to put a veil over his face after being in the presence of God while receiving the Ten Commandments, and how Jesus has done away with the veil.
6. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, (or freedom).
II Corinthians 4.
1. The hidden things of dishonesty.
2. If the Gospel be hid, it's hid to them that are lost.
3. Paul, and those with him, preach Christ Jesus the Lord, and not themselves.
4. The same God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in their heart, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
5. We are: Troubled on every side, perplexed, persecuted, and cast down.
6. We are not: Distressed, not in despair, not forsaken, and not destroyed.
7. The outward man shall perish, but the inward man is renewed daily.
8. Our light affliction is but for a moment.
9. Things we can see, are temporary. Things we cannot see, are eternal.
II Corinthians 5.
1. We have a house not made with hands.
2. We walk by faith, not by sight.
3. To be absent from this flesh body is to be present with the Lord.
4. All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
5. How to answer those which glory in appearance only, and not in heart.
6. Christ died and rose again so those that live, should live for Him, and not for themselves.
7. If any man be in Christ, he's a new creature.
8. Paul writes of reconciliation, (or restoration), and that God has given him and others the ministry of reconciliation.
9. Paul states, "We are ambassadors for Christ".
10. He, (Jesus), who knew no sin, God made sin for us.
II Corinthians 6.
1. Paul ask the Corinthians not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2. Now, is the day of salvation.
3. Maintain your dignity. Paul warns not to be offensive in any thing that would bring blame upon the ministry, and gives a long list of things that ministers shall go through.
4. Paul writes to the Corinthians as though they are his children.
5. He warns against being unequally yoked with unbelievers.
6. + Paul states, "Ye are the temple of the Living God", then refers to Exodus 29:45, Leviticus 26:12, and Isaiah 52:11.
II Corinthians 7.
1. Paul writes to the Corinthians with much boldness and states that his boasting and rejoicing of them, is just as bold.
2. Paul states that while in Macedonia, their flesh had no rest, there was trouble on every side, fightings, and fears. But, God gave them comfort.
3. Titus brought Paul the good news of their feelings toward him, (Paul).
4. Paul talks of how his previous letter made them sad, but he has no regrets and that their sadness was just for a season. It has brought them to repentance and now he rejoices.
5. Godly sorrow, (or sadness), worketh repentance to salvation, but, sorrow, (or sadness), of the world, worketh death.
6. In verse 11, Paul gives the Corinthians much praise.
7. No doubt, one of Paul's previous letters caused quite a stir.
8. Paul declares his joy and confidence in them, in all things.
II Corinthians 8.
1. Paul references those at Macedonia, that even through poverty, they were very liberal in their giving to the saints, (other Christians).
2. It's Paul's wish that as Titus had done with the Macedonians, he could do as well with the Corinthians.
3. Paul does a little testing of the sincerity of their love.
4. Jesus Christ, being rich, became poor for us, that through His poverty, we might be rich.
5. A willing mind.
6. No one person should receive ease, at another's burden.
7. + Paul speaks of equality, quoting Exodus 16:18.
8. Paul Ask the Corinthians to demonstrate to the churches, the proof of their love towards Titus, and the helpers with him.
II Corinthians 9.
    God loves a cheerful giver.
1. In this chapter of Paul's letter to the Corinthians, we can know how and to whom we are to help through our giving and how he has boasted of them to the Macedonians.
2. Paul states that just maybe some of the folks from Macedonia might be with him when he visits, and wants to make sure the Corinthians are prepared and not ashamed if that should happen.
3. He that soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly. He that sows plenty shall reap plenty.
4. Don't be stingy in your giving.
5. As a person prefers in his heart, (or mind), let him give.
II Corinthians 10.
1. Paul speaks of his boldness whether in and out of their presence.
2. Though we walk in the flesh, we don't war after the flesh.
3. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, (or fleshly), but are mighty, through God.
4. Self control, and bringing every thought, in obedience of Christ.
5. Paul boast of the authority given to him and the others by God, and isn't ashamed, because it's for their edification, (or building up), and not their destruction.
6. For those who think Paul is strong only through letters, but weak while in their presence, with words that are utterly nothing, he has a few things to say.
7. Paul says, it's not a wise thing, for those who measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves among themselves.
8. Man cannot approve himself. That has to come from God.
II Corinthians 11.
1. Paul tells the Corinthians that he wants to present them to Christ as a chaste, (clean and pure), virgin, and not as Eve, who was beguiled, (wholly seduced), by the serpent, (Satan).
2. Beware of those who come preaching another Jesus, spirit, or another gospel.
3. Paul states that he may be a little rude in speech, but not in knowledge.
4. Paul is quick to state that his preaching to them didn't cost them anything, and that if anybody helped him in any way, it was the Macedonians.
5. Paul warns of false apostles, how they will transform, (or disguise), themselves to be apostles of Christ.
6. Satan himself, is transformed, (or disguised), as an angel of light.
7. Paul goes into much detail, describing some of the things he has suffered, being an apostle of Christ.
8. Paul states that God knows he doesn't lie.
II Corinthians 12.
1. Paul writes of his experience of going to the third heaven, where the things he sees and hears cannot be talked about.
2. To keep Paul from being exalted, he receives a thorn in the flesh, a messenger, (or angel), of Satan, to buffet him. Three times, he asked God to remove it. God's answer was, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness".
3. For Christ's sake, Paul takes pleasure in the things he suffers.
4. Paul tells of his plans for a third trip to see the Corinthians, and as usual, he'll be of no burden, (or expense), to them.
5. Paul writes of his concerns, of their spiritual state of being, when he arrives.
II Corinthians 13.
1. Paul reminds the Corinthians that it takes two or three witnesses to establish a thing.
2. Paul lets it be known up front, before his third visit, that if he finds some living in an inappropriate manner, he'll not be lenient.
3. Paul tells the Corinthians to examine and test themselves. Make sure they're in Christ, and not rejects.
4. Do no evil and be honest.
5. Paul's wish, is for their perfection, (or maturity), in Christ.
6. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

The epistle of Paul to the
Galatians

Galatians has 6 chapters, 149 verses, and contains 3,098 words.

Galatians 1.
    The man who now preaches the faith, he once tried to destroy.
1. Paul, an apostle, not of or by men, but of Jesus Christ and God the Father.
2. Paul marvels, (or wonders), how the Galatians can so quickly turn to another gospel.
3. There are some that pervert the Gospel of Christ.
4. Paul asked the question, "Do I seek to please men or God?"
5. Paul declares the Gospel he preaches was not taught to him by, or received from man, but was the revelation of Jesus Christ Himself.
6. Paul reminds them that they have heard of him, and how before his conversion, he persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. And was zealous in doing so.
7. Paul gives some information and sets time frames to some of his actions immediately after receiving the revelation from Jesus Christ. How he didn't confer with any of the other apostles till after three years. When he then went to Jerusalem and met only with Peter and James, the brother of Jesus Christ.
8. Paul's reputation preceded him everywhere he went. The man who now preaches the faith, he once tried to destroy.
Galatians 2.
1. Fourteen years later, Paul, along with Barnabas and Titus go to Jerusalem, where they communicate the gospel preached to the Gentiles. But did it privately to those men of reputation.
2. Tells of how false brethren spied on them.
3. Talks of circumcision and uncircumcision.
4. Tells of Paul rebuking Peter, while in Antioch, and gives the reason why. Pretty interesting story.
5. Man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ.
6. Crucified with Christ.
7. Living by the faith of the Son of God, (Jesus Christ).
8. If righteousness comes by the law, then Jesus died in vain.
Galatians 3.
1. Paul asked the question, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you?" Meaning, to fascinate by false representations.
2. Paul then follows up with four more questions.
3. Through faith, the heathen are justified.
4. Paul writes a lot about Abraham, and that those of faith, are children of Abraham.
5. The law is not of faith.
6. + Paul quotes Deuteronomy 27:26. The curse and the law.
7. Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
8. God gave the inheritance to Abraham by promise, not by law.
9. The purpose of law. It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.
10. Law cannot give life.
11. Before faith came, we were kept under the law.
12. The law was our schoolmaster.
13. By faith in Jesus Christ, we are children of God.
14. There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female: for we are all one, in Christ Jesus.
15. If we be Christ's, then we are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise given to Abraham.
Galatians 4.
1. God sent forth His Son to redeem them that were under the law, that we might be sons by adoption.
2. Being sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts.
3. Paul writes of the concern he has for the Galatians, that his hard work with them may have been in vain.
4. Paul tells of how at the first the Galatians received him as an angel of God, and if they could, would have plucked out their eyes and given them to him. Now, Paul asked the question, Because I tell you the truth, have I become your enemy?
5. Paul desires to be with the Galatians and to be able to change the tone of his voice, but now, he has doubts about them.
6. Paul writes of the story of Abraham having two sons. Ishmael, by Hagar the bondwoman, and Isaac by Sarah, the freewoman. That of Hagar, (Ishmael), was by flesh and that of Sarah, (Isaac), by promise.
7. + Paul refers to Isaiah 54:1.
8. Paul states, "We, as Isaac, are the children of the promise."
9. + Paul talks of how Ishmael mocked Isaac, and refers to Genesis 21:10, where God tells Abraham to cast out the bondwoman and her son.
10. We are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Galatians 5.
1. Stand fast in the freedom that is in Christ.
2. Fallen from Grace.
3. Again, circumcision and uncircumcision.
4. Faith, which worketh by love.
5. Paul states, "The person who is stirring up trouble among you, shall bear his own judgment. He also wished that person would be cut off." Be sure to look up the word (cut off) in Strong's dictionary. You'll wonder just what was Ole Paul thinking.
6. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
7. Walk in the Spirit.
8. The flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh.
9. Paul list seventeen things that are the works of the flesh and nine that are the fruits of the Spirit.
Galatians 6.
1. Verse 1 tells us how we're to treat a person who has slipped into sin.
2. We're to help bear each others burdens.
3. Verse 3 teaches us how we can deceive ourselves.
4. Let him that is taught in the word, share it with others.
5. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. Sow to the flesh and reap death. Sow to the Spirit and reap everlasting life.
6. Verse 11 proves that Paul wrote this himself and does indicate his poor eyesight.
7. Paul bears in his body, the scars of service, for the Lord Jesus Christ, which is well documented in 2 Corinthians 11:22 thru 33.

The epistle of Paul to the
Ephesians

This book of Ephesians, along with Colossians, and Philemon, are believed to have been written by Paul during his first Roman imprisonment. Ephesians has 6 chapters, 155 verses, and contains 3,039 words.

