And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in
her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. The LORD records
as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.”
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD
there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
…For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
Psalms 133:1, 3
For the LORD will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no
compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and
cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the
desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,”
says the LORD.
Compare: Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are
children of promise…So, brothers, we are not
children of the slave but of the free woman.
Galatians 4:28, 31
These I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has
risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to
your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your
eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to
you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be
carried on the hip. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart
shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be
turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, with no one passing
through, I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age.
The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your
glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of
the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of
the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall
no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be
termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD:
I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.
And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor
and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’
for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,
declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity,
and I will remember their sin no more.
Jeremiah 31:31, 33-34
With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy
I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture,
and I am your God, declares the Lord GOD.
I will make a covenant of peace with them.
It shall be an everlasting covenant with them.
And I will set them in their land and multiply them,
and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know
that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel,
when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.
And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the
kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of
the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting
kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the
sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place
where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said
to them, “Children of the living God.”
Compare: Even us whom he has called, not from
the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As
indeed he says in Hosea,“Those who were not
people I will call‘my people,’and her who was not
beloved I will call‘beloved.’”“And in the very place
where it was said to them,‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called‘sons of the living God.’”
It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established
as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up
above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it,
and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them marvelous things.
On that day you shall not be put to shame
because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones,
and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain.
But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly.
They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD.
Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will
save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their
shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will
bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make
you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says the LORD.
According to the covenant that I made with you when you came
out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.
And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold,
I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD.
And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD
in that day, and shall be my people.
And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know
that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God,
in faithfulness and in righteousness.
On that day
the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land.
For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
I will build my church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
My house shall be called a house of prayer.
Then the King will say to those on his right,
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.”
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them,
and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for the sheep.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish,
and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
I have manifested your name
to the people whom you gave me out of the world.
Yours they were, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one,
so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them
even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also,
whom you have given me, may be with me where I am,
to see my glory that you have given me
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
I made known to them your name,
and I will continue to make it known,
that the love with which you have loved me
may be in them, and I in them.
…the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
We have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16
So let no one boast in men.
For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas
or the world or life or death or the present or the future –
all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus
and…with the power of our Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5:4
But as it is, God arranged the members in the body,
each one of them, as he chose.
1 Corinthians 12:18
God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part
that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the
members may have the same care for one another. If one member
suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice
1 Corinthians 12:24-26
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal
procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the
knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians 2:14
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
And if you are Christ’s,
then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
In him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be
made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly
than all that we ask or think,
according to the power at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the
shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of
ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
The Head, from whom the whole body,
nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments,
grows with a growth that is from God.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
For you are all children of light, children of the day.
We are not of the night or of the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:5
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one
source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared for them a city.
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual
house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with
one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7
My little children, I am writing these things to you
so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin,
we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:1
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not
yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like
him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus
hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
1 John 3:2-3
To those who are called,
beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day
and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter
them with his presence.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.
He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,
and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.”
No longer will there be anything accursed,
but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,
and his servants will worship him.
They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
And night will be nomore. They will need no light of lamp or sun,
for the Lord God will be their light,
and they will reign forever and ever.