Favorite verses

Polycarp posted asking what was their favorite verse/book of the Bible. This was simply too hard a choice for me to make. Luckily, he allowed more than one.

So here is the list. I’ve chosen to give a brief description as to why I like a particular verse, followed by the verse itself.

I like Matthew 22:36-40 because Jesus summed up what was most important for us to remember and do: love – God and others.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I like John 3:16-18 because it tells us that God loves us. It tells us what God has done and why. But it also tells us we can’t waflle: choose to believe in Christ or not, but there are consequences to each choice.

John 3:16-18

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

I like JOhn 10:27-29 because it gives me comfort. It tells me that those who belong to Christ know Him, follow Him, will not die, and can not be removed from His hand.

John 10:27-29

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

The next verse in my list is actually the one I give most often when asked is what my favorite verse.  In Acts 17:26, we see that GOD made all men, that HE set the time and place for people to live so that man can find Him. This tells me God is in control, that He WANTS to be in relationship with us, and that HE will ensure we have that opportunity.

Acts 17:26-27

26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

In Acts 26:20, Paul tells us what he has always preached: repent, turn to God, and prove it. So many people want to claim Paul was only all about faith – and in one sense he was. Paul taught, rightfully, that the only way to eternal life was faith in Christ. But he also taught the need to live a holy life and to persevere in faith.

Acts 26:20

20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

Romans 8:1 tells us we are not condemned because of what we have done or not done. We have the righteousness of Christ imputed to us.

Romans 8:1

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

Romans 8:28 tells us that regardless of what happens, we know that everything works out for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.  We can rest in this when things are difficult.

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

In 2 Corinthians 9:8, we see that GOD makes grace abound in us so we always have what we need to do what GOD wants us to do.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

We see in Ephesians 4:1-14 that GOD chose people to make people ready to do what needs to be done so that the Church could grow until we reach unity in the faith and knowledge of Jesus and become like Christ. Note, its not simply unity, but unity in faith and knowledge of Jesus. This is not saying go along with false teachers, but teach truth that they might be changed towards God and others will mature in Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-14

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

The author of Hebrews tells us in 12:14 that we are to live in peace with others and be holy. But it also tells us why this is important – we must be holy to see God. It is faith that makes us holy in our position, but it is faith in action that causes us to live holy lives.

Hebrews 12:14

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

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