Ephesians 1.
1. To the saints at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
2. Paul gives great praise to God for all spiritual blessings.
3. Paul talks of how some were chosen before the foundation of this world, which are holy and without blame. Predestined, with an over abundance of wisdom and insight. God making known to them, the mysteries of His will.
4. The good pleasure of God's will.
5. The fullness, (or completion), of time, when God shall gather all in Christ, from earth, as well as heaven.
6. God works all things, after the council of His own will.
7. Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
8. The purchased possession.
9. Paul, after hearing of the Ephesian's faith in Jesus Christ, gives thanks for them and mentions them in his prayers.
10. Paul's prayer is that God will give to them, the Spirit of wisdom, and the revelation of more knowledge of Him.
11. Jesus Christ is far above all that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come.
Ephesians 2.
1. The prince of the power of the air.
2. The children of disobedience.
3. Once dead in sins, but now made alive, by the grace of Jesus Christ.
4. Ages to come.
5. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. The meaning of grace is, (the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude). The meaning of faith is, (reliance upon Christ for salvation).
6. Without Christ, we are sometimes far off, with no hope, and without God, while in the world. Through the blood of Christ, we are brought near.
7. Through Jesus and by one Spirit, we have access to God.
8. Fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
9. Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone.
Ephesians 3.
1. Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ.
2. By revelation, Paul is made known the mystery of Christ.
3. Paul states, "When ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ."
4. The Gentiles are fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of God's promise in Christ by the gospel.
5. Paul claims to be the least of all saints.
6. Paul's mission to the Gentiles is, That he should preach to them the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.
7. God's eternal purpose.
8. By the faith of Jesus, we can boldly access God with confidence.
9. Part of Paul's prayer for the Ephesians is that their inner being be strengthened with the might of the Spirit of God, that Christ may dwell in their hearts, and they be rooted and grounded in love.
10. Comprehension of the breadth, length, depth, and height, of the things of God.
11. A world without end.
Ephesians 4.
1. Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.
2. Forbearing, (or put up with), one another in love.
3. Make an effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit.
4. There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all and in all.
5. + When Jesus ascended up on high, he led, captivity captive, (or captured captivity), and gave gifts unto men. Paul quoted Psalms 68:18.
6. Paul makes it clear, that Jesus first descended to earth, and then, ascended to heaven.
7. Paul list just some of the gifts given for the working of the ministry. To some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.
8. The wind doctrine. Children tossed to and fro, by every little wind that blows. That's pretty much how Paul described the method used by some, who lie in wait to deceive.
9. Through ignorance, one's understanding is darkened.
10. The vanity, (or emptiness) of one's mind.
11. Being past feeling.
12. The Truth is in Jesus.
13. + Putting off the old man and putting on the new. Paul gives a list of do's and don'ts on how we should conduct our lives. Some of which are, speak every man the truth to his neighbor, (taken from Zechariah 8:16). Be angry and sin not, and don't let the sun go down on your wrath, (in reference to Psalms 37:8). The list goes on.
14. Forgive one another, as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you.
Ephesians 5.
    More on how we should conduct our lives.
1. Some types of people who will not inherit eternal life.
2. Let no man deceive you with vain, (or empty), words.
3. Paul tells the Ephesians, (as well as us), that we were once in darkness, but now, are in the Light.
4. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.
5. + The Light. Paul, I think, refers to Isaiah 60:1.
6. Be not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
7. Be not drunk with wine, but filled with the Holy Spirit.
8. Paul talks of singing hymns and spiritual songs.
9. Always give thanks to God in the name of Jesus Christ.
10. Paul compares Christ and the church, to a marriage between a man and a woman. It contains good advice on how we're to treat our spouses.
Ephesians 6.
    Advice to children, parents, servants, and masters.
1. Children, obey your parents and honor thy father and mother.
2. Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
3. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
4. Masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
5. The whole armour of God, and what to do with it.
6. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
7. Paul ends this book by stating that he's an ambassador for Christ in bonds, (or prison), and even though he's there, he'll still speak boldly, as he ought.
8. Paul mentions Tychicus, by whom he sends this letter to the Ephesians, then gives his final greetings.

The epistle of Paul to the
Philippians

In this book, one can see the strong personal attachment Paul has for these people. Much joy is expressed. Philippians has 4 chapters, 104 verses, and contains 2,002 words.

Philippians 1.
1. This letter if from Paul and Timotheus, (or Timothy), to the saints at Philippi.
2. Paul thanks God at every remembrance of those at Philippi, and makes his request for them with joy.
3. Paul states his confidence in them, that the good work started, will continue till the coming of Christ.
4. With God as his witness, Paul expresses his great longing for them.
5. Paul prays that their knowledge and perception be greatly increased.
6. Again Paul mentions till The Day of Christ.
7. Paul states, the things that has happened to him, (imprisonment etc.) has turned out to help further the Gospel.
8. His being in prison, has given others more confidence to speak the word more boldly and without fear.
9. Some preach Christ of envy and strife and some of good will. One preaches Christ of contention, to provoke and stimulate anger, in order to add to Paul's affliction in prison. Another preaches of Love, knowing that Paul is set to defend the Gospel.
10. No matter how Christ is preached, He is preached, and for that, Paul rejoices.
11. Paul states, "In nothing will I be ashamed, and Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or death."
12. For Paul, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
13. Paul desires to depart from this life and be present with Christ, but, it's more needful for others, for him to abide in the flesh.
14. Paul urges the Philippians to stand fast in one spirit, and with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel, and to fear nothing, of their adversaries.
Philippians 2.
1. Paul lets us know the kind of thinking we should have, (or frame of mind), which in turn, leads to the kind of actions we take.
2. Paul speaks of the humility of Christ and Him being obedient even to and through death.
3. Jesus, a name above every name, and at His name, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
4. Paul tells us how in a crooked and perverse generation, we can shine as lights in the world.
5. Holding forth the word of life.
6. How to rejoice in the day of Christ.
7. Paul speaks of joy and rejoicing a lot in this chapter.
8. Paul intends to send Timothy and Epaphroditus to visit them and hopes that soon, he himself, will be able to come.
9. Paul gives some details about Epaphroditus.
Philippians 3.
1. Rejoice in the Lord.
2. Some things to beware of.
3. Paul describes himself, his lineage, that he, at one time was a Pharisee, and with zeal, persecuted the church.
4. One can tell by reading this chapter that Jesus Christ was everything to Paul.
5. Comparing his knowledge of Jesus Christ, Paul says that all else is as dung, (or refuse, as things thrown to the dogs).
6. Forget the things that are behind, and reach for the things which are before.
7. Pressing toward the mark.
8. Walk the walk. There are many who appear to walk the walk, but are enemies of the cross of Christ.
9. Jesus will change our vile bodies to one like His.
Philippians 4.
1. Again Paul expresses his longing to see the Philippians and tells them to stand fast in the Lord.
2. He asked them to help the women which labored with him in the Gospel.
3. Paul tells them to let their moderation, (or mild and gentle ways), be known to all men.
4. The Lord is at hand.
5. Be careful, (or worry), for nothing.
6. With thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
7. The peace of God surpasses all understanding.
8. Paul gives a list of things to think on.
9. No matter what state Paul is in, he's content. He's been up, and he's been down.
10. Paul states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
11. Paul expresses his appreciation to the Philippians and states, they were the only ones that helped him. No other church communicated with him concerning giving and receiving.
12. God shall supply all your needs.
13. To God our Father, be glory, for ever and ever, A-men.

The epistle of Paul to the
Colossians

From Prison, Paul writes this letter to the Colossians. It has 4 chapters, 95 verses, and contains 1,998 words.

Colossians 1.
1. From Paul and Timothy, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ, at Colossae.
2. Paul speaks of the Colossian's faith in Christ and their love for all the saints.
3. Their hearing of the Gospel came through Epaphras, a fellow servant of the apostle Paul.
4. It's Paul's desire that they be filled with the knowledge of God's will, with wisdom and spiritual understanding.
5. Redemption and forgiveness of sins, through the blood of Jesus Christ.
6. Jesus, the image of the invisible God, by whom all thing were created, both in heaven and earth, visible and invisible.
7. All things were created by Him and for Him.
8. Walking worthy of the Lord and increasing in understanding.
9. The pre-eminence of Christ. (or, to be first in rank or influence).
10. To be holy, unblamable, and unreprovable, (or unaccused), in the sight of God.
11. Paul presents an IF.
12. The mystery that's been hid from the ages and generations, but now is made known, not only to the saints, but to the Gentiles also.
Colossians 2.
1. Paul expresses his desire for the Colossians, Laodiceans, and others he hasn't met, to know the riches of understanding the mystery of God.
2. In God, are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
3. Although Paul is not with them in flesh, he is in spirit, and joys at their character and stedfastness of faith, in Christ.
4. Being rooted, built up, and established in the faith.
5. Paul warns against false teachers and their use of philosophy, deceit, and traditions of men.
6. Paul describes some ordinances that Christ did away with, they being nailed to His cross.
7. Let no man judge you.
8. Being puffed up, (or made proud), by a fleshly mind.
9. Touch not, taste not, and handle not, the commandments and doctrines of men.
Colossians 3.
    Actions of a Christian.
1. When one becomes a Christian, he or she is to set their affection, (or mind), on things above, (or heavenly), and not things of the earth.
2. When Christ shall appear, then shall we also appear with him in glory, (or dignity and honor).
3. Jesus, is our life.
4. Paul gives a list of things we should do when putting off the old man.
5. A list of things we should do while putting on the new man. Of which, above all, is to put on charity, (or love).
6. Once again, Paul gives advice for wives, husbands, parents, and servants.
7. Whatsoever ye do, do as though you're doing it for God, and not for men.
8. He that does wrong, shall receive a reward worthy of his wrongdoing.
9. There is no respect of persons.
Colossians 4.
1. Masters, (those is position of authority), are to remember, they have a Master in heaven.
2. Paul asked the Colossians to remember him in prayer and makes reference to himself being in prison.
3. Let your speech be with grace, seasoned with salt.
4. Verses 7 and 8 indicates that Thychicus will be delivering this letter.
5. Paul makes reference to other fellow workers of his, including Luke, the beloved physician.
6. Paul ends this letter by again asking the Colossians to remember his bonds, (his being in prison).

The first epistle of Paul to the
Thessalonians

The church at Thessalonica came into being as a result of Paul's second missionary journey, (Acts 17:1-9). This is Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians and the main thrust, is the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It has 5 chapters, 89 verses, and contains 1,857 words.

I Thessalonians 1.
1. From Paul, Silvanus, (better know as Silas), and Timotheus, (better known as Timothy), to the church of the Thessalonians.
2. Paul remembers always, their work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in Jesus Christ.
3. Paul delivered the Gospel to them, not only in word, but in power and in the Holy Spirit.
4. Although in much affliction, (or tribulation and trouble), they received the Word with Joy, and became followers of Christ.
5. Paul tells the Thessalonians that by their actions, they've become examples to all. Not only have they left behind the worshiping of idols and start worshipping God, but they have spread the Word, far and wide. On their own.
6. Waiting for Jesus from heaven.
7. A wrath to come.
I Thessalonians 2.
1. Paul mentions the shameful treatment done to him and his fellow workers at Philippi.
2. Through much contention, (conflict or fighting), Paul, Silas, and Timothy preached the Word BOLDLY. Not to please men, but God.
3. Their preaching contained no flattering words.
4. In this chapter one can see plainly, Paul's method of preaching and teaching. He certainly was a no nonsense type man. No charges, (or cost), for his services.
5. Paul states, "We were gentle among you, even as a nurse, (or nursing mother), cherisheth her children."
6. Paul talks of when the Thessalonians became followers of Christ, how they too suffered the same things as others before them.
7. Paul speaks of those who killed Jesus, persecuted His followers, and how their trying to prevent the spreading of the Word of God, brought wrath upon themselves.
8. With great desire, Paul wishes to see the Thessalonians, but is hindered by Satan.
9. Again, Paul mentions the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I Thessalonians 3.
1. Paul writes of his concerns for the Thessalonians and of sending Timothy to check on their situation, to strengthen, and comfort them. That they should not be disturbed by the afflictions they're going through and that he'd given them prior warning of this.
2. Timothy returned to Paul with good news about the Thessalonians, as described in chapters one and two.
3. If we stand fast in the Lord, we live.
4. Paul prays for those at Thessalonica and ends this chapter by mentioning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
I Thessalonians 4.
1. Paul appeals for the Thessalonians to live a clean and moral life. Mentioning several things not to do.
2. Brotherly love.
3. Study to be quiet, do, (or mind), your own business, and work with your own hands, that ye may walk honestly.
4. Paul describes where the dead are and if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, then we must believe that those whom have died in Christ, have done likewise. God will bring them, when He comes.
5. Paul describes the second coming of Jesus Christ and how it will take place. The same event is described in I Corinthians 15:51-52.
I Thessalonians 5.
1. More descriptions of the end of time.
2. Times and seasons.
3. The day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
4. Peace and safety, sudden destruction, as travail, (or birth pains), on a woman, with no escape.
5. Children of the light and of the day, not of the night and darkness.
6. Let us not sleep, but watch.
7. The breastplate of faith and love.
8. A helmet, the hope of salvation.
9. God hath not appointed us to wrath.
10. Paul gives a list of do's and don'ts.
11. Again, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
12. Paul states, "I charge you by the Lord, that this epistle, (or letter), be read unto all the holy brethren." Ain't it something, it's still being read, and by the brethren.

The second epistle of Paul to the
Thessalonians

Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians. Written shortly after his first, no doubt, due to their misunderstanding of it. Like his first letter, the main thrust is the second coming of Jesus Christ. This time, Paul adds more detail. II Thessalonians has 3 chapters, 47 verses, and contains 1,042 words.

II Thessalonians 1.
1. Again, from Paul, Silvanus, (better know as Silas), and Timotheus, (better known as Timothy), to the church of the Thessalonians.
2. Paul commends them for their growing faith, love one toward the other, and for their continual patience, even though they're suffering much persecutions and tribulation.
3. Paul explains the need for persecution and tribulations, and how God uses it for His purpose. Also, those that hand it out, shall receive just payment. Not so good for them.
4. Those who are troubled, shall receive rest.
5. Patience.
6. Verses 7, 8, and 9, describes how the second coming of Christ will be for those who know not God, and obey not His Gospel.
7. In verse 10, Jesus, at His second coming, is greatly admired and wondered at, by those that believe.
II Thessalonians 2.
1. Here is where Paul clears up the big misunderstanding concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. He tells the Thessalonians, and us, not to be shaken, (or nervous), troubled, (or frightened), and, Don't let my first letter upset, worry, or confuse you.
3. Let no man, deceive you by any means! Deception, is the big thing at this time.
4. Jesus Christ shall not come and gather us, until another one has come, (that man of sin, the son of perdition), claiming to be God. Paul then describes some of the things that man of sin does.
5. Paul exclaims, "Don't you remember? While I was there, I told you these things." Oh how soon we forget.
6. Paul goes on to describe that wicked one, whom the Lord shall consume at His coming. Whose coming, (the coming of Jesus), is after the working of Satan, (that man of sin, the son of perdition), with all his signs and lying wonders.
7. The ones who receive not the love of the Truth, shall perish.
8. To some, God shall send strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.
9. Pleasure in unrighteousness.
10. Paul tells the Thessalonians, (and us), to stand fast and hold to the things we have been taught. That Jesus Christ and God our Father, shall comfort our hearts and stablish, (or strengthen), us. Reminds me of Isaiah 40:31.

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

II Thessalonians 3.
1. Paul ask the Thessalonians to pray for him and his co-workers in Christ.
2. Not all men have faith.
3. Paul informs us to be cheerful, and
wait patiently, for the return of Jesus Christ.
4. Paul has received information, that some within the church at Thessalonica, are disorderly, not working at all, and are busybodies. He reminds the Thessalonians of how he and his companions worked both day and night while preaching the Word, at no charge to them. It was done as an example. He then gives instructions on how to handle those kinds of people. If you don't work, you don't eat.
5. Paul states, "If any man obey not our word by this epistle, (letter), note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother."

The first epistle of Paul to
Timothy

This is the first of two letters to Timothy, from the apostle Paul. It has 6 chapters, 113 verses, and contains 2,269 words.

I Timothy 1.
1. Paul refers to Timothy as his son.
    False teachers and false doctrines.
2. Paul had left Timothy at Ephesus to make sure they taught no other doctrine and that they give no heed to fables and endless genealogies, which raise more questions than give answers.
3. Love of a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith, is the goal.
4. Some have left these things for vain babbling. Wanting to be teachers, but have no understanding of what they say. Yet confirming thoroughly the things they say, as truth.
5. The Law, if used wisely, is good. It is not, for the righteous.
6. Paul gives a long list, of what types of people, the law is for.
7. Paul tells of his own ignorance, and what type of man he was, before obtaining mercy.
8. Paul states, "Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief."
    Paul as a role model.
9. Paul received mercy that in him, Jesus would show longsuffering, (or patience), as a pattern, (an example or role model), for those who would thereafter believe on Christ.
10. Paul charges Timothy to fight the good fight.
11. Concerning blasphemers, Paul instructs us what to do.
I Timothy 2.
1. Verses 1 thru 8 gives the who, what, when, where, and why, of prayer.
2. Verses 9 thru 15 is concerning women. Their place and how they're to dress. It's good to note that there were several women who were of great help to Paul, and he asked for them to helped. See Philippians 4:3.
3. Paul states that Adam was not deceived, but Eve.
I Timothy 3.
1. The qualifications of a bishop, (another name for an officer in charge of a church. An overseer).
2. The qualifications of a deacon or deaconess and their spouse. A deacon is someone who runs errands, or is an attendant. An example would be, a waiter of tables, or some other menial duties.
3. Paul writes of his hope to very soon see Timothy. Giving a list of six things, to remind him how to behave in the house of God.
I Timothy 4.
1. In the latter days, there'll be seducing spirits, doctrines of devils, and those departing from the faith.
2. Some descriptions of their actions.
3. A good minister of Christ will put the brethren in remembrance of these things.
4. Refuse, (avoid or reject), profane and old wives fables.
5. If you trust in the Living God, you'll suffer reproach, (or attacks on your reputation).
6. Paul tells Timothy to let no man despise, (think against), his youth, and for him to be an example, and list a few things to be an example of.
7. Give attendance to reading.
8. Neglect not the gift God has given you.
9. Pay attention to doctrine, continue to learn and teach it, for in doing so, not only you shall be saved, but those that hear.
I Timothy 5.
1. Paul instructs on how we are to treat the elderly, both men and women.
2. How to treat younger men and women.
3. Paul gives much instruction on the treatment of widows. The different types, as well as the young and the old.
4. Any one that provides not for his own, especially for those of his own house, has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel, (an unbeliever, without Christian faith).
5. + How we're to treat the elders of the church, (teachers, etc.). Paul quotes Deuteronomy 25:4 and repeats a saying of Jesus in Luke 10:7.
6. The need for two or more witnesses.
7. Show no partiality.
8. Use a little wine for thy stomach sake.
9. Some people's sins are obvious, plain before all. Other's, show up later. It's the same with goods works.
I Timothy 6.
1. Treatment of masters, both believing and unbelieving.
2. Paul's description of those who teach words other than those of Jesus Christ. A good description of a false teacher. You must read this. It's good. You can see them in the pulpits today, 2007.
3. The need for contentment.
4. We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
5. The love of money, is the root of all evil.
6. Paul gives some commandments to keep, till the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7. Trust not in uncertain riches, but in the Living God.
8. Paul reminds Timothy to keep that which is committed to his trust and to avoid vain babblings of
those who try to pass off theory as knowledge.

The second epistle of Paul to
Timothy

Paul writes this letter while in prison at Rome. It's the second of two letters to Timothy, and just prior to his death. It has 4 chapters, 83 verses, and contains 1,073 words.

II Timothy 1.
1. Paul never had any children of his own, but in this letter, calls Timothy his dearly beloved son. Showing the close relationship between the two.
2. Paul served God with a clear conscience.
3. Paul is now, in a Roman prison.
4. He expresses his great desire to see Timothy. Remembering always his sincere faith, which was also in his mother and grandmother, Eunice and Lois.
    Sound advice to Timothy from Paul.
5. God doesn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
6. Don't be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, (Paul), being a prisoner.
7. Advises Timothy to be a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel.
8. God's Holy calling, according to His own purpose and grace, before the world began.
9. Our Saviour Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.
10. Hold fast to the form of sound words.
11. Paul speaks of those in Asia turning away from him.
12. Paul ask mercy for Onesiphorus, the one who wasn't ashamed of him being in prison and speaks highly of him.
II Timothy 2.
    A good soldier of Jesus Christ.
1. Paul tells Timothy to commit himself to faithful, (or believing), men, who shall be able to teach others.
2. Be strong and endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus, pleasing the One who chose you to be a soldier.
3. Although Paul's in prison, God's word isn't bound there.
4. Some faithful sayings.

To be dead with Christ is to live with Him.
To suffer with Him is to reign with Him.
To deny Him is to be denied.
Christ cannot deny Himself.

5. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
6. Shun those with profane and vain babblings, whose words are as the spreading of a gangrene, for over time, they will increase unto more ungodliness.
7. A vessel unto honor.
8. Things to flee and things to follow.
9. Avoid foolish and stupid questions.
10. Instructions for a servant of the Lord.
II Timothy 3.
    End time prophecy.
1. Paul states, "In the last days perilous times shall come," and list nineteen, (19), ways, which mankind will turn from God. He warns us to stay away from such.
2. Some will have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof. Sneaking into homes, leading away silly, (or foolish), people. Worthless rejects with corrupt minds, resisting the Truth. Whose folly, (or stupidity and madness), shall be made known to all.
3. Always learning, but never able to know or understand the Truth, which is God's word.
4. Paul states, "All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution."
5. Evil men and seducers, (or imposters), in time, will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
6. Paul warns us to stay in the Holy Scriptures, and that from a child, some have been able to perceive and understand.
7. All scripture is given by inspiration of God.
II Timothy 4.
1. Paul charges Timothy to preach the Word. To be instant in season and out of season.
    More end time conditions.
2. The time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine. Having itching ears, they heap to themselves, teachers, that tell them what they want to hear.
3. People will turn from Truth to fiction.
    Paul's impending death.
4. Paul is now ready to die and his departure is at hand. He's fought the good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith.
5. Paul requests Timothy to visit as soon as possible. All others, have forsaken him. Only Luke remains.
6. Paul states, "Only Luke is with me." .... Reminds me of Jesus at the cross. All but John deserted.
7. Paul mentions Alexander the coppersmith and gives some advice regarding him.
8. Paul states, "The Lord stood with me."
9. Paul gives his final greetings, "The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen."

The apostle Paul
What a man of God!

The epistle of Paul to
Titus

This book of Titus is a lot like I Timothy and has 3 chapters, 46 verses, and contains 921 words. It's easy to determine that Paul has great confidence in Titus.

Titus 1.
1. God promised eternal life, before the world began.
2. The word of God is made known through preaching.
3. Like he did with Timothy, Paul refers to Titus as his son.
4. Paul left Titus in Crete to further set in order, the churches there.
5. The qualifications of elders and bishops.
    False Teachers.
6. Paul warns of vain talkers and deceivers, (one who misleads the mind), better known as false teachers. Teaching things they shouldn't, for filthy lucre, (or shameful gain).
7. What a prophet of Crete has to say about some of his own. It's not good.
8. Paul warns of those, who by teaching their own precepts, lead some from Truth.
9. To the defiled and unbelieving, whose mind and moral conscience is contaminated, nothing is pure.
Titus 2.
1. How people are to act. The elderly, both men and women, the young, and servants.
2. In all things, show thyself as a pattern, (or role model).
3. The importance of sound speech.
4. The grace of God, (or the divine influence upon the heart), hath appeared to all men.
5. That blessed hope.
6. The glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
7. Paul tells Titus, "Let no man despise, (depreciate), thee." In today's terms, Let no man put you down.
Titus 3.
1. Paul asked Titus to remind the people to obey the powers that be, and gives some good lessons on Christian ethics.
2. Some, who now serve God, were once like those of the world.
3. Some things that are good and profitable unto men.
4. Some unprofitable and vain things to avoid.
5. After two warnings, what to do with a Heretic, (a church member who's beliefs are different than the church's doctrine).
6. Paul plans to spend the winter at Nicopolis. He asked Titus to visit him there and to bring Zenas and Apollos. Zenas being an expert in Mosaic law.

The epistle of Paul to
Philemon

Philemon, another letter from Paul, written while in prison. It has 1 Chapter, 25 verses, and contains 445 words.

Philemon 1.
1. Greetings from Paul and Timothy to Philemon and others, who are fellow laborers in the Word. Paul mentions the great joy they have brought to him and others and that word of their love and faith in Jesus, is widespread.
2. Onesimus, (a slave belonging to Philemon), has ran away, came to Paul and was converted to Christianity.
3. Paul tells Onesimus to return to Philemon, sending this letter asking Philemon to accept Onesimus not as the slave of before, but as a beloved brother and stating how much more help he can be now. Not only in the work as before, but also working for the Lord.
4. Paul states, "If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself."
5. Paul also states, "If Onesimus owes anything to you or anyone else, charge it to me. I will repay."
6. Paul really has a way with words. He Tells Philemon, that his confidence in him, is enough to know, that he'll do more than he ask.
7. Paul asked Philemon to prepare him a lodging place, for he believes that through their prayers, he'll be released from prison.
8. Paul sends greetings from some fellow workers.

The epistle of Paul to the
Hebrews

There has been much debate as to whether or not Paul wrote this letter. I believe he did and that it was the last of his writings. The introduction isn't like the others, but the style and content is definitely Paul, as he was inspired by God. In Hebrews 5:14, there is talk of the Olympic Games, (Look up some of the words in Strong's dictionary). The same language is used in 1 Corinthians 9:26, and we know for sure that Paul wrote that. Again use the Strong's. Some claim that II Timothy was his last writings, but In II Timothy 4:6 thru 21, Paul, being in a Roman prison, is ready to die, and in two separate verses asked Timothy to come quickly. In Hebrews 10:34, Paul mentions being in prison. In Hebrews 13:22 thru 24, the writer, from Italy, and I believe to be Paul, states that he has written the letter and that if Timothy comes shortly, he shall see them. I believe Timothy did come as soon as possible and Paul had either written this prior, or Timothy took dictation and delivered it to the Hebrews. The book of Hebrews has 13 chapters, 303 verses, and contains 6,913 words.


It's good to note what Peter said of Paul's writings. I think it fits this book of Hebrews very well.

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Hebrews 1.
1. God, in old times spoke through the prophets. Now He speaks through Jesus Christ. Who is heir to all things.
2. Jesus, after purging our sins, sat down at the right hand of God.
3. + Jesus is greater than the angels. Paul makes reference to Psalms 2:7, Psalms 97:7, Psalms 104:4, Psalms,102:25, and Psalms 110:1.
Hebrews 2.
1. We should pay close attention to the things we've heard and understand. If not, they may slip from our minds.
2. Every transgression and disobedience receives a just reward.
3. So great a salvation. First spoken by the Lord, and confirmed to us by those that heard Him.
4. Through the Apostles, God bearing witness, with signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
5. + God has put everyone and all things under the feet of Christ and are made subject to Him. Even things unseen. Psalms 8:6.
6. Jesus tasted death for every man.
7. + Those whom Jesus sanctified, He's not ashamed to call brethren. Referring to Psalms 22:22 and Psalms 18:2.
8. Like the rest of us, Jesus, (God in the flesh), took on flesh and blood, that through death, He might destroy the devil.
9. Having suffered temptation, Jesus is able to help those who are tempted.
Hebrews 3.
1. Jesus, is superior to Moses.
2. The builder of a house has more honor than the house.
3. All things were built by God.
4. + Describing Moses and the children in the wilderness, Paul refers to Psalms 95:7 thru 11.
5. An evil heart of unbelief, departing from the Living God. Evil meaning, (hurtful, as in effect or influence),
6. While it is called Today.
7. Because of unbelief, they could not enter in.
Hebrews 4.
1. Some profit from the preaching of the Gospel and some don't.
2. The believers enter into rest.
3. The danger of unbelief.
4. The importance of Today.
5. Another day?
6. Those that enter into His rest, have ceased from their work.
7. The Word of God. A good description of It's capabilities.
8. All things are seen by the eyes of God. There is nothing hidden from Him.
9. Jesus, the Son of God, A Great High Priest.
10. Hold fast to our professed belief.
11. Jesus, tempted as us, yet without sin.
Hebrews 5.
    Exercising the Brain.
1. Before Christ, a high priest was ordained, (designated), for men in things pertaining to God.
2. + Referring to Psalms 2:7 and Psalms 110:4, Paul states that Christ is a High Priest, called of God, after the order of Melchisedec.
3. Jesus, the author of eternal salvation to whom? Check this out.
4. To the dull of hearing, (lazy and stupid), Paul has some things to say. When they should be on the meat of God's word, they're still in the milk. Babes, in need of being taught the basic principles, when they themselves, should be teachers.
5. One needs to exercise the brain, (the organ of perception). Just as those participating in the Olympic games, do their bodies. Use the Strong's dictionary for the words, use, senses, and exercised, in verse 14.
Hebrews 6.
1. Going from the basic principles of the doctrine of Christ, to greater understandings of His Word.
2. Verses 4, 5, and 6 have been misunderstood by many, for years and years. Once someone has received Jesus and then falls away, is there any hope for that person? Jesus is the one who did the job right the first time. It's us that need continual repentance, and not Jesus needing to be re-crucified.
3. God will not forget your work and labor of love.
4. Be not lazy, but be followers, (or imitate), those, who through faith and patience, inherit the promises of God. Just as Abraham, who waited patiently to obtain the promise.
5. It's impossible for God to lie.
6. Our hope in Christ is as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast.
7. Again, Jesus, made an high priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7.
    An Unchangeable Priesthood.
1. The story of Abraham giving tithes to Melchisedec, Priest of the Most High God, without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God.
2. A comparison of the Priesthood of Jesus and the Levitical priesthood.
3. + More about Melchisedec. Quotes Psalms 110:4 twice.
4. This man, Jesus, because he continues for ever, has An Unchangeable Priesthood.
5. How the Levitical priests, on a daily basis, had to offer up sacrifices, first for their own sin, then for the people's. Jesus, on the other hand, being without sin, offered up one sacrifice, Himself.
Hebrews 8.
1. The sum of things spoken. We have a High Priest who sits at the right hand of the throne of God.
2. Examples of heavenly things. God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle according to the pattern, (or model), shown him on the mount.
3. + The old and new covenant. Paul quotes Jeremiah 31:31 thru 34.
4. God states, "Their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."
5. The new covenant makes the old obsolete and ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 9.
1. The Old and New covenants compared.
2. The old tabernacle made by hand, with a mercyseat, which no one with words, could explain.
3. A greater and perfect tabernacle not made with hands.
4. Christ, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for us.
5. The sacrifice of Christ established the New Testament.
6. Where there is a testament, (last will and testament), there has to be the death of a testator. The testament is not valid while the testator lives.
7. Without the shedding of blood, there's no remission, (freedom or pardon).
8. Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
9. It's appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Hebrews 10.
1. More on what the sacrifices of the Old Testament couldn't do.
2. It's not possible for the blood of animals to take away sins.
3. + God has no pleasure in sacrifices. Referring to Psalms 40:6
4. + I come in the volume of the book to do thy will. Referring to Psalms 40:7 and 8.
5. Jesus, sits at the right hand of God, waiting, till His enemies be made His footstool.
6. Paul once again quotes parts of Jeremiah 31:31 thru 34.
7. A new and Living way, and a plea to hold to it.
8. By the blood of Jesus, with with boldness, enter into the Holiest.
9. Draw near with a true heart, concealing nothing.
10. Without wavering, hold fast to our profession of faith.
11. Promote each other to love and good works.
12. Don't forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Invite others, and be of good comfort as you see the day approaching.
13. To willfully sin, after receiving the knowledge of Truth.
14. It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
15. Paul asked them to remember that after being illuminated, (made to see truth), they struggled with afflictions. I guess an indication of what to expect.
16. Paul mentions his being in prison and how they had compassion on him.
17. The need for patience.
18. + For yet a little while. Paul refers to the vision of Habakkuk 2:2 thru 4.
19. The just shall live by faith.
20. We're not of them who draw back unto perdition, (or destruction), but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Hebrews 11.
    The Faith Chapter.
1. Faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2. Twenty four times, Paul mentions faith and how it affected the lives of people in the Old Testament. He gives a good history lesson from the book of Genesis, the exodus from Egypt, and some of the experiences in the wilderness. Paul also states that he would run out of time talking about the faith of those in the Old testament.
3. This is a must read chapter.
Hebrews 12.
1. Compassed, (or encircled), with so great a cloud of witnesses.
2. With patience, let us run the race that's set before us.
3. Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
4. + Chastisement from God. Seven times Paul uses the word chastisement. Making reference to Proverbs 3:11 and 12.
5. Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.
6. If you are chastised, (disciplinary correction), of God, then He's dealing with you as a son.
7. If you are not chastised of God, then you're a bastard, (or illegitimate), and not a son.
8. We respect our earthly fathers who correct us. How much more, we should respect our Heavenly Father.
9. Laziness. Lift up your hands that hang down, loosen up those knees, and make straight paths for your feet.
10. A root of bitterness.
11. Esau sold his birthright for one morsel of meat.
12. + Paul makes a comparison between how we'll not be afraid to go onto mount Zion, the city of the Living God, verses the children in the wilderness fearing the voice of God at mount Sinai. Read Exodus 20. The entire chapter.
13. God, the Judge of all.
14. Once more, God will shake not only the earth, but heaven also. Removing the things that can be shaken, and the things that can't be shaken, shall remain.
15. Our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 13.
    Things that please God.
1. Let brotherly love continue.
2. Be sure to entertain strangers, for some have entertained angels unaware.
3. Those to remember.
4. Good conversation.
5. Be content.
6. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
7. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and for ever.
8. Be not carried about with divers, (or various), and strange doctrines.
    Sacrifices.
9. Without the camp. Without the gate. A comparison of the sacrifice of animals and Jesus.
10. Lasting and non-lasting cities.
11. Sacrifice of praise.
12. Two sacrifices that please God.
13. Obey those that rule over you.
14. Jesus, The Shepherd of the sheep.
15. Verses 22, 23, and 24, indicates that Paul wrote the letter, Timothy is to visit shortly, and he, (Paul), is in Italy. "They of Italy salute you. Grace be with you all. Amen."

James

The book of James. Authored by James, the brother of Jesus, who according to Josephus, the Jewish historian, was stoned to death in AD 62. James has 5 chapters, 108 verses, and contains 2,309 words.

James 1.
1. This letter is addressed to those of the twelve tribes of Israel, that were scattered abroad.
2. Count it joy, when you have many temptations, (or, being put to the test by experience).
3. Faith, Patience, and Wisdom.
4. Lack wisdom? Ask God.
5. Ask in faith, without hesitation.
6. He that wavereth, (or hesitates), is like a wave driven by the wind.
7. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
8. The low exalted and the rich, (very rich), brought low.
9. Just as a flower fades away, so do the rich.
10. Blessed, (or happy), is the man that patiently endures temptation, (or being put to the test by experience).
11. God doesn't tempt any man.
12. Every good and perfect gift is from above.
13. The Father of lights.
14. Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
15. The power of the engrafted, (or implanted), word.
16. Be not hearers of the word only, but doers.
17. To be a hearer only, is to deceive one's self.
18. A vain, (or profitless), religion.
19. A pure and undefiled religion.
James 2.
    Respect of persons.
1. In your Christian assembly, treat all the same. Rich and poor alike. To do otherwise, means you're judging.
2. One can be poor in the world, yet rich in faith.
3. Some blaspheme the very name by which they're called.
4. To have respect of persons, (or show partiality), is to commit sin.
5. Those who show no mercy, shall receive judgment without mercy.
    Justified by works.
6. Faith and works. This chapter has the word faith, thirteen, (13), times, in nine of the twenty six verses. I guess that should emphasize it's importance. Verse 26 states, as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
7. The devil believes, yet trembles with fear.
8. James gives two examples, Abraham and Rahab, of being justified by works, and not faith only.
James 3.
    The Tongue.
1. Twelve verses, describing man's tongue.
2. The tongue is a fire, set on fire of hell.
3. The tongue can no man tame.
4. Full of deadly poison.
5. With it, we bless God and curse men.
6. Can a fountain send forth sweet and bitter water?
7. Can a fig tree bring forth olive berries?
8. Can a grapevine bring forth figs?
9. Earthly and Heavenly wisdom compared.
James 4.
1. We have not, because we ask not.
2. We ask, and receive not, because we ask amiss, (or badly).
3. A friend of the world, is an enemy to God?
4. + Grace to the humble. James refers to Proverbs 3:34.
5. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
6. What you must do, to have God lift you up.
7. Life is as a vapor, here a little while, then vanishes away.
8. Never say, I'm going to do this, or do that, go here, go there, etc. without including, If the LORD will.
9. Bragging is evil.
10. To know to do good and do it not, to him it is sin.
James 5.
    Miseries of the rich.
1. The rust of their riches shall be a witness against them. Rust, can also mean, (venom, as emitted by serpents).
2. Heaping up riches for the last days.
3. Wages kept back by fraud. The cries for help from those who labor for the rich under such circumstances, are heard by God.
4. Those kind of rich, indulge in luxury at the poor's expense, fulfilling their heart's desires. All this with ill gotten gain.
    Patience.
5. Of the twenty verses, five talk of patience. Must be important.
6. Two times, James tells of the need for patience while waiting for The Coming of The Lord.
7. Judge no one. The Judge, is at the door.
8. As an example, remember the old prophets, their afflictions, and their patience.
9. To endure. Reminds me of what Jesus said.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

10. Swearing.
11. Let yes be yes, and no, be no.
12. Let the afflicted, (those undergoing hardship), pray, and the merry, sing.
13. Verse 14. Detailed instructions for dealing with the sick. Be sure and read, then watch the super preachers on TV and see just how many follow God's instructions. Makes one wonder if they've actually read the Bible.
14. The prayer of faith.
15. + The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James refers to two prayers of Elijah.
16. To help one return to God, is to save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins.

I Peter

According to chapter 5:13, this first book of Peter was written while he was in Babylon. It's to the Elect, scattered abroad. First Peter has 5 chapters, 105 verses, and contains 2,482 words.

I Peter 1.
1. To those scattered abroad, the Elect, according to the foreknowledge of God.
2. By the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have an incorruptible inheritance, that fades not away.
3. We are kept, (or guarded), by the power of God.
4. The testing of our faith is more precious than gold.
5. Peter mentions the second coming of Christ, whom we have not seen, yet love.
6. Peter tells of how the prophets of old, prophesied of the coming of Jesus and His suffering.
7. Hope without wavering, till the coming of Christ.
8. Leave behind our ignorance, and be as obedient children.
9. + Peter quotes Leviticus 11:44. Be ye Holy, for I am Holy.
10. The precious blood of Christ, who was ordained before the foundation of the world.
11. Jesus was raised from the dead that our faith and hope might be in God.
12. Unfeigned, (or sincere), love of the brethren.
13. Born again, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
14. + Life in the flesh is as a flower. Peter refers to Isaiah 40:6 thru 8.
I Peter 2.
     The Shepherd of our souls.
1. Lay aside all malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking.
2. As new born babes.
3. Jesus, a Living Stone, disallowed, (or rejected), of men, but chosen of God, and precious.
4. Spiritual sacrifices.
5. + A Chief Corner Stone. Peter quotes Isaiah 28:16.
6. + To the believer, a precious stone. To the disobedient, a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. Referring to Isaiah 8:14.
7. The people of God. A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people, called into His Marvelous Light.
8. Fleshly lust, (or desires), war against the soul.
9. The effects of your good works, in the day of visitation, (or inspection).
10. For God's sake, submit yourselves to every ordinance of man.
11. Your well doing, may put to silence, the ignorance of the foolish. Be sure to get Strong's definition for the word, (foolish). Strong's no. G878.
12. Use your liberty, (or freedom), for the service of God.
13. Honor, (fix a valuation upon, revere, or value), all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, and honour the king.
14. Be subject to your masters, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward, (perverse or crooked).
15. To suffer wrongfully for God is trustworthy, (or gratifying). Take it with patience. It's acceptable, (or gratifying), to God.
16. Christ left us an example to follow, His suffering.
17. + With his stripes we are healed. Peter refers to Isaiah 53:5.
18. We were once as sheep gone astray, but now, He's The Shepherd of our souls.
I Peter 3.
    Husbands and wives and their treatment of each other.
1. Wives with a husband who doesn't obey God's word, your innocent conversation and behavior, may win him over.
2. The hidden man of the heart.
3. In the sight of God, a meek and quiet spirit is a great price, (or very precious).
4. Sarah and Abraham is given as an example.
    Husbands, how to treat your wife.
5. Honor her, that is to say, esteem her to the highest degree.
6. Treat her as the weaker vessel. Check out the word vessel in Strong's dictionary. Greek word 4632. (A wife as contributing to the usefulness of the husband).
7. Being heirs together, treat each other in the same fashion so your prayers will not be hindered.
8. The husband and wife to be of one mind.
9. Don't render to each other evil for evil nor railing for railing, but a blessing, (or fine and fair speech).
10. + Peter, referring to Psalms 34:2 thru 16, gives a good Bible lesson on the tongue, evil, good, and the righteous. God's eyes are on the righteous, His ears hear their prayers.
    Suffering.
11. To suffer for righteousness sake is happiness.
12. To those that ask, always be ready to give an answer about the hope that's in you.
13. Those that speak evil of your good conversation, (or behavior), in Christ.
14. If it's God's will, it may be better to suffer for well doing than for evil.
15. Christ, The Just for the unjust.
16. Jesus, after His crucifixion, went to those souls in prison, all the way back to Noah's time, and preached.
17. Baptism, the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
18. Jesus, at the right hand of God. Angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
I Peter 4.
1. A change of mind that causes one to live according to the will of God and not to the lust of men.
2. When you have that change, some will think you're strange and speak evil of you.
3. Again, Peter speaks of Jesus, after His crucifixion, preaching the Gospel, (or good news), to those that have died before.
4. Love, shall cover a multitude of sins.
5. Be hospitable towards each other without grudging, grumbling, or murmuring.
6. Be good stewards of the gifts from God. Use them according to the ability He has given to you, and, to His glory and honor.
7. Don't regard your testing from God as some strange thing.
8. If you're reproached, (or defamed), for the name of Christ, be happy.
9. Don't be ashamed for suffering as a Christian.
10. Judgment begins at the house of God.
11. If, the righteous scarcely be saved?
12. Commit the keeping of your soul, to The Faithful Creator.
I Peter 5.
    To the elders:
1. Peter states that he was an eyewitness to the sufferings of Christ.
2. Feed the flock. Not for filthy lucre, (greed or gain), but willingly, and with a ready mind. Not to lord against or be controlling, but as examples.
3. Peter refers to the appearing of Christ, calling Him The Chief Shepherd.
    To the younger:
4. Submit yourselves to the elder.
5. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, for He opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.
6. In due time.
7. Our adversary, the devil, Peter refers to him as a roaring lion.
8. The God of all grace.
9. After you have suffered a while.
10. Verse 13 indicates that Peter wrote this letter while in the city of Babylon.

II Peter

II Peter has a somewhat different style than I Peter, leading some to think Peter wasn't the writer. But, in the very first verse it states that he was. No matter who wrote it, the True Author was God. II Peter has 3 chapters, 61 verses, and contains 1,559 words.

II Peter 1.
    Our knowledge of God:
1. Peter, to them that have obtained the same precious faith.
2. Peter, on three occasions, speaks of the importance of our knowledge of God.
3. To share in the divine, (or Godlike), nature, escaping the ruin of this lustful world.
4. With diligence, (or speed), Peter tells us to add the following to our faith. Virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, Godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity, (or love). Quite a list.
5. With those things added to your faith, you'll be fruitful and not lazy or inactive.
6. Without those things, people are blind and have forgotten they were cleansed of their sins.
7. How to never fall.
8. An Entrance into the everlasting kingdom of Jesus Christ.
    Remembrance:
9. Three times Peter speaks of the importance of Remembrance.
10. Although we may know, Peter's going to remind us anyway.
11. As long as he's alive, Peter's going to stir up their memory, and ours. Must be very important.
12. Peter will endeavor, (or use speed), to ensure that after his death, we shall always have these things in remembrance.
13. Peter speaks of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and gives a detailed eye witness description of His transfiguration on the mount.
14. No one person has a private, (his or her own), interpretation of Bible prophecy.
15. All prophecy, (or predictions), came in old times, to Holy men of God, by the Holy Spirit.
II Peter 2.
    False prophets:
1. As there were false prophets in Peter's time, he warns of them in the future. They bring swift destruction. Many shall follow them.
2. Peter Describes in detail just how they'll be.
3. They'll make merchandise of you.
4. Angels in hell, bound in chains of darkness, reserved for judgment.
5. The flood of Noah was upon the ungodly.
6. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, examples for the ungodly.
7. God knows how to deliver the just, and punish the unjust.
8. Those that speak evil of things they don't understand, and their rewards.
    More descriptions of the false prophets:
9. They are spots and blemishes, sporting, (or indulging in luxury), with their own deceivings, (delusions), having eyes full of adultery, can't cease from sin, beguile, (entrap or entice), unstable souls, exercise their heart, (or mind), with covetous practices, curse children, and they've forsaken the right way, for wages of unrighteousness. Sounds like some I've heard.
10. Peter refers to Balaam. The man to whom God has an ass talk to.
11. The false prophets are as wells without water, to whom is reserved the mist of darkness forever. They speak great swelling words of vanity, (or emptiness). They promise liberty, (or freedom), but they themselves are corrupt.
12. Again, Peter mentions the knowledge of the Lord.
13. + It's better not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known, then turn from it. Peter refers to Proverbs 26:11.
II Peter 3.
1. Peter wants to stir up, (or fully awaken), our pure minds by remembrance.
2. We are to be mindful of, (or recall to mind), the words of the Old Testament prophets and the apostles.
3. In the last days there will be scoffers, (or mockers), about the second coming of Christ.
4. Peter tells of some who are willingly ignorant of an earth and heavenly age before, and it's destruction, along with the present earth and heavenly age, and it's destruction.
5. One day is with God as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
6. It's not God's will that any perish, but that all should repent.
7. The day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night.
8. Looking for and hasting, (or eagerly awaiting), the coming of the day of God.
9. New heavens and a new earth.
10. Peter makes reference to the apostle Paul and his writings.
11. Peter reminds the people that they've known these things before and warns against them being led away by the error, (or fraudulence), of the wicked.
12. Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To Whom be glory, both now, and for ever.

I John

This book was written to those who believe on the name of the Son of God. I John has 5 chapters, 105 verses, and contains 2,523 words.

I John 1.
    The Word of Life:
1. John speaks of Jesus, "We have heard, seen with our eyes, and our hands have handled, (or touched), The Word of Life."
2. Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
3. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
4. We cannot have fellowship with God and walk in darkness.
5. To walk in the Light, is to have fellowship, not only with God, but one another.
6. The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin.
7. To say we have no sin, is to deceive ourselves.
8. If we ask, God is faithful, (or trustworthy), to forgive us our sins.
I John 2.
1. Five times, John states, little children.
2. He writes to the little children, the fathers, and the young men.
3. Jesus is our advocate, (or intercessor), and the propitiation, (or atonement) for not only our sins, but for the sins of the whole world.
4. Do you know Jesus? Verses 3 thru 6 is a sure fired test to determine if you do.
5. We should walk as Jesus walked.
6. An old commandment and a new one.
7. Darkness has passed and True Light now shines.
8. To hate your brother is to walk in darkness.
9. For Christ's sake, our sins are forgiven.
10. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
11. The world and the lust thereof shall pass away, but he that does the will of God, shall abide forever.
12. John warns of the coming antichrist and tells of how some are already in the world.
13. To deny Jesus is to deny God.
14. Our promise from God is eternal life.
15. Live a life of confidence in Christ, so at His second coming, we wont be ashamed.
I John 3.
    Love one another:
1. What manner of love.
2. When Christ appears, we shall be like Him and we shall see Him as He is.
3. Sin is, the transgression of the law.
4. Let no man deceive you.
5. Jesus came that He might destroy the works of the devil.
6. Born of God and children of the devil.
7. The message from the beginning is, "That we should love one another."
8. Cain was of that wicked one.
9. Marvel not if the world hates you.
10. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer.
11. Love, not by words only, but with deeds and in truth.
12. How can the love of God dwell in the man, who sees his brother in need, and has no compassion?
13. A commandment from God, that we should believe on His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.
I John 4.
    Test The spirits:
1. Because of false prophets, we are to test the spirits before believing them.
2. The Spirit of God, spirit of antichrist, spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.
3. Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.
4. Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God, and is the spirit of antichrist.
5. Greater is He that is in you, than he that's in the world.
6. Those of God, know the spirit of truth, and of error.
    God is Love:
7. Two times John states that God is Love, showing It's importance.
8. In this chapter the word Love is listed 19 times in 12 verses. Loveth 4 times in 4 verses, and Loved 4 times in 3 verses. That's 27 times that Love is displayed. How important is Love?

Hosea 6:6 (God talking), For I desired mercy, (or Love), and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

9. No man hath seen God at any time.
10. If we love one another, God dwells in us.
11. Through Love, we can speak with boldness on the day of judgment.
12. There's no fear in Love.
13. Perfect, (or complete), love, casteth out fear.
14. We love him, because he first loved us.
    Brotherly Love:
15. How can a man hate a brother he's seen, and love God whom he hasn't seen.
16. A commandment from God, "He who loveth God, loves his brother also."
I John 5.
1. To love God, is to love the children of God, and keep His commandments.
2. Our Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
3. Who overcomes the world? Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
4. There are three that bear witness in Heaven and these three are one. There are three that bear witness in earth and agree in one.
5. Eternal life is in Jesus, the Son of God.
6. Our confidence in God is that if we ask anything, according to His will, He hears us.
7. There is a sin unto death.
8. There is a sin not unto death.
9. The whole world lies in wickedness.
10. The True God.
11. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

II John

II John has 1 chapter, 13 verses, and contains 303 words.

II John 1.
From the elder, (John), to the elect lady and her children:
1. The truth shall be with us for ever.
2. The commandment heard from the beginning. The commandment of Love.
3. This is love, that we walk after his commandments. I'm reminded of the following verse.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this, is the whole duty of man.

4. John warns that many deceivers have entered into the world. If they were around in John's time, just imagine what it's like now, in the 21st. Century.
5. Take heed to yourselves that you may receive a full reward.
6. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, has both the Father and the Son.
7. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. To do so is to be a partaker of his evil deeds.
8. John states that he has much to write about, but hopes to visit, and say it face to face.

III John

III John has 1 chapter, 14 verses, and has 299 words.

III John 1.
From the elder, (John), to Gaius:
1. John wishes prosperity to Gaius in both body and soul and states he rejoiced greatly upon hearing of his walking in the Truth.
2. John commends Gaius for his faithfulness to the brethren as well as to strangers, which has told of his charity, (or love).
3. For God's sake the brethren went forth taking nothing from the Gentiles and John states that we should receive them and be fellow workers in the Truth.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

4. John tells of writing a letter to the church, to Diotrephes, the head guy there, who's struck on himself. How Diotrephes wouldn't receive him or the brethren as guest or teacher. Can you imagine someone not wanting John, an apostle of Christ Himself, to talk at their church? Probably wouldn't be welcome in most churches today either.
5. Not only would Diotrephes not receive John, but wouldn't allow anyone in the church to see him or the brethren. Guess what the ole boy does next. Throws them out of the church. Real nice Christian folks..... John will not forget this treatment.
6. John tells the beloved to follow good and not that which is evil.
7. In conclusion, John states, he has much to write about, but hopes to see Gaius shortly, and they will talk face to face.

Jude

This book of Jude has 1 chapter, 25 verses and contains 613 words.

Jude 1.
1. From Jude, to the sanctified and called by God.
2. Intending to write of the common salvation, Jude changes his mind, and gets to more serious issues.
3. He warns of men who have crept in unaware, denying Jesus Christ.
4. Though they once knew, Jude wants to remind them, and us, of some of the things that have happened in the past. He gives some good Bible lessons.
5. God delivering the people out of Egypt and later destroying those that believed not.
6. The angels that left their first estate and are bound in everlasting chains under darkness awaiting the day of judgment.
7. Sodom and Gomorrah as examples.
8. The archangel Michael, and the devil arguing over the body of Moses.
9. Jude, speaking of those who have crept in, (false teachers). Comparing them to Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Giving vivid descriptions of just how they act and what they are.
10. Talks of Enoch, the seventh from Adam, and how he prophesied of the second coming of the Lord with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all.
11. Jude behooves us to remember the words spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, and how in the end times there would be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lust.
12. Tells us to keep ourselves in the love of God.
13. Compassion makes a difference.
12. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.

Revelation

Revelation, the last book of the Bible. Some say, hard to understand. The meaning of the word itself should tell us something. From Strong's dictionary, word number 602.

602. apokalupsis, ap-ok-al'-oop-sis; from G601; disclosure, appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation.
601. apokalupto, ap-ok-al-oop'-to; from G575 and G2572; to take off the cover, i.e. disclose:--reveal.

Lot's of Bible scholars feel that John wrote this book using strange and mysterious symbols in order to conceal it's true meaning from those in Roman authority. I don't think so. The apostles were a very brave bunch of men, declaring the Gospel to all, including the Romans. To conceal it from the Romans would be concealing it from the Christians also. I believe John wrote exactly what Jesus told him to write, and in the format described by our Blessed Saviour. Read chapter one, verses ten through twenty, where there is no doubt Jesus is using symbolism and explaining it's true meaning. The only other thing I know to say is from Second Timothy.

2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Tim 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Revelation has 22 chapters, 404 verses, and contains 12,000 words.

Revelation 1.
1. The Revelation, given by God, to Jesus Christ, who then by His angel, gave to John, who then bare record, (witnessed, or testified), to all the things he was shown.
2. Blessed, (or happy), is he that readeth, and they that hear, (or understands), the words of this prophecy.
3. Christ, the faithful witness and first begotten, (or first born), of the dead.
4. In verse 7 John tells of the coming of Christ and how every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him. All kindreds, (races and clans), shall wail, (or mourn with grief). Don't sound like a happy time for some.
5. Jesus speaks and gives his credentials, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, which is, which was, and is to come."
6. John was on the Isle of Patmos, tradition has it, exiled there, for teaching the Word of God and his testimony, (or witness), of Jesus Christ.
7. Verse 10 states that John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. Some people mistake the Lord's day with the day we set aside each week for the Sabbath. John was taken spiritually, not the flesh, to the most appropriate vantage point in time, to the Lord's Day. That one thousand year reign of Christ, where he could look in times past, times present, and beyond the great white throne judgment into all of eternity, with the most clear and understanding point of view. Keeping this in mind makes Revelation easier to understand.
8. Jesus tells John to write in a book, all that he sees. This is it. At least an outline of it.
9. John is told to send it to the seven churches in Asia.
    Symbolism:
I think it's good to insert an Old Testament verse where God is talking about symbolism.

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

Jesus taught using parables, (symbols or similitudes). Read Matthew 13.
10. John turns to see who's speaking and sees seven golden candlesticks, and in their midst, one like Jesus, holding seven stars in His right hand. Out of His mouth a sharp two edged sword and to look upon His face was as it had the power of the sun.
11. John gives a very detailed account of what Jesus is like. Remember, John is viewing the supernatural.
12. John falls at the feet of Jesus. Jesus tells him to "Fear not. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." I guess that tells us just who's in control.
13. Jesus tells John to write the things past, present, and future.
14. Jesus goes on to explain the symbolism.
Revelation 2.
    I Know Thy Works:
1. John, I assume taking dictation from Jesus, for His message to each of the seven churches in Asia. To each church, at the beginning of the letter, Jesus gives a brief and different, but powerful description of Himself. Be sure to read. At the close of each letter, Jesus describes a different reward for those that overcome. I believe that every modern day Christian, church going or not, will fit into one of the conditions found in these churches. Pick the one that best fits the church you attend, or the way you believe, then determine if Jesus finds you or your church ok, or at fault. There are only two that He's completely satisfied with. Two out of seven. That's 28.6 percent of the so-called Christian population. If after reviewing the fine detail, verse by verse, in chapters two and three, you find yourself out of step with the two no fault churches, it's probably time for some self analysis.
2. To the church in Ephesus. I know thy works, thy labor and patience. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee. Repent. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
3. To the church in Smyrna. I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich), and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Jesus finds no fault with this church.
4. To the church in Pergamos. I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is. I have a few things against thee. Repent. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
5. To the church in Thyatira. I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee. Repent. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Revelation 3.
    More of, I Know Thy Works:
1. To the church in Sardis. I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. I have not found thy works perfect before God. Hold fast and Repent. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
2. To the church in Philadelphia. I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Jesus found no fault with this church.
3. To the church of the Laodiceans. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Be zealous and repent. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
4. Be sure to read chapters two and three for the fine detail. Jesus gets right to the point. He didn't just write these letters to the seven churches. They're for you and I also.
Revelation 4.
1. John sees a door open in heaven and a voice tells him to come up there. Immediately, John is in the spirit, and is there. No long trip nor long period of time. Immediately. Note, John is the only one taken there, and not the church, as some claim.
2. A throne is set and One sitting thereon with a rainbow all about.

Around the throne:
A, Twenty four elders sitting, dressed in white with crowns of gold.
B, Lightnings, thunderings, and voices.
C, Seven lamps of fire, which are the seven Spirits of God.
D, A sea of glass, (or as transparent as), similar in appearance to a crystal, (frost or ice).
E,  Four beast and their descriptions.

3. What the beast and the twenty four elders are doing.
4. God created all things for His pleasure.
Revelation 5.
    The sealed book:
1. John sees God, holding in His right hand, a book, sealed with seven seals, which no one was worthy, (or deserving), to open nor look thereon. Be sure to look at Strong's words 991 and 3700 for the definition of the work look. Then John sees a Lamb as it had been slain, (Jesus), the only one worthy to open the book and release the seven seals.
2. Jesus takes the book from the hand of God and when He does, the four beast and twenty four elders, with vials full of the prayers of the saints, sing a new song, giving Him great praise and honor.
3. Then an innumerable amount of angels give glory and honor to Jesus.
4. And then, every creature in heaven, in earth, under the earth, and in the sea, and that's everything and everybody, gives praise and honor to God and Jesus.
Revelation 6.
    Six, of the seven seals:
    Remember symbolism, like in Revelation 1:12 thru 20.
1. Seal number one. A white horse. It's the rider has a cheap imitation bow, unlike the real thing described in Revelation 4:3.
2. Seal number two. A red horse, and the rider is given a sword and power to take peace from the earth.
3. Seal number three. A black hose, and the rider with a set of balances in his hand.
4. Seal number four. A pale horse, and the rider's name is Death.
5. Ever wonder where the people are that have gone on? The next seal let's us know where at least some of them are.
6. Seal number five. John sees under the altar, the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
7. You ever run short on patience? Sounds like some in heaven are to.
8. The sixth seal. Remember, symbolism. The sun becomes black, the moon as blood, stars of heaven fall to the earth, heaven departs as a scroll, and many people of all types, say to the rocks and mountains, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of His wrath is come; and who, shall be able to stand?"
9. Just like the 6th and 7th trumpets, there's a whole chapter between the 6th and 7th seals.
Revelation 7.
1. Before the seventh seal, and the hurting of the earth, a great sealing, in the forehead, of the twelve tribes of Israel takes place. Twelve thousand from each of the tribes.
2. An innumerable multitude before the throne of God, dressed in white, giving praise to God and to the Lamb, (Jesus).
3. All the angels, elders, and four beast fall down and worship God.
4. The innumerable multitude will the Lamb, (Jesus), feed and lead into the living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Revelation 8.
1. The seventh seal. Silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Then, seven angels before God, with seven trumpets.
2. Another angel with a golden censer of incense and the prayers of the saints, offers them to God. As they ascend from his hand, he then fills the censer with fire from the altar and cast it to the earth. There are voices, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
    The seven angels prepare to sound:
1. Remember symbolism.
3. The first angel sounds. Hail and fire mingled with blood is cast upon the earth.
4. The second angel sounds. It was as a great mountain burning with fire, cast into the sea.
5. The third angel sounds. A great star, called wormwood, falls from heaven, and guess where it lands.
6. The fourth angel sounds. One third of the sun, moon, and stars are darkened and another angel with a loud voice states, "Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!" Woe means, exclamation of grief.
Revelation 9.
    More of the trumpets: Remember symbolism.
1.The fifth angel sounds. A star, (an angel), falls, (through the idea of alighting), upon the earth, and with a key, opens the bottomless pit. From the pit comes smoke, darkening the sun and the air.
2. Out of the smoke, comes locust upon the earth with the power of scorpions. They're not allowed to hurt the grass nor any green thing, only those men that have not, the seal of God in their forehead. They are not allowed to kill anyone, only torment men five months, and their torment is as the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. I suggest you read up on the life of a scorpion. Men shall seek death, but it will flee from them. The shapes of the locust are like horses prepared, (or made ready), for battle. They have crowns of gold and their faces as men. Hair like women and teeth like lions. Breastplates of iron and the sound of their wings are as the sound of chariots of many horses running into battle. Tails like scorpions and they are to hurt, (not kill), men for five months. (I think this has been repeated for emphasis).
3. Who leads this bunch? The angel of the bottomless pit, Apollyon, (one of Satan's names). See Strong's number 623.
4. This locust army is also described in the book of Joel.
5. One Woe is past, with two more on the way.
6. The sixth angel sounds. John hears a voice from the four horns of the altar of God, giving instructions to the sixth angel. He's to loose the four angel that have been bound in the river Euphrates. They lead a two hundred million man army, which is to slay one third of mankind. Remember symbolism. They're not allowed to actually kill anybody. What's their weapon? Their mouth. From which comes the ammunition, lies and deception. To deceive if it were possible God's very elect. Look around today, 2007 AD, Christianity is in a great battle.
7. Men still will not repent of their murders, sorceries, fornication, nor thefts. Just turn on the six o'clock news. I think it would be a great help to understand what the word sorceries actually means. Strong's number 5331 and it is taken from 5332. Look at the meanings of both.

5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.
5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extens.) a magician:--sorcerer.

Kinda self explanatory isn't it? Time is short.

Just like the 6th and 7th seals, there's a whole chapter between the 6th and 7th trumpets.
Revelation 10:
     A prelude to the sounding of the seventh and last trump:
1. John sees another mighty angel that comes down to earth from heaven. A rainbow upon his head, his face as the sun, with feet as pillars of fire. A little book in his hand, standing with his right foot upon the sea and his left foot on the earth.
2. Seven thunders utter their voices. Remember symbolism. John is about to write it down but is told not to.
3.The angel declares that there should be time no longer and that in the days of the voice, not trumpet, of the seventh angel, that the mystery, (or secret), of God should be finished.
4. John is told to take the little book and eat it up, and just as the angel told him, in his mouth it was sweet, but in his stomach it was bitter.
5. The angel tells John that he, (John), must prophesy again before many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.
Revelation 11:
    The two witnesses:
1. John is told to measure the temple of God and the altar, but not the court without, (or outside). It's for the Gentiles. They shall tread the Holy city for 42 months, (or 3-1/2 years).
2. John is told of God's two witnesses. They are to prophesy 1,260 days, which equal 42 months or 3-1/2 years.
3. They are described as two olive trees and two candlesticks standing before God. More symbolism.
4. They have power over the rain, waters, and plagues, to use at their will.
5. When their testimony is finished, and not before, they are killed. Their bodies, unburied, are left in a street, (or wide place), of Jerusalem, on display. The people rejoice over their deaths.
6. After the 3-1/2 days, the Spirit of life from God, enters their bodies. A great voice from heaven says, "Come up hither." Great fear comes on those who witness this.
7. The remnant gives glory to God.
8. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
    The seventh trump:
9. The seventh angel sounds. This is the 7th. and last trumpet. The return of Christ. Great voices in heaven, say, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
10. With great praise, the twenty four elders worship God, declaring it's time to judge the dead and reward the prophets, saints, and those that fear, (or revere), God.
11. In heaven, the temple of God is opened and John sees the ark of His testament.
12. There were lightnings, voices, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
Revelation 12:
    More symbolism: Actual happenings, both past and future, but using symbols for descriptions.
1. John sees two great wonders in heaven.
One: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. She being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Two: A great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads, and his tail, drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Compare Satan's future power structure, Revelation 13:1, to this one of Revelation 12:3, at a previous time in heaven. Note the small difference.
2. The woman brings forth a man child, (Jesus). He's crucified and is now at the right hand of the throne of God. It would be good to read of this prophesy in the Old Testament. The very first in the Bible. Genesis 3:13 thru 15.
    War in heaven: Yet to happen.
3. Michael and his angels fight with the dragon, (Satan), and his angels. Satan and his angels are kicked out of heaven to the earth. Would you want to leave heaven and come here? I'll bet once we get there, we'd fight in order to stay.
4. Several of Satan's names are given in verse 9.
5. He's also referred to as "the accuser of our brethren."
6. It goes on to describe Satan's actions when he arrives. He hits the ground running because he knows he has but a short time. Out of his mouth comes water as a flood. Remember symbolism. It's good to know something Jesus said about the ole devil.

John 8:44 (Jesus talking). Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

By the way, be sure to look up Strong's number 4750 for the Greek word mouth. His weapon is his mouth. His ammunition, lies.

Who's he after?
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

7. Do you keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ? If so, he's after you.

Revelation 13:
1. Remember symbolism. John sees a beast rise up out of the sea. The description is very graphic. It's nothing more than Satan's power structure that's set up when he arrives. It's very similar to the one he had in heaven at a previous time. See Revelation 12:3.
2. This beast system receives it's power and great authority from the dragon, (Satan).
3. One of it's heads receives, as it was a deadly wound, but is revived, and the whole world marvels.
4. It has a great mouth, and is to continue 42 months, or 3-1/2 years. As a matter of fact you'll find the word mouth three times in this chapter. Each time describing this beast system.
5. He makes war with the saints and overcomes them, has power over the whole earth, and all shall worship him, except, a particular group of people.
6. John tells of patience and faith. The Bible talks a lot about patience.

Luke 21:19 (Jesus talking), In your patience possess ye your souls.

7. John sees another beast. It looks like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. Remember symbolism. This beast performs great miracles, by which, he deceives those dwelling on the earth.
    The mark of the beast:
8. This one, (the second beast), causes all, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead. The ones, a particular group of people, who don't participate, will not be able to buy nor sell. The wisdom of it, is not, the number of the beast, 666, but to count the number of the beast. The Strong's numbers for the word count are 5585 and 5586.

5585. psephizo, psay-fid'-zo; from G5586; to use pebbles in enumeration, i.e. (gen.) to compute:--count.
5586. psephos, psay'-fos; from the same as G5584; a pebble (as worn smooth by handling), i.e. (by impl. of use as a counter or
ballot) a verdict (of acquittal) or ticket (of admission); a vote:--stone, voice.

Who will you be voting for?

Revelation 14:
1. John sees a Lamb, (Jesus), on Mount Zion with 144,000 having His Father's name in their forehead. What's in the forehead? A brain, where all of one's knowledge is stored.
2. A new song, known only by the 144,000, which were redeemed from the earth. This 144,000 are without fault before the throne of God.
3. John sees six angels and describes in detail what they're doing. One has the everlasting Gospel to preach to the whole earth. Another states that the great city Babylon is fallen. Another tells the fate of those who worship the beast. John inserts something about the patience of the saints, then continues to describe the actions of the rest of the angels, which is to harvest the earth.
4. The great winepress of the wrath of God, with blood to the horses bridle. Remember symbolism.
Revelation 15:
1. John sees, standing on a sea of glass mingled with fire, those who overcame the beast, his image, and his mark, singing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.
2. John also sees seven angels, having the last seven plagues. They are given seven golden vials, (or broad shallow cups), full of the wrath of God.
Revelation 16:
    The seven vials of wrath:
1. The seven angels are commanded to pour upon the earth, the vials of the wrath of God.
2. The first is poured on the earth. The second upon the sea. The third upon the rivers. The fourth upon the sun. The fifth upon the seat, (or throne), of the beast. The sixth upon the river Euphrates, preparing for the battle of Armageddon. The seventh, and last, is poured into the air. A great voice from the temple of heaven declares, "It is done." An earthquake greater than all earthquakes and great hail from heaven, each piece of ice weighing a talent, (or about 100 pounds).
3. Jesus states, "Behold, I come as a thief."
Revelation 17:
  
 The judgment of the great whore:
1. John talks with one of the angels which had one of the seven vials. He is told of a great whore that sits on many waters. Symbolism. Upon hearing the story, John is wondering about it. The angel then describes in detail the symbolism used. He describes the beast, the ten horns, the seven heads, the woman, and how war will be made against the Lamb and that the Lamb shall overcome them. The angel even tells what the waters are. You may be surprised.
2. In verse 17, the angel even lets John, and us, know that this is all God's will. His plan. Meaning that God is in complete control of all things.
Revelation 18:
    Come out of her, my people:
1. John sees another angel, whose power is so great and apparent, his glory lit up the earth. He states that Babylon the great is fallen.
2. The whole world has committed fornication with her. Fornication with a city? Remember symbolism. The merchants of the earth have become very wealthy through the abundance of her delicacies. To pick up on the supernatural of this, look up Strong's number 1411 for abundance and 4764 for delicacies.
3. John hears a voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people."
4. Babylon, (or Mystery Babylon), receives double trouble from God.
5. Strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
6. The merchants of the earth are going to weep and wail aloud at her destruction, which comes in one hour. This one hour is mentioned three times, I guess to emphasize the fact.
7. No man buys her merchandise anymore. It goes on to list twenty eight, (28), items of commerce. Included in this list is, the souls of men. Should Tell us just what Satan is really after.
8. Tells of how every shipmaster and those that trade by sea will be weeping and wailing. Just think of today, 2007, at the goods that are being transported by sea. Take a look at the railroad trains as they pass by. What do they have on them? Mostly international shipping containers, made especially for ocean transport, each one as large as a railroad car itself.
9. Using symbolism, a mighty angel demonstrates to John, how that great city Babylon, is to be destroyed. He picks up a stone, like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea. Now that's going to make quite a splash.
10. How did this Mystery Babylon deceive the whole earth? By Sorceries. I'm inserting Strong's Greek definition of that word.

5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.
5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extens.) a magician:--sorcerer.

Think of today, 2007. Just look around in our towns. There's drug stores everywhere, with more going up. We used to think of drugs as something illegal, being sold on our streets by drug pushers. Well, that hasn't changed either.

Revelation 19:
1. Immediately after the events of the 18th. chapter, John hears the voices of those in heaven giving great praise and honor to God.
2. More and more voices, praising God.
3. The marriage of the Lamb.
4. The clothing of the saints, white linen, is made from their righteousness.
5. Falling down to worship an angel, John is told not to do it, that he, (the angel), is just a fellow servant as John, and of the brethren.
6. Jesus, coming on a white horse, with the armies of heaven, to judge and make war. His weapon is a two edged sword coming from His mouth?..... Remember symbolism. He shall rule with a rod of iron.
7. KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
8. The beast, along with the kings of the earth, and their armies, gather to battle Christ and His armies.
9. The beast and false prophet are cast into a lake of fire.
10. The remnant are slain by the sword of Jesus, which comes from his mouth. Symbolism. I guess the truth does hurt sometimes.
Revelation 20:
1. John sees an angel come down from heaven with a key and a chain. He, (the angel), strong arms the devil and binds him for one thousand years. After which he must be loosed for a little season, to try and deceive the nations once more.
2. The first resurrection.
3. John sees thrones and the souls of those who were beheaded for Christ and The Word of God.
4. He describes those who live and reign with Christ during that one thousand years.
5. Satan is loosed, gathers an army to do battle, the number of which is as the sands of the sea. Fire from heaven devours them, and Satan, (the devil), is cast into the lake of fire.
6. John is shown and describes the judgment at the great white throne.
7. The lake of fire, which is the second death.
Revelation 21:
1. John sees a new heaven and a new earth, along with the Holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God.
2. All tears are wiped away.
3. No more death, sorrow, crying, nor pain.
4. All former things are passed away.
5. God states, "I make all things new. Write: for these words are true and faithful."
6. "It is done."
7. John, with great detail, describes the New Jerusalem. I'll mention just a few. It has twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, twelve foundations with the names of the twelve apostles of Jesus, and it's length, breadth, and height are the same, 1500 miles each, (a cube). It has no temple, for God and Jesus are the temple and the light thereof. The kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
Revelation 22:
    I come quickly:
1. John is shown a pure river of life with the Tree of Life on each side, bearing twelve manner of fruit each month, and the leaves of the Tree is for the healing of the nations.
2. There's no night there.
3. Again, John falls down to worship the angel, who tells him to do it not, that he is a fellow servant and of the prophets. Worship God and seal not this book, for the time is at hand.
4. Jesus states, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches." Note this statement is not addressed just to the seven churches in Asia, as in Revelation 1:11. And some claim the church isn't mentioned after chapter four.
5. Jesus describes Himself as Alpha and Omega, the root and offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star.
6. Warnings to those who add to, or take away, from this book.
7. Three times Jesus states, "I come quickly."

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, STUDY to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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